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Steve Davies

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  1. Happy birthday, Air Force! (the detail-driven folks at Dover have obviously been enlisted to help our the DoS).
  2. It’s irrelevant as to whether the Russian/Chinese FLANKERS are on an American military unit emblem because of a mistake or because or regulation. What matters is that it makes you look stooopid. Surely it’s someone’s job in the Air Force to give a shit about that, even if it does mean having to know your arse from your elbow?
  3. That's an interesting observation. I thought longer was better (STS), but perhaps I need to chop the interview up a bit more. Glad you enjoyed it. Huggy, thank you for giving me your time and trust. Thanks also for being forgiving of my belated understanding of the difference between Z and BST! Yes, Part 2 will be out in two weeks, and then there'll be the concluding AMA/Part 3.
  4. Many of you will know Huggy, so he needs no introduction here. Here’s Part 1 of my interview with him, released to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the U-2’s first flight.
  5. Anyone know whether there is a viewing area at Mildenhall. Tried to find one today, but the old one seems to have been removed.
  6. I hear ya. I imagine that if you don't hear these accents all the time, the sort of blend into one another - an unintelligible mess. I wonder whether your mam likes Rab C Nesbit. It's fun to watch some with the YouTube captions enabled to see just how badly it 'translates' his speech:
  7. None of the guys in that video is Scottish. Do you mean Paddy (the tall one?). He has a Lancashire accent.
  8. Somebody who did an F-15S exchange tour once told me that one of the Saudi pilots had taken hard copies of the -34-1-1-1 and 3-1 to Kinkos and left them there to be scanned onto a thumbdrive... so that he could have the manuals on his computer at home. Apparently, this was just one incident in a long line of incidents of this sort, and the RSAF (and DoD!) did nothing about it. I get that there's a balance between selling hardware to gain access to oil, and resigning yourself to the fact that some of your secrets are going to get out as part of that process, but I don't understand for a second why you would take that risk with the F-35. I hope the partner nations speak up on this.
  9. Tough to beat Brick's briefing, but two that standout to me: 1. RAF test pilot. "If we have to eject, I'll call EJECT! EJECT! EJECT! and you should pull the handle. If you haven't gone by the third time I've said it, the words EJECT! are written on the bottom of my boots, and you'll be able to read them as my seat leaves the aircraft". And an altogether different tact: 2. USAF test pilot. "If we have to eject today, you are going to die. You'll break your elbows on the canopy sill and will drown in the sea because you won't be able to swim or get in your raft. I will try and swim over to you, but because you'll leave the jet first and are heavier than me, you will enter the sea before I will. Questions?".
  10. Evil It looks that way because I edited it out. I shit you not!
  11. Previously unseen footage of CONSTANT PEG MiG-23BN and J-7B, filmed at Tonopah. https://youtu.be/rFSNRmicF5A
  12. I recently interviewed "Hacker" Haskin about his time as a UPT student, UPT IP and IFF IP (amongst other things!). He shared a range of advice and thoughts across about four hours of chatting. Those looking to go to UPT might find it interesting:
  13. Yes, it does. 7.33 unless you hit a button on the stick, and then you can have 9 for as long as you keep the button down.
  14. Given that the primary concern here seems to be that the Russians would have been able to improve their systems if Turkey had operated the S400 side-by-side with the F-35, what level of threat does Turkey now pose if it decides to handover what it knows about the F-35? Seems odd that Turkish pilots were allowed to start training at Luke, and they presumably now have a treasure trove of secrets to share...
  15. I can't argue with that! Regarding the Swiss guy? I will try to find the link. He was a CPL whose day job was dropping parachutists from a Twin Otter (or some such). He got hired to go and fly Mirages, and got shot down by a MANPAD almost immediately on flying combat sorties, IIRC.
  16. It's well known that the Libyans have been hiring mercenaries who don't have prior military or even fast jet experience. I am also aware of a Swiss national who morted flying the Mirage F1ED/AD a year or two ago. As for laughing at someone because he looks like a "goofball", how old are you?
  17. OK. I think you should share the story.
  18. Word is that, hungry for a kill, the Bison pilot chased the PAF Viper into Pakistan in order to get him into an R-73 WEZ.
  19. Has the Air Force explained how an operational Navy pilot (whose experience appears to have been mostly in an FBW fighter) and a non-fighter AF WSO, came to be flying asymmetric weapons release tests in an ejection seat equipped aircraft with manual controls? And just how wise was all this when they collectively had only about 10 hours' experience in the Super Tucano? Are these questions people are asking, or able to answer?
  20. True. Have added alternative version, but it replaces ads with shitty propoganda editing. Can't figure out how to embed YouTube video.
  21. Great restraint by this Eagle driver. It must have been tempting to have pulled up and rolled back inside the turn. Russian propaganda version https://youtu.be/i7iyDCchsg8 British tabloid version https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1853224/Russian-fighter-jet-banking-USAFs-plane-Baltic-sea.html
  22. While luvvy actors and the liberal elite give each other a pat on the back for being so wonderful (i'm talking about Oscar nominations, if that's not clear), this video reminded me of the people who really make the world go round.
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