Jim Stark Blog

Pont Du Gard Bridge/Aqueduct

In 1967 my flight crew was sent to Nimes, France, to participate in a joint exercise with the French Navy. The city of Nimes is thousands of years old.  Roman ruins can still be seen throughout the area.  Most famous of all is the Pont Du Gard, a 2,000-year-old bridge and aqueduct, the tallest ever […]

Never Forget

It all began at 8:46 a.m. on September 11th, 2001. TV newscasts lit up with reports of an accidental crash of a civilian aircraft into the World Trade Center’s North Tower. Had to be accidental, everyone assumed. Some private pilot just screwed up. It couldn’t be a commercial airliner; those planes are under direct Air […]

Buried Treasure

Freeman Field in Seymour, Indiana was built by the Army Air Corps in 1942 to be used as an advanced multi-engine training base for pilots after they completed basic flight training. The pilots flew twin-engine Beech AT-10 Wichita’s. Following the nine-week instruction, pilots received their silver Air Corps wings and transitioned to B-17s, B-24s or […]

My Dad

In honor of Father’s Day, I want to share memories of my dad. My father was a handsome man with broad shoulders, blonde hair, and was very gregarious, I envied his outgoing personality. Dad was an executive with the General Electric Company. As Marketing Manager for portable appliances (mixers, toasters, electric blankets, clocks, etc.) he […]

Cienfuegos, Cuba

During my crew’s 21-day sailboat delivery from the British Virgin Islands to Galveston, Texas, we had the opportunity to spend two nights in the Cuba city of Cienfuegos. While there, I volunteered to take care of the provisioning for the second half of our trip. After my three other crewmembers departed to do their sightseeing, […]