fascination of flight can't be expressed with words. But
it really lies beyond the capabilities of human
endeavor. Once you've experienced it, you'll never be
able to forget it.
Friedrich Oblessor, 127 victories WWII.
Nothing will ever
equal that moment of exhilaration which filled my whole
being when I felt myself flying away from the earth. It
was not mere pleasure; it was perfect bliss...—
Prof. Jacques Alexandre Cesare Charles, first free
flight in a manned hydrogen balloon, December 1, 1783.
hooked on flying as soon as I experienced my first
is my desire, through this website and my flight
simulator, to share my love of flying with pilots
and simbuilders alike.
name is Tom Kellogg and I live in Snellville, Georgia
with my wife Kathy. We have
three grown children; Angie, Jacki, and Joey. This photo was taken on our wedding
day, January 22, 1983.
Here is a
more recent photo of Kathy and I with our three children
and our son-in-law Ed.
December of last year (2004) Angie and her husband Ed
presented us with our first grandchild, Noel Grace.
had my first airplane ride in 1967 when I was 12. It was
aboard Mohawk Airlines FH-227 (similar to the one shown
below) leaving from Broome County Airport in Binghamton,
New York bound for Hartford, Connecticut.
my first flying lesson in 1972 and within three months I
had my private pilots license. Below is a Cherokee
PA-128-140, very similar to the one I flew on my private
pilot's check ride.
went on to obtain my commercial pilots license and instrument
rating while in college.
In 1976 I joined the United
States Navy and attended Naval Aviation Officer
Candidate School in
Pensacola, Florida; the home of naval aviation. I am in
the back row on the far right side.
commissioned an Ensign in the United States Naval
Reserve. Below is a picture from my commissioning
first squadron assignment was to VT-10 for my training
as a Naval Flight Officer. I received my wings while
training in Pensacola. Below is a picture of my class
from our winging ceremony at the Naval Aviation Museum.
the proudest moments of my life was earning my wings of
receiving my wings I was off to train in Virginia Beach,
Virginia with VA-42; the A-6 replacement squadron on the
east coast. After completing my training I was assigned to VA-176 at NAS Oceana in Virginia
Beach, Virginia. I served as a Bombardier/Navigator in
the Grumman A-6E Intruder.
leaving the United States Navy I flew for Air Kentucky
Airlines as a first officer in the Beech 99 Airliner. I
logged over 1000 hours in the Beech 99, over 400 in N12AK
hung up my wings in 1981 to pursue a career as an
entrepreneur. I spent twenty years in the restaurant
business as a franchisee of Burger King Corporation, and
later as a franchisee of Applebee's International. While
with Burger King my wife and I owned and operated nine
restaurants in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Here I am
pictured with my mom and daughter Jacki in front of our
first Burger King restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia.
Later we owned
and operated 14 Applebee's in southern Louisiana. Here
Kathy and I are receiving a plaque commemorating the
200th Applebees located in Slidell, Louisiana.
photo we are cutting the ribbon prior to opening for
Today I am a graduate student at Samford University in
Birmingham, Alabama. After 30 years I am returning to a
career path that I wanted to pursue in my early days of
college. I am studying to become a Certified Registered
Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). I have been pursuing this goal
since 2000, when my wife and I sold our interests in our
restaurants. Below is a picture of my class.
presently doing my residency in Nurse Anesthesia and I
will graduate in October of 2006 with a master's degree
Here is a photo of my
first case giving anesthesia. I am proud to say my
patient woke up after the case was over and did just
fine. It is often said that "a good anesthetic is one
that the patient can get up and walk away from."
on working on FlightSim 737NG during my spare time while
in graduate school. After I graduate and pass my board
certification I hope to be able to accelerate the pace
of building my simulator.
1/2 years of school I finally finished in October of
2006 and graduated with my Masters of Science in Nursing
from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Below is
a picture of me at my hooding ceremony. In December of
2006 I passed my certification exam and became a
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, CRNA. I am
presently employed as a staff anesthetist at the Medical
Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia. Although I
have a lot less free time than I used to, I hope to
devote as much time as possible to building my
simulator. Now I have the opposite problem that I had in
graduate school. I now have more money to spend on my
simulator, but I have a lot less free time.