Phantom Attack (part 4)

by Leland Shanle

Our two Phantoms came off target in formation. Quickly I pushed my wing man back into combat spread. We weren’t done by a long shot. “Beaver, picture between Shantini and Texaco?” Texaco was the KC-135 inflight refueler orbiting 200 miles north. Our personal gas station. “Section Bandits 3-5-0 for 100, HOT!” Hot meant they were […]

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15 years of publishing experience in 15 minutes

April 16, 2014

Traditional Publishing, Self Publishing, Indie Publishing, Hybrid Publishing: I’ve done them all in the last 15 years. I recently spoke at the St Louis Publishers Association (SLPA) on my experience as an author in the world of publishing. It has been a long strange trip; along the way I’ve made a lot of mistakes and […]

Speed is relative!

April 10, 2014

Mach 2 at 35,000 feet is numbers on a dial. 750 knots indicated, while attacking a fleet at 100 feet off the water, or better yet raging through Kings canyon at 600; that is speed. Couple it with maneuvering? Pure fun. Here’s a taste, enjoy. leland Read more on airlines, Naval Aviation and air combat […]

St Louis Publishers Association (Guest Speaker)

April 7, 2014

I will be one of the guest speakers at the St Louis Publishers Association on Wednesday night the 9th of April. If you are in town come on by. leland Read more on airlines, Naval Aviation and air combat exploits in the Aviators Series: #3 ENDGAME #2 Vengeance #1 Project Seven Alpha

Solo Flight

April 2, 2014

Sliding the throttles outboard, I eased them further forward into the afterburner range. I heard the boom as they lit and began to stage, a quick glance at the burner can gauge showed the exhaust nozzles opening all the way, releasing the full 35,000 pounds of thrust generated by the J-79-8 turbojet engines. The gear […]

Pilots and Music (Poets vs. Engineers)

March 27, 2014

Many of the pilots I know are quite creative. Others are highly technical in education and interests. My pilot son is the bass player in this music video and a pilot; check it out. My wife and I were hiding quietly in the back; too old to crowd surf! Its the age old argument Poet […]

TUESDAY FUN: home video from the cockpit of Blue Angel #4

March 18, 2014

There is still way too much bad news about Malaysian Flight 370. Bad news about Aviation always permeates in the press. How bout an extra dose of fun this week. This video was shot from the back seat of Blue Angel #4. Obviously an amateur cameraman, he drops the camera a couple times, but he […]

It is starting to appear Malaysian Flight 370 was commandeered.

March 14, 2014

It just keeps getting stranger. When I listed the possibilities in my last article, I had assumed that: A. all the electrical devices failed simultaneously and B. the Malaysians denial the aircraft continued to fly were accurate; apparently not on either account. I say commandeered not hijacked because it also seems at lest one cockpit […]