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Bergman last won the day on February 20

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  1. That should be added below the base name on every AF base front gate!! Glad I'm not losing my mind about AROWs as well. Hope this speeds things up. Only in the AF could we spend $100 Million on a half-assed computer program to replace a clip board and photocopied form that had worked for 50 years.
  2. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    No, they are all airline captains.
  3. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    This made my day. So true. Big Blue is so fucked and 99% of the O-6s and above don't give even the slightest shit. Run fellas. Fucking run!
  4. The new airline thread

    I think that's my next adventure when I can hold widebody in Atlanta. Talked with a 777 FO who flew 6 4-day trips IN A YEAR sitting reserve. At $232/hour. The trips were all one leg out, 48 hour layover, 1 leg back. Oh, with two crews...so in crew rest half of the two flights also. Although I have to say, my regular schedule has been pretty awesome lately. A full 81 hour schedule for March has 3 4-days and a 3-day, and all but one of those trips has a 33+ hour layover (entire day off) so not really working that hard. I bid specific layovers and usually have enough going on they don't even feel like work.
  5. The new airline thread

    Saw this on an airline FB page this morning and thought it was oh so true and worth sharing as it captures the difference perfectly. Shared without consent so hope he’s not pissed. “I just got my new Delta ID. (It's been nearly 2 years already!?) It reminded me of the process required to get a new military ID. Block yourself off for at least a couple hours so you can sign in at MPF and then wait for 30-45 minutes for your turn to see a "technician." Then, sit in a chair and watch an overweight civilian with 13" acrylic fingernails or an 18-year-old scared of his own shadow peck away at an archaic computer for 45-60 minutes, waiting for that golden moment when you finally get to enter your new (not new) pin into the keyboard twice (and then twice again when the tech pushes the wrong button and needs you a do-over.) These two processes contrasted so sharply I can't help myself: I got a pop-up a few days ago when I signed in to the company system to trade the trip I was scheduled to fly for one that better fit my personal whims at the time. (No requirement to as Top 3...or any other human being...for permission on the schedule change.) The system said the ID would be delivered to my Chief Pilot's Office this month. (I hadn't even realized that it was going to expire.) "Good deal," I thought, "I'll have to look for that in a few weeks." As I was walking past the CPO to start work today I figured I might as well stop on by...on the off chance it's already there. Sure enough! Hand the secretary my old card, put the new one on my lanyard. Done. Wait! No forms to sign? No new picture required? No waiting? And this gets me into some of the most strictly secured infrastructure in the world? Yep, have a good day! (Big smile.) Pay: far better Flying: far more Time at work: far less Overall life stress and frustration: lower, beyond compare This job doesn't suck.”
  6. The new airline thread

    Was this self-inflicted based on your aircraft selection? If you bid the 787 at the earliest opportunity, I don't have a lot of sympathy for your plight. "For your information, you stuck it in your own ass!"
  7. John Young Gone West

    Great American! I remember watching the shuttle launch as a young kid. One of my heroes (even if he was Navy!) IIRC almost 10,000 hours in the T-38 as well. Damn! Time to step it up Huggy.
  8. Leadership at the 'Deid

    As stated by my copilot, while climbing out the other night over Doha, Qatar, a sprawling city of well over a million people, located a distant 16-19 miles from base yet might as well be millions of miles away to the average crew dog: "We aren't deployed. The Air Force just hates us." Truth.
  9. Did you get the Bluetooth? Or at least the version with the 3.5mm plug jack? It's life changing on long sorties.
  10. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    The new guys we are getting out of FTU can barely fly as it is! They get 6ish flights and take a checkride. Then show up back home and get 6-9 more flights. That is obviously with the full-up T-1 syllabus. Typical USAF thinking...save hours on a $1000/hr jet...only to spend more hours on a $10,000/hr jet a few months down the road. Idiots.
  11. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Punish the guilty? Charge him with murder; prosecute to max extent allowed by law. Lock him up and throw away the key. Done.
  12. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Imagine the CEO of Southwest Air Lines telling all 55,000 employees nation-wide that they, or their family members, can’t drink or buy alcohol. Just for perspective. Absolutely asinine. We’ve devolved from leadership to management...and now we can only muster “really shitty management.” FML. Where’s the exit? This incident involved .001% of the military people and dependents on Japan. So let’s punish everyone.
  13. It's good to hear that you've been happy so far. Let's see how you're doing after the staff tour! haha
  14. 11-217: should it stay or go?

    Only funny because it's true. So much for comm brevity! lol
  15. Thunderbird F-16 flips at KDAY

    "Maverick, you just did an incredibly brave thing. What you should have done was land your plane! You don't own that plane, the taxpayers do! Son, your ego is writing checks your body can't cash. You've been busted, you've lost your qualifications as section leader three times, put in hack twice by me, with a history of high speed passes over five air control towers—and one admiral's daughter!" Peggy Benjamin??