Jason B. Ladd

Ask the Questions. Embrace the Answers. Make the Leap.

Mourning the Loss of a Fighter, Father, and Marine

The Marines lost a great flyer last week. Here’s to Taj Sareen, fighter, father–Marine. Click HERE to support a memorial fund for his daughter, Jade. “When this life I’m in is done, and at the gates I stand, my hope is that I answer all the questions on command. I doubt I’ll be asked of my […]

Alaska Airlines: Core Values for Corps Veterans

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The more I learn about Alaska Airlines, the more I learn about leadership . During my time flying F-16s with the US military’s inter-service exchange program, I met several reserve officers who flew for major airlines. I asked several of them who they flew with, and they all told me about their experiences flying big-wing […]

Broad is the Path (Excerpt from One of the Few)

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An excerpt from One of the Few. Click here to receive updates on the release in November 2015! If you can manage not to get blown off the ship while navigating the crowded and dangerous flight deck while trying to find your jet, you’ve won half the battle. The landing pattern is different at night and allows for […]

Connecting With Ratio Christi and Harper Collins

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*UPDATE: One of the Few is available now at www.oneofthefewbook.com *UPDATE: My initial pre-order campaign was a success with over 400 copies ordered! Thanks to everyone who helped support the campaign. Don’t worry, you’ll have another chance to order One of the Few as the publication date gets closer, currently set for November 2015. Today I […]

Splashing Myths (Excerpt from One of the Few)

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An excerpt from One of the Few.  I was running out of missiles and we already lost one fighter. We managed to hold back the first wave of enemy aircraft, but air intercept control (AIC) was already calling out more groups. There was no time to mourn for Dash-4; he made a tactical error and paid […]

The Routine (Excerpt from One of the Few)

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An excerpt from One of the Few. Pre-order today, buy a book for the troops, and help me reach my funding goal by March 22nd! (Update: our pre-order funding goal was met! Stay tuned for the official launch in November!) My alarm buzzed at 6:00 p.m. Time to wake up. I rolled out of the bottom bunk and […]

Which Way Is Up?

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Every fighter pilot must learn how to conduct low altitude bombing runs. This mission requires mastery of several skill sets. You must fly at high airspeeds at low altitudes. You must dynamically maneuver around terrain and quickly respond to surface-to-air threats. And you must be able to acquire the correct target and make a valid […]

They’re Dragging a Body Through the Street

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The following is an excerpt from my book in-work titled One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview. Click here if you would like to receive updates about this project and receive future briefs from FIGHTER FAITH.  My wingman approached from behind and maneuvered his jet for the join-up.  A […]

Fighting Against the Gravity of God

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Fighter pilots are always considering the gravity of God. During basic fighter maneuvering (BFM), fighter pilots learn how to fight against enemy aircraft in close air-to-air combat. After coming to a merge with over 1,000 knots of closure, each pilot must make decisions about how to fly the aircraft to arrive at a position of […]

The 1 Remarkable Thing About Fighter Jets

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The one remarkable thing about fighter jets has nothing to do with its capabilities. For the most part, fighter jets are unremarkable. Fighter jets go incredibly fast and fly extremely high. They fly at supersonic airspeeds in three dimensions while detecting, tracking, and guiding weapons toward other aircraft miles away. They withstand G forces several […]