U.S. Naval Aviator

Former Naval Aviator explains how he was able to find the Aircraft Carrier at Night, with no Electronic Transmission, with his Helicopter Low on Fuel

Former Naval Aviator explains how he was able to find the Aircraft Carrier at Night, with no Electronic Transmission, with his Helicopter Low on Fuel

‘On one (and only one) mission, however, I and my crew were fearful of running out of fuel and having… Read More

2 years ago

US Naval Aviator explains when a military pilot must absolutely, undoubtedly, certainly, and unquestionably eject from his aircraft

Ejecting from a flying aircraft is an absolute last-ditch option, so you want to be sure that there is nothing… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the USMC F/A-18 Hornet student pilot who lost his wings for doing aileron rolls after touch and goes while practicing landing

Aileron Rolls like Maverick in Top Gun. Do you remember the Top Gun scene where Maverick does an aileron roll… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the US Navy F/A-18 pilot that made a night trap on a carrier having the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (AKA ball) turned off

‘I never saw the ball. I called Clara [Clara = “can’t see the Fresnel lens”] and the LSOs said ‘continue,’… Read More

2 years ago

Former Naval Aviator explains why a fighter pilot prefers a longer-range (effective) missile over a faster and better maneuvering aircraft and over an outstanding radar

‘Long ago in flight school, I remember an instructor told us that we were not flying aircraft or fighters. No… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the EA-6B Prowler pilot who turned in his wings after a scary Carrier Flight Deck Landing in Rough Seas

The EA-6B Prowler had either aborted or was waved-off four times. He sounded super nervous, and the Air Boss was… Read More

3 years ago

Tom Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer Named Honorary Naval Aviators

As honorary Naval Aviators, Bruckheimer and Cruise are authorized to wear the “wings of gold” of a US naval aviator… Read More

3 years ago

Naval Aviator explains why the Iconic Vigilante is his favorite US Navy Aircraft

‘The “Viggie” was fast as stink - Mach 2 at altitude - and I always felt it was just a… Read More

4 years ago

F-4 Phantom Vs F-14 Tomcat: Naval Aviator who Flew Both tells which one was the Better Fighter and which one was his Favorite to Fly

The F-14 Tomcat entered active service in 1974 and started to replace the F-4 Phantom in the same year. In… Read More

4 years ago

Playing With The Boys: Mattel to make line of Top Gun Toys ahead of Sequel Premiere

The deal gives Mattel the rights to toys across multiple categories, including die-cast vehicles and aircraft, playsets, games and other… Read More

5 years ago

Top Gun: Maverick Removes Japanese and Taiwanese Flags from Pete Mitchell’s Iconic Jacket To Appease China

In Top Gun, Maverick’s iconic jacket had a four flag pattern on the back—two of which were Japanese and Taiwanese… Read More

5 years ago

Capt Dale Snodgrass Wingman remembers Snort’s Close Call with an Iraqi SAM during Operation Desert Storm

"I was just a young pilot; Snodgrass was the best pilot in our rank ... And when I saw the… Read More

5 years ago

No Kill like a Guns Kill! Remembering Joe “Hoser” Satrapa, the F-14 Driver who scored two simulated gun kills on two USAF F-15s for two times in the same mission

Hoser quickly bagged two gun kills, maneuvering through missile ranges until he was close enough to trigger his 20 mm… Read More

5 years ago

U.S. Navy Suspends Blue Angels’ member

The Blue Angel suspension follows Tuesday’s unrelated announcement about the Air Force’s firing of Capt. Zoe “SiS" Kotnik A member… Read More

5 years ago

The Story of Butch O’Hare, the F4F Wildcat Pilot that shot down 5 Japanese Bombers Expending only 60 Rounds of 0.50-caliber ammunition

The captain of the Lexington, Frederick Sherman, recommended O'Hare for the Congressional Medal of Honor but O'Hare refused, insisting to… Read More

5 years ago

“Work Hard Play Hard!” Here’s 2018 East Coast Strike Fighter Ball Video

The clip documents a year of footage compiled from squadrons stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana The super cool footage in… Read More

5 years ago