Easy folks — completely SFW here 😉
So Scribe — what exactly do they mean by a “Commander’s Moon” ?
Well, strictly defined, a “commander’s moon” is:
“A night lighting condition with clear skies and a large (late phase) moon, to provide optimum lighting condition for night flights, and especially night traps. Favored by, and planned for by, O-4s and above to get their night requirements ‘X.'”
Yet, as they say, a picture (or two) is worth a thousand words:
No fancy exposure tricks or anything like that — you can clearly see your shadow tonight with a full moon that by all accounts, might even coax a 2- or 3-star back into the cockpit.Â Maybe.Â That far horizon is 30+ miles away and the lights of DC are well off the frame to the left – you are looking off to the vast, semi-habitable spaces of Prince William Forest and Quantico (and across one of the several Civil War era battlefields in the area, this one just happens to be a few steps from our front porch):
Somewhere, someone may actually be enjoying night CQ (or not) — me?
Had enough practice bleeding for one lifetime, but I’m still game for a day BAGEX… 😉