The Further Adventures of Youthly Puresome, originally published in The Hook magazine in the ’90s and ’00s, are now available in ebook format.
To read some of the book’s sea stories and some not previously published Youthly’s, go to www.youthlypuresome.com
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Beginning in the Fall 1991 issue of The Tailhook Association’s quarterly publication, The Hook magazine, until Fall 2011, a series of light-hearted articles were published under the title: “The Further Adventures of Youthly Puresome.” Youthly is the alter ego of Jack Woodul, a native of New Mexico who went through the Navy’s Training Command in the early ’60s and received his Naval Aviator’s wings. He flew the A-4 Skyhawk in Vietnam, and after leaving active duty continued to fly F-8 Crusaders and F-4 Phantoms with the NAS Dallas Reserves. When not bagging flight time in gray jets, he was an airline pilot in “real life.”
The Youthly Puresome series ran in every issue of The Hook from Fall ’91 until Spring ’07, then three other installments were published ending with the Fall ’11 issue. They ran the gamut of “sea stories” (which, instead of beginning “Once upon a time” usually start out “Now . . . this is no shit!”) about his time in the Navy and Navy Reserves, but also spilled out into his airline career and personal life. A goodly number of them were once available on the Tailhook Association’s website, but in early 2013 they became missing in action as a result of a site redesign. Some are also available on the Skyhawk Association website.
Here are presented in PDF format (Adobe Acrobat) some of the Puresome sea stories. There were approximately 60 Youthly Puresome articles published in The Hook. A few more (plus a lot of bonus stuff) is over at www.youthlypuresome.com
Active Duty Navy — A-4 Skyhawk
Readyroom-O-Rama: The Droptanks of Doom
The Shrill of the Bagpipes, The Roll of the Drums
Navy Reserve — F-8 Crusader
The Tailhook Association
The Tailhook Association is an independent, fraternal, nonprofit organization internationally recognized as the premier supporter of the aircraft carrier and other sea-based aviation. It publishes a quarterly magazine, The Hook: The Journal of Carrier Aviation. The Further Adventures of Youthly Puresome were originally printed in The Hook. Visit their website at http://www.tailhook.net