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billy pilgrim

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  1. Looking for a bank with a good rate / good customer service. Any recommendations? Trying to avoid USAA.
  2. To echo what other dudes are saying - fast cars are fun but it's also completely different. The closest thing I've found to flying BFM in a fighter jet is taking a sport bike to a track. FUN for sure, but it's not on the same level. The difference is you can spend a few hours on the track and only 10 minutes fighting in the jet. Also it gets expensive. A good sports bike or a really good sports car will out accelerate a jet in lateral G, but the difference is that the acceleration in the jet doesn't really fade or stop like it does in a car. Like when the turbos spool or the engine hits the power band, but then it just stays there. Flying fast down low is a ton of fun, but I think the more I'm around the community, the ultimate isn't the aircraft performance, it's the employment. But you should still absolutely get a sports car if you want one...
  3. I didn't previously know this, but AGR 11Fs get the $35k/year bonus as well. Some guys are paying it back to get their seniority started at a major.
  4. billy pilgrim

    F1 Thread

    Let us know what you think. I've only been to one and it was way more fun than I thought it was going to be. Wasn't expecting the constant burnt rubber smell and the 100 db+ noise levels, the 4k TV doesn't do it justice. That excitement you get stepping to the jet when you can smell the JP-8. It's like that for driving. Also, the speed. If there are warm-up races, you'll think those cars are fast - but then the formula cars drive by and it's like an entirely different event. You can't take pictures very well because they are hard to keep in frame. It's awesome. The downside is that you get a snapshot of the race being stuck in one place. While on TV you get to follow everything much easier.
  5. Our current scheduling board is over 69% wingman pucks. A handfull of IP's (mostly attached awaiting retirement) and a few flight leads. Standby for more back to basics SII's as inexperienced pilots do what we all did as inexperienced pilots.. except now there is no more real supervision... Congress needs to hold the senior leadership accountable for this problem, and they are not.
  6. billy pilgrim

    Gun Talk

    Just took a "Desert Eagle .50" to the range. 'Merica. Pretty heavy and concealed carry may be difficult, but that thing is a beast.
  7. Don’t use community bank on base!! They charge like 3% for the conversion from $ to £. Cost me literally a thousand dollars out of pocket using them for a year. It’s a little bit of a pain to set up but I’d highly recommend a Lloyd’s or Barclays account. Then get a contactless debit card and it makes life easy. (Also set up contactless lay on your iPhone, otherwise you’ll be signing for everything). Transferwise is a website / app that makes it super easy / cheap / fast to move money between my US Bank and Lloyd’s. Recommend this too. Find a credit card that doesn’t have foreign transaction fees. Heads up on the cell phone contracts - there’s no real US military clause etc.. so if you leave early you’ll be held responsible for paying out like half your contract or something ridiculous. Have fun! It’s awesome.
  8. As an 11F separating from AD all of this doesn't suprise me - but it's still hard to watch from the sidelines. 75% promotion rate for MSG dudes? Create some room at the B Course because we could really use these hard charging leaders in a MWS in CENTCOM. For me, ever since TAMI-21 I stopped listening to anything Big Air Force SAYS and started only paying attention to what Big Air Force DOES. For all those looking at a bonus or extending their ADSC past their UPT commitment I would fence in appropriately and do so only with very high SA. Get your ATP and be ready with options as you get close to your commitment. Best of luck to everyone!
  9. Bump - if anyone else is looking for a good night flashlight. Just used a Surefire Kroma Milspec for the past few months and it is expensive but awesome. Red / Green / Blue / IR / White and good levels for NVG cockpit usage. Highly recommend. Super tough and lightweight as well. Tried to get the Phantom (above) but ran into issues being overseas.
  10. HHG - Japanese movers are awesome. If stuff gets broken it will most likely be when it's getting packed in the States. Most electronics should be fine, (Japan is 100V) and your laptop adapter should say 100-240V (double check). I think TVs may have issues, so heads up on that, but you can get a transformer. Only a factor off base. I would highly recommend living on the sea wall. It's awesome and generally the traffic wasn't bad (10 minute commute or so). You can walk to little bars and sushi restaurants. I was able to pocket about $400 a month out of my utilities that I didn't use. Easy to go for runs along the sea wall and the sunsets after work while you're eating dinner is pretty cool. I would find a card that doesn't have a foreign transaction fee. I don't remember how I paid my rent (I think GI Bill Pay or something?) You can get Yen on base easily and there's no reason to get a Japanese bank. I imagine contactless pay with an iPhone is full up there too.
  11. That's called an ADO double turn! Other double turn options include: Top 3 to Red 1 Red air to SOF OR the elusive AM SOF to closing Top 3!
  12. This is a big point. It makes no sense to me to have the F-22 sitting alert. Also the USAF has been training with the 4th gen 5th gen mix for a while, and the whole "night one of the war" situation I don't think is an insurmountable problem with FI. Plus, the legacy jets give you a lot more options for basically uncontested air environments, like Syria, or Afghanistan etc...
  13. Does anyone fly with an automatic (mechanical) watch? Specifically in a high-g airframe? Did the timing get thrown off? Usually I fly with a quartz watch but it’s in for servicing and looking to fly with a Bremont instead. First world problems...
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