John Wayne’s Wings of Eagles


John Wayne Autograph Frank Hardy copyright

“Tomorrow hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. ”
–John Wayne

Photo: Pensacola Airport, 1950s
By: Frank Hardy Photo

Nothing says “American icon” more than actor, director, and producer John Wayne. His personal style, rugged bravado, and quiet strength made him loved by millions of people across the world.

Today’s article is by Frank Hardy.
Frank’s the author of the website: FrankHardyMadeMyPhotographsTwo.

 This is a tribute to John Wayne, along with some interesting history surrounding his fellow actors in the movie “The Wings of Eagles,” Dan Dailey and Maureen O’Hara, famous in their own right.

Enjoy! Deb

By Author and Photographer Frank Hardy

Back in the 1950s, John Wayne filmed a movie at the Pensacola Naval Air Station (also called “NAS Pensacola”) called “The Wings of Eagles.”  Only the first 10 or 15 minutes of the movie were actually filmed at NAS, but it was an opportunity for my father to get some photos of John Wayne and his fellow actors. Unfortunately, the movie itself didn’t do too well at the box office, but the history surrounding the film, along with the richness of character of the actors, was something my father found fascinating.

Dailey and OHara Frank Hardy Copyright

Dan Dailey and Maureen O’Hara
Co-stars with Wayne in “Wings of Eagles”
Flying Southern Airways, Pensacola, 1950s
Photo: Frank Hardy Photo

Many of you might be too young to know Dan Dailey and Maureen O’Hara, so here’s a brief history of their captivating lives:

Dan Dailey:

  • Served in the United States Army during World War II as an Army officer
  • A frequent and favorite co-star of Betty Grable
  • Recorded four songs with the famous Andrews Sisters
  • Portrayed “Jughead” Carson in the movie Wings of Eagles with John Wayne
  • He was the first person to receive a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Musical or Comedy for his performance as the Governor in the TV sitcom “The Governor and J.J.” (1970s)
  • His sister was actress Irene Dailey, who starred in Another World

Maureen O’Hara:

  • Initially enrolled in business school to become a proficient bookkeeper and typist, which skills transferred into becoming John Ford‘s transcriber. (John Ford was a good friend of John Wayne.)
  • With her red hair and Irish roots, she was a bit of a spitfire, and spoke her truth, commenting once after a wild makeover for a movie set “If this is the movies, I want nothing to do with them!”
  • Her first major film was Jamaica Inn (1939) directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • She had a wonderful soprano voice, and did guest appearances with Perry Como, Andy Williams, Betty Grable, and Tennessee Ernie Ford.
  • Her third husband, Charles F. Blair, Jr. was a pioneer of transatlantic aviation, a former Brigadier General of the U.S. Air Force, and a former Chief Pilot at Pan Am.
  • When asked about John Wayne, she said:I was tough. I was tall. I was strong. I didn’t take any nonsense from anybody. He was tough, he was tall, he was strong and he didn’t take any nonsense from anybody. As a man and a human being, I adored him.”

John Wayne leaving plane Frank Hardy Copyright

“I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted,
and I won’t be laid a hand on.
I don’t do these things to other people,
and I require the same from them.”
– John Wayne quote from The Shootist (1976)

Photo: Frank Hardy Photo, Pensacola Airport, 1950s

Sometimes, the story behind the story of a movie, film, or work of art is actually more interesting than the production itself. My father thought so, and he always tried to capture the element of humanity that we, as non-celebrities, may forget about.

We’re all human, we all deserve to be treated with respect.

John Wayne was the epitome of a man who portrayed that type of individual.

All the best, Frank Hardy

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Frank’s a second generation professional photographer living in Milton, Florida (across the bay from Pensacola).  He attended the University of West Florida and graduated on March 17, 1977–moving immediately into professional photography on March 18, 1977.

A quote: “I thought I would give it five years or so and then move onto something else, but 37 years later I’m still working in the business of photography…I went digital in 2002,  and I’ve really enjoyed working with the transition of the entire digital process.  I consider myself a portrait photographer (since I feel I’m a people person), but I’ve photographed anything and everything.”

Drop him a note at his website: CLICK HERE!

He’d love to hear from you.

[NOTE: All photos and text written in this post are the intellectual property of Frank Hardy. Please contact him for further information by clicking HERE.]

Luggage Tag: You’re It!

“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”
–Mark Twain


Every airport traveler has to have a sense of humor. *

Here’s one way to lighten the load of airport travel from my friends at Flight001–witty luggage tags:


He didn’t get the
“Don’t worry, be happy” memo.

baggage-hrAnd some of us love retro!

FLI00913-F1-get-lost-tag-HR1~ I always love a good pun ~

When others need to be warned…


                    Wherever you go, there you are  

FLI23183-F1-rubber-luggage-tag-go-away-HRIt’s always better to be alone or with someone


For that shutterbug in your life


For a complete page of Flight001‘s luggage tags, CLICK HERE.

They also have great ideas for (CLICK ON YOUR DESIRED LINK AS FOLLOWS):
gifts for her, gifts for him, gifts under $25, and a great post on “How to Properly Pack Your Suitcase.”



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* All photos in this post have been used with permission from FLIGHT001.

What Does Christmas Mean to You?


When the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approach, everyone views this time from different windows.

Some are angry, some sad, some happy, some joyous, some frazzled, some are mean to others, and some just want it to all be over so “real life” can carry on.

There are in-laws, outlaws, family dynamics that are complicated, some families not so complicated, and some just are.

There are precious children waiting with bated breath for Christmas morning and all the fun and excitement and presents that Santa (dad/mom/family) will bring.

There are children whose only wish is food. Or shoes. Or a loving family that will care for them and love them.

There are people living through the happiest days of their lives, there are folks in transition, and some have just experienced a great tragedy or are fighting for someone or something, and Christmas, while on their mind, isn’t about material possessions and the trappings of a holiday commercial…it’s about the real meaning of Christmas.

So. What IS the real meaning of Christmas?

If you asked 100 people, you would get 100 different answers. The child inside of each of us would agree those 100 different answers probably mean the same thing.

Here’s What Christmas Means to Me:

  • The Christ Child’s Greatest Gift
  • Life’s Big Picture
  • Happy children’s faces
  • Beautiful music
  • Love
  • Magic
  • Fun
  • Time
  • Hope
  • Prayer
  • The smile on your pet
  • Kindness
  • Divine miracles
  • Remembering those who need help
  • And so much more.


For those who’ve made certain choices in life and reside in a prison or correctional facility, Christmas may be a time of reflection, regret, and isolation.

Unless we personally know someone in this situation during the holidays, we don’t see those faces staring at us through the glass on a phone or sitting across from us at a table for a brief period of time.

They have the stark reminder that Christmas is about sharing your life with others and having community and fellowship with those you love.

They have brief moments of hope they cling to so they can get through another day, and focus on reentering society someday – a society they know may or may not welcome them.

For this reason, the organization called Puppies Behind Bars was founded:

An inmate applies to raise a Service Dog. If approved, they are with the dog 24/7. They train them, care for them, feed them, sleep with them, and teach their Service Dogs to help those on the outside to have better lives–typically our military service members, the elderly, the handicapped, and children who suffer from permanent and sometimes fatal diseases.

Once the dog is fully trained, the inmate must release the dog to its (new) owner. Imagine the heartbreak of that inmate who’s embraced a dog for a year or more of its life, only to know there will be a day they will have to say say goodbye.

These profound people contribute to our society in a quiet way, yet they also are taught the lesson of unconditional love–something many of them have never, ever felt in their lives. Ever. They then have the pride in knowing they’ve helped another human being have a great life – – no matter what they have done in their own lives.

It’s a powerful concept. One we should embrace. To learn more, please go to their website at and watch their videos and learn more about them.

What’s the true meaning of Christmas?

I can’t think of a better example than this:


Merry Christmas, Everyone!

I wish you health, happiness, and joy in 2015.


Airline Ticket Taxes: Where’s Your Money Going?

Cash, 2014
Above picture credit: Photo taken at home of author.
I’m proud to be paying taxes in the United States.
The only thing is—I could be just as proud for half the money.
–Arthur Godfrey
When you buy an airline ticket, you pay surcharges (for fuel, etc…), fees (baggage fees, extra bag and heavy weighted bag fees, even ticket fees), but not much is said about the taxes you pay. 
Maybe we’re just used to it? 
In the United States, the published selling price and the actual selling price of an airline ticket are two very different things (The published selling price is the base fare + taxes = actual selling price.).
This is nothing new, but do you know where your money is going?

Airline ticket taxes passed along to you:

U.S. Transportation Taxes: At the time of this posting, this tax is a certain percentage of the base fares within the United States – typically about 7.5%. In 2014, the tax under § 4261(b)(1) on the amount paid for each domestic segment of taxable air transportation is $4.00, and the tax under § 4261(c)(1) on any amount paid (whether within or without the United States) for any international air transportation.

If the transportation begins or ends in the United States, generally it’s $17.50. Under § 4261(c)(3), however, a lower amount applies under § 4261(c)(1) to a domestic  segment beginning or ending in Alaska or Hawaii, and the tax applies only to departures. For calendar year 2014, the rate is approximately $8.70.

Passenger Facility Charges (“PFCs“): These charges are an additional tax the federal government allows a certain airport to charge passengers so that the airport can subsidize airport expansions and update airport facilities. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Segment Taxes: A segment tax is a federal tax that applies for a departure from the airport at the beginning of a flight segment. These taxes don’t apply to selected rural airports. The amount charged is approximately $3.40 and up.

U.S. Security Service Fees:  This fee was imposed on airline passengers in response to 9/11 to support higher security throughout airports, and support the TSA.  This fee used to be $2.50 per trip; however, recent articles have suggested that the government (with both Republican and Democratic support), will likely increase this fee to $5.60 per trip.

CLICK HERE for an interesting article from Bloomberg.


Happy Flying!

Secret Foodie Hot Spot: Guernsey, Channel Islands

St. Peter Port Harbour Photo courtesy of

St. Peter Port Harbour
Image courtesy of

All images courtesy of VisitGuernsey. Please visit their website at

“Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas, take your next trip in kilometers.” – George Carlin *****************


I didn’t know much about Guernsey until I read more about it and spoke with the Guest Author of this post.  To get there, CLICK HERE for information on flying to Guernsey. Here’s a quick overview of the area, according to Wikipedia:

Guernsey, officially the Bailiwick of Guernsey (French: Bailliage de Guernesey), is a British Crown dependency in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. As a bailiwick, Guernsey embraces not only all ten parishes on the Island of Guernsey, but also the islands of Alderney and Sark – each with its own parliament – and the smaller islands of Herm, Jethou and Lihou.

Although its defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom, the Bailiwick is not part of the United Kingdom but rather a possession of the British Crown. It lies within the Common Travel Area of the British Isles and is not a member of the European Union, but has a special relationship with it, being treated as part of the European Community for the purposes of free trade in goods. Together, the Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey form the geographical grouping known as the Channel Islands.”

ENJOY!    -D


The island of Guernsey can be found under an hour’s flight away from London’s Gatwick Airport; however, it might as well be the other side of the world. Never mind the 27 different beaches, the luxury four and five star hotels, or the relaxed pace of life–the topic I want to discuss today is Guernsey’s wonderfully fresh seafood.

If you were to sail out due west from Guernsey you wouldn’t reach land until Newfoundland, Canada over 2,300 miles away, so, as an island surrounded by water you would be correct in thinking Guernsey deals in its fair share of seafood!

Locally caught fish include: bass, bream, brill, haddock, halibut, mackerel, monkfish, mullet, plaice, pollock, salmon, sole, tuna, turbot, and whiting. On top of this there’s also an abundance of shellfish including clams, king prawns, mussels, ormers, prawns, and scallops. Of course there are then the obligatory varieties of crab and lobster for which the island is so well loved.

However it’s not just being able to catch the produce locally that makes Guernsey so special; the island’s chefs still have to play their part superbly.

So what sort of dishes could you expect to find on a seafood menu in Guernsey? In the interest of fairness I felt I should head out for my evening meal to make sure for myself. I headed to Le Nautique, one of Guernsey’s premier seafood restaurants found in the island’s capital.

I was not let down. Delicious!

Seafood Photo courtesy of

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For my first course I had a delicious terrine of scallops, prawns and smoked salmon, accompanied by a refreshing herb yogurt dressing. The refreshing tang and coolness of the dressing played off wonderfully against the smoky, yet light, tastes of the seafood terrine. This was of course complemented with a crisp bottle of Sancerre in order to set my palette alight with the mingling flavours of white wine and seafood.

For my main course I moved onto a grilled fillet of Guernsey brill topped with a ragout of scampi, scallops and prawns in a light beurre blanc. Personally, I feel you will do very well to find better seafood anywhere at the same sort of price range; my main course cost me £16.50 and it was £6.50 for my starter. I agree that there are cheaper meals readily available, but consider the considerably larger price you would be paying for this in a big city restaurant, this is just another benefit of having our produce so closely available to us in Guernsey.

It doesn’t just start and end at Le Nautique though. There are approximately 20 island restaurants specializing in seafood, and pretty much every restaurant on the island offers some sort of seafood menu.

The Southern Cliffs Photo courtesy of

The Southern Cliffs
Image courtesy of

Just like the sea air is in our lungs and the salt water is in our blood, life on Guernsey also means the sea’s bountiful foods are on our plates, and that is something we are indeed grateful for.


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Jamie loves living in Guernsey and loves even more the idea of spreading the message about his wonderful island home.  Check out Visit Guernsey and Guernsey Images to learn more about a holiday to Guernsey.


Unless otherwise noted in this post, the text in this article is the intellectual property of Jamie Hunts.

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Spontaneous Flight Around Vancouver


Love the angle of these shots! Check out Edgar’s website. – Deb

Originally posted on Edgar Bullon:

Compared to many other previous weekends of activities and trips. This weekend was very uneventful. The weather in Vancouver was rainy and didn’t allow me to go skydiving this weekend as was planned. So I have stayed indoors and in the gym the past couple of days. Yesterday the sky cleared up and I have decided to go on a spontaneous flight to build some flying hours. Altho my mind was on “vacation” yesterday, I forgot to bring various things like headsets to go flying, and I really didn’t feel like doing any thinking at all while I was flying. Not a great combination when going on a flight lol. But everything went fine. Here’s a few pics from last evenings flight:

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