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    Stocks for Dummies (Aviators)

    The investment showdown thread seems to be more focused on types of investments and strategies. I thought a thread to discuss specific stocks and rationale might be interesting to some. Stocks I have been watching as of late: 1. Western Digital (WDC), mainly because they bought Sandisk (I bought Sandisk years ago in the low single digits and held it through four splits and the acquisition), I ended up with a large number of shares from the acquisition so I continue to follow. 2. Cisco (CSCO), This is an interesting beast because it appears their software/cloud sector is poised to surpass their hardware division. Interested in the thoughts of others.
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    The latest incident at the Deid typifies why the Air Force is a burning dumpster of idiocy. For those who have deployed to this garden spot in recent times you might know the story of “Ghost” a stray dog that several squadrons adopted and nursed back to health. Well it appears the all knowing leadership decided to capture and euthanize “Ghost.” Hey Fingers, this is why you and your scyophants are FAILING. Someone have that deployed commander choke himself.
  3. 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!
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    The Next President is...

    Didn't a revolution start over this very issue?
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    The Next President is...

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    T-38 Down @ DLF

    When I flew 38's I think our toughest EP was a Right Gen No Cross in crappy Weather. I vaguely recall hearing about dual hydraulic failure and a dude who recovered the jet to one of the dry lakebeds...but that is a very old memory. Obviously some serious maintenance issues which has been a recurring trend through the years at UPT bases and civilian maintenance. I don't even know what to say about arming your ejection seat.
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    He accepts offer and completes a PCS to DC to work for CSAF. Six months later AFPC drops a 365 to Afghanistan on him...PCS ADSC won't let him turn it down and he finds himself sitting in Kabul guarding TCNs in the chow hall.
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    T-38 Down @ DLF

    That was tough to read...
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Sure Ned, you are safe...when has the USAF ever lied?
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    NFL Ratings are Way Down

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    New AFPC commander a pilot

    As an aviator he is legit, as a combat leader he was beyond legit. I know Boomer very well and had hoped he would be more effective at turning the ship. A year after he took over we were having a private conversation. We we talked about some of the changes, somethings that had yet to change and some recent buffoonery including silly shit like SECAF puking all over a Tbird. I think I said something to the effect of "how can you let some of these things happen?" He took a breath and replied "CH, you would be surprised how little power I actually have." I'm not trying to defend him, just saying we need to keep the context of the political climate and political beasts that actually run the show. Maybe if a few of these four stars spoke out and fell on their swords it might be different...but I've yet to see anyone with the selfless stones to do it.
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    The Next President is...

    Puhleezzz...if your liberal utopian vision of universal healthcare is what they are doing in the UK I sincerely hope you never need medical attention. The NHS system in the UK is in full on meltdown, they themselves have stated they are Condition BLACK. Analysis by the Royal College of Surgeons found that over the past year an average of 193,406 people a month did not get surgery within 18 weeks of being referred. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/13/193000-nhs-patients-a-month-waiting-beyond-target-for-surgery
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    C146 Wolfhound Info

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    Fly-Only Track in AMC

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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Live near reasonable good military healthcare but switched from Prime to Standard in April. May 15th wife got sick and we hit the cap in one week. One thing I've learned is managing the $3,000 cap is up to you...the hospitals and specialists have billed us well over $5,000 and it takes MANY phone calls to work through the chaff.
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    Flying Videos Thread Part 2?

    I was there, impressive performance but there is a lot of camera trickery here that makes it look like a loop.
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Place this increase in production against the accident rate for the next 6-8 years...
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Mission first, people always...
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    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    USAF just cancelled the remainder of the current LAE at White Sands.
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    History Friday

    I guess I am biased because my old man flew the Rhino, but the F-4 is one of my all time favorite aircraft.
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    The Next President is...

    100% agree...this bullshit "Undocumented Workers"narrative is pure tripe, we are either a nation of laws or we are not. I have compassion and embrace LEGAL immigration, 99% of us are immigrants and the backbone of this country was built on the great melting pot. However, throwing a giant progressive hand wave at all the criminals who came here ILLEGALLY is a giant FU to those who stand in line and try to come here the right way. Progressives have decided they don't want to enforce immigration law, what laws do you ignore next? Very interesting video below about immigration and poverty.
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    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    We shall see, there is FINALLY some money in the NDAA.
  23. From my experience most of the opportunities come from networking. I was contacted by several recruiters when I retired but they were conducting confidential retained searches. One led to a series of interviews for a very high-level position that I ultimately decided against. The job market is hot right now and I would not work with a recruiter who wants to charge you anything.
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    1,000 Retired Pilots Can Be Recalled to Active Duty

    RUMINT Only, so far less than 10.