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  1. 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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    Hurricane Michael

    RUMIT - ouch.
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    Hurricane Michael

    They said many of the same things about Homestead...
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    Hurricane Michael

    A similar thing happened when Hurricane Andrew hit Homestead. There were several jets (nearly brand new C model vipers), that were unflyable so they parked a few in a hangar and four more in the ANG alert facility at the north end of the field. The alert facility pictured below was designed to withstand 160MPH and obviously it failed. There was a weather gauge about 100' from this facility and it measured a gust of 214MPH then failed (likely a mesovorticy). All of the damaged jets eventually returned to service although it took several years to repair a few of them.
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    So in summary, the USAF is CRITICALLY short of pilots and we are going to institute a flying only career path. HOWEVER, if you are a major who has completed all your squares but did not get the shinny penny DP (because why would they waste it on a fly only guy or girl), then your chance of promotion to Lt Col is only 41%. Choose wisely my friends.
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    Hurricane Michael

    Even worse, there was a group of folks who had recently PCS'd to Homestead from Clark AFB when Mt Pinatubo erupted. Many of those folks lost all their stuff for a second time in just over a year. Andrew hit in August and there were still people completing the summer PCS cycle. A good friend was just arriving and was initially told his household goods were safe as they had not yet arrived only to find out a few days later they were actually delivered to a storage place downtown that was destroyed by the storm.
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    Safety Survery

    All, posting at the request of a new member (Rivrguide), who is working on his masters. CH Hi There, I'm finishing a MS with Embry-Riddle and have the opportunity to conduct research on accident investigations. Participation is voluntary and your aviation experience will increase the quality of data collected. Military experience is a plus, but not required. If you can spare 20-35 minutes, please click the below link to start the survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeFS4KbRoK44-WI9By-7uEorAKHyb8j4octNjJAuVyKkoeiSw/viewform?usp=sf_link or https://goo.gl/forms/0EU1zkUlweOCpc3I3 For each survey completed, $4 will be contributed to a charity providing relief to aviation accident survivors or military veterans.
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    Hurricane Michael

    After Hurricane Andrew devastated Homestead they moved two F-16 squadrons to Moody and one to Luke. That was tied to a decision to close the active duty portion of the base. The 482FW and 93 FS remained but the base is 1/3 of what it used to be...actually sad to see what it is today. They kept the commissary and BX open for a while, then combined them into one, then closed altogether. Again sad for all the retirees that live down there.
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    Hurricane Michael

    Gone, leveled along with everything south of 98 from the welcome center to Toucans.
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    Hurricane Michael

    Tyndall had a measured gust of 129MPH before the weather instrument failed. Below is a picture of Mexico Beach which as Danger41 mentioned is devastated. Many military families from Tyndall live in Mexico Beach. Tyndall Air Force Base took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. The base has sustained extensive damage. The Ride Out Element will conduct initial damage assessments when it is safe to do so. Michael was a Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall, with catastrophic wind speeds. There have been no injuries reported on Tyndall at this time. Teams will work diligently to recover the base in the coming weeks. The storm brought down trees and power lines. It removed roofs from buildings and caused significant structural damage. The conditions of the runway is unknown at this time. The base commander ordered a mandatory evacuation of base personnel Monday, Oct. 8. This evacuation order remains in effect until further notice. Evacuated personnel should make plans for an extended time away from the base. Base officials do not have an estimate at this time for when it will be safe to return.
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    Is the KC-10 going to be cut?

    Nothing like watching a bunch of herbivores fight by lashing each other with their cud chewing tongues. #Savage
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    The Next President is...

    FIFY
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    The Next President is...

    So who did you vote for in the last election? Or does it not count when Hillary attacks all the women who say Billie attacked them?
  14. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the founder of Baseops.net, who died at home this past weekend. We ask that you keep his family in your prayers. We will pass more information as it becomes available, until then... Him Him
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    Reno Air Races

    As of late it seems to be fuck up, move up...but I digress. When I was at Laughlin back before the dawn of time, #4 stuck the top of his tail in leads AB. They left the jet at Laughlin for a couple weeks while they repaired it. We got a close up look right after it happened and I remember thinking how close he had to be to get that kind of damage.
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    Reno Air Races

    Typically a maneuver reserved for the Thunderbirds.
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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.
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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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