All Politics Aside, The Rock Obama (SNL) Was Hillarious [Video]

All Politics Aside, The Rock Obama (SNL) Was Hillarious [Video]

I don’t really watch much TV, but I ran across SNL last night and figured I’d give it a go since I haven’t seen a funny episode of Saturday Night Live in years. When it comes to SNL, I’m in the old-school club of the golden years of SNL.  However, Dwayne Johnson “The Rock” is pretty funny… then I saw the opening skit and I laughed my ass off.

Regardless of your politics, seeing Obama lose it like The Incredible Hulk was a good chuckle.  And there is even a little bit of a twist at the end, so watch it and decide for yourself!

The Rock Obama on Saturday Night Live

The Rock Obama on Saturday Night Live

“As a president, Barack Obama is typically calm, collected and cool-headed. But after Rep. John Boehner (played by Taran Killam), Sen. Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan) and Sen. Tom Cotton (Kyle Mooney) push The Rock Obama’s (Saturday Night Live host Dwayne Johnson) buttons, he gets a little angry and reminds everyone that he’s commander-in-chief.” (source: Tech Investor)

Watch The Video of “The Rock Obama”

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Happy Beginner’s Drinking Day: St.Patty’s Day Fails

Happy Beginner’s Drinking Day: St.Patty’s Day Fails

St.Patty’s Day has a proud tradition in the USA and around the world of people who don’t know how to handle their liquor getting out of control and doing stupid shit. Let’s hear it for Beginner’s Drinking Day!  Better known as St. Patty’s Day.

Here is a small collection of St. Patty’s Day Fails for your enjoyment.  So grab some cheap beer, add enough green food coloring to give you intestinal problems and let’s have some fun!

It’s An American Tradition


Drink Too Much And You Might Find Yourself Doing Some Irish Yoga!


The End of Rainbow Is Where You May Find Yourself

Everything Looks Great With A Splash Of Color!


Watch Out Or You Might Take A Spill And Get “Cheifed”


Watch Our For The Authorities And May The St.Patty’s Day Force Be With You!







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Flight Training Day 40 – More Check Ride Practice

February, 13  2015 · Taken at Ramona Airport

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Flight Training Day 39 – More Practice for Check Ride!

February, 3  2015 · Taken at Ramona Airport

ATC Light Signals


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Flight Training Day 38 – More Steep Bank Turns Solo

January, 20  2015 · Taken at Ramona Airport

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Flight Training Day 37 – Steep Bank Turns Solo

January, 9  2015 · Taken at Ramona Airport

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Flight Training Day 36 – Soft and Short Field Take Offs and Landings

December 14 & 20, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport

Practice soft field landings in the pattern.  Used 30 degrees Flaps to descend rapidly then throttle as I float in the ground effect for a soft field landing.  Also worked on Slips and short field landings.

Soft Field Landing


Soft Field Landing Video

Soft Field Take-Off


Short Field Landing with Obstacle


Short Field Take Off




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Flight Training Day 35.5 – Steep Angle Turns

360 degree Steep Angle Turns around a point

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Flight Training Day 35 – Steep Angle Turns

November 29, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport

Practice Steep angle turns with Jimmy Carter, Nesreen and Sid over the Pacific Ocean.  Starting with a right turn first becuase it is a more difficult maneuver ending with the left which is a less complex maneuver since the pilot has better visibility turning in the left direction.  Once the turn is initiated the trim must be rotated 3 good turns to set the angle.  Turns must be at least 45 degrees and not exceed 60 degrees.  Demonstrated tis several times.



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Flight Training Day 34 – More Weather Review

November 23, 2014 · At Derek Mountain


Earth Map of Wind and Weather

Looks like the METARs need to step it up;),61.62,500


Usually found with sever thunderstorms

Wind Shear

Wind Shear is a change of wind velocity in a short vertical or horizontal distance.

1. Wind Shear with a low-level temperature inversion

2. Wind Shear in a frontal zone or thunderstorm

3. Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) at High Levels associated with a jet stream or strong circulation

 Unexpected changed in wind speed close to the ground is a concern to pilots during take off and landing due to sudden loss of altitude.


Low Level Wind Shear (LLWS)


Places that you an find out if there is a possiblity of Wind Shear can be found in:

1. Terminal Forecasts



4. LLWAS-Low Level Wind Shear Alert System

5. PIREPs Pilot Reports



2 basic ways fog forms are cooling he air to the dew point and adding moisture to the air near the ground.


Types of Fog

Radiation Fog, Advection Fog, Valley Fog, Upslope Fog, Steam Fog, Ice Fog, Precipitation Fog


How Fog Forms


Ice fog is a type of fog consisting of fine ice crystals suspended in the air.



1. Cumulous Stage – Warm counter Clockwise air rises Upward creating unstable conditioning

2. Mature Stage – Upward air is cooled and moisture forms cumulonimbus

3. Dissipating Stage – Raining


Temperature Inversion

Temperature Inversion Aloft


3 Main types of Icing are Structural, Induction, Instruments

Structural Icing occurs when visible moisture and below freezing temperatures at point moisture strikes the aircraft.


3 Types of structural icing are Clear Ice, Rime Ice, and Mixed Ice.

Clear Ice forms after initial impact when the remaining portion of the drop flows out over the aircraft surface, gradually freezing as a smooth sheet of solid ice.

Rime Ice forms when drops are small, such as those in stratified clouds or light drizzle.  The Liquid portion remaining after initial impact  freezes rapidly before the drop has time to spread out over aircraft surface.

Mixed Ice forms when drops vary in size or when liquid drops are intermingled with snow or ice particles.  The ice particles become embedded in clear ice, building a very rough accumulation.


When encountering icing conditions inadvertently the first course of action should be:

1. Leave the area of visible moisture.

2. Possibly Descending to an altitude below the cloud bases

3. Possibly climbing to an altitude above the clouds

4. Turning into a different course


 Atmospheric Stability

Atmospheric Stability is determines the type of vertical and size of clouds


Stable Clouds are Stratifrom

Unstable Clouds are Cumuliform

Stable Turbulence is Smooth

Unstable Turbulence is Rough

Stable Precipitation is Steady

Unstable Precipitation is Showery

Stable Visibility is Fair to Poor

Unstable Visibility is Good


Absolute Stability – Less Stormy

Hence, an unsaturated or saturated parcel will always be cooler than the
environment and will sink back down to the ground

Conditional Stability

• The unsaturated parcel will be cooler than then environment
and will sink back to the ground
• The saturated parcel will be warmer than the environment and
will continue to ascend

Neutral Stability

The environmental lapse rate is equal to
the dry adiabatic rate.
• Or when parcel is saturate

Absolute Instability – Stormy

Hence, an unsaturated or saturated parcel will always be
warmer than the environment and will continue to ascend




Convective Cloud Formation




Environmental Lapse Rate

5° Celsius/1000 meters


Dry Adiabatic Rate

10° Celsius/1000 meters


Wet Adiabatic Rate

6° Celsius/1000 meters

Dew Point

Dew Point is the temperature to which a sample of the air must be cooled to attain a state of saturation.  When the temperature and the dew point are close together (within 5 degrees), visible moisture in the form of clouds, dew or fog.  Conditions idea for carburetor icing.


Dew Point Formula for Cloud Ceiling

Temperature – Dew point / 4 x 1,000 = Base of Clouds

Dew point meter


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Flight Training Day 33 – More IFR and Clouds

November 21, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport

More IFR and Cloud training! Of all daysto forget my GoPro this was the most amazing flight. Slipping through the clouds was awesome! Also Navigated via IFR through the clouds with Jimmy Carter guiding the way. Next Stop Check Ride!

Initial Walk Up Inspection of Cessna 152 Aircraft

Windsock at Ramona Airport

Pre-Flight Inspection of Cessna 152 Airplane

Pre-Flight Inspection of Cessna 152 Airplane Continued

Cumulus Clouds

Cumulus Clouds

Cumulus Clouds

Cumulus Clouds everywhere in this wonderful cold front creating these great clouds!

Ramona Airport from 5 SM North at 5500 ft.


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Flight Training Day 32 – Ground Weather Review

November 20, 2014 · At Derek Mountain


Nature of the Atmosphere

Low Pressure – Inward, upward and counterclockwise

High Pressure – Outward, downward and clockwise

Low Pressure – Warm air rises  .  High Pressure – Cool air falls



 Troughs and Ridges


Standard Temperature and pressure values at Sea Level


15 degrees Celsius


29.92 Hg Mercury




 What information can be obtained from isobars?

Closer the isobars are together the fast the wind speeds,  the farther they are apart the slower the wind speeds


The Coriolis Force causes winds to flow parallel to isobars.

Surface Friction is why winds flow across isobars at an angle.


 The rate in which the atmospheric pressure decrease with an increase in altitude is 1″ per 1,000 ft.



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Flight Training Day 31 – Cessna 152 IFR Training Part 3

November 11, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport

This time I took the girls and you might see them popping their heads up in the back seat.  As you can see I’m wearing a blast shield aka IFR training Goggles to fly by instruments only.  The top part of the goggles are fogged out so I cant see the outside unless I lift my head up.  This entire flight I don’t get to see outside until right before I landed.  Jimmy gives me navigation, altitude and speed instructions to follow throughout the flight. Before landing we circled the Wild Animal park so the girls could see it from above!

I was wearing this style of IFR trainign glasses from Sportys

sportys iFR training goggles

Other types of IFR training Goggles



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Flight Training Day 31 – Cessna 152 IFR Training Part 2

November 4, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
Another beautiful day of flying.  Too bad I didn’t see a thing above the hood.  Watching the gauges again for another hour.  Winds were out of the NE at 10-20 kts so we had a 10+ crosswind component making it a lot of fun.  Also used runway 9er instead of 27 so that was also more right traffic pattern training.  In addition trained on unusual attitude recovery.
Instrument Flight Rules Simulated




Unusual Attitude Recovery



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Flight Training Day 30 – Cessna 172 IFR Training

October 28, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
Training on IFR flying using glasses that obscure my view so I cannot see the outside terrain and can only fly using the instrument panel.  Very Cool!  Flew my girlfriend, Nesreen, out to the coast and back for an hour logged of IFR with 2 more needed for requirement.


Checking the fuel. 100L

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk 2 Cockpit

Preflight Check to make sure all elevators work

Checking the Cessna 172 Engine Oil

Inspecting the cowling for any debris or bird nests

Luke, use the Force!

Ft Pendleton USMC San Diego, CA

US Navy Hovercraft Base Del Mar Area 21

LHDs leaving the base

Mt Woodson

Landing At Ramona Airport

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Flight Training Day 29 – Cessna 152 Night Flight Part 2

October 16, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
Wrapped up remaining requirements for night flights. Have not flown with my instructor since May. Not used to the extra load but he said my flying was top notch! 7 more night landings. Only 9 hours left! 3 hours of IFR and 6 hours to polish up my skills;)



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Flight Training Day 31 – Ground School – 152 Lycoming Engine and Carburetor

October 10, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
Reviewed 152 Lycoming Engines and Carburetors.  Specifically 4 stroke systems and carb icing.

 150 hp (112 kW) at 2700 rpm, Minimum fuel grade 80/87 avgas, compression ratio 7.00:1. Similar to E2A but with Slick magnetos and O-235 front.  Used in the Cessna 172 I to M models.

Lycoming Egnine Naming


Internal Combustion Engine

4 Stroke Compression System  1. Intake  2. Compression 3. Power  4. Exhaust

Lycoming O-320,  OI-320 Series

Internal Combustion Engine

 Crank Shaft for Lycoming



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lycoming o-320-e2D crank shaft


4 Stroke Cylinder

lycoming o-320-e2D 4 stroke


 Carburetor System for Lycoming O-320

Carburetor System for Lycoming O-320

Carburetor System for Lycoming O-320


lycoming carburetor air box with carb heat lever

air box with carb heat lever


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Flight Training Day 28 – Cessna 152

October 7, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
Pattern work, Touch n Goes, Non towered operations, Right Pattern Traffic, Short Field take offs and landings. Studying PTS and Oral exam books. 12 more hours of flight time to reach minimum for license!
Sporting the Liberty Cap! Freedom!
Great day for flying. She really performed well.
Can See Catalina Island

Flight Training Day 27 – Cross Country Solo part deux!

Sept 21, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport, Blythe Airport

After a long wait and for the marine layer to burn off I finally got my last Cross Country Solo from KRNM Ramona to KBLH Blythe, Ca via KTRM Thermo! Absolutely great day! Logged flight plans and got her underway! Worked on VOR Navigation, Pilotage, and CFlight Following. All solo requirements are complete! 12 more hours of more training to take the Check Ride and get that license!

Flight Route on Los Angeles Sectional

All good and ready to go!

Lake Sutherland is super low! Year 3 of the California drought!

It was surreal to watch a cloud pass by like a car on the road.

Flight Plan

Chicken farms south of Santa Ysabel

Borrego Airffield

The Salton Sea

Looking towards Thermo airport. Returning I didn’t have to stop so I crossed the Salton Sea!

Looking back! Farthest I have flown from home base!

A very happy pilot!

Bye Salton Sea!

Solar panel array

Combat Crew No 412 of B-24 Liberator Bomber Group that was stationed in Blythe, Ca January 1945

Old school bomber hanga

KBLH Blythe Airport

Gas n up!

Heading towards Julian VOR. Last pic of the flight!


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Flight Training Day 26 -Weather Delay on Cross Country Solo

Sept 16, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport

Weather has been super hot and storms linger from the Hurricanes in Los Cabos so I tried to practice some pattern work but hte winds got out of hand.  Put her down after the Tower chattered the crosswinds at 22 knot!

Video here


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Flight Training Day 25 -Cross Country Solo!

Aug 26, 2014 · Taken at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport
Departed from Ramona Airport KRNM at 6:50am. Gorgeous day for a trip to Palm Springs Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport also known as Thermo KTRM located 82 nm out in the desert at altitude -115 below sea level. Used VOR navigating and pilotage. 2.0 hours logged as pilot in command for cross country solo. Awesome!
Flight Plan
Plane Cessna 152 2
The Pilot
Ramona City and Airport. Mt Woodson in the background far right.
Lake Henshaw San Diego County
Julian VOR
The Salton Sea
Kane West MOA
Santa Rosa-San Jacinto Mountains
Salton Sea
Over the Salton Sea
Salton City
Over Barrego Airport
Julian VOR

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Flight Training Day 24 -Pilot in Command

Aug 14, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
Beautiful early morning for a brush up on my skills. Solo cross-country is next! Looking forward to more ground school. Also preparing for high-performance and complicated retractable wheel aircraft.

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Flight Training Day 23 – Written Exam!

Aug 7, 2014 · Taken at Gillespie Field El Cajon Ca


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Flight Training Day 22 – Pilot in Command

July 28, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
More exercises in the playground north of Ramona Airport. Took off about 7 am and flew about an hour. Steep angle and S-turns along a road Circling around a point as well as operations within a non towered airport. Good stuff. 
Loving it

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Flight Training Day 21 – Pilot in Command – Recon

July 25, 2014 · · Taken at Ramona Airport
Took a few shots of the house from above and was filmed from below. After a reconnoiter of the house I practice more maneuvers north of the airport. More steep angle turns around a point at altitude.
House from above heading west
House from above heading east
On the ground in Hangar 1

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Flight Training Day 20 Pilot in Command 152 Cessna

July 5, 2014  · Taken in Ramona, California
Great day to enjoy the Freedom of Flying! Practiced steep angle turns in the playground and flew over the house. Got some great pics of Ramona and Escondido!
San Pasqual Valley
Wild Animal Park
Emergency Landing Strip
Picture of house from above

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Day 19 Flight Training – Pilot in Command C152

June 24, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
More PIC training 10 touch and goes in 1 hr on a beautiful day! Practice engine fail and short field landings in less than 1000 feet! More solo and written test next!
Ramona Airport from left downwind turning base.

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Day 18.5 Flight Training – Lost Procedures

June 13, 2014 · Taken at Frost Mountain

Lost procedures (Four Cs)

  • Climb for a better view, improved communication and navigation reception, and terrain avoidance.
  • Communicate by calling the nearest flight service station on 122.2 MHz. If the equipment is available, you may be able to get a direction-finding steer to an airport or another known point. If you can’t raise Flight Service, try calling the nearest control tower, center, or approach control. For frequencies, check the chart in the vicinity of your last known position. If that fails, switch to the emergency radio frequency (121.5 MHz) and transponder code (7700).
  • Confess to air traffic control that you are lost and need help.
  • Comply with the controller’s instructions. ATC wants to get you home. You can reduce your chances of getting lost in the first place by using flight following when it is available, monitoring checkpoints no more than 25 miles apart, keeping navigation aids such as VORs tuned in, and maintaining good situational awareness.

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Day 18 Flight Training – Pilot in Command C-152

June 12, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport

Early departure for 1.1 hours of touch and goes. 98 landings under my belt with a few more including night landings left to mark off that requirement. Next big thing is the written text! Study study study!

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Flight Training Day 17 – C152 Pilot in Command!

June 3, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
First day flying completely solo. Checked out the plane and headed out after all pre-flights. Felt great! This is the best feeling! Can’t wait to get my license!


Mt Woodson Elemntary from above

At the helm Warp speed engage!

Taxiing via ALpha


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Flight Training Day 16 – Solo Flight!

May 28, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
Started out a bit stressed but worked it out and flew around then went for it! Pilot in Command for 3 take-offs and landings in .7 hours! The pattern was very full and i was dealing with many airplanes lining up for approach. Now I can train without the instructor. Next is the big written and Oral exam then Flight Check!

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Flight Training Day 15.5 – More Ground Work

May 9, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
Getting ready to solo! Holidays slowed things up a bit but now back on track! More Cross Country training and Weather! I’m going to be taking my written test soon! Lots of stuff to learn and know. My brain hurts:)
Aviation Weather is paramount to learn
Spock uses the E-6b to navigate the Enterprise

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Flight Training Day 15 – Cessna 172 Cross-Country

May 4, 2014 · Taken at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport
KRNM – JLI – KTRM Had to get up early to do this trip. It gets crazy out over the Salton Sea. Cross Country today takes me to Thermo or Jacqueline Cochran regional airport which is 115 below sea level. This makes for an interesting climb out of a very hot place;) Absolutely no lift! Ramona airport and surrounding locations provide the largest range of environments in such a small area. An amazing trip over the desert and Salton Sea. Julian from above is gorgeous.
Check fuel sump
Thermo has a golf course — at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport.
Thermo Gas Station

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Flight Training Day 14.5 Ground Training

April 24, 2014o · Taken at Ramona Airport
Working on Solo test and another cross-country to Borrego, CA. WHile in Class we had some visitors stop by the little Ramona Airport. B-17, B-25, P-51 Mustang and a couple of USMC Huey Cobras. I will post some videos next. What a show!
FAR AIM 2014
Private Pilot Oral Exam Single Engine Land
Filling out the Logbook!
B-24 Liberator
Video of B-24 Liberator Bomber Landing At Ramona Airport

Video of B-17 bomber landing at Ramona Airport

P-51 Mustang Fighter
Video of P-51 Mustang Taking Off

USMC Huey Cobras flew by

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Flight Training Day 14 Cross Country C172 Skyhawk2

April 11, 2014 · Taken at Torrance Municipal Airport
KRNM OCN KTOA- Ramona Airport to Torrance Airport for cross country training. Headed out to Oceanside VOR then along coast over Camp Pendleton then Flight Following through John Wayne Airport Class C Airspace


The Cockpit


Torrance Municipal Airport California

Frost Call delivers!

P-38 434th Fighter Squadron

P-51 434th Fighter Squadron

Army Air Corp Uniform

The Great Zamperini

Trophies of War…A Nazi Flag at Torrance Municipal Airport

Olympic Torches


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Flight Training Day 13 – Cessna 152 Bail Out Airport

April 5, 2014 · Taken at Gillespie Field Airport
Flew the “Bail Out” route down to Gillespie Field. Been 3 weeks since I flew so really felt rusty. Botched the first landing but circled around and did a beauty. Returned to KRNM and did a few touch and goes to brush up. Next week I fly to Torrance Airport and back. More Cross Country Practice!
Foreflight on my Ipad mini.  Great for navigating!
My instructor signs fills out my logbook

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Flight Training Day 12.5 Ground Cross Country

April 3, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport

Tower Communications

Icom IC-A24 NAV-COM Transceiver

Pick one of these up today.  Hope it is a good value.
Preparing for Cross Country Flight. Bail out Flight for backup airport to KSEE Gillespie Field and Ramona to Torrance, CA and back next week with Vision-Strike-Wear business partner and US Marine Todd Gilbert

Piper Cub at Jimmy Carter’s Flight Training

Cal Fire ready for action

Weather Briefing

Ramona Airshow Chalks

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Flight Training Day 12 – Night Flight! Cessna 172 Skyhawk 2

March 16, 2014 · Taken at Corona Municipal Airport
Full Moon. Great night for flying. Clear skies and no other traffic until we reached Ontario Approach. Flew from Ramona Airport to Corona Airport. 1 hour flight each way. Landing at night was very cool! Once we returned to Ramona I did 3 touch and goes to practice night and non towered landings! Awesome!
Here comes the teach
Cessna 172 Skyhawk 2

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Flight Training 11.9 – More Ground

March 13, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
Checked out the Velocity Experimental Aircraft here at the airport. Met the owner and pilot of this cool aircraft. Jimmy gave us the tour. More Nav and Communication work preparing for Night Flight this Saturday!
Velocity Alien II

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Flight Training Day 11.5 – Ground Instruction

March 6, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
More Navigation! Next weekend is my first NIGHT FLIGHT so we are preparing the charts and the nav log for the journey. Mastering the E-6B Flight Computer to figure True Headings etc. Need to get a new Kneeboard Tri-Fold!

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Flight Training Day 11 – Cessna 152 II

March 6, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
Emergency Power Out landing simulation – More Touch and Goes to practice landings- 8 more! Jimmy Carter says I’m ready to go for solo!
The Teach
Blackhawk Helicopter
P-51 Mustang

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Flight Training Day 10.5 – More Ground Instruction

February 20, 2014· Taken at Ramona Airport
The E6B Flight computer! Calculating and computing flights and reading charts. Figuring distance traveled by gallons used by time it takes etc…Almost ready to go SOLO!
USMC Veteran trainer
San Diego Sectional

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Flight Training Day 10 – Cessna 152 Pre Solo Flight Test

February 18, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
Getting closer to flying solo! After that I will be able to train more on my own for the big Written and Flight Test for the final Pilot’s License! 8 more landings running the pattern with less and less assistance! ThanksJimmy Carter for the excellent training!
Pre-flight Check!
Operations Log
Checking the plane
What lands at an airport…
Need Petro! 100LL
Fill’er Up!
The Pilot’s Seat!
Jimmy talked to 4 people in this stroll from his car to the me- lol! 
The “Teach” has arrived
breaking it down.


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Flight Training Day 9.5 – Aeronautical Decision Making

D- Detect that the action necessary
E- Estimate the significance of the action
C- Choose a desirable outcome
I- Identify actions needed in order to achieve the chosen option
D- Do the necessary action to achieve change
E- Evaluate the effects of the action

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Flight Training Day 9 – Cessna 152!

February 4, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
10 landings in 1 hour. Ramona Airport is the best place to learn to fly! No traffic just one touch and go after the other! Certainly made the right decision to wait and train here rather than at Long Beach Airport.
Checking the environment
I love that Cessna 152 
150 HP! Usaully they are 110 HP.
The Log Book
Ready to Roll! 
Jimmy Carter sporting the Hoodie
Crank it baby
Thumbs up!

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Flight Training Day 8.5 – Cessna 152!


Steep Bank Turns


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Flight Training Day 8 – Cessna 152!

February 2, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
8:00 AM: Early morning and both planes wouldn’t turn over. Got down in the 30s last night- brrrr. Jimmy Carter tried to crank start her but nothing. Had to wait for the mechanic to show up and jump her off. Once we did it was training Steep Turns from 45 to 60 banks for 360 degree arcs including S turns and a couple touch and goes. Almost lost my lunch on the 2G turns. Ugh.

Early morning
Jimmy Carter says cooooolllllddd.
Jump Start her!
Finally airborne!

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Flight Training Day 7.5 -Aviation Weather Charts

 Surface Analysis Chart

Computer prepared chart that covers the contiguous 48 states and adjacent areas.  The chart is transmitted every three hours.  Ready means of locating pressure systems and fronts.  It also gives and overview of winds, temperatures and dew points AT CHART TIME.


Weather Depiction Chart

the Weather DEpiction Chart is computer generated with a weathr observers analysis of fronts from METAR reports.  This chart gives valid time of chart.  The chart begins at 01Z each day, is transmitted at 3 hr intervals, and is valid at the time of plotted data.

 Radar Summary Chart

is a computer-generated graphical display of a collection of automated radar weather reports (SDs). This chart displays areas of precipitation as well as information about type, intensity, configuration, coverage, echo top, and cell movement of precipitation. Severe weather watches are plotted if they are in effect when the chart is valid. The chart is available hourly with a valid time of H+35; i.e., 35 minutes past each hour.


 Short Range Surface Prognostic Chart (Progs)

 The Charts protray forecasts of selected weather conditions at specified valid times 12, 24, 36, 48 hour progs.

Significant Weather Prognostic Chart

Significant Weather Prognostic Charts are available for Low-level significant weather from the SURFACE to FL240 (24,000 feet), also referred to as the 400 millibar level, and  high-level significant weather from FL250 to FL600.



Connective Outlook Chart

Depicts areas of forecasts to have the potential for severe )tornado, wind gusts 50kts or greater, or hail 3/4 inch diameter size or greater and non-severe convection and specific sever weather threats.


Constant Pressure Analysis Chart

Any surface of equal pressure in the atmosphere is constant pressure surface.  A constant pressure analysis chart is an upper air weather map where all information depicted is at the specified pressure of the chart.


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Flight Training Day 7 – Cessna 152!

January 21, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport

Practice stalling and recover exercises at 8k feet. That is a lot of fun…not. Sphincter Factor of 10 when the stall happens and the plane goes out of control for a moment. More touch and goes. Great day of flying!

Checking on the Squawk sheet with the mechanic
“Spots” the hangar cat
Jimmy Carter checking out the environment
Flight planning and briefing
Lookign at San Diego Naval base and USMC Coronado Island
Heading north towards Camp Pendleton
Ramona Airport tower
P-51 Mustang

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Flight Training Day 6.5 – Ground – Airport Taxiing and Runway

January 9, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport

Took the girls with me to class last night. Jimmy Carter was too cool to let them join so I can get more ground instruction on Airspace and Chart Reading



Flight Training Day 6 – Cessna 152 Classic!

January 9 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport
More Touch and Goes to get better at landings. 7 Unassisted today! 5kt crosswind made things interesting. Worked on communications as well. Feeling more and more comfortable at the controls!
Jimmy has Vision-Strike-Wear.coms Made in America Hoodie for the USMC- Semper Fi!

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Flight Training Day 5.5 -Pressure Density


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Flight Training Day 5 – Cessna 172 Skyhawk 2

December 14, 2013 · Taken at Ramona Airport
Another fine day of flying. Although Im getting over a bug was still able to handle the Skyhawk 2. More Touch and goes to practice landings. My instructor Jimmy Carter was a good choice and is letting me push the envelope on my training. All 8 unassisted landings are with no throttle or 0 power to simulate landing with engine failure. Good shit to learn.
The Drive to Ramona Airport
The Cessna 172 Skyhawk 2
Jimmy Carter giving the day’s training a thumbs up.
Jimmy wants me to remember this chart for after the written test I will never see it again-lol.

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Flight Training Day 4.5 – Aviation Weather Forecasts

TAFs – Terminal Area Forecasts

Aviation Area Forecast (FAs)

Information provided by FAs is a Synopsis, Clouds and Weather, 12-18 hr Outlook.


Inflight Aviation Weather Advisories (WST, WS, WA)

1. Convective SIGMET

Convective sigmets are issued for:

  • Severe thunderstorms. Severe thunderstorms are those that may create surface winds of 50 knots or more; hail at the surface greater than or equal to three-quarter-inch in diameter; or tornadoes.
  • Embedded thunderstorms. These are thunderstorms that exist within a greater mass of clouds. The danger here is stumbling into a cell while flying in instrument conditions. Without any storm-detection equipment you can’t see trouble coming, although the Center Weather Service Units at air route traffic control centers can provide—via controllers—information useful for vectors away from areas experiencing heavy precipitation rates, or radar signatures associated with tornadic activity—hooks, scalloped edges, pendant shapes, and zones with very steep radar contours.
  • A line or lines of thunderstorms.
  • Thunderstorms greater than or equal to VIP (video integrator processor) Level 4, affecting 40 percent or more of an area of at least 3,000 square miles.



 Sigmets are issued for severe icing not associated with thunderstorms; severe or extreme turbulence or clear air turbulence (CAT) not associated with thunderstorms;

dust storms, sandstorms; volcanic ash lowering surface or in-flight visibility to below three statute miles; or volcanic eruptions.



AIRMET Sierra – Describes IFR conditions and or extensive mountain obscurations.

AIRMET Tango – Describes moderate turbulance, sustained surface winds of 30 knots or greater, and or nonconvective low level wind shear

AIRMET Zulu – Describes Icing and Freezing level Heights


Winds and Temperatures Aloft Forecasts

Forecast Winds and Temperatures Aloft is a forecast of wind direction and speeds and of temperatures at different altitudes for specific locations.


Center Weather Advisories CWA

The CWA is an aviation weather warning for conditions meeting or approaching national in-flight advisory (AIRMET, SIGMET or SIGMET for convection) criteria.

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Flight Training Day 4 – Cessna 172 Skyhawk 2

November 30, 2013 · Taken at Ramona Airport
First time in a Cessna 172. Way more room than the 152. 2 more unassisted take offs and landings for the log! Was able to take my grandparents and my parents up for a spin around San Diego. Flew out to the coast over the ocean and down to city and back. Great day for flying.

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Flight Training Day 3.5 – Aviation Weather Reports and Observations

November 23, 2014 · At Derek Mountain


Hourly surface observation of conditions observed at an airport.

2 Types of METARs; a Routine METAR report and a Special Weather Report (SPECI)

Reading a METAR


Types of Weather Observing programs available are:

Manual Observations – Reports from FAA or NWS personnel.

AWOS – Automated Weather Observation System.

AWOS – Automated Weather Observation System

AWOS - Automated Weather Observation System

AWOS - Automated Weather Observation System

ASOS/AWSS- Automated Surface Observation System/ Automated Weather Sensor System.

 Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) units are automated sensor suites that are designed to serve meteorological and aviation observing needs. There are currently more than 900 ASOS sites in the United States. These systems generally report at hourly intervals, but also report special observations if weather conditions change rapidly and cross aviation operation thresholds.


2 types of PIREPs ROUTINE  or UA URGENT contain information concerning weather as observed by pilots en route.


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Flight Training Day 3 – Cessna 152

November 21, 2013  · Taken at Ramona Airport
Reviewed written pilot license test requirements and flying in a pattern. A coyote crossed the runway. Studied on ground for 2 hours then practiced “touch and goes” for an hour with 4 unassisted take offs and landings. Landings were at zero throttle or no power and approach was on glide speed. This is to practice landing with engine failure. Needless to say I wasn’t taken pics while flying this time;)


Coyote on runway 27/9

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Flight Training Day 2.5 – Aviation Charts




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Flight Training Day 2 – Cessna 152

November 14, 2013 ·  · Taken at Ramona Airport

Planned Flight with Jimmy. Pre-flighted, Taxied, Communicated with the Ground and tower for clearance. Took off, flew over Mt. Woodson then headed south over San Vicente Reservoir to Gillespie Airfield in El Cajon and had an assisted landing. The rudders when taxiing are a bit tricky but I got it this time. On return to Ramona Airport took off and landed unassisted for the first time! Jimmy says its rare that folks can do the whole trip on their own this early. I told him I had a good teacher;)

About to turn base leg on Ramona KRNM airfield.  Overlooking town of Ramona.

Jimmy points out the way to El Cajon. SSE to Gillespie Field KSEE

ME actually flying a REAL aircraft no Flight Simulator!

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Flight Training Day 1.5 Obtaining Weather Information

Primary Source of obtaining Weather Briefing is from the briefer at the AFSS/FSS by calling



Toll free 24 hours a day.The following is a list of the pertinent information a weather bringing includes:

1. Adverse Conditions

2. VFR Flight Status

3. Synopsis

4. Current Conditions

5. Enroute Forecast

6. Desination Forecast

7. Winds Aloft

8. NOTAMs Notices to Airman

 9. ATC Delay

10. Upon Request

Special Use Airspace SUA, MOAs Military Operations Airspace, MTRs Military Training, ADIZ, Search and Rescue, RAIM services



Other means are

TIBS- Telephone Information Briefing Service (AFSS)

NOAA- National Oceanic atmospheric Administration.

DUATS- Direct User Access Terminal Systems can be accessed by pilots with a  current Medical Certificate toll-free in the contiguous states via personal computer and internet.

TWEB- Transcribed Weather Broadcast and telephone access in Alaska.



These AFSS/FSS and other Weather Services contact numbers are found in the Airport Facility Guide

 AFSS- Automated Flight Service Station

FSS – Flight Service Station



En Route Advisory Service (EFAS)

Specifically designed to provide enroute aircraft with timely and meaningful weather advisories pertinent to the type of flight intended, route of flight and altitude.  Also where PIREPs Pilot REported Weather Information.

Hazardous In-Flight Weather Conditions (HIWAS)

A continuous broadcast of in-flight weather advisories including summarized Aviation Weather Advisories, SIGMETs, Convective SIGMETs, CEnter Weather Advisories, AIRMETs, and urgent PIREPs.

Flight Information Service (FIS)

FIS is a method of receiving aviation weather and other operational data in the cockpit that augments traditional pilot voice communication with FSS or ATC facilities.


Pre flight Planning

1. Location of Fronts

2. Cloud Layers

3. Freezing Levels

the lowest altitude in the atmosphere over a given location at which the air temperature reaches 0°C

4. Air Temperature and Pressure


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Flight Training Day 1- Cessna 152

November 6, 2013

Took off, flew around for a hour practicing rolls, pitch, and yaw maneuvers. Stick and rudder flying. Basic navigation and VFR review. Did an assisted landing. Flying to Gillespie Airport in El Cajon on the 14th! Absolutely awesome!


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Flight Training Day 0.5 Obtaining ATIS Information

Automatic Terminal Information Service

KRNM Ramona ATIS Frequency 132.025

The recording is updated in fixed intervals or when there is a significant change in the information, e.g. a change in the active runway. It is given a letter designation (e.g. bravo) from the ICAO spelling alphabet. The letter progresses down the alphabet with every update and starts at alpha after a break in service of 12 hours or more. When contacting the local control unit, a pilot will indicate he/she has “information <letter>”, where <letter> is the ATIS identification letter of the ATIS transmission the pilot received. This allows ATC controller to verify whether the pilot has all the current information.  From Article in Wikipedia- read more

Updated during Tower Operating Hours.  After hours is default traffic announcement.

The Phonetic Alphabet is used for ATIS report

Message Explanation
This is Schiphol arrival information Kilo Indicates the broadcast is for aircraft inbound to Schiphol, and the bulletin’s identification letter
Main landing runway 18 Right Main runway used for landing is 18R, which indicates the direction (180 degrees magnetic) and Right implies there are other runways with a similar direction (18L (left), and perhaps others, such as 18C (center))
Transition level 50 Lowest usable flight level is 50 (5000 feet)
Two zero zero degrees, one one knots Wind direction from azimuth 200 degrees magnetic (south-southwest), average 11 knots
Visibility 10 kilometres General visibility 10 kilometers or more
Few 1300 feet, scattered 1800 feet, broken 2200 feet Cloud layers at the indicated altitude above the airport
Temperature 15, dewpoint 13 Temperature and dewpoint in degrees Celsius
QNH 995 hectopascal QNH 995 hectopascal
No significant change No significant change in weather expected
Contact Approach and Arrival callsign only When instructed to contact the Approach and Arrival controller, check in with callsign only (for the sake of brevity)
End of information Kilo End of bulletin, and the bulletin’s identification letter again





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Flight Student Medical Exam- Passed!

November 4, 2013

Medical Certifications for Pilots

Since im over 40 I must renew every 24 months.  If I were a “Spring Chicken” under 40 it would be required to renew every 60 months.
I chose a Class 3 medical license which is the least required to pass for this limits me to Private Pilot flying only.
2nd Class Medical allows for commercial pilots license.
1st class is for airline transport pilot license.


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Flight Training with Jimmy Carter Flight School Ramona California

Visiting Jimmy Carter’s Flight School

November 2, 2013   Taken at Ramona Airport
Jimmy Carter is my flight instructor! Lol! Not the President but actually a USMC veteran and highly regarded pilot trainer.
“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward for there you have been and there you will always long to return”  Leonardo Da Vinci
FAR AIM 2013
Choosing a Flight Instructor is critical and future pilot should find a one that they can learn best with.  I choose Jimmy Carter because of his love for aviation and genuine personality.  


Learning to Fly – Top Petty (C) 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Learning to Fly – Pink Floyd 2011 Remaster Originally released 1987

Is ISIS Learning Recruiting Strategies From Online Sexual Predators?

Is ISIS Learning Recruiting Strategies From Online Sexual Predators?

There is a common thread behind so called “homegrown extremists” in France, England, and even in the USA.  Surviving family members and friends who had no idea their children, friends or even siblings had become radicalized.

There the mother who had no idea that her child or children met extremists online. The wife who thought her husband was just taking the day off from work, or the sister who realized she had never met her brother’s new gang of friends. Transformations, especially in young people can be subtle, taking place over months and eluding relatives along the way.

Mia Bloom of the University of Massachusetts says groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda go after young women in the West by using other young women as online recruiters. The tactics they use are similar to that of an online sexual predator: establishing a rapport and building trust.

“It’s another woman. She’s cool. She’s just a few years older. And so this is how they will initially approach,” Bloom says. It’s an attempt to dupe unsuspecting young women in places like the United Kingdom, France and United States into joining. But it begs another question: Are the young women who end up being recruited victims or terrorist masterminds?


Countries in Europe, like the England, are often arresting “fighters” who return from Syria or Iraq and sentence them to prison trying to avoid more home-grown terrorist attacks.  When their families cooperate with authorities and their children are imprisoned, it could discourage other families from working with police or security organizations to bring their kids back home.

“In the same way that we have former gang members talking to high school students to prevent them from entering gangs, we may be missing out on an invaluable resource to have these girls speak to other young women not to get involved,” she says.

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20-year-old Aqsa Mahmood from Glasgow is a case in point. She traveled to Syria in 2013 and married an ISIS fighter. She then starting promoting terrorism back home via Twitter. Dr. Bloom says they try to recruit others by selling an idealized version of what life will be like in Syria.

“She’ll be online extolling the virtues of living in the Caliphate and how wonderful it is to have this sisterhood, especially if you are the second or third wife,” Bloom says.

Some of the other tactics used to recruit young men and women to ISIS and al-Qaeda resemble those used by cults or online sexual predators who prey on children. One technique is ironically called ”love bombing.” They attempt to influence a person with continuous and lavish demonstrations of affection and attention.  Expecially to people who already feel alienated in their local city, town or culture.  They also can work by putting some kind of prize in front of potential recruits in exchange for an agreement.

In many cases, ISIS themselves could be considered sexual predators as many of the women recruited to marry ISIS fighters are under the legal age of consent.  Some of the “officers” in the ISIS military groups take multiple wives, many of them as young as 14 year of age.

People drawn to both terror groups, online predators and cults tend to be seeking something missing from their lives. ”They’re not necessarily going to be damaged individuals,” Bloom says. “But I do think that the terrorist organizations do prey upon a certain kind of individual, especially converts to Islam who, because they converted, tend to overcompensate.”

Sometimes that compensation, especially for Western recruits, is for a lack of success in life. ”They are tired of being objects of history and want to be agents of history,” Bloom says. “Being in the caliphate is a way of being someone important. You’re making a difference — even though it’s a terrible difference.” (Source: OPB)

Radio Interview with Dr. Bloom:

As crazy and it sounds, these people are going to be coming back from Syria, Iraq and other countries and in some cases, there is no way to know who they are.  In Europe, some experts are suggesting there could be potentially thousands of extremists who were fighter or conspirators of ISIS.  Without programs to “de-radicalize” these people, the potential for acts of terrorism is a matter of “when”, not “if” it will happen.

A representative from France (unidentified in the radio interview) said, “the [government] is starting to realize they cannot capture or kill them all.  IS Fighters could be coming back tomorrow or a year from now, but they are returning. And when they return, they have the will, the training and the contacts to coordinate attacks. Our best hope may yet lie with de-radicalization programs, like those currently used in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.”


Regardless of the consequences, the increasing threat may be slowed or stopped by using tactics that are currently employed to fighter online sexual predators. The US government and many local police forces already have programs in place to find online predators and these programs may be able to be used to track ISIS recruiters because they are taking their game plan from existing tactic used by online pedophiles and predators.

Star Trek Live At The Oregon Symphony

Star Trek Live At The Oregon Symphony

On January 30th, 2015 in Portland, Oregon, Webmaster Matt went to see Star Trek (2009) with the Oregon Symphony playing the soundtrack live and it was fantastic! But did you know that Star Trek was based on the US Air Force? And that Gene Roddenberry was both a police officer and has flown combat missions?

Here is a short clip from the end of the show.


Gene Roddenberry Was A U.S. Combat Pilot

“In 1941, he joined the United States Army Air Corps, which in the same year became the United States Army Air Force. He began training at Goodfellow Field (now Goodfellow Air Force Base) in San Angelo, Texas with other Civilian Pilot Training alums and graduated as a second lieutenant in September 1942, Class G.[11] ”

“He flew combat missions in the Pacific Theatre with the “Bomber Barons” of the 394th Bomb Squadron, 5th Bombardment Group, of the Thirteenth Air Force and on August 2, 1943, Roddenberry was piloting a B-17E Flying Fortress named the “Yankee Doodle,” from Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, when mechanical failure caused it to crash on take-off. In total, he flew eighty-nine missions for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal before being honorably discharged at the rank of captain in July 1945.” (Source: Wikipedia)

After his military service, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department (Feb. 1, 1949). He became a Police Officer in 1951 and made Sergeant in 1953. It is widely believed that his experience as a combat pilot and police officer molded his vision for the future where “The Federation of Planets” would be a combined exploration, military and police force and later doing diplomatic and scientific missions. He original sold the series as a “Wagon Train To The Stars.”

 Rank Structures In Star Trek Based On United States Navy

“According to Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, Roddenberry’s original idea for the organization of the USS Enterprise was that the ship would be based on a merchant marine type organization with a Captain and various mates overseeing a large crew. In the pilot episode “The Cage”, the only ranks spoken of were Captain, Lieutenant, Chief and Crewman. All officers wore a single rank stripe and, according to Roddenberry, everyone aboard the Enterprise was a qualified astronaut making rank titles a formality since all crewmembers basically had the same type of training.

When the second pilot was being developed (TOS: “Where No Man Has Gone Before”), Roddenberry shifted focus from a merchant marine vessel to a military ship very clearly modeled after the United States Navy. The ranks of Lieutenant Commander and Commander were both spoken of and the Captain (James T. Kirk) wore a “two stripe” insignia to differentiate him from the rest of the crew. When Star Trek: The Original Series came into full production, Ensign and Lieutenant Junior Grade were both either seen or discussed and the concept of staff versus line officers was introduced, most predominately in “Court Martial” where an officer of the Judge Advocate General Corps is seen and Starfleet is referred to as “the service”.” (source: Ex Astris Scientia)

Star Trek Cast Members With Military Service

Individual Star Trek role Branch of service Years of service Service number Final rank
Lurry US Army 1943 – 1945 39 708 296 Sergeant
US Army 1942 – 1943 39 531 145 Private First Class
L. Coon
Original Series Producer US Marine Corps 1942 – 19461950 – 1951 442994 Sergeant
Script Writer
City on the Edge of Forever”)
US Army 1957 – 1959 51 403 352 Private First Class
Hacom/ Yang
US Army 1942 – 1945 530425 Second Lieutenant
US Navy 1918 – 1919 150 83 54 Hospital ApprenticeFirst Class
Original Series Producer US Army Air CorpsUS Air Force Reserve 1941 – 19461946 – 1957 32001877673530 First Lieutenant
Bele US Army 1953 – 1955 52 314 745 Not recorded
US Navy 1942 – 1945 647 86 69 Petty Officer1st Class
US Army 1953 51 214 821 Private
US Navy 1945 – 1946 960 39 80 Seaman1st Class
US Navy 1944 – 1946 566 72 38 Seaman1st Class
Original Series Producer US Navy 1944 – 1946 881 57 18 Petty Officer3rd Class
Mullibok US Marine Corps 1942 – 1945 385253 Corporal
US ArmyAir Corps 1943 – 1946 39 563 856 Private First Class
US Army 1943 – 1946 36 858 836 Technical Sergeant
Script Writer (TOS:
Enemy Within”)
US Army 1944 – 1945 12 229 310 Private
Decius/ Stonn US Marine Corps 1947 – 1950 1060247 Private First Class
US Marine Corps 1964 – 1990 2030237 Sergeant Major
Spock US Army Reserve 1953 – 1955 11 229 770 Sergeant
US Army 1942 – 1946 32 698 169 Technician5th Grade
Series Creator US ArmyAir Corps 1942 – 1945 662606 Captain
Security Guard (TOS:
of the Dove”)
Stunt Double (TOS:
for Methuselah”)
US ArmyAir Corps 1943 – 1945 522005 First Lieutenant
US Army 1946 – 19481951 – 1953 16 231 53302 103 964 First Lieutenant
Rojan Naval Academy / Army Air Corps 1937 – 1940 (Navy) 139 89 54 Midshipman
Rogerson US Navy 1966 – 1986 Researching Commander
Reger US Army 1942 – 1946 32 792 652 Corporal
US Army 1943 – 1946 33 455 116 Technician5th Grade
Septimus/ Atoz US Army 1917 – 1919 2371377 Sergeant
W. Zautcke
US Marine Corps 1981 – 1985 None First Lieutenant
Air Force Reserve / Air National Guard 1958 – 1964 28248934 Airman 3rd Class


In the end, Star Trek may not have been completely based on the US Air Force, but we will never truly know.  It is known that Gene’s Combat Pilot training and missions were a large factor in his choices of space combat in Star Trek shows.  Also his knowledge of the US Military led to help with ship designs, ideas and naming conventions and the military structure of The Federation in the show.

I Have A Dream: The Civil Rights Movement

I Have A Dream: The Civil Rights Movement

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Not since our founding fathers have we seen many great leaders in our history who continue to remind us that we [humans] are all created equal and are deserving of the same rights of all men. One such man did and changed the way we interact with one another by opening those once closed doors to where we could shop, eat, go to school, etc.

Leader Of The Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther King, Jr. was such a man. He led the Civil Rights Movement in a non-violent manner mirroring the example and teachings of Mahatma Ghandi. King’s famous speech followed a March on Washington [for Jobs and Freedom], establishing him as one of the great orators of his time. The youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, King’s focus was to end racial discrimination and segregation.

Before he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, King had also turned his efforts to end poverty and stopping the Vietnam War. His death sparked riots and unrest in the American people King had fought so hard for. In King’s honor, and probably to quiet the uproar of the people, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared April 7th a day of mourning for the Civil Rights leader.


“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

A campaign to make his birthday a national holiday began shortly after his death in 1968, but it wasn’t until 1983 under the presidency of Ronald Reagan, that Americans celebrated King’s birthday as a National Holiday for the first time on January 20th.

Although all 50 states did not collectively accept this holiday until 2000, today we continue to acknowledge this holiday on the 3rd Monday of the month of January so that it falls on or near his birthday of January 15th.

Vision-Strike-Wear.Com wishes to extend our sincerest thanks and praise should be given by continuing in his great works at whatever capacity we can. Treat others how you want to be treated, regardless of race, creed or color, financial status, or other. We are all human and deserving of the same rights as our fellow man. Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for your valiant works and for keeping in the traditions of our founding fathers in the pursuit of freedom and equality.

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Below, we share with you, Dr. King’s famous speech, “I Have a Dream“. (As you read it, remember how far we have come as a nation).

“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the

Emancipation Proclamation
. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check.

When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual.

And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities.

We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: “For Whites Only.”

We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has  nothing for which to vote.

No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest — quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of
their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black
girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day
— this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true 

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”


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