I returned to Bloxham in the fall of 1991, and saw for the first time the excellent job that my wife had done in setting up our home – it really had turned out very nice and cozy.
The fireplace mantel was decorated underneath a new antique mirror that my wife had purchased for the living room while I was away for the summer at Cannon, AFB, NM.
I had completed my F-111G upgrade training at Cannon AFB, NM; and immediately I began my F-111E upgrade training and mission ready checkout program at the 79th Fighter Squadron “NATO Tigers.”
It wasn’t long after I completed my Mission Ready or “MR” checkride that we began to upgrade our F-111E’s from analog avionics to digital avionics with GPS – in an Avionics Modernization Program or “AMP” upgrade to the aircraft – so I was always busy moving on from one upgrade to the next.
My wife’s family sent us this series of pictures from Bruch, Germany; of their house with new paint trim – and Opa’s restored Mercedes-Benz 230 SL sitting out front in the cul-de-sac.
My father-in-law’s restored Mercedes-Benz 230 SL was such a sweet car, with everything perfectly done – down to the hand crafted leather seats and interior – and we used to go for drives together through the countryside with the top down.
Summer in Bruch, Germany, was always nice – and this series of photos shows the idyllic location that my wife’s parent’s house had in Bruch.
These pictures of our house in Bloxham, England, with our blue Honda Civic wagon in the driveway; were actually taken during Advent, because it shows the light pyramid in our window that we always displayed during the four Sunday’s leading up Christmas Eve.
This is a fall view out our upstairs window looking out towards the field behind our back yard – showing the typical foggy and damp fall and winter weather in Oxfordshire, England.
After I returned to RAF Upper Heyford, I was looking for a cheap second car just for me to drive to the base – and my wife jokingly said she saw this Citroen 2CV “Duck” for sale on base one day.
She was shocked when I saw it too and said that I’ll buy it – the price was right and it was cheap to operate – but my wife insisted to me that she had only meant it as a joke.
Of course I went ahead and bought it anyway, and it was just fine driving to the base and back to our house – except for the 2 o’clock a.m. base exercises when it wouldn’t start in the cool, damp air…and my wife had to get David up and run me into the base in our Honda.
But all-in-all the “Duck” worked out just fine for me, and was for the most part dependable transportation for me back and forth to base.
I didn’t fit the mold of the standard fighter pilot/WSO, especially by driving my “Duck” to work – but it didn’t matter to me at all – since driving a “Duck” and flying an “Aardvark” had nothing to do with each other.
As for my image, I didn’t care one bit what anyone else thought of my “Duck” – I also went home to my family every day after work and kept writing songs in my spare time…which I enjoyed a lot more than spending my time drinking in the O’Club after work.