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It's been my honor to meet some of the finest fathers in our country who also are helping to win the war on terror. One such dad, an F-16 fighter pilot, shared how a "routine" flight over the Arabian Desert turned into something far different. After he took off on a routine patrol, his jet's warning lights began flashing to signal a serious problem with the hydraulic system. As one of the best of the best, this pilot pushed aside his fear and made his mind go through a rigid checklist in preparation for an aborted mission and an emergency landing.
But as he struggled to land his fighter, my friend said the one thought he couldn't hold …