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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by TBO, Jan 12, 2018.
You know how those pilots are...
What would he be training for?
He's just training for his first solo flight!
Note the metal band encircling the skull.
Keeps Air Force pilots from getting swelled heads.
My first thought also.
Didn't quite look like a KC-135 boom pod (at least in my day), but pretty durn close. Standard joke about how a boom operator makes his living. 'He lays on his belly and passes gas.'
Of course I'm not a boom operator, but I've been beside the boom operator watching him do his job. And of course I have literally several days worth of time on the other end of the boom, driving a B-52. Interesting jobs.
It's interesting, the boom operator does actually FLY the boom with his controls and has to follow the guy getting fuel who's flying on the other end of the boom.
Its fun being in a boom pod on take off. We got caught because the boomer opened the outer window (?). Foxtrot saw it and had the a/c tell us to close up and get back in our seats.
Looks like @G30SF/F-250 in his "special" chair.
I'd last about three minutes in that.
(The pictured contraption - not G30's.)
I've been thinking about it. Definitely not a KC-135 Boom operator station. They had a stick like a fighter pilot.
Perhaps one of the older versions? KC-97 maybe? Where did you get that picture from TBO? I tried searching, but couldn't find anything exactly like that.
Any minute now, The Mistress will enter the room. He paid extra for the grips. It helps to not clench your teeth if you don't have the ball gag in your mouth.
At least worth a try. Navy Aviators would need a solid titanium pot.
So... I like what I like.
Mormon honeymoon suite.
It was a test in the late 40s or early 50s to change the pilot position to one that could handle more G loading. IIRC specifically for a flying wing that was setup basically to be a flying knife to cut off wings and tails of Russian bombers.
IIRC I saw it on Wings or a documentary about Northrop.
Position looks like the pilot position on the rather problematic XP-79, they tried both rocket and jet powered with the jet version crashing and killing the test pilot. The rocket version never flew.
I think G30 has one of those in place of the back seat of his truck.