2 months ago
Awhile back, my Mirlfriend @ryandyar and I cruised around the southwest and during my research, I happened upon this location that I had remembered from an image by @henk.meijer.photography many years back. In our travels, we traversed through several airspace warning areas that I’m familiar with from my day job. This is where the fighter jets go to play, and it reminded me of one of my best friends, Mike Jacobson aka Charmin. I call him that because he’s squeezably soft. Charmin was an Air Force fighter pilot instructor stud, and spent years teaching some of our finest military pilots how to fly. Military guys are always looking for excitement, so one day during a training flight, Charmin was secretly delighted to hear on the radio of another jet that was in trouble and requesting assistance. Charmin went full Top Gun, got on the radio, barked “Red Squirrel 2, I’ll be there in 3 minutes” and, taking the T-38 from his student, lit the afterburners. Soon after, he was ripping across the Texas sky above Mach 1 (the speed of sound). Three minutes passed, and Charmin strained to find the stricken target. But things didn’t look familiar. Probably because he had gone Mach 1.....in the wrong direction. So now he’s “Wrong Way Charmin”. I love that guy.