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ViperStud last won the day on October 4 2019

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  1. Just one data point but I’m A+ and I’ve had both covid and the Moderna vaccine - covid was a breeze, three days of very mild sinus congestion with the standard loss of smell (for two months and counting). Dose 1 gave me a sore arm for a few days. Dose 2 gave me an overnight wake-up with chills and fatigue that lasted 8 hours...then I was fine. There’s a lot more to it than just blood type.
  2. Spang Viper Drivers, can anyone confirm this is real? If so, looks like we’re in for another round of PC retardation from above.
  3. Vaccine on Monday, then popped positive Tuesday with congestion, headache and loss of smell. It turns out someone I was exposed to the week prior had it and gave me the bug. So, both covid and the Moderna vaccine had a cage match in my body this last week - all things considered, the experience was pretty tame.
  4. Do your homework on VRRAD. A buddy from my guard unit has < 3 years TAFMS left and got a line number, then had a VRRAD gig lined up to get his AGR/AD pension. He was in touch with the VRRAD program manager, was matched to a specific position and just waiting on funding. All of FY20 he has been in a holding pattern, waiting for more VRRAD funds to materialize. It’s not a slam dunk, and might actually be borderline impossible. According to him, VRRAD was abused early on to get a bunch of people into cush gigs at Peterson and a few other bases. Once a bunch of billets were filled and
  5. Amen. I’m a Guard AGR and I’m not too worried about the endgame - there are ways to give me some days off and meet the spirit of the reg while simultaneously helping me out more than MPLP would by making me take 21 straight. Fortunately I’ve got a solid OG who gets it. That said, I’m a big believer of going to the boss with a solution - not just a problem. One of the cleanest solutions is just pushing this chunk of leave to the right when things are back to “normal” and using it for a vacation or to decompress. That ain’t happening in the next two months (her bday), cuz...COVID. It’s
  6. Has anyone attempted to push MPLP leave (21 days of daddy leave) past the kiddo’s first birthday and, if so, what was the approval/waiver authority? COVID shifts are preventing me from using it since the CC & DO are on opposing shifts and need to be there. Leadership supports trying to push back the window, but (as if on purpose) the MPLP has precisely zero guidance for ETPs or waivers. According to the memo, posted at the beginning of the leave reg, if you don’t take it by the kid’s first birthday it vanishes. ETA: finance already gave me blank stares so I’m waiting on a
  7. 4-year thread revival! This was over 15 years ago and I was a student so I didn’t have total insight into what happened, so there is that. From what I recall it basically came down to risk management, decision making and SA. His next-to-last flight, he ended up beak-to-beak at Gila Bend doing an SFO the wrong direction. His last flight he landed super-fast and passed the preceding aircraft on the runway. Dude, just go around. He also spent basically all of A-A phase in CAP due to something in TR we never knew about. I’ve seen more dudes wash out for basics - formation and landings s
  8. This. It’s been 15 years since my first ride in the Viper and I’ve done precisely one form approach for non-training reasons...and we split to land. Practice form approaches if you think it’s valuable, but I can’t think of a solid reason to practice the landings in a modern fighter. Even if you really shit the bed with fuel planning to a socked-in field with zero divert options, I’m pretty sure most of us would make it happen even if we’ve never done one. This same discussion is happening on the OFP Facebook page with dudes pitching in their “form land war stories” (barf). What do t
  9. Using the back gate at DM makes Oro Valley manageable. My wife commuted for two years until she moved to a job off-base. Vail is nice, but it’s remote. Schools are comparable to OV, but Vail has little else around it. OV has the benefit of much more to do and it’s a hell of a lot closer to Phoenix if you’re heading up that way every once in a while. Anywhere with access to I-10 has a pretty straight shot to DM back gate Concur that most people don’t live in Tucson proper. Schools in TUSD have a bad reputation. Areas by U of A have decent homes with a lot to do, but you get a lot less fo
  10. If anyone is in AZ and interested in the service information, PM me your email and I will forward. A viewing is planned for Sun night and the funeral is Monday morning in the Tucson area.
  11. They’re not pure kits like FFR, RCR and some others. Some Superformance cars can be bought without the drivetrain, others are sold only as complete cars. I think the GT40 is only sold complete but I did hear a rumor that the non-drivetrain option is possible. Haven’t dug deep with them because I think I’d favor a complete build. Right now I’ve got a 2-month-old; this one is gonna wait a few years.
  12. RCR and Superformance. The Superformance kits are probably a bit better but I’m not sure if they are worth the price bump. Superformance Cobras are a little nicer than my FFR Cobra, but it wasn’t enough to justify the cost difference for me. This is mine just before I finished all the trim, etc. Don’t think I have any recent ones.
  13. The 818 is the only other FFR kit that really interests me going forward, but probably not enough to pull the trigger. Their hot rod and truck kits are good, from what I've heard, but I'd rather pursue a similar real-deal restoration if I were interested in one of those. Maybe slightly more expensive, but worth it. Not a huge fan of aesthetics of the type 65 coupe, so i haven't really looked into it. My buddy built a GTM and for a while the garage at my place had both the GTM and Roadster in it. I'd only recommend a GTM if someone were going to use it primarily at the track. It's unw
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