Category: Paco Chierici

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Last Full Measure of Devotion

This Monday is the observance of Memorial Day. For those of us who served and those who have family who served, it is a day we set aside for the intended purpose: to pass some time in remembrance of the ones we knew and loved who perished while in service to their country. For me,…
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Paco Chierici Flies The F5 Again After 13 Years

Our resident fighter pilot/author/movie producer – Paco Chierici – has just come back from a short trip to sunny San Diego where he spent 2 days studying and flying the F5 (the Canadian CF-5D version) and the SIAI-Marchetti S.211 to get type-rated in both planes for future flying opportunities. It’s been 13 years since Paco…
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Bringing the Thrill of a Dogfight to the Page

Life is a story. And life lived on the edge is usually a great story. When I was flying supersonic fighters surrounded by larger-than-life personalities, I felt I was living a bifurcated experience. On the one hand, I was enmeshed in the action, drinking up each moment. And on the other, as a person with…
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Heatblur Speed & Angels Tournament with Paco Chierici

A few days before Christmas (2019), Paco was the guest star & co-commentator of the very first DCS Speed & Angels Tournament, hosted by Iron Mike (from Heatblur Simulations) & 104th Maverick (from the 104th Phoenix VFBS). It was a long 4.5 hour event from start to finish, but the Red & Blue force pilots…
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Breaking The Deck & How I Almost Got The Callsign Cobra

I was flying with the maintenance officer. We’d been in Hong Kong for about five days, so you pull into port and you have a good time and go out and drink and don’t think about flying aeroplanes for five or six days and you know, the next day you pull back out to sea…
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Paco Chierici Podcast Interview (via the Ready For Takeoff Podcast)

Back in early October 2019, Paco was interviewed by Capt George Nolly, from the Ready For Takeoff Podcast. You can listen to the interview with the embedded player above. George’s website has HEAPS of fantastic interviews, podcasts and resources for anyone interested in getting a career in aviation. Every week, Capt George Nolly brings you…
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“Last of The Dogfighters” by Paco Chierici

This video was filmed as the “sizzle reel” for Paco’s project that eventually turned into the Documentary “Speed & Angels”. It’s a fantastic introduction to the world of fighter pilots, USN adversary squadrons and VFC-13 The Saints. The Saints (Paco included) fly the F5, a fantastic 1960s/1970s fighter against pilots flying the big bad F-14…
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“Lions Of The Sky” by Paco Chierici

In the world of fighter pilots, the most alpha of the alpha, competition is everything and the stakes are impossibly high. A Top Gun for the new millennium, LIONS OF THE SKY propels us into a realm in which friendship, loyalty, and skill are tested, battles won and lost in an instant, and lives irrevocably…
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Dogfighting Training F14 vs F5 (Speed & Angels)

This short video clip is taken from the Speed & Angels movie and features an F14 flown by Jay “Faceshot” Consalvi in a 1v1 dogfight with an F5 flown by Francesco “Paco” Chierici. Speed & Angels was produced by Paco and is currently available for purchase on the Apple Store and for FREE in most…
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