<![CDATA[Torch Magazine - Features]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil en-US Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:02:15 GMT Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:02:15 GMT Air Force Link RSS Generator <![CDATA[BARKING up the WRONG TREE - Officer climbs tree while drunk; falls 40 feet; breaks 25 bones]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123429235 Stephen Hunter opened his hazel eyes and blinked at the stars in the night sky. He struggled to breathe, almost as if someone held a pillow over his mouth and nose. As the fog cleared from his brain, he glimpsed worried faces hovering over him. Anxious voices asked confusing questions: "Are you OK?! Can you move your arms and legs?!"

He could, but it hurt like hell.

His right leg felt as though someone had trapped it in a vice, cranking it tighter and tighter. And each time he attempted to move another body part, a brand new misery gripped him.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Tim Barela) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123429235 Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[NEARLY 'RE-TIRED' - After blowout causes highway crash, injured instructor pilot flies again]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123429234 Covered in her own blood and writhing from a stabbing pain emanating from her left leg, 1st Lt. Laura Jones didn't worry about bleeding to death or losing her mangled limb. The first lucid thought she could recall was whether or not she would be able to return to the cockpit.

"I was terrified that I'd never be able to fly again," said the T-6 Texan II instructor pilot, who is assigned to the 85th Flying Training Squadron at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.

Her career seemed ruined, her dreams grounded.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Airman 1st Class JIMMIE PIKE and TIM BARELA) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123429234 Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[OH, DEER! - It's motorcycle vs. nature in highway mishap]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123429226 On a beautiful spring day May 7 in Autauga County, Ala., I had just started my morning motorcycle ride into work as a student at Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. I turned off of County Road 40 onto County Road 85 and was about five minutes into my commute when I settled into a comfortable position, enjoying the ride on the straightest part of the road. I shifted to fifth gear, which for the way I rode my 2013 Harley Davidson Road King meant I was traveling somewhere between 50 to 60 mph.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Maj. Jason Ross) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123429226 Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[MAN on WIRE - Pilot overcomes losing legs after crashing plane into power lines]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123428781 After a plane crash, nine days in a coma and 28 surgeries, including a double amputation of his legs, retired Capt. David Berling understands what it means to overcome adversity.

On April 29, 2007, Berling flew his private plane into a power line, just 20 seconds from landing at Hawthorne Municipal Airport near Los Angeles. Crashing into a dark, vacant dirt field, the aircraft flipped onto its top. The violent impact pushed the plane's engine into the cockpit, crushing Berling's legs.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Airman 1st Class James Hensley and Tim Barela) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123428781 Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:00:00 EST