Reflections are a series of posts about – well, about life as encountered and savoured by your humble scribe. Many of the entries have a distinct theme of naval aviation because for the better part of a quarter century – that’s what YHS was involved in. As with anything else though, there are moments to stop, sniff the roses and treat the occasional bee sting that results. Some of that will be found here as well. Where to start? Save for those marked “Part I, etc.” jump in where you feel comfortable and enjoy.

- SJS


When Travel was Genteel 
 First Solo 
 Flightdeck Friday: T-2 Buckeye Memorial Day Edition 
 Badgers, Buccaneers and Bears – A North Atlantic Tale from the ‘Good Ole Days’

Part I
Part II
Part III
Conclusion

 Watching a War Start 
 The Resurrection of BuNo 160992

Part I
Part II
Part III
Conclusion

 Smuggler’s Blues

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
Part VI
Part VII
Part VIII
Part IX


Old Times 
 “If There Are enough Shovels To Go Around…”
 NFO Co-pilot 
 Kiev And The Thousnd Mile or so Strike 

Part One

 Sympathy for an HT
 The Jacket 
 “Of Youthful Exuberance and the Search for Speed” 
 Reflections 
  “…And The Sky, Full Of Stars”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Remembering Bluetail 601 – Four Years Later

Real heroes – amazing, and humbling, in what they do.

The E-2 Hawkeye At Fifty

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A Christmas Homily: 2013

A Christmas Homily: 2013

Christmas comes at a time of year where we, perforce, count our blessings, tally our losses and generally reflect on the year past. We find this action common across national boundaries and racial divides and, all too commonly, it ends […]
Holiday Lights – of a Different Kind

Holiday Lights – of a Different Kind

  While stationed in Norfolk (on active duty) one of our family traditions come Christmas was to head up to the Naval base after Christmas Eve service and take in the sights of the ships dressed out in holiday lighting. […]
“Air Raid Pearl Harbor.  This is Not A Drill.” *

“Air Raid Pearl Harbor. This is Not A Drill.” *

* Telegraph from Patrol Wing Two Headquarters warning of the attack on Pearl Harbor Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives: Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in […]
Take The Long Way Home

Take The Long Way Home

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Underway

Underway

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Of Radials and Cicadas

Of Radials and Cicadas

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♫♬ Oh When the Drone is Called Up Yonder… ♬♫

♫♬ Oh When the Drone is Called Up Yonder… ♬♫

♫♬…When the Drone is Called Up Yonder I’ll be There…♬♫ (with apologies to James M. Black)  First the news and a congratulatory note to the Navy-Industry team behind today’s launch of the X-47B off the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN […]
Behold – An Empty Tomb And A Risen Savior

Behold – An Empty Tomb And A Risen Savior

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