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On 6/9/2018 at 10:07 AM, JeremiahWeed said:

I found an obscure article that just came out that might explain.........😁

Fallon, NV (AP)  An American hero is back.  Following a desperate call by the US Air Force and Navy for retired fighter pilots to consider returning to the cockpit, Pete Mitchell, better known as “Maverick” is returning to the skies.  Turning 60 later this year, he is one of the oldest fighter pilots to answer the call.  When asked if he’s concerned about being able to keep up with his younger counterparts, he quickly dispelled any doubts.  “I’ve been working as an instructor at Air Combat USA”, Maverick explained.  “I’m one of the most requested instructors and I always tell the customers that they can be my wingman any time…… They really like that.”  Mitchell also touched on his fitness routine which involves, “A LOT of volleyball…..Just a whole bunch of volleyball.”

 

Beyond his time in the spotlight 33-years ago, Maverick has had his share of ups and downs.  There is much about his time in the Navy that has been relatively unknown to the general public.  He enjoyed a storied 30-year career that began with fits and starts trying to escape the shadow of his controversial father and some misdeeds of his own.  His story took a turn for the better following multiple MiG kills, a spin as a Top Gun instructor and tying the knot with his new sweetheart “Charley”.  Success was his new back-seater and for the next 25 years, he lived a charmed life.  However, as the twilight of his career approached, things began to unravel. 

 

Expecting to be promoted to Rear Admiral, Maverick ran into trouble when a faded polaroid surfaced and began to make its way around social media.  The picture clearly showed him extending his middle finger to another country’s fighter pilot at very close range.  Once it was learned that this foreign pilot was, in fact, that services first woman fighter pilot, it was just a matter of time before he was facing the first of several sexual harassment law suits.  Other women fighter pilots from the United States as well as several European allies came forward with similar “me too” charges of airborne insults.  “It…was just awful.  I felt so marginalized and ridiculed.  That kind of behavior just doesn’t belong in a fighter.  We’re up there training to kill people and he just took it to an ugly place.  It’s hard to see the HUD, let alone gun someone when you’re having to constantly raise your visor to blot away tears.” said a French Mirage-2000 pilot on condition of anonymity.

 

Feeling pressure from all directions, the Navy began to re-evaluate Mitchell’s pending promotion.  The final death blow came from retired Admiral, now California Senator Phillip Benjamin.   Benjamin was able to build support in the Senate to disapprove the promotion.  It’s unclear what his motivation was, but it apparently involved his daughter Penny and had something to do with Mitchell’s flying as the Senator was overheard saying to himself, “How’s that high-speed pass looking now, Mav?”  Forced to retire at the rank of O-6 in 2010, Maverick put the Navy behind him and began to look for new career opportunities.

 

Three unsuccessful major airline interviews were all marred by persistent inquiries by HR about the polaroid and rumors of his use of the women’s bathroom at the Miramar O-club.  His attempts to deflect the questions usually involved agreeing to answer on condition of murdering the interviewer afterwards.  Needless to say, Mitchell’s transition to airline flying never really left the ground.  To make matters worse, it was at this time that it became readily apparent what had really been behind Charley’s overly enthusiastic pursuit of threesomes with Maverick.  Unable to remain in denial any longer, their threesomes became twosomes and Pete wasn’t invited.  While difficult, this period carried a silver lining simply because even he had come to admit that Charley had pretty much let herself go to the dogs.  Childless, thanks to Maverick spending 4000 hours sitting 5 feet behind a 3-Kilowatt radiation source, the marriage dissolved quickly.

 

The last 8 years haven’t passed without some difficulties for Mitchell.  There have been several failed business ventures including a Karaoke Bar.  Patrons typically left frustrated because there was only one song on the machine and Mitchell usually insisted on singing it with them.  He does admit he took a while to adjust to civilian flying, even the mock dogfighting he now teaches at Air Combat USA.  “It was tough at first”, Maverick explained.  “It got better once I got them to install the locker room for the post-flight showers.  A lot of good learning happens in there.  I think everyone comes out a better combat pilot than when they put that towel on and walked in”.

 

But now Maverick is ready to put that part of his life behind him and begin the re-launch of phase two of his Naval aviation career.  The world is watching and MiG pilots are running scared.  Look out.

 

Well that explains a lot. Thank you sir.  However, just one more question if you will: Mav had a "Stellar" career but no tour flying clown jets at JAX? Interesting.... 

 

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I hear Hereditary is shit your pants scary.
Any recce on this one yet?
 
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I was underwhelmed. Lots of suspenseful moments that don't pan out. I usually like A24 productions but this one was a waste of time. Thank god for Moviepass.

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20 hours ago, JeremiahWeed said:

🤔.....unfamiliar

T-45s at Jacksonville teaching guys to land on moving boats and that kind of stuff...

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On 6/11/2018 at 10:43 AM, ATIS said:

I hear Hereditary is shit your pants scary.

Any recce on this one yet?

 

ATIS

I didn't find it scary until the last 20 minutes or so. Suspenseful. Thrilling. Emotional. Quite a few "Oh fuck!" moments that you weren't expecting. A ton of foreshadowing and clues given out, but you have to pay attention to the details. 

I enjoyed it quite a bit. Not so much as a horror, but because I think Toni Collette did an outstanding job of acting in this and I liked following the trail of crumbs that lead to the conclusion.

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Equalizer II: Meh.

Supposedly, the Equalizer saga is going to be a trilogy.  I thought the first one was really well done.  A great action/vigilante movie where every scene kept you engaged.

Equalizer II?  Still fun to watch, but not nearly as engaging.  Some plot elements that didn't really go anywhere.  Felt like a mish-mash of scenes, interspersed with Denzel Washington kicking ass.

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22 hours ago, Blue said:

Equalizer II: Meh.

Supposedly, the Equalizer saga is going to be a trilogy.  I thought the first one was really well done.  A great action/vigilante movie where every scene kept you engaged.

Equalizer II?  Still fun to watch, but not nearly as engaging.  Some plot elements that didn't really go anywhere.  Felt like a mish-mash of scenes, interspersed with Denzel Washington kicking ass.

Concur. Seemed clearly aimed at a older demo.

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We're going to see it tomorrow.  They've been really good since 2 was a shit show.  Perfect summer flick.

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The Meg, it's exactly what it appears to be.  As long as you go into with those expectations, it's a simple, awful and fun movie.

Note - I'm getting tired of every side-protagonist being Chinese.  I get it, the market is huge over there and Movie executives gotta eat.  But they had the Communist flag shown twice at the end of this flick, and no other flags shown at all. 

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On 8/12/2018 at 10:18 PM, 17D_guy said:

The Meg, it's exactly what it appears to be.  As long as you go into with those expectations, it's a simple, awful and fun movie.

Note - I'm getting tired of every side-protagonist being Chinese.  I get it, the market is huge over there and Movie executives gotta eat.  But they had the Communist flag shown twice at the end of this flick, and no other flags shown at all. 

Quint, Hooper, and Chief Brody used their giant red, white, and blue balls to save Amity Island with nary a Commie in sight.

Farewell and adieu to Quint though...

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