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  1. Awesome Duck. Glad it worked out!
  2. Duck you’ve been effectively promoted and mandated 20 years continuation. The AF just needs to find the right lube to make it easier on you. Thanks for the hold up!
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    U-2 Dragonlady info

    Looks awesome. So excited to start!
  4. That’s what I was told when I went up for this board. And even got one back in the day when Captains had to have PRFs. Glad I’m not going crazy.
  5. That would be all well and good, however, they never put out an “as met” package in PRDA. More shady work from this board.
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    OCPs Arrive Oct 1st, 2018

    Couldn’t stand the 2 piece when I wore it. The sleeves are too long and the pencil holders are on an awkward spot on your sleeve which either means you can’t use them because you need to roll your sleeves up 6-9 times. Or if you did you it they poked you in the face (sts) anytime you put your arms up. The only positive I got out of them was being able to take the top off when flying when it was balls hot out. I’ll keep my bag thanks!
  7. Not much has changed since you left.
  8. Honestly dude. Just go to UPT, focus on that flying, finish that up and get your commercial rating. That’s a lot cheaper and better overall rating. Just need to take a test from a local place.
  9. Duck, I think they are trying to figure out what to do with you.
  10. I saw something on mypers saying results released in April.
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    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    You’re not serious? So because I have questions on the risk mitigation and safety issues the Air Force is ignoring in favor of pushing the timeline and creating more pilots I don’t like flying? Dude, none of us would be in this profession if we didn’t love it. We just want an aircraft that does what it’s supposed to do and don’t want another Air Force rubber stamping everything and putting band-aids on major aviation and physiological issues.
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    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    That’s overboard. I haven’t seen that in my neck of the T-6 woods and if so that’s insane. The biggest issue is all the risk leadership has signed off on our behalf. Half of our fleets ejections systems don’t function properly. We have a known issue with instruments flying to fail and filling our cockpit with smoke and fumes. Oh, and we have no way of knowing when this will happen. Our CFS may or may not work, and heaven forbid we get damage to the canopy and pass out. The fire crew is going to chipping for a while because we no longer have an exterior CFS handle. Our oxygen system isn’t working as advertised, and they are going to cap us at 8k cabin altitude. Cool I can live with that. But our pressurization system isn’t the greatest after being left in the cold and not flying for a prolonged amount of time. What could possibly go wrong? People are upset about the amount of risk being accepted for them. And the pressure to keep progressing the timeline. We’ll also see what these mods do to the syllabus. And if we are altitude capped we lose half of our training ability. It’s a lot of crap piled into one aircraft. I haven’t seen this level of risk acceptance to an aircrafts core functions in my career. But I could be wrong.
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    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    Sounds like we have a volunteer to fly the T-6 in its current configuration. He ain’t scared of no CFS burns to the face or high altitude ejections with no O2. He doesn’t mind breathing in acrid smoke and fumes. Dude I’m sure we could get you orders soon and we need the help. Sack up. Great line by the way. You sure you’re not leadership?
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    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    Great. How could they make it more convoluted.
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    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    With a large open hole at the bottom of your cru-60 to let most of the pressure out. If you forget to remove the new attachment there goes your 10 min of O2.
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    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    Great what could possibly go wrong? I can’t get out of T-6 land soon enough.
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    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    Add in issues with our EADI and EHSI flying to fail and causing massive smoke and fumes in the cockpit and the fact that our CFIS may not work and you have yourselves a winning combination. What could possibly go wrong with breathing ambient air?
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    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    What we are hearing is sometime next week limited flying will begin. At my base we may only have 6-9 aircraft that pass inspection with the new tcto. Each base sent a smattering of pilots down to rnd for training and flying the t-6 with the new “configiration.” They will return to teach us how to fly breathing ambient air, then the ct train will start. I’ll believe it when I see it. Sounds like another shit sandwich the Air Force is trying to shove down our throats in order to progress the timeline and help that pilot shortage!
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    Columbus AFB Information

    Key advice...never pass up a good opportunity to shut up.
  20. Wait...you work duck? I don’t think I could ever find you when I needed to! Cheers!
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    F-16 Students skip Phase III

    I get the point in we are too old. Assuming we all came from the bottom of our class isn’t correct though. It was definitely a mixed bag especially initially when they started sending dudes UPT direct to the MC12. Either way the Air Force has a problem it will fix in different ways or it doesn’t and we get stupid ideas like 45 hours in a T-6 direct to the viper. Not trying to start a pissing contest just pointing out some hypocrisy in the system. Cheers!
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    F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Funny they missed an opportunity for 55 dudes and dudettes who have T-38 training and deployed operational experience with 1500-2000 hours of flight time to help fill the experience gap and they stowed a majority of them away in the 11R community. Something tells me the Air Force doesn’t really want to solve this problem they have created.
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    F-16 Students skip Phase III

    The problem with this is when we hold the standards on the students and send them to a board, we are told somehow we screwed their training away due to some asinine numbers problem, and boom. Dude that couldn’t cut it and had multiple 88 and 89 rides is back in UPT feeling untouchable. The flight commanders and line IPs on my side of AETC have been neutered which brings the thought process of “I’ll pass him because it doesn’t matter what I do, he’ll progress through upt anyway.” It’s a shame and the student and product suffer in the end.
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    T-38 Down @ DLF

    I knew him in field training and ran into him again during pilot training. What a great dude. Made field training a riot, and great support for a dude trying to figure out the transition from navy 34s to the 38. Very sad day in the aviation industry. He will truly be missed. Him him.