Military

Brian Shul – From Butterflies to Blackbirds

Brian Shul uses photos and stories as a vehicle to tell an inspired story of hope, overcoming obstacles and daring to dream. From lying near death in the jungles of Southeast Asia to flying the world’s fastest jet, Brian shares his amazing journey in an unforgettable presentation that not only reveals fascinating details of piloting …

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Live to fly another day

December 7, 2012, Lethbridge, Canada. Pilot ejects from damaged FA-18. Rockets blow away canopy. This is about 2 seconds before crash, shown below. (If you don’t have fast reactions, don’t fly these babies.) Canopy gone, now the solid fuel rockets blast pilot from cockpit with drogue chute opened.  Note left engine nozzle at rear is fully …

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Burial at Sea

by LtCol George Goodson, USMC (Ret) In my 76th year, the events of my life appear to me, from time to time, as a series of vignettes. Some were significant; most were trivial… War is the seminal event in the life of everyone that has endured it. Though I fought in Korea and the Dominican …

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The Final Inspection

The Soldier stood and faced God,Which must always come to pass.He hoped his shoes were shining,Just as brightly as his brass. ‘Step forward now, Soldier,How shall I deal with you?Have you always turned the other cheek?To My Church have you been true?’ The soldier squared his shoulders and said,‘No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.Because those …

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