Waitte's Brief

Air Force Thanksgiving Celebrations: 2021 Retired Air Force fighter pilot Jay Waitte describes Thanksgiving festivities from all over the world. From North Dakota to South Korea, the extended family of the United States Air Force celebrates … Read More

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A Military Happy Thanksgiving 2021 [DATE REVISED:  November 1, 2021] 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. A … Read More

Image of Veterans and Color Guard

Veterans Day 2021 The 88th Force Support Squadron honors members of the U.S. Army Air Force’s Jimmy Doolittle’s Tokyo Raiders during their 68th reunion, April 18th, 2010. Air Force veteran pilot Jay Waitte appreciates your thoughts … Read More

Jay’s Piper Cherokee

Retired Air Force fighter pilot Jay Waitte carried his passion for flying into his civilian life, co-owning a Piper Cherokee 180 for 25 years.

B-52 Taking Off

One summer as a cadet, future Air Force pilot Jay Waitte rode missions on a B-52 and KC-135. He decided to stick with fighters. When you graduate from the Air Force Academy, you are commission as a … Read More

U.S. Air Force Academy cadets participate in a structured summer session. Retired fighter pilot Jay Waitte (Class of 1972) remembers his Sophomore summer. Each summer at the Air Force Academy is a unique experience that prepares … Read More

Jump School at Fort Benning

Retired Air Force fighter pilot Jay Waitte remembers his training at U.S. Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia. The summer following your sophomore year at the Air Force Academy is referred to as the Junior Summer. … Read More

Jay_Kate_Jim Gormley

Kate Retired Air Force pilot Jay Waitte talks about 48 years of marriage to his wonderful wife, Kate. But it was a close call at first. Jay, Kate, and friend Jim Gormley My wife, Kate. I’ve … Read More

Guy Fawkes Fireworks

The Fourth of July Overseas Retired Air Force pilot Jay Waitte talks about the Fourth of July, the  English conspirator Guy Fawkes, and what they have in common. Guy Fawkes Fireworks You might think that members … Read More