Memorial Day

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Memorial DayMay 26, 2018 by JV Venable 2 Comments Many nations set aside days to celebrate the end of wars or major battles, and to honor those who fought in them. Memorial Day in America is different in that it doesn’t celebrate veterans—we have a different day set aside for that. Memorial Day was designed to celebrate and…






Heroes Among Us

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Heroes Among UsNov 25, 2016 by JV Venable 3 Comments It was July of 1936. Ensign John Bulkeley boarded a Wilson Lines overnight steamer in Norfolk, Virginia, bound for a long weekend in Washington, D.C.  As he stepped into the ship’s galley, he noticed several well-dressed Japanese men in the center of the room.  The steward…






Wind the Clock

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Wind the ClockNov 11, 2016 by JV Venable 13 Comments Flying in-and-of-itself is not inherently dangerous, but it is terribly unforgiving. When the weather suddenly deteriorates, a fire light illuminates the cockpit, or a routine task runs afoul, flying’s unforgiving nature can pump a pilot’s system with competing hormones that quicken reflexes — and cloud…