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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    The KAUS training program is operating daily out of a trailer on the end of the Charlie row of Signature T-hangers, where my flying club has three airplanes. It looks like they fly four airplanes weekday mornings at 10am, and some number of afternoon sorties. I think they do academics in the large Army Guard facility across the street.
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    Air Liason Officer

    I have no idea what the modern USAF does, but my last assignment in 1992-1994 was as ALO at Fort Hood. I was an EF-111 EWO. If enlisted guys who have never sat in a cockpit can do just fine controlling CAS, there's no reason a nav can't. I volunteered because this was my last assignment before retiring and I wanted my kids to be able spend all four years in the same high school in Austin. I commuted 50 miles each way every day. The only physical requirement back then was the ability to fog a mirror. It wasn't a happy end to an otherwise fun career.
  3. LM Airbus A320X add-on for Lockheed Martin’s pro-level Prepar3D installs a possible Spyware component: https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/02/21/flight-simulator-comes-bundled-with-password-stealing-stowaway/
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    Israeli Viper Shot Down in Syria

    The drone shot down by an IAF helicopter looks like a copy of the RQ-170.
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    Raise Taxes, Fire up the Draft.

    I entered active duty in November, 1974. The draft was just winding down. The USAF never drafted anybody, but both the officer and enlisted groups were full of people who joined only to avoid the draft. You don't want to go back to the draft! These 'avoiders' didn't want to be there, most hated the service, and most did the minimum required to get by. Insubordination was rampant, and nothing could be done about it. It was bad in the Air Force, and I'm sure it was much worse in the Army. The military isn't some kind of reform school or social experiment. Baring some existential threat to the CONUS the last thing the military needs is a bunch of draftees!!!!!
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    Flying Videos Thread Part 2?

    You guys may not fully appreciate this until you have grandchildren.
  7. There are two movies, both on Netflix Now, that concern fictional USAF drone crews. They are Good Kill and Eye In The Sky . I'm long retired and never had anything to do with drone operations. Real drone crews and also current USAF members. If you saw either or both of these, what did you think about them?
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    Why the ZZ at Kadena?

    Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth I was in what was then called the 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron. I heard variations of the ground staff hanging from the rafters story, but never heard anyone say anything about the Wing getting the ZZ tail code because of cowardice. The prevailing story was ZZ symbolized Kadena as being the end of the world. Unlike the 67th 'Fighting C0cks' Disney designed patch, the 18th Wing patch really did look like a surrendering chicken. Maybe there is something to the legend.
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    Quick question from a long retired guy. When I was on active duty the promotion board looked at your official photograph. Every time a senior officer who had been on a promotion would talk about what they considered important, they would go on and on about how important that photo was to them. Don't look angry, but don't smile like an idiot. Be sure your ribbons are all there and they are not crooked. NO MUSTACHE! HAIRCUT HAIRCUT HAIRCUT. Don't have a double chin. Shortly after I retired in 1994 they took the photos out of the promotion jackets. Given the USAF tendency to download the bombs and upload the torpedos I was wondering, do current promotion boards look at your official picture?
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