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  1. https://www.facebook.com/aviationinaction.co.uk/videos/283977719460520/ tribute video
  2. Last one I’ll share. There are more, but I’ll leave it at these: So, I guess sleeping through the night is a thing of the past now. There are too many emotions, too many memories, too much pain to sleep. Didn’t see that last part coming. I mean, I’ve lost friends in combat to death’s heartless and seemingly arbitrary embrace. Those deaths left me numb and clinging to the denial stage of grief. But Kage. Not with Kage. I LONG for numbness. Instead, it’s a serrated knife to the gut. Physical pain that coils me up and chokes my throat and it’s only Sara’s arms around my shou
  3. More: “If words could make wishes come true, I’d save every day like a treasure and then, again, I would spend them with you.” -Jim Croce (one of Kage’s favorite songs) Not all know it, but my youngest brother, Stephen, has Down’s syndrome. He is the sweetest kid, we all love him and he loves us. But he and Kage were youngest and second youngest in our family and incredibly close. If possible, Stephen would have joined the Air Force right along Kage so he could be a fighter pilot too! Stevey struggles to communicate, his words come out a bit mumbled. No one can really fully
  4. More words from his army brother: Eagle Driver. Fighter Pilot. Airman. Warrior. There were many titles Kage sought after and achieved. But a none-too-hidden secret was his status as both favorite son amongst the siblings and favorite uncle among extended family. Honestly, none of us minded. We sorta had to accept that his status as favorite was well-deserved. A couple years ago my sister named her baby son, “Kage.” I just shrugged and was like, makes sense. He was just so doggone good to everyone around him. One second he would be twirling around with a toddler and tell
  5. Some words from his OH-58D pilot brother: “If you can keep your head, when all about you, Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too... If you can dream and not make dreams your master... If you can meet with triumph and disaster, And treat those two imposters just the same... And lose and start again at your beginnings, And never breath a word about your loss... If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve you long after they are gone, And so hol
  6. https://www.gofundme.com/f/z5b7u2-1lt-kenneth-kage-allen-usaf-memorial-fund
  7. What a loss...such a great guy who came from such a great family. 🍺
  8. AA just offered early outs for 50/hrs a month pay. Voluntary Permanent LoA, age 62+ paid 50 hours until age 65, retain all benefits and 401k, etc as above, remaining sick deposited into HSA.
  9. Link to news release: https://hub.united.com/2020-03-15-a-message-from-oscar-munoz-and-scott-kirby-2645495847.html
  10. I hope there are no furloughs or bankruptcies and they use attrition to right size for demand over the next 3-6-9-12 months after this virus/hysteria goes away (hopefully by April/May?). I agree re furloughs being expensive. I also hope they offer early retirements to help shave some off the top. Could be a win win. But with the massive amount of fleet parking the majors are about to be doing, I predict there won’t be any hiring at the majors for a while, which is what my original post is referring to. The AF likely won’t be bleeding pilots for a while and can do a little catching up via produ
  11. Did you see Ed Bastian's email today? I’ve seen several airline CEOs now say the decline in bookings and revenue (and therefore planned capacity cuts) is greater than after 9/11, which is generally what I’m referring to. I think we will see more planes parked and larger revenue losses over the next 6-9 months than the 6-9 months following 9/11. Thank God we at least have a bunch of retirements this time, and the proliferation of RJs and age 65 won’t add to the issues that plagued the lost decade. And hopefully the economy snaps back after this passes...but even if it does, there will be lastin
  12. Well, I think the Air Force pilot shortage and attrition problem just got fixed almost overnight. I think it’s going to take a long time for the airlines to recover. I thought the good economy + retirements made this an almost guaranteed good career...more than any other time in history. This virus just caused more damage to the industry than 9/11.
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