Author: W.A. McDonald

Hovering

TH-55 Osage

The greatest part about flying a helicopter is hovering. Okay, maybe flying NoE (Nap of Earth), but you can’t really do that in a civilian aircraft. We also didn’t do that kind of flying until we got into advance tactics…

Frustrations of Writing

Since my earliest memories, I have wanted to be a writer. The pursuit of that dream has had its fits and stumbles. I have abandoned the dream at certain junctures in my life. But now that I write almost every…

First Flight Part Duo

Huey head on

I left introductory flight feeling like I could fly the wheels of off anything.  Kind of funny when you consider that to this point, I have not flown anything with wheels.  There was so much rivalry at this stage already. …

Turning a Rotor

That was what the first eight weeks of flight school was all about. Turning a rotor. Six weeks of Warrant Officer Entry Course, also known as A Company. Then we moved to B Company, and spent two weeks being the…

First Flight

Horrible Flight!

Myself, and a fellow helicopter pilot want to be, was sitting in a little restaurant outside the Daleville gates of Ft. Rucker, AL. I would bet I wasn’t a resident of that Fort more than three days at this point.…

Flight School

Ft. Rucker Gate

One of the most enjoyable times in my life was while I was in flight school. It was likely the most perfect balance of bullshit and an absolute thrill ride. Nothing about it was easy, but there were these moments…

A Moment In Chaos!

All of us have experienced a moment when it seemed as though time came to a standstill. Whether it was a car accident, taking a fall, or watching something valuable fall off a shelf. If you have not experienced this…

Darwin would be pissed!

Warning Labels

I am not one to take the theory of evolution as the final word on how we ended up walking upright on this planet. But the man had it right when he said natural selection could determine the outcome of…

Guitar Solos

Guitar Solo

The greatest thing about the 80’s was Glam Metal…to a point. For the most part, the rock & roll of the eighties, whether you call it Heavy Metal, Glam Metal, or whatnot, it was upbeat and positive. It was about…