Retired now, but flew C-130 aircraft for the Air Force active duty; Air National Guard; and finally Air Force Reserves for a total of 33 years.
Graduated Villanova University 1972 with a BS (easy there) degree in Chemistry with minors in Math, Physics, Philosophy, and Theology. Entered active duty in the fall of 1972; pilot training; left as an senior instructor pilot in 1980. A year in the Guard flying EC-130s and then to the Reserves. Before I went full time Technician for the Air Force (a civil service job as a pilot trainer and evaluator for other reservists) in 1985, I worked for the Navy as an "Equipment Specialist" tasked with researching and approving aircraft parts for "break out" from sole source manufacturing to "competition."
Finally someone died (actually he got his law degree and quit) and I was hired as a Technician in my unit. Worked my way up to Group Commander responsible for 13 C-130 aircraft and about 1500 folks (civilian and reservist) and retired in 2005. Now I just plan vacations and take them.
My wife and I are seeing the country from the ground; mostly new for her and different for me. FYI Mt Rushmore looks TINY from the air, I used to wonder what all the excitement was about.
Lou and Laura with Bella - German Short Hair Pointer
2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2010 Flagstaff 8526RLWS - Superglide 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW