F-35B gets its first kill.

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  1. Glock-O-Rican

    Glock-O-Rican

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    My good friend neighbor was a Korean - Vietnam Veterian, he flew Sabre JET in Korea, F-4 in Vietnam. Then moved on to the B-47. He said that was the hardest plane to fly. Every time he did a air to air refuel in the B - 47 it scare the hell out of him. He said after every mission that involved refueling, he was shaken. Apprently the hardest part was control the B-47 to not crash into the refueling jet. B-47 did not have a great safety record.

    I actully got to go out in a KC-135 twice when they were refueling SR-71's the Blackbirds. Intresting experence, did not realized how dangerious this was until someone explained how the process work right.
     
  2. flyover

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    Glad everybody is OK.
     
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  3. Zerodefect

    Zerodefect I feel pretty.

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    If there's even anything left of the F35 that's big enough to stick two flag stickers onto......

    If the tanker flys again, it gets a F35 sticker and a strawberry. Maybe a State Farm decal as well.
     
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  4. Caver 60

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    Any landing you can walk away from.
     
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  5. ClydeG19

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    Nice job by the pilot to set it down in those circumstances.
     
  6. Darkangel1846

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    Pretty impressive that they landed that plane. Jet pilot may have to start all over again!
     
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  7. G19Tony

    G19Tony Sneet CLM

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  8. Caver 60

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    When I was a B-52 CoPilot, I had an AC who had flown both B-47's and B-52's. The B-52 is also a hard plane to refuel, compared to a F-100 or any other fighter. Fighters are designed to be very maneuverable. Bombers not so much.

    If you've ever seen videos of B-52 pilots refueling, they're working pretty hard. Especially with the heavy artificial feel system that is built into the flight controls. And the air refueling autopilot was just sort of a power steering system, but it still had a heavy feel built into it. Your left arm was pretty tired after 15 or 20 minutes 'hanging' on to the boom.

    As a B-52 CoPilot, Aircraft Commander, and Instructor Pilot, have several hundred hours 'hanging' on to the boom.
     
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  9. CAcop

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    Berry field? Looks like they just planted it. We are winding down up here. The winter crops should be going in like lettuce. Then again it was 108 down there yesterday.
     
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  10. Matt VDW

    Matt VDW Millennium Member

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    This is why the Marine Corps can't have nice things.
     
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    Yep, a couple of airplanes each flying a couple of hundred miles per hour getting within about 12 feet of each other, making contact with the refueling boom into the air refueling receptacle, then hanging on (sometimes in turbulence) to take on several thousand pounds of fuel. Guess what, it is hard and precise work and military pilots do it thousands of times per year with VERY few incidents. Good training by IPs like Caver!
     
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  12. wjv

    wjv RIP Stan Lee.. . .

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    Someone won't be piloting a military airplane ever again.
     
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    Is the investigation over and it was pilot error?
     
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    oops.
     
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  15. wjv

    wjv RIP Stan Lee.. . .

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    Even if the pilots are technically cleared, I'd bet that someones career will be over.
     
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    Just glad everyone is ok.
     
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    If the pilot is a male caucasian you are correct. If the pilot is anything but a male caucasian we will just have to see how public opinion affects the situation. ;) ;)
     
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  18. G19Tony

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    I was behind the tanker often, as a FE on the C-141. Sometimes, those cats in the front seats were going stop to stop, to keep that aircraft in position on the boom.
     
  19. inthefrey

    inthefrey Moved on...

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    If the investigation shows an egregious pilot error, I'm sure, at $78M per copy, some "Marine Pilot" will probably be driving a pen (keyboard) for the remainder of his career and not an F35B.
     
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