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FormerPilotCandidate last won the day on July 11 2021

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  1. I’ve never thought much about this topic before today. <2 hours ago my wife took a positive pregnancy test for the first time in our lives! Between the excitement (and slight fear) of the news I’ve realized that I fully believe there is a life in there, even this early on. I’m not here to say what you should believe but life begins at conception and I won’t move from that position.
  2. Plot twist: Pyongyang nukes Moscow off the map to demonstrate their capabilities and deeply rooted care for human rights. They open their borders, reunify as a United Korea where Kim is elected as the new country’s first President, and become a staunch ally of the west…all from a plan developed by now President-elect Rodman. China becomes a champion for workers rights and joins NATO, Hillary runs for President and loses again, and the sun sets on a peaceful Earth. Scene.
  3. If you’re enlisting just because you want to be more competitive for a UPT board then I would suggest other options. If you actually want to be a crew chief then absolutely go for it. I neither had a PPL nor an aviation degree and was hired off the street to fighters, so it’s certainly possible. While I know lots of former ANG crew-chiefs turned pilots, I know just as many off the street ANG pilots (in all airframes).
  4. Just playing devils advocate here. You can’t taxi a 38 with a Gen failure regardless if there was a good crossover or not. Besides the potential for fod, that’s the biggest issue I can immediately think of for landing at a closed airfield off the top of my nugget. I’m not sure I understand a Q3 if they landed and acted in accordance with the IFG/Dash 1, which would direct them to clear the active then shut down…I.e walk back to Ops if no support agencies available. Now I don’t have any inside baseball on this event and I’m not insinuating the crew in this case did taxi back, but if they landed the jet then decided to taxi and shut down then I could see the argument for a Q3. Assuming they followed the IFG, did they properly secure the jet with pins/chocks/etc. afterwards? Just questions
  5. The T-6 “old” syllabus has 1 transition solo and 1 formation solo, totaling maybe 3.0
  6. I would be very interested to see what the UPT (or even thru FTU) “success” rate is for ANG selects, in particular. Is it higher/lower than AD at large?
  7. Recent data point from “old” syllabus (PV4AJ in 2020-2021) Total: 173 hours (141 sorties) T-6: 87 hours T-38: 86 hours 1 syllabus sortie PA in each phase…humble brag
  8. I’m not very interesting….but here’s some good booze!
  9. After however many years of work (and a good bit of luck), I’d like to request a username change to “FormerPilotCandidate” as “PilotCandidate” is no longer accurate.
  10. XL 21-12: B-52 F-15C F-5 (Kenya) F-15E F-16 2x F-16 (Slovakia) F-35 T-38 FAIP
  11. It’s a good time to be in T-38’s! Vance 21-11 (possibly incomplete): A-10 F-15E F-35 38 FAIP F-16 XL 21-11: F-16 AZ ANG F-16 T-38C
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