Top Gun Close



Mind –Back on the train again, I had to take a sequester break.  Let’s continue on and close out Top Gun myth busting. Without a doubt the 1986 movie had some cool shots, I think one of the best is the Tom Kitty doing an aileron roll right after take off with the camera pointed back at the carrier.  Also cool were the shots of aircraft swarming around during the dogfights…this however, is Hollywood folks. In reality we try to take care of most of the killing before anybody is close to seeing another aircraft. In the event we do arrive at visual engagements actually gaining the “Tally-ho” is extremely difficult. Fighter aircraft are small, (noted exception for my favorite aircraft to pick-on, the F-15E) and they are painted a camouflage gray which makes spotting them even more difficult outside of a couple of miles. In addition aircraft formations purposely fly farther apart so as to complicate efforts to gain a visual of more than one aircraft at a time. So when Maverick and Goose are clowning around yelling at Iceman to take the shot or clear…once again I would chalk that up to making a good movie, but not anywhere close to reality. Reality is the bad guy just blows up never seeing who shot him. A good wingman stays away from the “furball” and looks for a clear shot of opportunity while protecting the “engaged” fighter, once the shot is open its just taken…fights over, egress quickly. To sum it up, there is no I in the combat team, a flight lead and wingman work together to get the job done.


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Recipe of the Day


Chicken and Watercress Salad with Almonds and Feta

Recipe from Bon Appétit

Photo by Elinor Carucci


Serves – 4


Prep time – 15 minutes active, 15 minutes total

Nutrition – 385 calories, 20 grams protein, 31 grams fat, 7 grams carbs





1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar

1 large shallot, chopped

3 tablespoons almond oil, walnut oil, or grapeseed oil

3 tablespoons grapeseed oil

3 large bunches watercress, thick stems trimmed

2 fully cooked chicken breast halves, meat torn into bite-size pieces

3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

4 apricots, pitted, each half cut into wedges

1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted




Combine vinegar and shallot in medium bowl. Whisk in both oils. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Place watercress, chicken, cheese, and apricots in large bowl. Add dressing; toss. Divide salad among 4 plates. Sprinkle each with almonds.



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Wine – Chateau d’Esclans Côtes de Provence


MackNBee taste rating 2 out of 4

AJAX ease of prep rating 3 out of 4



Spirit – Psalms 3:3 “But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.”



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