RIP CAPT Carroll Lefon, USN (ret), aka Neptunus Lex

In a crash at NAS Fallon yesterday morning, one of my favorite bloggers and writers in general was killed doing what he loved: flying high performance fighter aircraft, in this case a F21 Kfir.  When I went to Neptunus Lex as I customarily do at lunch everyday, I noticed that he had not posted anything new.  I figured it was just because he must have had multiple hops in the morning and had not had a chance to post.  But in the back of my mind, I had a not-good feeling that something was wrong, given that his aircraft had had issues the previous day with its drag chute.  Well that feeling was the right one and it sucks.  For a man I have never met, it hits hard.  His writing was truly inspired and his willingness to share his experiences, advice, and emotions made it always something I looked forward to reading.  To paraphrase Patton, “Do not mourn the fact that this man died.  Rather celebrate the fact that he lived.”  Godspeed, sir.  Keep the Gates safe.

Comments

  1. LtCol P says:

    Amen on that. RIP.

  2. msouders says:

    Well said: "His writing was truly inspired and his willingness to share his experiences, advice, and emotions made it always something I looked forward to reading."

    RIP Lex!

  3. DaveO says:

    Amen.

  4. bizjetmech says:

    I too logged onto his blog several times a day as he posted often throughout the day when he could and noticed nothing "new". Until this morning when I saw Whispers post, which I thought was strange. Then when I read what little he had posted and looked at the picture, out loud I thought WTF.. Did a google and immediately felt that crushing sense of loss and disbelief. It is still with me.

  5. Always tried to read Lex on a daily basis. The Best there ever was in the Mil Blog World. Gonna miss the good Captain……………………………………….

    I first saw it from a link on facebook. Then Pinch Paisley followed in short order. Devasting news to all of us……………………………………………………..

    I even did a link with a few words at Old Retired Petty Officer……………

  6. olga says:

    There were numerous Wakes for Lex throughout the country on Friday and Saturday… We all are devasted. He is missed terribly…