Now a member of the VFW

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On Monday, February 22nd, I became a member of the VFW local post 8053.   I served 4 years in the United States Air Force and 7 years with the Air Force Reserves.  Active duty, I flew on the MC-130E Combat Talon and in the Reserves, I flew on the C-141 Starlifter.  During my tenure with the Air Force Reserves, I flew multiple missions during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.   Most of these missions ...

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Flying with the USAF

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Serving with the USAF

My airshow pilot career started when I learned how to control fear at the least levels.   This was due to my experience flying on an MC-130E Combat Talon aircraft just after completing high school.  But, that inspiration came from a very good source….my dad.

My father, Lee Melby, served in the early 1950’s as a Boom Operator on a KC-97 refueling plane.  His job was to inflight refuel aircraft from a four engine propeller cargo type airplane.  At ...

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Amateurs have no fear

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Do you deal with fear…ever?  If you said “no”, then you are either not human or you are dead.  Fear is a really good thing to have, because it will help keep you alive physically and mentally.  I know, because I face it all the time.

In my role as an AirShow pilot, initially it was full of fear.  The whole concept of tumbling in the air with an airplane strapped to your seat is phycotic at best.  Through the years, ...

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Hockey helping kids

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I just finished an incredible game of hockey at our Gila River Arena.  The same arena where our very own Phoenix Coyotes play.

This is tha 3rd year that Microsoft and CommVault have hosted this event in Phoenix.  This is also my third year of playing in the event.  Amateur and ex-pro hockey players come together for a hockey game.  Then organizations donate to the Phoenix Coyotes Alumni Charity to help underprivileged kids have the opportunity to play the game.

The game ...

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Knowing your limits

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Do You have a good handle on knowing your limits? As an airshow pilot, knowing my limits means the difference between life and death. For example, at an airshow, I need to drink water all day long and as frequently as I can. If I become dehydrated, then my blood pressure will drop. When this happens, then during high “G” maneuvers, my heart can’t fight the 9 times my weight in gravity. Consequently, I will start to grey ...

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Stuck landing gear

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Almost every Saturday, I take the opportunity to get an aerobatic practice in.  My practices are usually about 15 minutes long with about 5 of those minutes flying to and from my practice area.   A couple of Saturdays ago, I decided to go to the airport, but before I left, I thought it was a good time to change the Air Conditioning filters in our house.   Well, good thing I did!  That 10-15 minute delay allowed me to put my ...

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Demo Video

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I performed at the Hemet-Ryan Airshow in California back in 2014.   What a fun show this was.  Notice Melissa Pemperton and I chasing each other in a squirrel cage.   That is one of the most fun things to do in an aerobatic airplane!

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