ABOUT ME AND THIS SITE
In my Blog posting “How it All Got Started” I discussed how I my participation at Airshows, Fly-ins, Museum Open Days and Other Aviation related events started. My increased participation / attendance at Airshows, etc., wasn’t my real start in aviation as I have been interested in aviation since I was about 7 or 8 years old.
My initial desire to be a pilot went as far as my have a Steve Canyon Flight Suit and Helmet when I was in second / third grade. My ‘dream’ of being a pilot was dashed when I learned while taking my physical for the United States Naval Academy (USNA) I had no depth perception due to a minor esotropia in my left eye. This didn’t stop me from wanting a career in aviation. I pursued that dream during my summer leaves from the Academy when I would fly with Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron TEN (HS-10) the West Coast SH-3 Sea King Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) and Helicopter Combat Support Squadron ONE (HC-1) flying the SH-3G Sea King. When I flew with HC-1 it was embarked in the USS Ticonderoga (CVS 14) for the Skylab 2 space shot recovery in June 1973. In addition to flying with HC-1 on three of the simulated recovery flights I took the opportunity to stand bridge watches as Junior Officer of the Deck (JOOD) and had the distinct honor of being on the last underway bridge team prior to TICO being decommissioned on 01 September 1973.
After graduating from USNA and commissioning as an Ensign I was designated a Student Naval Flight Officer (SNFO) thus allowing me to continue with my career in aviation. Prior to starting Flight School in Pensacola, FL, I was attached to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron SIX (HC-6) flying the HC-46 Sea Knight out of Norfolk, VA. While attached to HC-6 I was able to accrue around 50 hours of flight time on training flights and during a short deployment to the Mediterranean Sea – riding one detachment over to the Med embarked in USS Sylvania (AFS 2) then cross decking to USS Concord (AFS5) and returning with Concord’s embarked H-46 Detachment. By the time I got to flight school I had nearly 80 hours of flight time in five types of aircraft flying off of four different ships.
After completion of Flight School where I flew the T-34B Mentor, T-2C Buckeye, T-39D Sabreliner, and TA-4F Skyhawk I was designated a Naval Flight Officer on 31 October 1975. I then proceeded to Naval Air Station (NAS) Cecil Field, Jacksonville, FL, for my first flying assignment with Air Anti-submarine Squadron TWENTY-FOUR (VS-24). On joining the squadron, there were no aircraft assigned as VS-24 was in the middle of transitioning from the S-2F Tracker to the S-3A Viking. After transition training at NAS North Island in San Diego, CA, VS-24 received 10 brand new aircraft from Lockheed Martin.
My other flying assignments included Training Squadron EIGHTY-SIX (VT-86) – the Navy’s Advanced Jet Navigation Squadron for SNFOs – flying the T-39D and TA-4F, VS-32 flying S-3A Viking, and finally with Fleet Composite Squadron SIX (VC 6) as the Officer-in-Charge of the Navy’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Detachment flying the RQ-2 Pioneer. While assigned to VC-6 I got most of my flight time in the P-3 Orion, C-9B Skytrain II, and CH-53E Sea Stallion. After a twenty year Navy Career with nearly 1800 flight hours and 200 Carrier Arrested Landings on four different Aircraft Carriers I hung up my Navy wings on 30 June 1994. That hasn’t stopped me from flying. As I write this (July 2017) I have nearly 2000 hours of flight time in 13 Military and 8 Warbird types.
This site will allow me to share the sights and excitement that are Airshows, Fly-ins, Museum Open Days, and other Aviation events through photos and blogs.
Photos of aircraft on the ground and in the air, along with other sights of the exciting aviation community
Blog contains stories on events, planes and people encountered in during aviation travels
On Static Display Ground-to-Air Air-to-Air Other Sights of Aviation Events
Sit Back, Enjoy and Keep Them Flying
To see additional photos press the link (Two White Circles in Blue Circle) to my Flickr account
(c) 2015, Ron Malec, Crew Dog Aviation