Any pilots out there?

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  • ISBB

Posted September 10, 2002 - 07:53 PM


AZWR426 for only being 20 my eyes are pretty screwed up if they werent screwed up i would be working on the USAF to fly real jets... but for now i have to stick to the private sector...

  • BlueFox

Posted September 12, 2002 - 09:34 PM


I have a Comercial single and multi. About 500 hours in light aircraft and about the same in the F-16, plus some T-37, T-38, and T-3 time. I remember my first solo in a Cessan 172, one of the most exciting days of my life.

  • AZWR426

Posted September 13, 2002 - 12:27 AM


I was part of a USAF test program to see if the initial Cessna 172 (T-41) time was all that valuable. So a slug of us skipped the T-41 and went from NO TIME in anything to solo in a T-37 Cessna jet in 14 hours total time. THAT WAS THE MOST EXCITING RIDE IN MY LIFE. (It turns out better than 50% of my group washed out so basic prop training was reinstated to stay).

  • 300TMCer

Posted September 13, 2002 - 10:48 AM


Private, SEL. 320 hours mostly in experimentals. Half my time is arobatic in a Skybolt. Sure is fun!

  • Nedley

Posted September 13, 2002 - 12:39 PM


I second Butta's comments. Flare to land...., Just got 10 traps on the Connie all day! Can't beat that.

  • cnacc

Posted September 13, 2002 - 12:39 PM


You could kind of say I am a pilot. I do low level flights every day on my WR. I keep rejetting but I just can't break the sound barrier. :)

  • AZWR426

Posted September 13, 2002 - 06:41 PM


Ten training? T-2's?

  • Nedley

Posted September 14, 2002 - 05:49 AM


AZ - I was on the Connie for FRS CQ. I teach the guys how to land on the boat (Instructor). After they are done getting their first night traps in the Hornet. The LSOs get a chance to "BAG" some traps. Day only! (you wouldn't want to see us at night with no practice)

  • av8tor1

Posted September 14, 2002 - 06:12 AM


After 9 years as a Harrier (junkjet) pilot in the USMC I started my career as a Desert Racer. Didn't work out all that well, so I found a nice cozy corporate pilot job and now fly the "Bagel Bomber" Isreal Aircrart Industry Westwind 1124.

Have quit riding so I won't be limping or scratched-up if Jet Blue or Alaska Airlines should happen to call.

Did I mention that I crash alot.

  • MilkJuGGz

Posted September 15, 2002 - 12:10 PM


For you military personnel...

Aren't some of the armed forces branches waiving the perfect eyesight requirements and allowing cadets with less than pefect vision to enter flight school? I heard this from a friend in ROTC, but I haven't contacted any officals about it for the real scoop.

Military life is strangely appealing to me (and I know I'll take heat for saying that but I don't care!). Flying is what I've always wanted to do, and my MBA can wait if I could do something like that.



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  • tk421

Posted September 15, 2002 - 12:31 PM


quote from Av8tor1: After 9 years as a Harrier (junkjet) pilot in the USMC I started my career as a Desert Racer.

That’s quite a peashooter under the nose of those junk jets! :)

[ September 15, 2002, 04:57 PM: Message edited by: tk421 ]

  • tk421

Posted September 15, 2002 - 12:43 PM


That’s quite a peashooter under the nose of those junk jets!

Whoops! I got my military jets mixed up. I guess I was thinking of the A10’s rotary cannon. :)

We saw the Harrier at Oshkosh back in ’92, Very impressive vertical takeoff. I envy you Av8tor1, it must be an awesome experience!

  • quattro

Posted September 16, 2002 - 02:56 AM


I've been employed as aa air ambulance helicopter pilot for the past 16 years. I currently fly a Bell Jetranger.

  • ricky1

Posted September 16, 2002 - 10:31 AM


What would all you guys do if the engine(s) quit?
I have been flying hang gliders since 1979, up to 18,000 ft MSL and have approx. 55 flights in sailplanes. (gliders) By far, the most intense thing I have ever done is flying behind the tow plane in hot desert summer conditions. :)
I would do almost anything for a ride in a fighter, but unpowered flight is very rewarding.

  • BlueFox

Posted September 17, 2002 - 12:59 PM


As for the eyesight and flying military jets... I can't speak for the other services, but as long as you're correctable to 20/20, your eyesight can be pretty bad and still fly in the Air Force. My eyes dropped to 20/25 my senior year at the Academy and I still went to pilot training. They're a little worse now, and I just wear contacts...glasses under 9 Gs are pretty darn heavy!

As for the gliding, what to do if the engine quits.... If you have a 1 to 1 glide ratio to a 7000 ft or longer airfield, you just glide it in. We practice this pretty often in the F-16, because we only have one engine and a lot can go wrong with it. You can't do much thermalling or catch any mountain waves in the Viper. If you can't glide it to an airfield, you just punch out (preferably after pointing it away from populated areas). Most other jets have two engines and can fly perfectly well on one.
I could have used an ejection seat plenty of times on my WR.

  • gerry

Posted September 18, 2002 - 10:41 AM


I'm a Helicopter Flying Instructor rated on Hughes 300,Robinson R22 + R44 do'nt know whats more fun the WR or the Helis

  • redrider896

Posted September 18, 2002 - 01:14 PM


single engine land & helicopter

  • TooFast

Posted September 19, 2002 - 11:54 AM


SEL, 400 hours in Cessna 150,172,175,182 and Cherokee six. Quit flying once I rode dirt bikes 24 years ago. You can't beat the thrill of bikes for the money.

  • tk421

Posted September 19, 2002 - 06:41 PM


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I caught this pic on NASA’s web site a few years ago. I’ve had it for my desktop wallpaper ever since! :)

  • Mark_Cantrell

Posted September 20, 2002 - 04:04 AM


What is it? It looks like someone left a Hornet and Blackbird unchaperoned overnight.



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