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Forum: Military / Veteran RVing Yesterday, 10:25 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
That was very well done. I disagreed with a few...

That was very well done. I disagreed with a few of his explanations and thought there were some errors made, but I never flew the L model either, just the TA-4F/J, and E, F, and M models of the...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing Yesterday, 10:17 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Long before I got started in the adversary...

Long before I got started in the adversary business, it was decided that the slats really added to the turning capabilities of the A-4 in a slow speed fight, so bolting them up wasn't done anymore....
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 01-15-2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
After my tour in A-7's, I did an instructor tour...

After my tour in A-7's, I did an instructor tour at NAS Kingsville in TA-4J's, then became a TAR (Training and Administration of Reserves). This was, in layman's terms, a full-timer in a reserve...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 01-01-2021, 09:02 PM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
I joined VA-86 as a young ensign fresh out of the...

I joined VA-86 as a young ensign fresh out of the RAG, and learned so much from some mighty fine CPO's who took me under their wing and showed me how to be a good officer. It was a rewarding...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 12-25-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas!!!
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 12-11-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
In 1993 I was stationed at NAS Dallas when we...

In 1993 I was stationed at NAS Dallas when we hosted the last airshow at the base before it was decommissioned. One of the aircraft that we had on static display was a TBF/TBM. The following spring,...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 12-01-2020, 06:50 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Nah, I was still a fledgling prospective Naval...

Nah, I was still a fledgling prospective Naval Aviator in training during that time frame. And besides, whenever I tried anything like that, I was reprimanded severely, resulting in some serious rug...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 11-28-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Absolutely 100% agree with this. Some of my...

Absolutely 100% agree with this. Some of my fondest non-flying memories are from my tour as an ensign in my first fleet A-7 squadron as a line division officer. I learned so much from those young...
Forum: Just Conversation 11-23-2020, 08:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 947
Posted By zipmart
For as long as I can remember, all I've ever...

For as long as I can remember, all I've ever wanted to do was fly. Watched Sky King on TV back when he had a Cessna Bobcat. Parents treated me to a ride in a Cessna 172 at a local FBO for my 7th...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 11-19-2020, 08:39 PM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
The A-7C was actually the first 67 a/c in the...

The A-7C was actually the first 67 a/c in the A-7E production line, with the TF30-P-8 engine. All succeeding A-7E's had the TF41. The TA-7C was indeed a two-seater that utilized converted A-7B or...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 11-18-2020, 07:54 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
If I remember correctly, and maybe FastEagle...

If I remember correctly, and maybe FastEagle remembers, the logo for the VA-174 patch was designed by the Disney artists, depicting a type of demon crossed with a shaving razor rising from the pits...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 10-28-2020, 07:40 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Wait! The Air Force let you do that? I remember...

Wait! The Air Force let you do that? I remember back in the 80's as a Navy puke, operating out of Nellis for a couple days, if we didn't walk 50 yards out of our way to walk through a break in the...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 10-09-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
I CQ'ed on the Lex in T-2's and TA-4's in '77 and...

I CQ'ed on the Lex in T-2's and TA-4's in '77 and then got more traps on it when I instructed in Kingsville in '81-'84 and was a lead-safe. Definitely different than operating off the Nimitz during...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 10-06-2020, 07:18 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Having been stationed at NAS Dallas twice during...

Having been stationed at NAS Dallas twice during my career, I can attest to the uniqueness of the airfield. It started as an Army Air Corps field in 1932 and was taken over by the Navy in 1940. When...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 09-27-2020, 06:53 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
I was instructing at the other end of the hangar,...

I was instructing at the other end of the hangar, VT-22, during the same time that Chesh was instructing at VT-21. Never really knew him well but we were often, actually always, at the Club drinking...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 09-26-2020, 07:00 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Yep. Once a beggar, always a beggar. I had heard...

Yep. Once a beggar, always a beggar. I had heard about this diner and looked up the registration number in my logbook. The wif and I were returning from a trip north to visit family, friends, and...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 09-25-2020, 09:09 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Whenever I see an aircraft type that I have flown...

Whenever I see an aircraft type that I have flown on display somewhere, I always go back to my logbooks to see if I may have time in that particular airframe. So far, I've found that I've flown the...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 09-12-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
More pics

Reserve adversary A-4's being refueled by a reserve KA-3 during Reserve Carrier Air Wing 20 active duty detachment to NAS Fallon, NV in the late '80's.
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 09-12-2020, 08:32 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Great story!!!

Great story!!!
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 09-04-2020, 07:47 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
There is a B-52 on display at the entrance to...

There is a B-52 on display at the entrance to Orlando International Airport, formerly McCoy AFB, a SAC base which closed in 1975.
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 09-02-2020, 03:41 PM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Since we're on the subject, I went through TG...

Since we're on the subject, I went through TG when Hollywood was in talks with the Navy about making the film. One day, walking down the passageway in the hangar with my flying partner, the TG XO,...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 09-02-2020, 03:20 PM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
You are senior to me, but as Maverick mentioned...

You are senior to me, but as Maverick mentioned in "TOP GUN", "[Mod Edit], you can be mine." :cool:
I actually thought seriously about doing it with a couple of different companies, including the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-31-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,991
Posted By zipmart
I recently had the same type of problem with my...

I recently had the same type of problem with my Onan 5500. I also purchased a new fuel pump, although I haven't taken a trip yet to check it out. Upon removing the old fuel pump, there was a sticker...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 08-29-2020, 09:06 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
I love the fact that we, as ex-service members...

I love the fact that we, as ex-service members from different branches with vastly different backgrounds, can joke and laugh about ourselves and each other without getting butt-hurt. We can carry on...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 08-28-2020, 01:10 PM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Thanks for the correction. I thought he'd lost...

Thanks for the correction. I thought he'd lost both arms but couldn't remember for sure and was trying not to sensationalize the accident. And I didn't remember the cross-bleed part. Again, thanks...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 08-28-2020, 08:52 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Navy guys used to joke that any jet you could...

Navy guys used to joke that any jet you could stand next to and p*** into the cockpit wasn't a real jet.;)
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 08-28-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Similar incident on CVN-68 with an EA-6B happened...

Similar incident on CVN-68 with an EA-6B happened that one of my friends witnessed. This airman also lived but lost one of his hands. Heads-up cat crew and cat-o suspended the cat and had the pilot...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 08-27-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
I always thought the EA-6B with the J52-P408...

I always thought the EA-6B with the J52-P408 engines was the loudest.
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 08-22-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
I remember that day all too well. That Nimitz...

I remember that day all too well. That Nimitz cruise was disastrous in many ways, not only due to the Iranian Hostage Rescue Attempt debacle, but the airwing also lost four aircraft and seven aircrew...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 08-21-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Having been in the same airwing as VF-41, I knew...

Having been in the same airwing as VF-41, I knew quite a few of the aircrew. I can't remember CDR Kleeman's callsign, but we all called him "Columbo" because of his resemblance to Peter Falk. I went...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 08-19-2020, 07:53 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
You will appreciate this tidbit of info since you...

You will appreciate this tidbit of info since you have significant time in the A-4. I'll try to write this so our Air Force/Civilian brethren will understand.

My last 10 years before retirement...
Forum: Just Conversation 08-17-2020, 03:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 506
Posted By zipmart
I've always thought a bonfire was a huge outdoor...

I've always thought a bonfire was a huge outdoor fire. Lately, I've heard more people describing a campfire as a bonfire. So I looked up the definition on dictionary.com:

Bonfire
1. a large fire...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 08-15-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 603
Views: 85,588
Posted By zipmart
I can't remember where I was yesterday...let...

I can't remember where I was yesterday...let alone 50 years ago.
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 08-13-2020, 08:46 AM
Replies: 355
Views: 63,278
Posted By zipmart
I remember it being required phraseology for...

I remember it being required phraseology for students in the Navy to report at the abeam position in the landing pattern with "3 down and locked". Maybe it expanded to the rest of the Navy bases and...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 08-06-2020, 08:16 AM
Replies: 355
Views: 63,278
Posted By zipmart
USN '76-'94 In order: NAS Pensacola FL, NAS...

USN '76-'94

In order: NAS Pensacola FL, NAS Saufley Field FL, NAS Kingsville TX, NAS Cecil Field FL, Cruises on USS Nimitz CVN-68, NAS Kingsville TX, NAS Oceana VA, NAS Dallas TX, NAS Oceana VA,...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-04-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,570
Posted By zipmart
Just finished changing the fuel pump on the Onan...

Just finished changing the fuel pump on the Onan 5500 5.5HGJAB on my 2018 Forest River FR3 29DS. Upon removal, a label on the side was pealing back, revealing 2 holes drilled in the side, which...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 08-02-2020, 06:32 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
That 8 plane echelon shot is the best I've ever...

That 8 plane echelon shot is the best I've ever seen.
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 08-02-2020, 06:27 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Fast Eagle, I kind of like your pic from this...

Fast Eagle, I kind of like your pic from this time frame.
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 07-28-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 7,818
Posted By zipmart
I already had an iPad and like the larger display...

I already had an iPad and like the larger display as opposed to my much smaller iPhone, so I chose to use CoPilot. I purchased the Garmin GLO 2 Bluetooth GPS Receiver to provide GPS connectivity...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 07-23-2020, 02:54 PM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
The helo's were to launch at dusk, fly to a...

The helo's were to launch at dusk, fly to a remote desert location to refuel from C-130's, and spend the daytime under camo to launch again at dusk for the rescue attempt. For our airwing, the next...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 07-23-2020, 09:22 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
I was in VA-86 (A-7E's) during this time. It was...

I was in VA-86 (A-7E's) during this time. It was definitely an interesting evolution with a sad ending. I remember there not being enough room onboard for a full compliment of airwing a/c plus the...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 07-14-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Another pic from our photo op.

Another pic from our photo op.
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 07-14-2020, 08:11 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
When I was a young LTJG flying A-7's, I...

When I was a young LTJG flying A-7's, I approached my CO about setting up a photo op with a Corsair II and an F4U Corsair. I had worked for Rudy Frasca (Frasca Aviation) part-time in college and he...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 07-13-2020, 10:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,570
Posted By zipmart
Just returned to TX after 2 weeks in CO. While on...

Just returned to TX after 2 weeks in CO. While on the road (95-100 OAT) Onan 5500 would run for awhile then stop. Less than 2 years old and less then 125 hrs. TT. Checked the code every time and it...
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 06-26-2020, 01:48 PM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Thanks for the compliment, but I think it was...

Thanks for the compliment, but I think it was more a matter of timing and good luck. I just happened to hit everything at the right time and was blessed that flying always seemed to come easily.
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 06-26-2020, 08:46 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
From "Vulture's Row" on CVN-68.

From "Vulture's Row" on CVN-68.
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 06-25-2020, 06:37 PM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
This was taken RTB to Miramar after a mission...

This was taken RTB to Miramar after a mission while going through the TOPGUN Adversary Course.
Forum: Military / Veteran RVing 06-25-2020, 06:31 PM
Replies: 519
Views: 38,610
Posted By zipmart
Here's one for you FastEagle. I was in VA-86...

Here's one for you FastEagle. I was in VA-86 during that time frame and took this pic in the Med off the coast of Spain. You probably shook your fist at me a few times on the flight deck while I was...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 04-26-2020, 06:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,022
Posted By zipmart
Ditto this. I installed a Superior Driveline...

Ditto this. I installed a Superior Driveline disconnect on my '02 Tacoma 4WD and they were a great help. I made a couple of phone calls to them, during the initial ordering process and during the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 01-02-2020, 07:21 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 18,337
Posted By zipmart
Been following this thread from the beginning....

Been following this thread from the beginning. Probably canít really add anything that hasnít already been said, butÖÖ.All I ever really wanted to do was fly. Started with lessons while in high...
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