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  1. Right Seat Driver

    Personal credit card on the road?

    I remember sitting in on a wing staff meeting at EGUN in the 2015 timeframe. The comptroller was saying the wing would get a check that was going to be about $125k. He did not specify if that was for the quarter, year, etc. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
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    WTB: MBU-5/P

    Yeah, pricey for sure. eBay has some but are roughly the same price. There are a few MBU-5/Ps on eBay that are mostly complete for less than $100, but they’re missing comm cords and bayonet clips. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
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    WTB: MBU-5/P

    http://www.flighthelmet.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=FHL&Category_Code=OXYM Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
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    KC-46A Info

    Not to mention the Marines are weaponizing their KC-130Js. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
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    KC-46A Info

    Complex answer. KC-10 Mx/MR rates are abysmal compared to 135s and the nuke mission. Side bar: I’d love to see the 135 go on forever as a 135 driver, but she’s got to retire eventually. Still, I do see the value in a 135/10 mixed force scenario. The AF needs to figure out how to replace the 10 in capability. The 46 doesn’t come close. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
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    Aviation Continuation Pay (ACP - The Bonus)

    Is this based on YG or STRDs? Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
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    It's Official, OCPs are Coming!

    2! I’m not in the Army. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
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    KC-46A Info

    Sad part is the AF had the chance in the early 90s but passed. And then the 767 lease debacle happened a few years later. Now, it is 2018 and the 135 will probably fly until it is 100 years old. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
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    F-15X on the Air Force's Budget Request

    I tried and failed to find the article I read saying Shanahan would step aside on any issues dealing with Boeing. Hah. Fortunately, the KC-46, sorry, the C-46 program is going swimmingly. I’m just waiting for the day the other Deputy SecDefs come from LM, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman. Where is Eisenhower when you need him? Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    We had namings in T-6s at the solo party. No families were invited, just IPs and the students. It was a great party and IIRC the OG/CC showed up for it, at least for awhile.
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    The Next President is...

    Unfortunately we will still deploy to that shit hole. The USAF hasn’t left the Middle East since Desert Storm. The boots on the ground will go, but the USAF and USN carrier strike groups aren’t going anywhere. I’ll concede our overall footprint will probably go down. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
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    KC-46A Info

    Hah, fortunately I am career line guy with A LOT of staff exposure. I've spent a few too many TDYs trying to sell good ideas to the staff. And I mean good ideas as in the staff should have accepted them.
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    KC-46A Info

    I am not an advocate for privatized AR, but I think privatized AR has a place in the USAF just like contract ADAIR or TES support. But this is a slippery slope. There are a lot of second and third order effects to the tanker force if we start contracting out AR. Namely, MAC, er...I mean AMC will say "let's keep all of the tanker dudes down range while contract AR accomplishes stateside AR requirements and CORONET movements to just outside the AOR." Also, I have a hard time placing such a strategic capability in the hands of contract officers and contractors. I am not sure of the most current numbers, but the RAF has a mix of "military" and non-military KC2s/3s that can fly both as military and civilian jets. IIRC, the RAF has a total of 15 jets at their disposal, but out of the 15, three or four of them would retain civilian liveries, registration numbers and would not have the AAR kit installed. And the RAF does not own the jets, it is similar to the 767 lease debacles of the 1990s. Besides the jet issue, there is a very complicated crew force mix that includes RAF Active Duty, reserves and civilian contractors that can fly the jet in different and very limited roles. So not only does the RAF not own the jets, but they may lack the capability to task jets to hack the mission down-range. Unlike the USAF, the RAF, Canadians and other militaries use their tankers to transport their forces downrange and back. So in the RAF example, a KC2 or 3 could be flying with a contract aircrew with a bunch of SAS dudes in the back bound for Muscat. The jet lands and off-loads the PAX, and now the RAF wants to put that jet into the ATO. Unfortunately they can't, and now the RAF has to fly dudes out commercial to pick up the ATO line and fly the civilians back to the UK. The Airbus-LM handshake doesn't address this issue. There's a lot of thought that needs to be put into this. Honestly, the Airbus is over-hyped and the latest Airbus-LM photo shoot is mostly political, IMHO. However, I was glad to see it. Boeing took a lot for granted, and so did USAF. Believe me, I fly the KC-135 and love it, and I'm glad we're getting another Boeing tanker, but damn it LeMay would have gone somewhere else if this shit was going down in 1955. Put a damn boom sighting window in the back of the KC-46 and tell the FAA to go fvck themselves because of airworthiness requirements. But, the USAF's current state of tankers is embarrassing. The 135 has a lot of life left, but right now the SPO is way behind the power curve to keep the jet ICW basic airspace regulations. And let's not talk about the jet's ability to survive in a near-peer threat. We are so limited in SA because MAC/SPO/USAF in general just assumed the 135 would go away. Now, it'll be 2050 before the jet retires and everyone is scrambling to figure out how to get gas to the shooters and survive tankers to fly another ATO. The KC-46 does a great job on paper in this regard. It is supposed to have the sensors, Link, etc capabilities to fly in a near-peer environment and accomplish its primary mission of AR. But right now none of that is proven. So, in the mean-time, we have to figure out how to fight a war with legacy tankers while fielding a new jet. Eventually, I truly do feel the 46 will be able to get the job done and provide SA to not only tanker crews but anyone who is on the Link. But that will leave a big gap in a strategic tanker realm. And that is where I agree with you. Put a boom and MPRS on the 777 and call it good, with a boom sighting window. The USAF will always need a strategic tanker to get fighters downrange, and that is where the KC-10 excels. The 777 can fill that role with ease, and every 135 and 46 crew dawg out there will be more than happy to consol into it, sts.
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    KC-46A Info

    While I'm not a fan of the Airbus (it is still having problems) and the fee-for-service mentioned in your previous post (ask the RAF about this) one thing is certain. The KC-46 will never replace either the KC-135 or the KC-10 in capability and in the numbers we have now. There are a few USAF reports floating around that discuss SLEPing KC-135s, retiring the KC-10 and replacing all KC-10s and some 135s with the KC-46. But like anything AF, it'll take a 69 different committees, tiger teams, SSS and TMTs to even start down the road of developing and executing a plan. The KC-46 is not a good replacement for either jet. And, IMHO, the AF is making a bad decision if they don't replace the KC-10 with a KC-10 like aircraft, especially when talking CORONETS or conventional long range support. But something has to be done, and I agree with you that we have got to find a good replacement for the KC-10. Maybe a little bit of competition will finally get Boeing motivated to unfvck the KC-46 and force them to look seriously at big wing military jets in the future.
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Gotta be fit to fight...