Picture this: You're a retired high school teacher who flew jets in Vietnam and spent 5 1/2 years in a North Vietnamese POW camp after your F-105 was shot down. But that was thirty years ago. Then one day you get a letter inviting you to return to the cockpit and fly the F-16 "Fighting Falcon" for one day as part of the USAF 50th anniversary celebration. Well, that's exactly what happened to me, and here's an account of one of my most interesting military flights...probably my last.
By Jay Hess
, Lt. Col. USAF (retired) | May 1, 1998