Seashore

The moon was complete, full over warm waters.

The sea became suddenly calm horizon to horizon.

Our long-awaited rendezvous had come to a climax.

The moonlight danced on our spent, bare bodies.

We lay in each other’s arms, there on our blanket, the Seashore,

oblivious to time or space.

My mermaid said, “we must do this again,”soon.

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Afternoon Tea with Leland Olson

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The second of my author interviews over afternoon tea is with Leland Olson.  Having read and enjoyed his responses to some of the Weekend Writing Prompts, I was excited to be able to put my ten questions to him.

So grab a cup of tea and maybe a biscuit or slice of cake, then sit back and relax and read the interview…


Thanks so much for taking the time to join us for afternoon tea today, Leland. To begin with, for those who don’t know you or have yet to discover your writing, please introduce yourself.

My name is Leland Olson. I am 78 years old and live at Arlington South Dakota, USA. I have been married for 48 years, have four step-daughters and many grandchildren. My wife and I have become each other’s caregivers.

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When did you first realise you wanted to become a writer?

I wrote letters…

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What If Summit

What If Summit

Some extremely savvy and sage, prognosticators consider Hanoi an exceptional choice for President Trump and Kim Jong-un to have a Summit meeting. I thought it was possibly a dangerous, even poor choice when you consider how long the US was at war with both countries. The Korean people are not as begrudging.

Vietnam no doubt has numerous, maybe a multitude of people with animosity, or downright hatred towards the USA. Hopefully, the Vietnamese leaders hosting the Summit have softened and are more forgiving now that we are trusted trading partners.

It has crossed my mind, Trump and Kim Jong-un may be staying at the Hanoi Hilton. I personally hope they choose a different Hotel even if there is no Trump Towers in Hanoi yet.

A totally absurd hypothetical came to mind. What if they lock Trump in his room? Then it dawned on me, The U.S. Congress could be deadlocked for many months over a decision to send someone to get him or not. There are many scenarios, Congress might even trade someone else for him. It could drag on for years.

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Test Flight

Test Flight

The test of my new craft was set for sundown. Sun dogs on the Horizon beckoned me, a beautiful site to behold. I had no need to speed, just enjoy the setting sun for a bit. Always careful with flight controls yet bumped the throttle, the speed lock stuck on high. The sun was soon overhead, then set again. Three sunsets later the earth was much smaller in my rear view mirror.

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45th TRS RF-101C VODOO PILOT EXPERIENCES OVER NORTH AND SOUTH VIETNAM

I was assigned to the 45th tactical reconnaissance Squadron out of Misawa Air Base Japan in 1961 and 62. We went to Bangkok Thailand and flew out of Don Muang Royal Thai Base in November and December 1961. I thoroughly enjoyed all the information here about the great RF-101c as I was the crew chief on 56-080 in 1962. I have a picture somewhere in my stuff with a kangaroo painted on one aircraft.

Heritage Flightgear Displays

FEB 2011 – In another amazing insight (thanks to ebay sale) i have come into contact with a person whose father was a USAF F-86 Sabre jet fighter pilot, RF-101 Vodoo reconnaissance pilot and finally a 0-2 Deuce FAC pilot in the 1950-70s.

Additionally for a few years i have already known another person connected to the pilot and they both served in the same squadron in Vietnam at Tan Son Nhut… tho different years.

RF-101C seen landing at 45th TRS home base – Tan Son Nhut AFB in late 1960s.

RF-101 HISTORY OVER VIETNAM
RF-101s from the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing deployed to Vietnam in October 1961.
They started off flying flood damage photos and missions over Laos. As the war grew tactical recon for operations in South and then North Vietnam became more common.

RF-101s acted as leaders/pathfinders for F-100s in the first USAF strike against North Vietnam…

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