I was absolutely delighted to read The Times’ feature story about Lt. Martin Sewell, a Gainesville native who graduated from the U.S. Navy’s Fighter Weapons School.
When the first “Top Gun” movie debuted, I was manager of press relations for Grumman Corp. That’s where the F-14 Tomcat, featured in the movie, was created. Following the movie’s debut, I worked with Grumman’s chief test pilot, Charles “Chuck” Sewell on hundreds of interviews. Perhaps Chuck is a distant relative of Lt. Sewell.
Indeed, Lt. Sewell is one of an elite group of Navy pilots. I have fond memories of walking the halls of the original Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar. Moreover, I will never forget the thrill of landing and taking off from a carrier deck.
Michael L Drake