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JimNtexas last won the day on May 25

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  1. +1 for ‘War for the hell of it”, Audible edition.
  2. I apologize for my smart ass question. But I am genuinely curious about how UPT next is working out. I saw them flying all the time when they were at Bergstrom, as their trailer was right next to my T-hanger.
  3. Question from the peanut gallery: UPT Next: Threat or menace? https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/1946135/pilot-training-next-graduates-14-in-learning-experiments-second-iteration/
  4. My best friend was in an F-4 accident where he ejected because the plane was on fire, his parachute streamered, and he bounced off the side of a sand dune and survived. He would up finishing his career in EC-130s at 20 years/O-5. He now admits it would have better to have medically retired after the ejection, because he's constant pain and on full VA disability these days. He gets huge jars of methadone every month from the VA.
  5. I'm double retired, 20 years in the Air Force, followed by 20 years in a couple of small Austin software startups. I agree with the commentator that if you are working at a FANG in a technical position you would be crazy to go active duty at age 36. Max out your 401K and do some conservative investing, you'll be fine in your old age! I do understand that tech companies consider people over more or less your age to be 'poor culture fits', but if I could work as a software developer until age 63, you can stay in tech also. But I'm not you, I admit. If you want to go to pilot training or as a non-rated officer, apply for it and make them say no. As an American, I wish the USAF could get more FANG type people into the Cyber and Space related positions. Good thing I'm not Dictator of America or I would probably just draft you to Security Hill in San Antonio! 😉 If I were you I'd look towards the guard or reserve. My understanding is that the big FANG type companies are Guard/Reserve friendly. You can stay in your high paid but maybe a little boring day job, and still live the glamorous life of an active duty officer enough to scratch that itch and earn a nice retirement package at age 60. And you'd be ready to go if Uncle Sam gets his ass in a crack and really needs you! Edited to add: You won't be stationed in the War Room, and 'Fly and Fight' is kind of a thing in the rest of the Air Force. Don't worry about that.
  6. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8xwgkv/us-military-urgently-seeking-truly-enormous-underground-complex-for-undisclosed-experiments https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=8260d35188c377a0be5bf2ef1ee5ed41&tab=core&_cview=0
  7. FAKE NEWS!!!!! NBC had to retract two fake news stories today. This was one of them.
  8. I hope this is fake news. My Dad and my son were both born in Europe while their Dads were stationed there on active duty. There should not be any question about anyone in similar circumstances being born Americans!
  9. Being a PA officer has to be one of the most miserable jobs in the Air Force, at least if you are not a 100% pathological liar with no shred of conscious. I can't really blame the poor smuck for going on a record breaking bender. I don't even drink, but I'm sure I would had I worked in PA.
  10. Putting the C-172 on the list and leaving off the J-3 Cub is unforgivable!
  11. I am not in the least bit qualified to even comment on what flavor of pilot should instruct in what flavor of airplane. But I was in the Air Force for 20 years and can recognize a massive elephant sized anal probe from toxic leadership when I see one.
  12. Top gun has to be the most unrealistic, inaccurate, and down right ridiculous aviation movie ever. I can’t wait to see it.
  13. If you read this in a novel you would give it one star for making it impossible for the reader to suspend disbelief: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/28976/italian-cops-raid-neo-fascists-and-find-air-to-air-missile-that-france-had-sold-to-qatar
  14. Being a pilot in the USAF is awesome. Being an ANG pilot is more awesome. Don’t obsess over the size of the ride, they are all great.
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