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  1. 10 points
    A colleague who is F22 pilot for the Virginia ANG had honor of flying a Phantom at Eglin. He flew the aircraft we had at the reunion. Here is the F-22 pilot’s thoughts on flying the F-4: I flew your jet a couple days ago (see attached). I had a little trouble getting the engines started, so I climbed out and shoveled some more coal in the back; after that she fired right up. Ground ops were uneventful, although I couldn’t figure out why the cockpit smelled like body odor, Jack Daniels and cigars…and that was BEFORE I got in it! By the way, what’s with the no slip crap on top of the intakes, it’s like you have permanent icing conditions due to that spray on rhino truck bed liner on top of the aircraft. It’s no wonder you needed so much coal (I mean thrust) to get airborne. Take off scared the sh*t out of me. I lit the burners at brick one and 2 miles and 45 minutes later we were ready to rotate. After barely clearing the tree tops, the gear came up and I climbed away at a VERY impressive 2 degrees nose high. In case you don’t remember, “Trim” is your friend in the F-4 (pretty sure it’s also a good friend on the ground too). Once I got her up to speed and a moderate altitude, we were ready for the G-Ex. Two G-turn’s later and I’m sinking like a rock…the F-4’s energy seems to bleed like Holyfield’s ear in the Tyson fight! After the G-Ex it was time to do a little Advanced Handling Characteristics (AHC) and by “advanced handling” I mean the same crap the Wright Brothers were doing back in 1903…just trying to keep it airborne. The jet flies much like my old man’s station wagon used to drive…You turn the wheel (push the stick) a few inches and nothing happens, then all of a sudden the steering kicks in, inertia takes over, and all HELL breaks loose! You’re pretty much along for the ride at that point and only gravity has a real say in your lift vector placement. “Checking 6” was really quite easy…. because you CAN’T! Scratch that off the list of “Sh*t I need to do to keep myself alive in combat today”. Breathing, however, was surprisingly easy in the F-4 when compared to that of the F-22 (thank you Lockheed)…LOX works, who knew! I think I may have burned my legs a bit from the steam pouring out from behind the gauges. Where are my 6 mini-flat screen TV’s, I’m lost without my HD jet displays (editors note: actually, I’m an analog guy stuck in a digital world too…I really do like the “steam driven” gauges). After the AHC, I decided to take her up high and do a supersonic MACH run, and by “high” I mean “where never lark nor even eagle flew”; but not much higher, a foot or two maybe. I mean, we weren’t up there high-fiving Jesus like we do in the Raptor, but it was respectable. It only took me the width of the Gulf of Mexico to get the thing turned around while above the Mach. After the Mach run we dropped to the deck and did 600 kts at 500’; a ratllin’ and shakin’ we will go…. I though all the rivets were going to pop out. Reference previous station wagon analogy! Very quickly we were out of gas and headed home. As I brought the jet up initial, I couldn’t help but think that the boys who took this thing into combat had to have some pretty big brass you know whats! My first F-4 landing was a little rough; sub-standard really by Air Force measure… but apparently “best seen to date” according to the Navy guys. Did you know that there’s no such thing as an aerobrake in the F-4? As soon as the main gear touches down, the nose comes slamming down to the runway with all the force of a meteor hitting the earth….I guess the F-4 aerobrake technique is to dissipate energy via denting the runway. Despite an apparently “decent” landing, stopping was a whole different problem. I reached down and pulled the handle to deploy the drogue chute…at which point a large solid mass of canvas, 550 cord, metal weights and cables fell out and began bouncing down the runway; chasing me like a lost puppy and FOD’ing out the whole runway. Perfect. I mashed down on the breaks and I’m pretty sure at this point the jet just started laughing at me. Why didn’t you warn me that I needed a shuttle landing strip to get this damn thing stopped? All kidding aside, VERY COOL jet! Must have been a kick to fly back when you were in Vietnam! Just kidding!
  2. 9 points
  3. 9 points
    Being a commander is not a requirement. If you're not interested in performing all of the usual duties for all of your subordinates who are serving in lawful capacities, then just don't be a commander. It would be pandemonium amongst the ranks if the first gay commander only signed certs for gay spouses, and they would be rightly upset.
  4. 8 points
    In general I agree with you but..... We are not a secular democracy, we are a constitutional republic, God and Creator are all over the Declaration of Independence, and if the writers wanted the separation in there I believe they would have put it there, at least 6 people signed both. The ones that wrote about it in letters wrote about separation of religion, not from religion. I would also argue that a one persons rights are not more important than another persons. All that being said the military is a different animal, those higher ranking than another can tell you to shut up and color.
  5. 7 points
  6. 7 points
    No, we actually didn’t. One of our guys killed a dude on his own. “We” didn’t have “our guys” do jack shit. Please, for the love of God, don’t ever be a commander of anything. I cannot stand narcissistic leadership that convinces itself that it must solve all problems with asinine micromanagement and mass punishment. Your mentality of “having to do something” causes one to make irrational and emotional decisions that do much more harm than good. Real leaders are much more thoughtful and intelligent than this. This type of leadership has much more to do with the pilot retention crisis than any other single factor. Incidents like these happen when you have 100k people in your organization. You don’t punish the 99.999% when 0.001% screw up. Unless you’re a dumbass. Then go right ahead, this Lt Gen will probably just secured his fourth star for this brave stand.
  7. 6 points
  8. 6 points
    Yeah, but 89 of those days were spent arguing about the difference between an aileron roll and a barrel roll.
  9. 6 points
  10. 6 points
    That's a lot more common sense than what happened to me. I, being the accused, was grounded and had my AO's suspended, which also canx'd my flight pay, months before my Sq/CC even preferred charges against me. My accuser? She went on to continue to fly, missed the Article 32 hearing because she was TDY to instructor school, and continued to be the poster child in AMC and the base we were assigned to by flying with the local media and making PA videos. Did my leadership give a shit about me? No, it was things "they're being forced to do." Which really isn't true either, Commanders have a lot of discretion when it comes to administrative actions when it comes to allegations against the accused. I was treated like a criminal before even being charged with a crime. Leadership went above and beyond to make sure nothing that could misconstrued as negative happened to her career. Even after I was acquitted of sexual assault, my accuser was able to have an expedited transfer to a sunny base in Florida since the AFI states a victim is entitled to an Expedited Transfer for any Unrestricted Sexual Assault report. To the men and women who have been assaulted by the Spacey's, Louis C.K.'s, Harvey Weinstein's, I truly to feel sorry for them. For the men and women to abuse and take advantage of the protections due to the current DoD War on Sexual Assaults, there's a special place in hell which I hope they all burn.
  11. 6 points
    You're right. It's fine for commanders to treat people differently because of their personal religious beliefs. Thanks for putting this all to rest.
  12. 6 points
    Unless you fly the Eagle. Still rockin the fix to fix because they won't upgrade us to GPS. [whining] Every time we go cross country (ANG so XC for all my friends!!) it's the same story. "Jazz01, cleared direct BISBY" "Jazz1, unable - need a vector, a navaid or the lat/long" "Oh, ok, um... Jazz01 cleared direct FTBOL then." "ugh.... Jazz1 unable FTBOL - I don't have GPS, cannot go to a GPS point" "Uhhhh, well lets see, uh....Jazz1 fly heading 260" "260, Jazz1" "Jazz1 contact Memphis on 124.8..." "(doh!) Jazz1 still needs a Uniform freq..." [/whining]
  13. 5 points
    the navy should worry about not running their ships aground and into other shipping traffic instead of getting beta-cucked by a cock in the sky
  14. 4 points
    The T-38 is TIRED, that is a given, it must be replaced NOW. That being said, I don't think a 9G $30 MILLION trainer is the answer. Having been forced to look at the "numbers" as a OSD staff weenie, I am not convinced a pseudo F-16 will hold up and bear the fruit you want. Most current fighters are programmed to fly 250 hours a year at horrible FH costs (F-16 = $22,000 an hour, F-15 +$41,000 and hour, F-22 = $68,000 an hour), and I truly wonder if this aircraft can sustain 500-600 hours a year. I fully understand that folks going to fighters particularly 5th gen aircraft need to develop the ability to maneuver dynamically under high G, but I wonder is that a function of UPT or IFF? Most of the bomber folks going through UPT track through T-38's, why in the world do they need a 9G trainer other than the cool factor? If I were as you suggest king for a day, I would likely have several aircraft in the mix including a jet like Scorpion that has a 7G envelope and has business jet like efficiency AND reliability. I would beef up IFF and make it longer while equipping them with a jet like the T-50 in a program the truly develops fight pilots, not a top off of UPT skills for everyone. One of the constant bitches I hear on here is guys need time in the seat. You will not surge a jet like the T-50 and we certainly can't afford 1,000 of them to make the numbers good. If we bought something like Scorpion at a cost of less than $20 million that can EASILY fly 1,000+ hours a year at less than $10,000 a flight hour you now have the ability to build airmanship and experience. The other thing about a jet like Scorpion, you can easily put a radar in it and software that mimics what is found in our 5th gen jets. The young SNAPs can now go fly for hours practicing the muscle memory required to employ today's high end capabilities. Think about it, on a standard 5th gen training sortie how often are dudes flying high aspect BFM? And how often are they driving around in the bozosphere at 3-4 G practicing long range employment or air to ground weapons employment. Again, I am NOT saying we don;t need a high-end 9G capable trainer for our fighter folks, I just don't think we need that as part of the UPT program. We need a paradigm shift that allows us to train the best aviators in the world within the economic constraints we are dealing with.
  15. 4 points
    So, they have to start a bunch of briefings with "I'm the dude who drew the dick in the sky.", then get high fived and free drinks all night.
  16. 4 points
    You are missing something. You’re missing a great opportunity to hold at convenient points, crossing midnight 99 times per leg and making yourself entitled to 99x Guam per diem... as long as we’re making up rules.
  17. 4 points
    Passive aggressive and blown out of proportion. Nice touch.
  18. 4 points
    I happen to have a little knowledge of an FEB in the AF that had substantial CSAF interest a couple years ago, and it took 90 days to actually begin the board proceedings.
  19. 4 points
    Azimuth and hindsight: All I can say is... holy shit! We retarded f*ucks read this stuff and compare it to our experiences and chat about it on the golf course...and all we can do is know "there but for the grace..." For everyone who reads these stories...remember what you thought were good responses to crises when youre in command. And i dont mean only g-series orders command...i mean when youre the ranking officer or NCO and are the first responder. And advise your commanders to do the right thing. Sometimes thats common sense, sometimes its following the rules to the letter...sometimes its not. The situation will come as a complete surprise...so give a little forethought on the process you want to follow in crisis, and avoid snap emotional decisions. That advice (from a repected SNCO) both saved me from keel-hauling an innocent accused tech sergeant and allowed me to appropriately, and correctly, secure and eventually send to courts-martial a pair of serial sexual predators. YMMV. Good luck. ETA: why the frick cant i say f*uck anymore?
  20. 4 points
    The entire basis of the US system of justice is the idea that it is better to let a guilty man walk free than punish an innocent man. The presumption of innocence is the cornerstone of that concept, and not just from a legal perspective but a social one, too. Everyone seems to think that their little pet peeve is worthy of an exception to that (as we see with this ridiculous path both the AF and society in general have gone with sexual assault), but the reason these rules and concepts exist is precisely to eliminate the whims of men. Having been on the accused side of the military justice system, and as someone who was later exonerated by the actual legal process, I can tell you that it is a bullshit argument. We need to call it bullshit when we see it.
  21. 4 points
    They must be overmanned to afford to kick out a pilot/wso for that stunt. The military can’t correctly sentence a deserter during wartime or properly report felony convictions which leads to the murders of innocents, but we sure as fvck can fry a couple of aviators for playing a joke.
  22. 4 points
    So my question is, why are we doing certificates or anything like that for anyone? How does this make us a more effective and efficient fighting force. If my wife ever got a certificate of appreciation from the AF, I’m sure she would think to herself, “this is all great, but doesn’t erase all the times I have been treated like I don’t matter at all. I would rather they just focus on doing their primary job so my husband can come home at a decent hour every now and then.” I don’t know exactly what she would think, because I never ask her for her opinion anyways, but this is my best guess for what she would think.
  23. 4 points
    I have found a lot of believers have a real problem understanding where their religious freedom ends and where the rights of others begin. Given teh amount of lies they're fed from those seeking to control them, it's not much of a surprise. Here's the Cliff Notes version: We're a secular democracy, not a theocracy. The Constitution does not have the word God in it. The men that founded this country wrote extensively about the separation. Jefferson went so far as discuss building up a wall between the church and state. Your beliefs are for you. Our laws and our public institutions are for everybody. Christians, Jews, Atheists, Muslims, Cargo cults, etc. You may not hold up your belief system as an excuse to not abide by the law or deprive others of their due process or equal access. If you could, then these "church of no taxes" would be the most wildly successful new religion ever, and their members wouldn't be in jail or on the losing end of a huge tax bill and lien form the IRS.
  24. 3 points
    Attention any lurking senior leaders: get your shit together, go to congress, and stand on their desks until they give you $600m annually for aircrew bonuses. That's $100k more for 6k dudes. All of the harebrained ideas above will cost you way more than that; $600m is only enough to get 600 unqualified wingmen/copilots vs getting thousands of experienced guys to stay. Dont make this hard.
  25. 3 points
    I can confirm. My favorite quote: Pilot 1: "Who thinks this is a good idea?" Pilot 2: "Dipshits on the staff, that's who." Staff monkey: "Pilot 2, as a member of the staff, please look me up on Global and give me a call. This is a complex problem and bumper stickers do not work."
  26. 3 points
    Those Growler bros who drew the sky dick messed up in their message. Right away, it should have been a post on their social media: "To show solidarity with the Movember movement, we did our part to raise awareness for men's health." BOOM - it's a movement. Use the social welfare BS when it suits you. At trial: "WHAT? YOU'RE AGAINST MEN'S HEALTH??? GENDERIST!!!"
  27. 3 points
    I flew with him as a young nav and ran into him again as a 38 stud at DLF. I saw him in the hall not 15 minutes before we stepped to fly on Monday and we talked about hopefully flying 4-ship together for old times sake. One of the most gregarious, over the top, talk your ear off for hours larger than life guys I've ever known. F*ck, this one hurts. I'll miss you brother.
  28. 3 points
  29. 3 points
    Political leadership 101: When you can't do something meaningful, do something visible.
  30. 3 points
    Gotta do a full penetration afterwards.
  31. 3 points
    Oh, well if your after F-15s only the rules are slightly different. Make sure you bring something special for the crew chiefs and tell your current boyfriend not to get too jealous.
  32. 3 points
    A-fucking-men. It absolutely has flown over the SJW's heads that the presumption of innocence, not guilt, is in fact the system we live under, or at least aspire to. This whole social shift towards treating allegations as fact and starting from a presumption of guilt is completely antithetical to our system of law. The problem is that any criticism of this shift is treated as though one is partaking in enabling or idle-bystander behavior. Complete bullshit if you ask me, if one considers the incredibly lopsided and perverse incentive to falsely accuse as a member of the protected class, in that kind of political environment. This presumption of female's inherent inability to connive is the biggest sackload o' cuckoldry I've ever heard in my life. I asked my boss two CCs ago, if he was gonna go bat for me when/if I recluse myself from flying with female students, especially the hot ones (oops, can't say that either). After all, they have the right to accuse whoever and whenever. I thought it was a fair question, since the place was already ripe with paranoia after the Boning-4-Grades incident, and the "fighter pilot rape culture" fallout that led to the 2013 Stasi desk raids. I felt I have the right to protect my kid's source of food shelter and clothing after all...yeah, fucking crickets is what I got. Thankfully for me, the place went even more full retard and self-imposed the correction of having only female IPs fly with female SPs on XC for a while, and a further provision to not RON single-ship. Crazy, but it allowed me not to have to press to test on my threat, and potentially fall on my sword. The world has gone fucking nuts, that's for sure. The pendulum will swing back, and that ain't gonna be pretty either.
  33. 3 points
    Hi all, A few years ago I went through the daunting process of military to airline transition. I'm retired Air Force, did 20 years flying F-16s, T-37s, and T-6s. I'm now an FO at Southwest Airlines. Like many of you, I waited until I was within about a year from my availability date (something all airlines will make you list on your application) before I really got serious about my transition. I thought I had a pretty good handle on the transition process and the steps required but the more I asked around, the more I learned that I was not all prepared the way I should of been. There was a ton of information out there but it's scattered across many various websites, and you mostly hear about it word of mouth. Long story short, it took me approximately one year from retirement to my "forever airline" at Southwest. A few months after retirement I found myself working long hours for little pay doing general aviation CFI work and flying doctors around in a Beechcraft Bonanza. I remember driving to work one morning at about 4:30 AM and suddenly getting so nauseated that I had to pull off the road...it was the stress of career transition talking. I asked myself how in the hell I got to this spot after a very successful 20 year flying career in the Air Force? The answer is, I didn't know enough about the transition process I was about to undertake. In that moment, I made a decision to help all military pilots never have to experience what I was going through. I started taking detailed notes throughout my transition about all the things I wish someone had told me years ago before I started my airline transition. Along the way I attended multiple job fairs, interviewed with and received a CJO (Conditional Job Offer) from XOJET, Delta, JetBlue and ultimately Southwest. The knowledge I gained through my journey became a book of transition gouge so that no military aviator ever has to pull off the road to cope with career transition stress like I did. Instead of having to scour multiple forums, websites, and services, I have saved you the time and effort by packaging it all in one resource. Cockpit to Cockpit is available at www.cockpit2cockpit.com. I encourage you to read the reviews and decide for yourself if you think it might help you fulfill your goal of landing a second flying career with the airlines. Cockpit to Cockpit has already helped hundreds of pilots get hired at the major airlines. For the record, I hate having to sound like a traveling salesman. I'm a pilot, just like you, and I just want to help other military pilots get hired at the airlines. If you have any questions, feel free to fire away. If anyone on here has already read the book, please share your thoughts on it.
  34. 3 points
    Assuming you actually want an answer: Yes, I did ground both of them, and one other involved party about 1/2 hour after hearing the story. A complaining witness/accuser/ victim has just endured a very personal traumatic life event. Upon accusation, so did the accused. Neither are likely to be combat effective for a period of time. I did nothing with their clearances, and did not suspend AOs. I told the scheduler to mark them unavailable to fly until they heard back from me, and to keep his pie-hole shut about it. This type of grounding is not punitive. It happens probably more than you know: to parents whose kids have cancer. To a pilot whose spouse dies in a car wreck. To a CSO whose sibling committed suicide. These are major personal traumatic life events...anyone wanting to go fly today after hearing such news isn't properly thinking. I know, because I went thru this traumatic event process shortly after upgrading to IP in my first aircraft. And, later, because I had to be the one to tell people about traumatic events in their lives. So, yeah, secure all involved. Use your judgment on how far to take the securing.
  35. 3 points
    I recall a young CSO friend at his first MLAT who kept leaving his OCP hat undefended. The result was a D-52 dropping DDAMS... it was impressive!
  36. 3 points
    Some of you guys would lose your goddamn minds if it was a Muslim commander implementing his beliefs instead...
  37. 3 points
    https://theaviationist.com/2017/11/16/we-have-flown-in-textrons-scorpion-jet-heres-what-we-have-learned/ Good new write-up of the Scorpion.
  38. 2 points
    It would be a huge step back as an advanced trainer. And the slow spool from idle to mil (9"-12") will kill a lot of students. I suppose you could get Aero to build us a bunch... but I really don't know where you'd get the number of airframes we would need. I like flying it. And I know the Eastern Euros use it extensively. I just don't believe it's even close for what we expect.
  39. 2 points
    Not a single line IP should say the word time line. That's for DOs/CCs to argue about, maybe. If the line IPs aren't holding the standard, we're all fucked. There's a bar, either hold people to it or go get some remedial training on being an IP.
  40. 2 points
    What we have right now is completely unsat, and the staff is kicking around ideas like cutting phase 3? Fuck you staff. I can't believe what were getting out of the FTU...not a spear at the bros teaching or the FNGs, but at those making the decisions that think this kind of shit is acceptable. I am truly concerned about dudes killing themselves, don't even get me started on combat capability. I've experienced what Jaded referenced; it's a trend across multiple squadrons, and will only stop when the ass clowns running this ship aground call a spade a spade and go back to valuing quality over quantity.
  41. 2 points
    You know what was fun recently? Flying dedicated formation rides, in an F-16, at an operational squadron, because the student had passed the B-course without a basic proficiency in formation flying. Stuff like this just kicks the can down the road.
  42. 2 points
    Punish the guilty? Charge him with murder; prosecute to max extent allowed by law. Lock him up and throw away the key. Done.
  43. 2 points
    Aero App sucks...and NGA wonders why ForeFlight is far and away their number one app on the NGA app store. DOD just needs to pay ForeFlight to make a Mil version of their app and put in all the features we want.
  44. 2 points
    The best reaction is often the most unacceptable... don't do or change a damned thing.
  45. 2 points
    Throwing your people and their families under the bus as a symbolic genuflection/trying to save face with the Japanese doesn’t solve the square root of fuck-all. Do some math. We’ve got 100k people and their families over there. Statistically, we are outperforming our national demographic in terms of crime and accidental death. Whe that’s not the public reply that should be given to our hosts, this is NOT leadership, it’s reactive CYA chickenshit.
  46. 2 points
    Spoken like a true AF leader, trying to rationalize poor leadership exercsed in pursuit of how things look.
  47. 2 points
    Imagine the CEO of Southwest Air Lines telling all 55,000 employees nation-wide that they, or their family members, can’t drink or buy alcohol. Just for perspective. Absolutely asinine. We’ve devolved from leadership to management...and now we can only muster “really shitty management.” FML. Where’s the exit? This incident involved .001% of the military people and dependents on Japan. So let’s punish everyone.
  48. 2 points
    Unconfirmed word is that it was the skipper: CDR “Tess” Stickles.
  49. 2 points
    Do you secure the “victim” as well? Surely they can’t perform 100% in their duties when something so traumatic has happened to them. Do you suspend their security clearance, just like the accused? What about if they fly, do you suspend their AO’s like the accused’s until the investigation is complete?
  50. 2 points
    And the whole fixation on ISR allows the intel types to think that they are operators, not support.