While this biography and website has been online for a number of years, I thought that it may have run its course. I thought that everyone who might be interested in it would have seen it.
I was wrong. I seem to have more visitors here every year, both new and repeat visitors, and from all over the world. Thus since this site is still of interest and some utility, I will continue it indefinitely and will also try to keep it updated. Thank you all, my friends, visitors and followers. JRC
(5/17/19)

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.
[My daughter today carries on the tradition of being a major 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 left side 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 immediately following my TOPGUN graduation, including Operations Linebacker I & II in 1972 - '73 to finally end the war.


I received this Rockets,Jets book when I was about five years old and it initiated my aerospace interest that led to my long aviation career.
John R. Chesire
CDR USNR (ret.)
"Cat"

Any questions will be answered via the email link at the bottom, or via Quora

Pictured are two of my 'personal' fighter aircraft that had my name painted 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,

Fighter Pilot we band of brothers lifetime river rat Cedar Rapids static display



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

Thank you all, my ever changing daily worldwide audience for visiting. I hope I have helped to enrich your knowledge and interest in both naval and commercial aviation. No thanks needed, it has been my pleasure to share.

* 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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