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Feelin’ old today.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on July 14th, 2007

I read an article in the Opinion Journal this morning that made me feel kinda old.

One of the brightest times of my life was as a Naval Aviator (served from ’67 to ’73). It was a long time ago – over 30 years now. I got my wings in ’68 and my first billet was asa flight instructor in the Basic Training Command- I ended up teaching formation and aerobatics primarily.

After 18 months I went to the fleet, the A-7 Corsair and the USS John F. Kennedy. Spent 11 months in the Med with lots of flying and lots of great liberty. (We kept the Greeks safe from the Swedish girls.) I ended up with 300+ carrier landings and 2,000 flight hours.

WhentheMilitary Channelshows videos about aircraft carriers, I watch or record them to watch later. The next generation of aircraft carriers are in the works and they won’t have steam catapults or 4 arresting wires anymore. They’ll have electromagneticpropulsion to shoot the birds off the bow and only 3 crossdeck arresting wires. (The #1 wire closest to the stern was nevera desireabletarget anyway.)

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Today’s article in on the Wall Street Journal opinion page by Bret Stephens recounts his recent visit to the USS Harry S. Truman.A nostalgic reminder of how long it’s been.

Thank goodness I have so much I love about my life now. No complaints and many blessings. It’s just nice to look back once in a while.

You might enjoy the article. Any other military pilots out there?

2 Responses to “Feelin’ old today.”

  1. Bill Gillespie Says:

    Great article. Yes, was feeling “old” near the end of my time on active duty. Young aviators following behind and seeing guys I trained moving into leadership positions. 28 yrs in the AF… BUFFs for 12 yrs… MANY weeks on SAC alert. 🙂 Always thought landing on a postage stamp would be fun… once! My hats off to you and thanks for your service.

  2. Bruce Gibson Says:

    You’re one of my heroes, Rob. Thank you for your service.

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