My Early Beginnings
I'm also retired from the USAF, flew F-4s (the reason I go by "Beetle"). My USAF background includes Tactical Reconnaissance in the RF4C, Operational Flight Test, Automated Mission Planning Development, and C2 Battle Management. I'm still involved with Department of Defense with a Software Development Contractor.
Wood Turning Mentor and Inspiration
I'd longed to start wood turning but it was a close friend from my Air Force RF-4C Recce days that set my passion in gear 4 years ago. Ric Erkes, an RF-4C, F15 and Jet Blue pilot has been wood turning for over 25 years. I enjoy his work ( itsricsturn.com ) and appreciate him taking me "under his wing". I can't thank him enough for his time, talent, and inspiration.
Astrophotography and Southern Arizona Sunsets
Whether it's sunrise, sunset or just enjoying the night air while star gazing, Living in Southern Arizona is truly a beautiful way of life.