Simulcast, YouTube Live Streamed and on KGRA Radio Tuesday, April 30th @ 6:00PM to 8:00PM ET (GMT-4)
PATRICK “PJ” HUGHES served in the Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician primarily on the E-2C Hawkeye and C-2A Greyhound airframes. He left the Navy in December of 2010 as a First Class Petty Officer to work on the civilian side of military aviation employed as a Technical Representative for the E-2C and E-2D Hawkeye.
He spent his active duty time on both the east and west coasts deploying in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. As an Aviation Electronics Tech he was responsible the Avionics and Weapon Systems onboard the Hawkeye. Those systems included AN/USG-3 Cooperative Engagement Capability, the APS-145 Radar System and various other communications, COMSEC, and navigation equipment.
In November 2004, Patrick was a Second Class Petty Officer attached to VAW-117 (Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron), “The Wallbangers,” and was with the squadron onboard the Nimitz conducting Air Wing and Battlegroup exercises. While he did not directly witness the Tic Tac anomaly, he adds to the events that November when he describes how two USAF officers along with his Commanding Officer confiscated his classified recordings from an E-2C Hawkeye that witnessed the Tic Tac.
PJ is also privileged to share the events described to him by a close friend and another Navy Sailor who was airborne in the Hawkeye and witnessed the Tic Tac form up with the E-2C during flight.
OMAR LARA: United States Navy Veteran from Nov 1998 to February 2008 with over 7 years of sea service. An Aviation Boatswains Mate- fuels, subject matter expert on board Nimitz class aircraft carriers. Overseeing fueling and de fueling of embarked aircraft. Conducting shipboard maintenance on all aviation fuels systems and components. Was Stationed on board USS Dwight D Eisenhower CVN69, USS Nimitz CVN68, Commander Amphibious Group Three.
DAVE BEATY: is an Emmy award winning filmmaker and producer, brings over 2 decades of unique story telling expertise to the production department of Dreamtime Entertainment . Dave’s unique style, creative vision, Directing, Editing, Videography, Sound Mixing, and computer graphics helps elevate the idea and bring emotion to the story.
Dave is an innovator in the television industry, first being involved in the development of an experimental television center, combining computers, video, art and technology in the early ‘80’s. Since then, he’s been a leading voice in the integration of digital media tools and computer technology in post production. In addition, Dave’s innovative producing and editing style has resulted in outstanding achievements in both documentary and entertainment programs.
Awards include a 2009 Emmy award for the PBS national documentary “Under the Sea With Al Giddings” an Emmy for camera work in Travel Channel’s, “Waters Edge The Bahamas” and in 1999 a Suncoast Emmy Award for his editing of the PBS documentary, “Children of the Fourth World”. In 2000 Dave received the International Monitor Award for “Uncommon Friends of the 20th Century”. Dave has also been honored with many Telly Awards, Addys and a Cable Ace nomination. Other network programming includes Travel Channel’s “Freeze Frame Fiji” and “Wildlife Encounters In Alaska with Ali MacGraw”, The History Channel”s “Fireboats of 9/11” and “The Nazi Plan to Bomb New York”. Dave has also worked on feature segments for America’s Most Wanted, Animal Planet and Home & Garden Television to name a few.