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Post by (A/229) BBall on Thu 23 Feb 2017 - 6:12

Hey guys,

Shameless plug...newest blog post is up.

(excerpt)

"A few years ago, I was offered the unbelievable gift of stopping time for one afternoon. In fact I was even allowed to step back fifty plus years, to a place none of us will ever seeā€¦and it was magnificent. I had the privilege to speak at length with a person that was an aviator from a time gone by, an age long gone, and an age that I have only read about. I was fabulously lucky, for he took me with him on a journey with his tales of wonder, amazement and some pain; a journey that fills me to this day. His name was Bertram Ritchie, and on that day he was ninety-two years young."

https://bubba757.com/

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Post by (C/229)Samri on Thu 23 Feb 2017 - 8:28

Thanks B.
(loved the description of the ACARS)

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Post by (B/229) evilivan on Thu 23 Feb 2017 - 22:28

Always a great read, Mr Ball - keep 'em coming Smile

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Post by (D/229) Xtra on Thu 23 Feb 2017 - 23:19

Still waiting on the announcement of the book release!!!! Wink

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Post by panhead on Fri 1 Sep 2017 - 4:14

Just started reading these. Fantastic stories, and well written. You're making me want to start up some 'carrier life' type memoirs from back in the day.

panhead

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Post by (A/229) BBall on Fri 1 Sep 2017 - 11:19

Thanks for the kind words panhead!

PLEASE DO start some memoirs! I'm sure we'd all love to read them!

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No. of Flights: : since 1973? are you kidding me? oh, you mean FLIGHT SIM flights!
Killed In Action: : is a zillion too many times?
Slick No. of landings: : you mean the ones I walked away from?
CAS Tanks destroyed: : not many.
CAS Vehicules destroyed: : more than the tanks.
CAS Bunkers destroyed: : have no idea! were they selling beer there?
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Age : 61
Location : Dresser, Wisconsin

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Post by (B/229) Nemax on Tue 5 Sep 2017 - 10:14

As a spanking new "FO" I am enjoying reading your blog. Keep it up.
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Re: Newest Blog Post...

Post by (A/229) BBall on Fri 8 Sep 2017 - 1:05

Thanks F/O Nemax!

I'd love to know your specifics (PM me if you'd rather not divulge them to the world). Things like:
- how did you get started flying
- where you did your training
- which line you are flying for
- which machine you're currently flying
etc, etc....

I have several contemporaries whose children (mostly early 20 somethings, that have finished a "vanilla college degree" and after much introspection, have decided they want a career in "Low Earth Orbit". Some are just starting their journey in the sky, some are mid-way through their training...all are a joy to watch and talk to....

Good luck with the new F/O position! Keep us in the loop on your "adventures in the sky".

(I'm currently in the middle of my yearly vacation. The lovely "Mrs. Captain BBall" and I are touring the western USA in our RV [arrived in smoky Montana yesterday from Wisconsin]. I'll be putting up a new blog when we get back in a couple of weeks...)
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No. of Flights: : since 1973? are you kidding me? oh, you mean FLIGHT SIM flights!
Killed In Action: : is a zillion too many times?
Slick No. of landings: : you mean the ones I walked away from?
CAS Tanks destroyed: : not many.
CAS Vehicules destroyed: : more than the tanks.
CAS Bunkers destroyed: : have no idea! were they selling beer there?
Messages : 483
Age : 61
Location : Dresser, Wisconsin

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