Balkan Rats – 25 Years On

Balkan Rats – 25 Years On

The Canadian CF-18 Composite Wing, the ‘Balkan Rats’, that flew combat during Operation Allied Force, 25 years ago, propelled a peacetime air force to mold itself into a more capable and lethal fighter force.

Fate, Luck and Choice – The Kenny Switch

Fate, Luck and Choice – The Kenny Switch

None of us live long enough to make all the mistakes so learn from others. In fighter aviation, flights seldom go as planned. We can learn from mistakes of others so that we don’t make them ourselves instead of pointing fingers and ridiculing others. I choose to learn. June 4, 1985, I was on the wing during a formation takeoff of CF-18s when my flight lead could not get airborne, aborted but could not stop in time and ultimately ejected as the aircraft exploded. He lived fortunately. It turns out that a simple pilot-induced trim setting error prevented the jet from getting airborne.

There was so much to learn from this, primarily to avoid distraction from media and outside attention when flying, to always be vigilant, especially when we change procedures and habit patterns, that it is okay to make the small mistakes so that I don’t make the big ones and finally, to trust my instincts when I sense that something is not quite right. Lots to learn each time we fly.

The Merge Podcast Episode

The Merge Podcast Episode

The RCAF has never been in such a desperate state in its 100 year history. Spoke with Mike Benitez on The Merge Podcast about the Canadian fighter force at length on many issues facing the RCAF personnel.

F-35 vs CF-18 Introduction.  What I did not say.

F-35 vs CF-18 Introduction. What I did not say.

I penned an Op Ed published in Skies Magazine linking the RCAF introduction of the F-35 to the CF-18 origins more than 40 years ago (https://lnkd.in/gH-ufnr3?; page 54). There are so many comparisons that work in favor of the F-35 making sure that things are done...