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BG-CT Edward J. Waitte (RET) shares stories from his years of service.
I was stationed at Hahn Air Base, West Germany, in 1978, a 28-year-old Captain. The Air Force wanted me to either go back to the Academy to become a professor or go to the Pentagon to be a staff officer. I did not want to do either. I wanted to keep flying. Maybe eventually I can change my career path, but that is not what I wanted to do right now. So, my father, who at … Read More
A retired Air Force pilot describes how, whether it’s in New England or the Middle East, our extended military families gather to celebrate their blessings. Happy Thanksgiving! Back when I was a cadet at the Air Force Academy, I was able to come home to Connecticut for most Thanksgivings. I was lucky, but a lot of men and women in the military can’t make it home to be with their families. Fortunately, there are a lot … Read More
Veterans Day 2020 Air Force veteran pilot Jay Waitte appreciates your thoughts this Veterans Day. But he wishes you could do a little more than just words. It’s Veterans’ Day. I know the men and women who have served in uniform for this country appreciate it when total strangers walk up to them and say, “Thank you for your service.” I know I do. But I also know what they would appreciate even more. They fought…and … Read More
How flying an A-10 Warthog from Connecticut to West Germany has aspects you might be able to guess, and some you might not. Many times when we deployed overseas, we would take off from Bradley International Airport. They would have us stay in a hotel and eat a special meal. You would eat steak and eggs the night before, to make sure you would go to the bathroom prior to takeoff. You wanted to make sure … Read More
Sometimes problems with a jet come and go…and those are the most dangerous. On a mission over Norway, we finished the dogfight training, then flew back to base at about a hundred feet over the fjords. It’s a very, very beautiful country. But when we came to the end of the fjord we needed to pull up. Well, I tried to pull back on the stick and it didn’t want to move! I finally said to … Read More
Online insurance is a great deal…until you need it! People ask me, “Jay, why should I use someone like you, instead of staying home in my puffy pants and using something like Esurance or Progressive?” And it’s true. A lot of people – young people especially – are doing all their insurance on their phones. The problem is that they have no idea what they’re buying. That’s the biggest thing. They aren’t getting the right professional … Read More
During the Cold War, the Warsaw Pact would test NATO’s air defense system. NATO’s air defense was set up in four different layers. An air defense identification zone (ADIZ). A buffer zone (BZ). A political border. And finally, the actual border. The Warsaw Pact would start flying some of their jets directly at the border. Not parallel, but perpendicular, at a fairly high speed. They’d probably be going Mach 1. They were testing our response times. … Read More
One winter, I was flying as a wingman over the North Sea. Suddenly, my leader’s F-4 jet engine caught on fire. He had enough time to make a Mayday call – or a “Save Our Souls” call – before he and his backseater ejected from a nice warm cockpit into the 40-degree water and heaving seas. An unprotected person in that kind of water has less than a half-hour to live. Not only is the water … Read More
Fighter pilots have a reputation for being cowboys. They even have their own rodeo. The Israelis Air Force reviewed some of their gun camera film from the ’73 war. It was horrific. Their pilots had not been taught how to “dog fight.” They were able to get behind the enemy aircraft, but they could not keep the “pipper” (gunsight) smoothly on the target in order to shoot that aircraft down. The pipper was all over the … Read More
Continental Flight 1549 has just departed LaGuardia Airport and is climbing over The Bronx. Continental Flight 1549 (calmly): “Mayday mayday mayday. This is Cactus fifteen thirty-nine. Hit birds. We’ve lost thrust on both engines. We’re turning back towards LaGuardia.” LaGuardia Departure Control (just as calmly): “Ok. Yeah, you need to return to LaGuardia. Turn left heading two-two-zero.” Flight 1549: “Two-two-zero.” …2 minutes later…. Flight 1549: “We’re are going to be in the Hudson.” Most of the … Read More
How shining shoes for hours on end and rugged academics turned an 18-year-old high school graduate into a capable and confident Air Force Second Lieutenant. There is a lot of very difficult training at the Air Force Academy. It was a very tough experience, but it was a good experience for me. I didn’t understand the purpose of that training until about ten years later. They put you through hell. But the whole point of that … Read More
Retired US Air Force fighter pilot Edward “Jay” Waitte recalls a 1938 classic war movie with its fearless camaraderie, code of chivalry, and fierce rivalry. A lot of people have asked why I wanted to go to the Air Force Academy. It’s rather a funny story because one time I was watching Dawn Patrol starring Errol Flynn and David Niven. What interested me is that they would be in a fighter squadron. At that time pilots … Read More
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BG-CT Edward J. Waitte shares his experiences in our new blog.
At Waitte’s Insurance we are committed to the safety and security of our insurance clients as well as the that of our country.
Some areas of operation we have served in:
Jay Waitte — Brigadier General-CT; 1968-2010
Panama, (preparing to capture Noriega) Bosnia, Iraq
Mike Waitte — Major; 1977-1997
Ethan Waitte — Lieutenant Colonel; 1996-Present
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