Boys And Their Toys | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 04.18.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 04.18.14 **
** Airborne 04.16.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 04.16.14 **
** Airborne 04.14.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 04.14.14 **

Mon, Nov 14, 2005

Boys And Their Toys

Some People Get Two Warthogs

Is that an A-10 Warthog (Thunderbolt II, in officialdom's terms) in that toy box? Sure is. Lt. Chad Carlton's usual toy is an A-10, too; but his is a bit larger. And he sits inside it. So where did the little toy come from?

"Somebody at the show just walked up and gave it to me. Heh."

They say the difference between men and boys is the price of their toys. But somebody gave Carlton (above) the one for free, and they actually pay him to fly the other, however hard he may find that fact to believe at times. You see, Carlton is an A-10 pilot with the Air Force (sorry, we didn't ask him if he was Active, Reserve or Guard).

We caught up with him at the Embry-Riddle Florida Skyfest two weekends back. He was one of scores of military pilots -- the lion's share of them Riddle grads -- in town to meet and impress classmates, pitch undergrads, and show the flag. The pilots seemed to love having an audience that asked (mostly) intelligent and informed questions about their hardware.

Along with the A-10, a perpetual crowd favorite, the military showed the F-15E Strike Eagle, the F-16 Falcon, the F/A-18 Hornet, an S-3 Viking, all the training planes in the inventory, and support aircraft such as the KC-135 Stratotanker.

The connection to the past was maintained with aerobatic performances from Fowler "Big Dog" Cary in the Vintage Thunderbird T-33, and Lee Lauderback in Crazy Horse, a TF-51 Mustang (below).

If you have the right stuff, the military services have the keys to some of the most challenging, exciting and prestigious machinery that ever took to the skies. If you don't, well, there's always the Elite Forces A-10 Thunderbolt II. With Action Figure.

"Look at this," Carlton said. "Is this the coolest toy or what? Look at the little pilot. This is the coolest toy ever."

And indeed, it was a pretty cool toy. A boy (or tomboy) with a toy like that might never want to grow up. Unless, of course, the prospect of a bigger toy loomed.

Chad Carlton posed for a picture for us. "Put on your Warthog face!" --but then he had to leave.

"Sorry, can't hang around," the young man said. "I've got to get back to the jet." And he tucked his toy under his army and trotted off.

FMI: www.af.mil

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 04.18.14: SpaceX's Historic Pad, Sikorsky Going Presidential?, EAA B17

Also: Airmen Support Pilot's Son, Beyond The Blue!, More Wrong-Way SWA Fallout, Missing WWII Airman Comes Home NASA signed an agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corporat>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.21.14)

"Based on its Platinum Forecast System 2.0, Forecast International expects production of about 1,000 UAVs of all types in 2014, with output rising to nearly 1,100 units in each of >[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.20.14)

"The discovery of Kepler-186f is a significant step toward finding worlds like our planet Earth. Future NASA missions, like the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and the James >[...]

Skydive Jersey Announces Shuttle Service For 2014 Season

Removes 'Getting To The Airport' As An Excuse To Not Go Skydiving So imagine it's a beautiful day to go jump out of an airplane in the greater New York City area, but you just don'>[...]

Klyde Morris 04.21.2014

It's A Dog-Eat-Ant ... Errr ... Dog World, Klyde FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC