In 2006 my husband and I hiked out into the desert with Peter Merlin of the X-Hunters to locate the site where my father had crashed the F-117A he was flying. A flag pole had been erected at the site 20 years earlier and I had wanted to see a new flag flying for the 20th anniversary of the fatal crash.
when we hiked into the area, we found the pole with a cows skull on the top. Somehow, that seemed appropriate for my dad. It was a peaceful area with a light breeze rustle the dry grass and the occasional bird of prey over head. But the cows mooing loudly made me laugh despite myself. I brought that skull home, it adorns my back porch.
The X-Hunters wrote a book which I think I am going to purchase. I haven't met Tony but Peter Merlin spouts aeronautical history without effort. I wasn't sure what I was expecting when he offered to take me out to the site, but I met an intelligent aeronautical history buff with a lot of personality and a degree of nerdiness. I liked him a lot. It turns out I'm not the first family member to contact him in regards to a crash site and he has taken many family members to visit crash sites.
periodically I google "Ross Mulhare" and see what comes up... this is a new one via flickr: Ross E Mulhare
I am going to use that blue sky to tie this into Blue Monday with Smiling Sally and Crew.