Throughout the time I spent on active duty (about 12 years) I had the opportunity to fly the T-34B SE Prop trainer, T-2 Buckeye twin jet Trainer, TA-4 Skyhawk, T-39 Sabreliner built by North American Rockwell, S-3A Viking(with VS-24) and the F-14 Tomcat (with VF-142). I completed deployments on both the USS Nimitz and the USS Eisenhower. I have just over three years total cumulative time living on aircraft carriers. I have 303 carrier landings, 103 of which were at night.
I was actually able to see most of the South African coastline while deployed on the USS Nimitz when we were sent from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean during the Iranian hostage crisis.
In December of 1985 the lure of an airline career became overwhelming and I ultimately “jumped ship”. I was originally hired by Pacific Southwest Airlines based in San Diego, California. As a first officer I was assigned to the MD-80 and DC-9 aircraft. After several years we merged with US Airways and I was moved to the right seat of the Boeing 737−300÷400 which I flew till I could hold a captains bid on the BAE 146. After industry cutbacks in 1990, I was pushed back to the right seat of the Boeing again where I remained for a short period of time. I then moved back to the MD-80 as captain and remained there till the company parked them. The left seat of the old DC-9 which by the way was my favorite (real aviator’s machine) was my next stop. When the DC-9 was retired I moved to the left seat of the Boeing 737−300÷400. With more mergers and reductions in domicile I was displaced to the right seat of the Airbus 330 and flew international for a short period of time. I absolutely hated the time zone changes! Eventually I found my way to the left seat of the Airbus family again and flew the remainder of my carrier as captain on the 319÷320÷321 where on December 31, 2007 at 12:17 local I made my last landing.
Here is a photo of me taken just prior to my retirement:
That’s pretty much it. I’ve been ridding with Dave since 2009. Dave often humbly refers to himself at events as “just the clown on the motorcycle”. When I’m present he is then quick to assert that that makes me the “idiot dumb enough to follow the clown on the motorcycle”! There is never a lack of sarcasm, harassment or humor while on the road.
I’m currently ridding a 2013 Street Glide masquerading as an Ultra. The Boss (wife) insisted on something that was extremely visible since I wanted to run cross country alone sometimes.
This is why I had to give up my Ultra in order for me to get my “kitchen pass”. It worked because I’ve had it for two seasons and have 34000 miles (about 54700 km) on it and plan another 16000 miles this year. I understand that you have arranged for the bikes that we will ride. Would you know if I’ll be able to get something close to what I’m used to ridding?
Well that’s about all I can think of at this point. If you have any questions of me, do not hesitate to ask. And if there is anything you need me to bring from the States and it will fit in my bag by all means don’t hesitate to ask.