Wednesday, July 09, 2008

How I Spent 4th of July Weekend

Internet Access at the Airport Terminal. 25 cents a minute, while waiting to leave LAX. (Click photo if you can't tell what I'm viewing)

My parents had been living overseas for about the last 20 years. They moved back into our Colorado Springs home last year. It was very nostalgic to see familiar furnishings that have been held in storage....old toys that could probably bring me a pretty penny on Ebay, but is worth a million bucks in memories.

I spent 3rd grade through 6th living in on-base housing at the Air Force Academy. 7th grade, my parents bought a house, then my dad's next assignment took us to South Korea.

Nothing beats Mom and Dad's cooking.

This is a T-38. My father flew these during pilot training (painted in the Thunderbirds' paint scheme).

This is an A-10. According to the placard, on Feb 6, 1991, while assigned to the 706th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 926th Tactical Fighter Group, Capt. Robert R. Swain, USAFA '79, scored the first ever air-to-air victory in an A-10 aircraft. Capt. Swain shot down an Iraqi Bo 15c helicopter during combat operations over Iraq.

My toothpaste got confiscated at the airport in Colorado. I only got two squeezes of use out of it. Goddamn terrorists....

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Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Ah, Air Force Brat, just like me. We moved around; my favorite was Wright-Patterson AFB. The USAF museum is there and I used to get let in for free. It was a great time as a young guy.


Wednesday, July 09, 2008 8:55:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

We lived at Wright Patterson when I was in the 2nd grade. '75 and '76. Good years to be a Cincinnati Reds fan. Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tom Seavers, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan, Dave Concepcion...good players led by Sparky Anderson.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008 9:48:00 AM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Wright Patterson? Did you ever try and sneak a peak into the infamous Hanger 18?

Wednesday, July 09, 2008 1:47:00 PM  

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