F-14 RIO.

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Hi.
Just a heads up really.

TV in the UK is pretty Garbage. My Wife likes soap operas which i refuse to watch. Hence i like to read and watch interesting stuff on you tube.

Came across a guy called Ward Carroll. He has put some really interesting stuff up. He was a RIO in the F-14. I know there is a lot of interest in the F-14 so i thought i would give the heads up. It may even be a trip down memory lane for our own Astro-14.

 

Astro14

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More than a trip down memory lane...His call sign is “Mooch”. I’ve known him for about 30 years, we’ve flown together, instructed together. I’ll spare you most of the stories, and out of respect for his dignity, I’ll never reveal any of the liberty stories.

Mooch is given to a bit of hyperbole, but does a good job as editor of the Military.com and working for the USNI.

His book, “Punk’s War” was a disjointed collection of sea-stories in search of a plot to stitch it together, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, because I could tell precisely which Tomcat guys he was mirroring in his characters.

I’ll have to give it a watch.

And then, likely, give him some grief, for what I suspect will be a bit of shameless self-promotion that slips out in his narrative.

He’s a Tomcat guy, after all!
 

Tikka

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Hi Astro.
I noticed he served around the same time as you and i did wonder if your paths had crossed.

I find him very interesting to listen to. He has a vid where he talks of the time they lost the canopy of the TA-4J. It landed in someones back yard in Virginia Beach.

I smiled when i read your 'liberty stories' sentence. I am guessing your job was very much work hard then play hard.
 
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