Optimum Cruise–Avoiding the Sabre Dance in Flight and Life

Flight, Leadership, Vector
As a pilot, the scariest flight video I've ever watched is a slow speed F-100 doing a "Sabre Dance".  Slow and low to the ground, trying to land, with the wings teetering on a stall, often the pilot does not walk away alive.  A rare occurrence, but common and deadly enough to make any pilot respect the twenty feet above touchdown and the accompanying speed of a fighter aircraft. This dangerous phase of flight is partially due to what is known as the 'region of reverse command'.  It is a terrible place to fly, but almost as poor of a speed at which to run your business and life. In simple terms, an aircraft in the region of reverse command is flying so…
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19 December is Warthog Day

History, Leadership, Military Affairs, Personal Value, Veterans
Every day is someone's birthday.  Everyday is a milestone for certain individuals, companies and countries.  Just like your own heritage, for many of those milestones and birthdays, you are the only one who cares, and that is just fine.  Like your genealogy or high school graduation date, these things shouldn't matter to your neighbor, as they are your personal heritage, milestones and days of celebration.   Then again, there are some days worth celebrating at the neighborhood, state, national, or even world level.  Today is one of those days.  On this day in 1973, the Air Force approved the procurement of 52 A-10 Thunderbolt production aircraft, associated engines, and GAU-8A 30 mm gun systems. This followed a successful flight evaluation fly-off of the A-10 with the A-7D Corsair.  With this order, the purchase…
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Easter—Eternal Hope Amidst Even The Darkest Despair

Easter, Friendship, Leadership, Personal Value, Spring
On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb where they had lain Jesus’ body, hoping to care for the body and pay her final respects to Jesus of Nazareth, her now slain leader, spiritual teacher, and friend. She, along with so many of Jesus’ disciples were distraught at his crucifixion. She was unable to deal with the death of the most important person in her life—the person who offered her so much hope—and I’m sure could not understand how someone so good, teaching a message so inspiring could be gone so quickly. Finding the tomb empty, she ran in haste to let the disciples know that His body was missing, causing a few of them to…
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