Meet my neighbor and golfing buddy Denny Wisely who is a retired admiral, former lead of the Blue Angels (the A4 Skyhawk), Captain of the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier and credited with two kills in Vietnam during his 350+ missions. When he got his wings at Pensacola, rather than go into jets, he spent one year and over 800 hours instructing in the T-34. He had not flown the mentor since then and muscle memory kicked in for his flight around Scottsdale.
Read Denny’s just published book on Kindle “Green Ink: Memoirs of a Fighter Pilot.”
The paper copy just came out on May 6th and is available on Amazon.
” Here is the intro to the book:
The biography of a navy fighter pilot who started out from immature, shaky beginnings. He found himself in the navy while growing up during Vietnam. He was the first to shoot down two enemy airplanes and flew 350 combat missions during three deployments aboard USS Kitty Hawk. The ledger he kept will bring you right there with him as he recounts many of those more than exciting missions including being shot down near Hanoi. He flew F4 Phantom to 85,000 feet during operational test flights at the McDonnell-Douglas factor in St Louis. Later at VX-4 in Pt Mugu, California he tested the F 14 Tomcat and flew the MiG 21 from Area 51. He went on to command a Fighter Squadron from USS Midway home-ported in Japan and then went on to be Flight Leader and Commanding Officer of the Blue Angels. He went on to Command the aircraft carrier John F Kennedy.
The title says it all. This is just one of the many landmarks in the United States that we have been privileged to fly over in our thirty year history. Stayed tuned for more.
This is an original piece of artwork done by our former #5 pilot, artist and author, Lou Drendel. It shows what our six ship wedge loop looked like from a totally different perspective at the Chicago Air & Water Show back in 1998. By the way, Lou is still doing commission work if you need a special aviation related piece of artwork http://www.aviation-art.net
This picture shows Harrison Ford accepting a Lima Lima Flight Team coin from John Rippinger at the annual “Living Legends of Aviation” dinner in Beverly Hills on January 19. Harrison also wants to do some formation flying in the T-34. I think we can accommodate that request!
This is the time of year when the pilots and families of the Lima Lima Flight Team traditionally extend our warmest holiday greetings to all of our friends, fans, sponsors and airshow promoters. Without your continued support we would not be going into our 30th year in the airshow business.
It was very early in our careers when we thought that packaging an airshow act during the day and and a headliner singing act at night would enhance our cash flow….NOT. Pictured left to right: Skip Aldous, Elvis, Bill Cherwin, John Rippinger and Lou Drendel. Not sure who is standing behind the King.
The first is “how does this dress make by butt look?” and the second is “making a choice between your airplane and your wife“.
It was sixteen years ago next week that the tragedy we now refer to simply as 9-11 occurred. This picture was taken several years before during an airshow that we were performing in Suffolk County NY. Just remember that freedom is not free.
On July 17 we lost one of our dear friends and mentors, Vlado Lenoch. He and his passenger died at an airshow in Kansas during a VIP ride. No cause for the accident has been determined. Vlado mentored the Lima Lima Flight Team for over twenty years and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
ONE MORE ROLL
We toast our faithful comrades
Now fallen from the sky
And gently caught by God’s own hand
To be with Him on high.
To dwell among the soaring clouds
They knew so well before
From dawn patrol and victory roll
At heaven’s very door.
And as we fly among them there
Were sure to hear their plea–
“Take care, my friend; watch your six,
And do one more roll…Just for me.”
This picture shows the Lima Lima Flight team with the Aeroshell flight team over Stone Mountain near Atlanta Georgia last month at the Good Neighbor Airshow. In my humble opinion, these are the two best four-ship teams in the world. Both have been in the airshow business for over thirty years. Thanks to John Willhoff for the great air to air shot.