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Kenny Powers

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Kenny Powers last won the day on November 28 2017

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  1. Kenny Powers

    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    Agree to disagree, maybe your experience with these types of situations is different than mine. And I dont know the timeline of the above audio (is it real time?), but I clocked about 40 seconds between barrel roll and crash. So what do you think would have changed based on your arguement above?
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Who F#cking cares what uniform people wear?
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    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    I dont know your background, so I dont mean to insult, but once the Eagles picked him up on their radar, they could've shot him down at any given moment. Guess what happens to an airliner when you shoot it down? It crashes. Probably fully in contact. Missiles cause planes to crash by sending frag through critical systems, like hydraulics. Even if they spear the aircraft, if they dont render those systems useless, the plane will probably still fly. There is a reason we shoot x2 at airline sized aircraft. So, do we shoot a plane down with a dude who hasn't necessarily shown hostile intent and let it crash in a random place, or wait and see what happens? Not like you are controlling the crash either way, unless it was headed for a very specific target. Did that dude crash intentionally? Was there a good point during the intercept to shoot him down and not be worried about where the plane would end up? I dont know. I dont have a ton of ACA experience, but I have some, and i have intercepted dudes with live missiles on my jet. Things happen quick and the situation is extremely ambiguous. It's a pick up game trying to figure out WTF is going on and what the intent is. Unless I heard Rich on the radio sounding like he wanted to hurt people, or the voice of God spoke over the NORAD freq and told me this was a known terrorist plot, I'd have a difficult time shooting. Edit to add: As a fighter pilot doing ACA, it's almost never my call to shoot. It's my job to intercept the guy, tell NORAD what is going on, and try to help make contact (over the radio or visually) or direct him away from a specific area.
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    KC-135 Tanker Q&A

    Real question: why do the -135 guys always have the lights cranked down so low in the AOR, while the -10 guys are lit up like Christmas trees? Only a few times I was really nervous in the AOR, and most of the time it involved night AR w/ a -135...
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    Pilot retention in your neck of the woods?

    If you're a qualified Fighter Pilot and not a 2LT or Col, you can probably go anywhere. Units across all airframes are hiring and most seem to have TX slots. Everyone is looking to replace the guys leaving full time for the airlines. Purely observation from the emails I've seen going around the Guard but you could probably pick the unit you want to fly with and I bet they're looking for experience dudes.
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    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

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    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    We had F-15s ready to shoot it down, it wasn't required. You're upset?
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    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    I disagree. We didn't get lucky, our process worked. We knew the situation, the Eagle pilots and ATC fed up to date information to everyone involved, and the decision was made to NOT shoot this aircraft down based on the threat it posed. Had the threat assessment changed, then the decision to shoot it down would have changed.
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    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    No, not at all. Nothing cool about shooting down an airliner, regardless of the situation.
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    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    My point is, this is about the best possible outcome, unless the guy could have successfully landed somewhere without hurting anyone. A shootdown would have really opened a can of worms. All participants in a situation like this are using the most up to date information to make a risk assessment. Rarely would that result in an engagement order. Again, this situation turned out almost as good as you could hope.
  11. Really? Mach, you can PM me with questions about lifestyle of a Guard Fighter Pilot.
  12. Kenny Powers

    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    You're suggesting that a shootdown situation would have ended better than the actual event did?
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    Pilot retention in your neck of the woods?

    Seeing quite a bit of this on the Guard side too, at least in my Fighter Squadron. Guys aren't leaving but I feel like shortly we will struggle to keep full time, experienced IPs. Most of them are getting hired with the majors. Guys are also getting hired with the majors as soon as they get through the IPUG (we take forever to upgrade people, so by the time we put someone through the IPUG they have the hours.) To make the situation worse, most of the senior FL types are burnt out and might not jump at the opportunity for a full time AGR gig.
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    Rushing Units

    To add to what Brabus said, don't make the mistake of not talking at all. It's very frustrating to try to engage in conversation with people who are rushing/interviewing with my squadron and they just don't really talk because they are afraid of sounding stupid or something. If I can't get to know you a bit, I can't make a recommendation to the hiring board. Sit back and listen but be social when dudes are trying to have a conversation with you, don't just give a yes or no answer.
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    How did you know what jobs you were applying for? Or did you just put a list of jobs you wanted and locations? I haven't actually looked at the application yet, just read through the details online.