During my 27-year military career, I flew on L-5s, L-13s and Helicopter Air Sea Rescue planes as crew chief, flying up and down the Atlantic Ocean from Langley Field, Va., and as a crew member on a B-17 bomber.
The 15 years I was assigned to Military Air Transport Services (MATS), I flew as an additional crew member stateside and overseas on eight trips to Hickam Field, Hawaii, four trips to Wake Island, two trips to Japan, and many flights stateside and Canada, a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) assignment to Lindsey Air Station, Germany (the Air Force headquarters of all Europe), two trips to England, one to Greenland, and one to Turkey.
My family and I few two trips to Hawaii, one trip was aborted because of engine trouble not quite halfway to Hawaii.
I drove to Holland (now the Netherlands) twice, but I’ve not even been on a fishing boat in my lifetime.
(Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfield, Calif.)