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  1. Dick Goetze

    Dick Goetze Pre-Flight

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    Greetings. Dick Goetze here, checking in with my first post. I began flying a long time ago, and still enjoy it. My first solo was in April 1951 flying a J-3 Cub on floats. Since then I have flown a number of civilian and military aircraft. During Vietnam I flew the AC-47, Puff the Magic Dragon. That was 1200 hrs in one year, of which 1000 hrs were night time. Later, I flew and stood nuclear alert in the B-52G.

    My current flying is in a Grand Renaissance Turbo Commander 690A. We have the plane stationed at KGAI which unfortunately is just within the Washington DC restricted area, so that means virtually all our flying is on IFR flight plans. There are two of us who are partners in the plane. We have not been doing much flying recently, so we are looking for one or two more partners. That will be the subject of a separate forum post.

    It is great to be part of this organization.

    God Bless America

    Dick
     
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    Welcome to the joint Dick. Did you do all your trainging on water up to the solo?
     
  3. FormerHangie

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    Welcome. Sounds like you have a lot of interesting stories to tell, I'll be looking forward to hearing them.
     
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    SixPapaCharlie May the force be with you

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    Welcome to POA!
     
  5. Dick Goetze

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    Yes, I did all my flying in a J-3 on floats until I got my private certificate. All that flying was on the Long Island Sound, near Stamford CT. I earned my SEL rating in a J-3 at White Plains (KHPN).
     
  6. Dick Goetze

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    SixPapaCharlie Thanks, I am looking forward to exchanging ideas and experiences.
     
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    Checkout_my_Six Touchdown! Greaser!

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    hey neighbor.....welcome from FDK. :D
     
  8. Dick Goetze

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    FormerHangie, Thanks for the welcome. Yes, in about 66 years of flying I have accumulated a few 'stories'. Looking forward to sharing them.

    God Bless America

    Dick
     
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    Welcome, thank you for service...:)
     
  10. Dick Goetze

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    Checkout my six, Thanks for the welcome. I get to KFDK several times a year, but I fly over it (and RUANE) on almost every return to KGAI.

    God Bless America

    Dick
     
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    AKBill, I was my good fortune to serve in the US Air Force for 30 years (After 4 years at the Air Force Academy).

    God Bless America

    Dick
     
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    a school mate of mine flys the Hawker at GAI.....
     
  13. Dick Goetze

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    With the taxiway closed for a while, and the need to backtaxi, operating out of KGAI is getting to be a challenge. The no T&G restriction helps a little, but it must be really difficult for the flight schools.
    God Bless America
    Dick
     
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    I spent 4 years USN working on T-2's and A-4's and 10 years USNR working on P-3B's.
     
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    Welcome to PoA. I take my son to the airport cafe at KGAI all the time.
     
  16. luvflyin

    luvflyin Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    Thank you for your continued service with the Veterans Airlift Command sir
     
  17. Dick Goetze

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    As an Air Force guy, I guess I am not supposed to know or say anything nice about the Navy. But, after retirement I taught for the Naval War College, and worked with the Naval Postgraduate School for over ten years. That said, on 7 Oct when Air Force plays Navy on the fields of friendly strife, it will be "Go Air Force, Sink Navy.

    God Bless America
    Dick
     
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    George, every Saturday a group of us that we affectionately call the "Airport Bums" meet at the airport cafe at KGAI at 0800 for breakfast, and to swap lies about our flying adventures. If you are ever there at that time on a Saturday morning, say hello.

    God Bless America

    Dick
     
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    The Veterans Airlift Command is a very special opportunity. Our Turbo Commander has easy access for those who have lost one or both legs. Recently we have not been as active with VAC, but hopefully in the near future we can re-engage.

    God Bless America

    Dick
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    Bill Touchdown! Greaser! PoA Supporter

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    Welcome to the asylum!
     
  22. Dick Goetze

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    Scott,

    Thanks. Everyone has made me feel very welcome.

    God Bless America
    Dick
     
  23. Dick Goetze

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    Bill, Thanks for the welcome. Which of several definitions of asylum are you referring to?

    God Bless America

    Dick
     
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    We're all pretty much inmates. Lol.
     
  25. Rushie

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    Welcome!
     
  26. Dick Goetze

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    Roger, that.

    God Bless America

    Dick
     
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    Rushie,

    Thanks. There seem to be lots of really great people on this site.

    God Bless America

    Dick
     
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    Welcome to the party Dick. Next door neighbor flew EC-47s in Nam. Went on to fly C-141s and AC-130s before he retired.
     
  29. Timbeck2

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    As a retired Air Force member myself, welcome to the forum General.
     
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    Welcome sir!
     
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  32. WannFly

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    Welcome to the forum. Looking forward to hearing the stories and leaning from an experienced aviator like u

    Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
     
  33. Dick Goetze

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    My time in Vietnam was May 67-May 68. I flew out of Pleiku. There was an EC-47 outfit there also. The AC-130 was one hell of an airplane.

    God Bless America

    Dick
     
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    Timbeck2,

    Thanks for the welcome. Where and when did you serve in the Air Force?

    God Bless America

    Dick
     
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    welcome!

    J-3 On Floats! what a great bird, I did my seaplane in a J-3 on floats!
     
  36. Dick Goetze

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    MtnMarcus,

    Thanks for the welcome. Everyone is making be feel like part of the family.

    God Bless America

    Dick
     
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    '82 - '06. Columbus MS, Kadena, Luke, RAF Fairford, Osan ROK and retired at Davis Monthan. 10 years jet engine mechanic and the rest ATC.

    Deployed to Saudi Arabia twice and Iraq once.
     
  38. denverpilot

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    Welcome Dick. You and @stratobee can swap Commander tales once he's got his back in the air.
     
  39. asicer

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    I believe the proper term is "with you". :stirpot:
     
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    That is awesome. I retired in Dec 1989, so most of our service was in different times and a different Air Force as an institution.

    God Bless America

    Dick