Air Force Flying

The Korean War prompted Josh to join the US Air Force. One clear dark night, he saw the flashing lights of aircraft flying over Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Josh mused what it would be like to be part of that. He found out three years later when he got his first set of wings and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant.

His career would later span from Goose Air Base in Labrador, Canada to intercept any Russian nuclear bombers to Paine Air Force Base flying in the Northrop F89D Scorpion.   Josh then left active duty to complete his college education at Harvard University. As a full time student supporting a family of five on the GI Bill, he flew short stints for the Air Defense National Guard.

After receiving his college degree, he was recalled to active duty to train for his second set of silver wings as a world-wide navigator.   He flew airlift missions to Europe, Central America, and Asia including Vietnam.

From 1972 – 1976 on he was on Wing Staff. Next, he trained for his third set of wings as an instrument rated private pilot. Josh conducted flight clinics and led aerospace education classes as liaison to the Georgia Civil Air Patrol.   Josh retired as a Lieutenant Colonel having accumulated over 5,000 flying hours.

 

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