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  1. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    It isn't worth the breath to even try and rationally discuss use of force philosophy with someone trying to attack the treatment their violent criminal relative received from a fellow citizen.
  2. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    To be fair, the regionals aren't the only place with stupid-pilot-tricks.
  3. RIP Doc

    Terrific nickel-on-the-grass and piano burn for Doc last night at the Nellis Club, fitting for a man like Doc. As said, if you want to help, go hit that youcaring link to help out Julie and the family.
  4. Gun Talk

    Funny to look back at the beginning of this thread, 10 years later, at how .40 has begun to fall from favor after a decade. I bring it up because in the last two weeks I've picked up two used .40 former LEO trade-ins -- a Sig P229 and a Glock 23 -- in absolutely ripping deals. All courtesy of the trend to move away from the .40 and back to the 9x19. Both are in terrific condition, typical police trade in stuff, light holster wear on the outside, dirty and needing a good cleaning but barely worn on the inside. Seems like I just got done buying some great cheap LEO trade-in wheel guns (a Smith 686 and Smith Model 28) back when the "wonder nines" became popular in the early 90s. I also followed that up a decade later when .40 became the new hotness for cops and the FBI here 15 years ago and 2nd gen Glocks and others in 9x19 were hitting the used gun stores. Too bad those Smiths and Glocks are all long gone now, traded or sold for others over the years, but I sure enjoyed them and their budget price, and definitely got more than my money back in the sales and trades. I'd especially love to have that 686 back. I'll be buying more LEO trade-ins in 9x19 when that goes out of style again here in another 15-20 years. Until then, now I finally have something to do with all that .40 brass and random .40 rounds I've picked up over the years at the range.
  5. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    Ah, yes...the folks for whom we should re-name the service "The Force".
  6. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    The vast majority of reasons that guys are separating for are 100% in the span of control of the CSAF.
  7. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    JO missed that class when he took his MBA that said when supply gets short, pay has to go up to attract new talent and you can no longer treat your employees like meat.
  8. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    The regionals know the score, and former military guys who are using the job for currency/recency aren't a very high percentage of their overall hires. Their main concern is just dealing with the closest/hottest target, e.g. simply having enough butts in seats to complete the flights they're contracted to provide. My non-scientific data on military guys going to the regionals (a sample size of about two dozen in the last two years) says that most dudes are staying about a year on average. For every guy who gets picked up by a major as soon as he puts his new type rating into AirlineApps, there's also a poor sap who is still waiting for the call 18 months down the line. Don't forget there are also mil guys in the mix who don't have the hours to get the call right away at the majors (especially the former helo guys), and they'll stay sometimes 2 years or longer I got the CJO at my "career job" almost 1 year to the day after I started indoc at my regional, and actually flew for the company another month after that while waiting for class to start at my new employer.
  9. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    What's missing is that the one in the red dress is average in the bedroom but also isn't clingy and isn't jealous of other casual girls you hang out with. The one in the jeans only likes it at night with the lights out, and even then, she only does pegging.
  10. It is sad when the airlines -- even considering what's happened in the industry in the last 15 years -- are considered a more stable long term gig than most of the DoD contract flying jobs.
  11. Hasn't stopped him from trying... Man's got to know his limitations...
  12. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/sordid
  13. Professional pilot kill recreation?

    Standard answer: it depends. Highly, highly dependent on what kind of aircraft and what you want to do with it. Here's a ballpark number for an airplane that you're probably not thinking about and is probably considerably more expensive than what you're considering: About 6-9 years ago I was in the market to buy a T-6 (round engine tailwheel kind, not Pilatus weed-whacker kind), and the overall ownership/operations/hangar/maintenance/insurance cost was about $30,000/year for 100 hours of flying per year. That included the payments for a 15-year note on a buy-in cost of $150,000.
  14. Professional pilot kill recreation?

    There's plenty of this out there...EAA chapters...CAF....IAC....you just have to poke around a little bit to find it. I've spent some time with one of the EAA chapters that has a bunch of well-retired military pilots and current Van's RV drivers who do acro, formation, and a little basic BFM on the weekends. It is a blast.
  15. Professional pilot kill recreation?

    Plenty of airline pilots I know own and fly GA airplanes. As soon as I dig out of the wreckage of regional and first-year pay, I'll be joining them. As mentioned, many of them own experimentals or something a little more exciting than a Cherokee or Cessna.