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Unread post23 Oct 2011, 11:07

The Air Force Flight Test Center celebrated its 60th anniversary Oct. 14 with distinguished guest retired Brig. Gen. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, welcomed Team Edwards, friends and family to the ceremony highlighting the significant impact the center has made on aviation.

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Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager (back) and Brig. Gen. Robert C. Nolan II, Air Force Flight Test Center commander, prepare for takeoff in an F-16, Oct. 14, 2011. The duo reached Mach 1.3, in honor of Yeager's historic, sound barrier-breaking flight 64 years ago to the day and in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the AFFTC. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rob Densmore)
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Retired AF BrigGen. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager and BrigGen. Robert C. Nolan II, AFFTC commander, get ready to fly faster than the speed of sound in an F-16 during a morning flight over the Mojave Desert, Oct. 14, 2011. [USAF photo by Rob Densmore
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Retired AF BrigGen. C. E. Yeager & BrigGen. Robert C. Nolan II, AFFTC commander, prepare to takeoff on Oct. 14, 2011. The duo reached Mach 1.3, in honor of Yeager's historic, sound barrier-breaking flt 64 yrs ago to the day. [USAF photo by Rob Densmor
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Unread post11 Nov 2011, 05:56

ROK actors in ROKAF cockpits:

http://blog.ningin.com/2011/08/05/rain- ... o-the-sun/

Rain releases photos from upcoming movie, 'Soar: Close to the Sun'

Andrea Dee on Friday, August 5, 2011

http://en.korea.com/blog/enter/k-pop/%E ... orce-base/

"Heroes" cast makes a visit to an air force base

March 04, 2011

(Can't see the S/N on the tail fin. Dudettes look cute though.)
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Unread post12 Nov 2011, 21:30

Asif wrote:Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager (back) and Brig. Gen. Robert C. Nolan II, Air Force Flight Test Center commander, prepare for takeoff in an F-16, Oct. 14, 2011. The duo reached Mach 1.3, in honor of Yeager's historic, sound barrier-breaking flight 64 years ago to the day and in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the AFFTC. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rob Densmore)

What do ya do when ya got Yeager in your backseat and he says over the intercomm "Impress me, son..." :lol:
Why does "monosyllabic" have 5 syllables?
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Unread post13 Nov 2011, 02:31

You say "this isn't your Air Force any more" and ignore him...respectfully. A friend of mine had to fly a Viper cross country for some kind of training requirement (A sim at the plant maybe?) and learned that Yeager was going with him. Since my friend was an IP he flew in the pit and Yeager got the gunner's seat. During the long boring ride my friend kept asking him questions about his career. After a while Yeager asked him "what the hell ya doing back there boy, reading my book?" He sheepishly answered yes. Yeager demanded that he hand it to him, and Yeager returned it autographed.

Yeager is a jerk in general, but this was a rare good story.
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Unread post20 Nov 2011, 12:27

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/52854 ... l.html.csp

Chaffetz takes a 'thrill of a lifetime' ride in an F-16

First published: Nov 05 2011 03:27PM
Published Nov 5, 2011 11:27PM

Hill Air Force Base • Congressman Jason Chaffetz donned a G-suit and checked that he had a vital piece of equipment — three barf bags — before heading to the skies with a Hill Air Force Base pilot in an F-16 fighter jet Saturday afternoon.
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Unread post31 Jan 2012, 21:04

Sen. Mike Lee's familiarization flight

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The 388th FW welcomed Sen. Mike Lee Jan. 12. The high point of the senator’s visit was a familiarization flight in an F-16 aircraft with Col. Scott Long, the wing commander. [USAF photo by Todd Cromar]
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Unread post01 Feb 2012, 00:18

May be little bit :offtopic: but I have a funny exercise for you guys;

Could you be able to distinguish who is the pilot and who is the passenger in the picture above and how?
(this is an exercise for people who didn't see them before)

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Unread post01 Feb 2012, 00:21

by not using the name patches, of course :doh:
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Unread post01 Feb 2012, 02:47

Check for rank insignia. Oh...and if it's a post-flight photo, the passenger is the one that's planting a big wet kiss on the concrete. :lol:
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Unread post01 Feb 2012, 03:39

I was thinking it would be the guy with documents in his leg pockets. It's hard to tell who has rank on their shoulders. The bold guy looks more fit, which is indicative of a military type while the other dude has hair and just kind of looks like a politician. Looks like he's packing some pounds too. The boots too.
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Unread post01 Feb 2012, 04:02

Def. the boots!
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Unread post04 Feb 2012, 23:50

Yeah, the answers were good and funny also.

I also would like to make some conclusions but don't want to keep it
off-topic anymore :oops:
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Unread post11 Sep 2014, 09:17

Advertising & Editorial Photographer Blair Bunting flies with the Thunderbirds. #ThunderbirdCelebrity


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Unread post20 May 2015, 09:36

Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives (Clifford Rosenberger)soars during incentive flight May 16, 2015


Clifford Rosenberger, the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, takes flight in USAF F-16D block 42 #89-2165 from the 112th FS as part of an incentive ride near Michigan on May 16th, 2015. [Ohio ANG photo by Airm. Rachel Simones]
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Unread post22 Oct 2015, 09:42

Louisiana State University baseball coach Paul Mainieri will fly with the Thunderbirds at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, La. Friday morning.

Mainieri was the baseball coach at the United States Air Force Academy from 1989-94. Major Scott "Cheetah" Petz will take him on a one-hour demonstration flight.

Paul Mainieri is a former U.S. Air Force coach and 23 of his former baseball players at the Air Force Academy became active pilots in the U.S. Air Force.

His schedule on October 23, 2015 will look as follows:
  • 07.00h - Public Affairs Brief at Chennault Airport Maintenance Office Building
  • 07:30h - Air Crew Flight Equipment Brief
  • 08:30h - Flight Surgeon Brief
  • 09:00h - Brief with Thunderbird Pilot Major Scott "Cheetah" Petz
  • 10:00h - Step to the F-16
  • 10:30h - Takeoff
  • 11:30h – Landing

Players of Paul Mainieri at the U.S. Air Force Academy who became F-16 pilots:
  • Major General Pete Gersten
  • Colonel Lance Pilch (also F-22/F-35)
  • Colonel Luke Ahmann
  • Lt. Colonel Keith Kelly
  • Lt. Colonel David Lyons
  • Lt. Colonel (ret) Chuck Cook
  • Rick Wynn
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