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Plane, mountains and strangers

Plane, mountains and strangers

Being a tourist in distant countries has been an eye-opener. I was stationed in Rota, Spain with the U.S. Navy. It was a six-month deployment with my Jacksonville, Florida-based patrol squadron, during which time we flew patrols to keep track of what the Russian navy was doing in and near the Mediterranean Sea.

Lost and found

Lost and found

Winter of 1969. I remember because I had been married only since October, and was in the middle of a nine-month deployment to Rota, Spain. The naval station had a flying club and I had a license, so I had been flying the club’s Aeronca Champ – a two-place single-engine airplane made of steel tubing and canvas –for several months, having a great time exploring the Spanish countryside.