My Story:
An Autobiographical Sketch of a U. S. Naval Aviator and Fighter Pilot

Wings of Gold
"Where do we find such men?"     (Movie quote) *

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Fighter Pilot Airbus Pilot

The many pages of this website will give a personal sketch of my unlikely four decades in aviation - first as a United States Naval Aviator and Combat Fighter Pilot, then later as a Commercial Airline Pilot.

Feel free to explore each stage of my long and rewarding flying career via the "Table of Contents" with its red ( "← you are here") indicators listed on the top left of this and all following pages, or by the navigational arrows (←  Previous ♠ Next  →) on the bottom of each page.
Also most images here are thumbnails, so double click them for the expanded version.

Or if like many visitors, your primary interest involves the Vietnam War and my F-4B flying experiences there, you may jump to my "relatively" mild, 1st combat cruise, Enemy SAMs or my decidedly much more difficult, 2nd combat cruise, including Operations Linebacker I and II in 1972 - '73.

John Chesire
John R. Chesire
CDR USNR (ret.)

Pictured are two of my 'personal' fighter aircraft with my name on them:
NK-110, an F-14A Tomcat of VF-1 on the left.   An F-4B Phantom NF-213 with VF-151 on the right.

My F-14, Wichita 110 By the Dawn's Early Light,

"Personal Reasons" for constructing this website.
Disclaimer and Author's Comments

* Movie Quote: This was actor Fredrick March's famous line in the classic movie adaptation of James Michener's Korean War era drama, The Bridges at Toko-Ri upon learning one of the fighter pilots (played by William Holden) under his command had been shot down and then ... All Naval Aviators would repeat this quote often, with a knowing smile.
The Bridges at Toko-Ri, Movie Trailer

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