In this blog, I hope to both educate and entertain on the subjects of aviation (military, commercial, and pleasure), creative writing, social commentary, and all things that we experience in this gift we have been given called life. You are most welcome here, and I do hope you enjoy the writing. Your ideas and feedback will not only make me a better writer, but also a more thoughtful human being. I thank you in advance!

-Derek

The Literary Journal of Palomar College

Bravura  2019

February 16, 2017

     As a professional pilot, I had achieved my dreams. Retiring as a Captain from the United States Navy, I had flown Lockheed S-3 Vikings off of aircraft carriers, enjoying a career of almost 27 years that included a tour as Commanding Officer of a Reserve S-3 unit....

January 19, 2017

As the 15-year anniversary approaches, I was asked by one of my Civil Air Patrol squadron-mates to write out what 9/11 was like for me.

     I was a four-and-a-half year First Officer with Southwest Airlines, on the morning of September 11, 2001. I was flying with...

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About Me

Ever since I knew what an airplane was, a pilot was all I ever wanted to be. Dreams of flying took me to Western Michigan University, where I achieved a degree in Aviation Technology and Operations. . .

 

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