Chuck Yeager’s relationship with the Air Force has been somewhat unique. Made a Brigadier General, there were rumors he retired in a huff after being denied a second star. Even after retirement, however, he continued to fly Air Force aircraft. For a time, he even worked as a “contractor” for $1 a year, which gave him access to such flights. He had a much ballyhooed “last flight” with the Air Force in 1997, 50 years after breaking the sound barrier.
Of course, he has continued to fly with the Air Force, including flights on virtually every October 14th to celebrate his 1947 flight in the X-1. Last year it was in an F-16. This year, an F-15 at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas on a Sunday romp to supersonic speeds: Read more…
The Stars and Stripes repeated a Las Vegas Sun article highlighting Nellis AFB Airmen who feed the homeless through a local ministry on a regular basis:
The airmen and ministry’s tables are crowded with hardboiled eggs, pizza, hot dogs, salad, chili mac, bread, turkey-and-cheese sandwiches and water. McShane blesses the food, and Read more…
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The widow of US Air Force Capt Eric Ziegler, killed in June in a crash due to G-LOC, has demonstrated a calm reliance on her faith. When asked about knowing the circumstances of her husband’s death, Sarah Ziegler said she found them “kind of irrelevant.”
“I’ve always believed, and still do, that everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and so I didn’t need a source or object to blame or anything like that,” she said.
While there is still grief, faith can help people deal with such loss. Why? Knowing there is an ultimate purpose, and the grief is temporary. Sarah understands the fact that she and her husband had — and still have — a platform for Christ: Read more…
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The Air Force Times reports on the Air Force investigation into the June crash of an F-16C out of Nellis AFB, Nevada. Capt Eric Ziegler was killed in the mishap.
Investigators found no maintenance problems or other issues that could have caused the accident.
Ziegler apparently experienced a G-LOC, or G-induced loss of consciousness. He blacked out and did not recover prior to impacting the ground.
The report had an interesting comment that reflects on the fighter pilot culture: Read more…
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The US Air Force has reported that an F-15C Eagle from Nellis AFB crashed near Alamo, NV, yesterday afternoon. The pilot ejected and had “started walking” when he was picked up by a rescue helicopter about 30 minutes later.
As usual, the AF will investigate the mishap and report on it some months from now.
As previously noted, an F-16C crashed during a training mission out of Nellis AFB, NV. As a commenter previously mentioned, the Air Force later said it had “conclusive evidence” the pilot went down with the aircraft.
The pilot has been identified as Capt Eric Ziegler, Read more…
The US Air Force reported that an F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed during combat training exercises near Caliente, Nevada, on Tuesday evening. The pilot was reported “missing.”
Unfortunately, that often means the pilot was lost with the aircraft.
No names or further status have been released. The Nellis AFB video media release can be seen here.
Marine Corps Base Quantico recently announced it will be lighting the base “holiday tree” next week.
No word yet on whether they will also have a “holiday candelabrum.”
As previously noted, there is no military policy on public holiday celebrations on military facilities, though they are fairly common. While some have generic “holiday” events, other bases have not obscured the celebratory purposes, including Scott AFB, Illinois, Peterson AFB, CO, and Nellis AFB in Nevada:
The traditional Nellis AFB Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting ceremony will be Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m., at the Chapel.
It appears the Capitol Christmas tree also remains traditionally named.
For the record, the Menorah lighting will actually be late. While many people think Hanukkah and Christmas coincide, the Jewish celebration actually started on December 1st this year.
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