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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by bunk22, Apr 29, 2012.
[ame="http://vimeo.com/40935850"]2012 Raytheon Award Video on Vimeo[/ame]
what is that hanging off the outboard r/h weapon station at the 5:58 mark?
ACMI (Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation) pod
Let's see - I know we have a retired Eagle driver, a Tomcat Rio, an IP for the Navy (Goshawk, right?), a Falcon jockey (I think), and an A-10 driver. Should any of you feel the overwhelming desire to make an overworked and underpaid public servant extremely happy, feel free to set me up with an o-ride.
I wanted to be a pilot in the Air Force as a kid/high school student. Even looked at a service academy. Discovered my eyesight wouldn't make the cut....this was the late 80's/early 90's, no waivers and no surgeries. So, I abandoned that altogether, and screwed around a lot. Did Civil Air Patrol for five years, and had probably the best times of my life for that time period with them. To date myself, I joined CAP just a couple years after Tom Cruise made the F-14 a household name.
So, if anyone is driving a D-model Eagle, or has a WSO who wants to play sick for a day in an Echo, I'll happily take a ride. Same goes for any of the high performance rides - I'd love a flight in a Talon, much less an Eagle or Falcon...or Hornet, Raptor, Thunderbolt (two seaters are rare there), or whatever .....
Til then, I'd love hearing stories from you guys. They really make my day ...on that end, the audio from this clip - actual combat stuff?
Yeah, it's very tough to get a ride now days, usually left up to the Blues and Thunderbirds. There is a list and I know folks can get on it but of course, famous, VIP's, etc get on the list first. Yes, I'm the IP in the Goshawk
Very cool vid! We had one of these bad ass machines make an emergency landing at Kabul one day. What a great feeling to know those missiles and machine guns will be used to take out some bad guys!
Eagle Shmeagle....they Flare to Land, and Squat to Pee!!!
Go Navy!!!! Now that's a landing!!!!!
Retired F-14A/B/D RIO
But why do people insist on adding music to a video.
Most of the time the music is inappropriate to the video's subject matter, and sometimes just downright annoying.
What's with the old plane?
The fighters I worked on are all beer cans now.
Awesome I just landed on the boat the first time in 6.5 years!! With 11 months left to retire, decided to get my lead safe so had to re-CQ and it was the first time in the Goshawk. I flew big, ugly COD's in the fleet and T-2C's for advanced and the Goshawk was much easier than the big ole props at the boat.
The Eagle has done it what, 104 times without loss Granted just over half was with the Israeli's, then us and 3 with the Saudi's.
Too bad they had to put the Tomcat down, but the Eagle is still flying last time I checked.
I'd like to take a crack at the boat... In my Cherokee. with 30 kts over the bow, I'd be at full power just to catch it.
Don't need no stinkin hook!
Probably be easier in your plane than the jets!
I worked on the F-15C and E for 14 years and never received a ride on one. Did get a incentive ride on a C130 and a few rides on the JSTARS E8 A/C.
I work on the F15 depot base and would give my left n*t for a F-15 ride!
Me too The T-45C Goshawk is fun and all but it's a baby jet, with low thrust, mediocre performance when compared to the big boys like the Eagle, Viper, Hornet, Rhino. Low thrust to weight, can't sustain more than 5 g, etc.
Thanks for posting that. Brings back great memories...
and as for the whole landing thing, I always thought what I did IN-BETWEEN takeoff and landing to be a smidgen more important than how I stopped flying for the day.
And out of respect for Scott, I won't get in to the "how many guys does it take to fly a fighter", anyway...
Okay, great video, and fighters are fun but bombers make history. Real combat aircraft can fly 8,000 miles and carry 300,000+ pounds of fuel and bombs. Lots of countries fly US fighters, but the sound of freedom is the thunder of a B-52 on a low-level run at 300 feet!