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Getting Paid to Fly

One of the first things anyone who meets me finds out is that I’m an unabashed aviation junkie. I have wanted to be a pilot ever since I found out there was such a thing. The pursuit of this ambition, and my desires to serve in the military, led me to earn a commission as a US Naval Officer and be selected for the Naval Aviation program.

I arrived at NAS Pensacola on February 3, 2006, leaving my dear wife of almost two years far away in upstate New York to finish her own education. Being away is hard, but I suppose it’s something everyone who has served in the military has had to deal with. It’s even harder for my wife. I’m down here having the professional time of my life, at least. She’s still at home doing all of the stuff she used to do, plus most of the things I did to keep up the household. So, we have come to this conclusion: I’m doing this for free. The Navy is not paying me to fly, they’re paying her to LET me.

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Here we go…

Okay, I’m going to give this blog thing a try. Several people have suggested I keep a journal of my experience in US Navy flight training. So, here it is. An inside, real-time look at what it’s like to become a top gun pilot. This is for my family, friends, and anyone else who wonders what’s going through my head on a regular basis.

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