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  1. Blue

    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Damn. Didn't realize that. Always seemed like the A-29 was marketed as some "off-the-shelf" solution. Didn't realize Sierra Nevada had changed the design so significantly.
  2. Blue

    Columbus T-38 down

    Making sure the money gets spent. That's it.
  3. Blue

    Shhhh...Don't talk about the A-10

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-post-iii-8922ab127/ As of Sept 2017, he's a "Senior Adviser" to BGI LLC. Guess the calls from Lockheed and Boeing never came.
  4. Blue

    Close Air Support

    Since they couldn't retire the A-10, they're just going to fly the wings off them, while slow-rolling the wing replacement program. http://www.pogo.org/straus/issues/weapons/2018/air-force-leaders-deliberately-slow-rolling-a-10-refurbishment.html
  5. Blue

    Japan to Front Cost for F-22 Restart?

    Always did wonder--what was it about the F-2 that made it so damn expensive?
  6. Blue

    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    I would love it if they were no-kidding fired, and walked off of the base with cardboard boxes in-hand. Previous experience has shown me that SES folks are never exactly "fired." They're just given new, less visible jobs elsewhere on the base.
  7. Blue

    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    Am I the only one shaking my head at all this? When OBOGS problems first cropped up, the very first thing that should have been looked at was the maintenance interval of the individual components. Based on the above, this all sounds like the Air Force is the proverbial idiot who never does any preventative maintenance on their car, then bitches when their brakes fail, or the engine blows. Firing some folks in the T-6 SPO sounds like a good start. As a next step, how about finding someone to do some tracking of the performance of the system after parts are changed? The airlines all have robust programs monitoring reliability of various systems, and making a cost/benefit decision on what should be replaced proactively, and what should fly-to-fail. Someone at the SPO should be doing this going forward.
  8. Blue

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Ehh....., always thought the shoulder punch was kinda dumb. And every now and again someone would actually get hurt.
  9. Blue

    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    I don't have a dog in this fight. However, the above sounds like "Normalization of Deviance." Lots of stuff out there on the web. From one link: http://pressblog.uchicago.edu/2016/01/07/the-normalization-of-deviance.html The sociologist Diane Vaughan coined the phrase the normalization of deviance to describe a cultural drift in which circumstances classified as “not okay” are slowly reclassified as “okay.” In the case of the Challenger space-shuttle disaster—the subject of a landmark study by Vaughan—damage to the crucial O‑rings had been observed after previous shuttle launches. Each observed instance of damage, she found, was followed by a sequence “in which the technical deviation of the [O‑rings] from performance predictions was redefined as an acceptable risk.” Repeated over time, this behavior became routinized into what organizational psychologists call a “script.” Engineers and managers “developed a definition of the situation that allowed them to carry on as if nothing was wrong.” To clarify: They were not merely acting as if nothing was wrong. They believed it, bringing to mind Orwell’s concept of doublethink, the method by which a bureaucracy conceals evil not only from the public but from itself.
  10. Blue

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Quoted for truth.
  11. Blue

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    USAF may be screwed, but damn do they make some good-looking powerpoint decks!
  12. Blue

    I need some advice

    Just to back up a bit--how much flying have you done? 0 hours? 100? PPL?
  13. Eh, it's a two-race sponsorship (The 4th of July Daytona race and the November Phoenix race). A long way from the early 2000's, where they would sponsor a car for the whole 36-race season. Can't say I agree it's a good use of taxpayer dollars, but in the grand scheme of things, there are bigger wastes.
  14. Blue

    F-16 Students skip Phase III

    This sounds like one big opportunity for LockMartNorthropBoeing to sell a bunch of expensive gold-plated technology. You know, the kind of high-tech gee whiz shit that kinda sorta works...sometimes........