Jim Stark Blog

Dilbert Dunker Saves Another Navy Pilot

Pilots making forced landings into the sea during World War II often became disoriented when the aircraft flipped over and sank. To train aviators to survive such a crash, the Navy developed a training device, affectionally known as the Dilbert Dunker. The Dunker was a simulated airplane cockpit mounted on rails above a deep-water swimming […]

The Brilliant

The Brilliant, discussed in the book, The True Adventures of Jim Stark, is a sixty-two foot, two masted schooner. Eight of my fellow Sea Explorer scouts and I went aboard the Brilliant for a week-long cruise when I was fifteen-years-old. The boat, located at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, was built in 1932 to a design by Olin Stephens […]

P2V Truculent Turtle

Following World War II, the Army Air force, touting its long-range B-29, was striving to be the only military service to control all flying aircraft. The Navy, wanting to maintain its jurisdiction over maritime operations, designed the Lockheed P2V as a long-range patrol aircraft, yet, needed to demonstrate its endurance superiority. The Navy, therefore, established […]

Fun Marathon Facts

In 1976 25,000 people had run marathons. Thirty-four years later in 2010 ½ million people had started and finished a marathon, 41% of them were women. The fastest official marathon time is 2 hours, 3 minutes, and 23 seconds, set by Kenyan Wilson Kipsang. The slowest was set by Lloyd Scott wearing a 110 pound […]

Life’s Motto

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow, what a ride!’” Hunter S. Thompson