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Unread post10 Mar 2013, 18:55

OOoops Repeat - info already provided two pages back by SWP graphic.
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Unread post11 Mar 2013, 01:40

Top general at Wright-Patt says cuts will be ‘far-reaching’ 10 Mar 2013 By Barrie Barber

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/new ... r-r/nWnTf/

"In an exclusive interview, Gen. Wolfenbarger says ‘impact on my people, especially my civilians will be significant.”

...In other impacts, she said:...

- The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, headquartered at Wright-Patterson, will slow replacing and modernizing aging Air Force aircraft. “Acquisition programs will be delayed or canceled, some costs will rise, and much needed capabilities will take longer to get into the hands of our warfighters,” the four-star general said.

- The Air Force Test Center will be “significantly impacted” at test ranges. All flight testing will be grounded and test support suspended by the end of June, with the exception of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and a summer test pilot school will be canceled at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California....

... we hope the bill, when eventually reconciled with a Senate version, will give the Department of Defense more clarity and more flexibility as it carries out sequestration reductions,” she said."
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Unread post11 Mar 2013, 05:24

For to encourage the others (les autres).... :D

Israel’s oldest combat pilot calls it a day 10 Mar 2013 By Stuart Winer
"Receiving permission from his mother [a tradition for final flight] for final take-off, a 55-year-old reserve pilot makes his last flight

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-ol ... -it-a-day/

The ground-shaking shriek of an F-16 fighter plane signaled the end of an era last week, when the Israeli Air Force’s oldest combat pilot, with more than three decades of aviation experience, finally hung up his wings.

Major (Res.) Nir Yarkoni, 55, began flying jets for the IAF 36 years ago and continued in his role as a combat pilot ever since, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Sunday. On Friday, he flew for the last time, and as is the tradition in the air force, family members radioed through the permission to take off and land. In Yarkoni’s case, it was his mother Yehudit, 86, who told the veteran airman that he was clear to go. As he returned to base, his father, Mousa, and wife, Dalit Ofer, gave him permission to land.

More than 200 family and friends, including air force commander Amir Eshel, gathered at the Nevatim airbase to see the flight that brought an end to Yakoni’s historic career.

“At the age of 55 I will retire from active combat roles,” he said, which “require a lot of effort, but also luck. And good genes don’t hurt.”

Yarkoni gained his wings in 1977 when he completed the IAF’s training course to fly Skyhawk jets. He then went on to fly the Israeli-made Kfir jet and in 1983 began flying F-16 fighters. He remained in the cockpit as a reserve pilot after completing his mandatory service. And while most air force pilots opt out of highly demanding combat roles by the time they hit their forties, Yarkoni kept going, even surpassing the air force’s regulation upper limit of 51 years of age, with a little help from his commanding officers who didn’t want to see him go.

Yarkoni said that over the past 40-odd years things have changed for pilots, with the focus shifting to technology. What hadn’t changed, however, he said, “is the need to stay focused on the objective, the ability to know what matters and what is irrelevant. Those are the skills that don’t change, despite all developments.”

Yarkoni is aware that flying past middle age has its price in the many hours one must spend airborne in order to maintain the skills needed to be a combat pilot.

“I decided to keep flying until a late age, and it’s quite probable that I paid a price for that,” he was quoted as saying. “The role requires many days of reserve duty. According to my calculation, if you add up all the days I spent in reserves, it comes to six years.”

Over the decades, Yarkoni also competed a law degree. He currently serves as the director of the Civil Aviation Authority and owns a law firm.

The aging pilot said the trauma of seeing comrades shot down was the most prominent memory he had of his time in the air.

“I will never forget the first time I saw a plane shot down next to me,” he told Yeditoth Ahronoth. “It doesn’t matter how much you train, it’s never the way you imagine it or the way you see it in the movies. You know that someone has been killed, and you have to continue to operate.”

As he left the cockpit for the last time, Yarkoni offered some advice to the new generation of IAF pilots.

“You always need to make an effort,” he said. “Never stop training and improving.”

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Unread post11 Mar 2013, 05:32

Just curious, if you former pilots could've stayed on longer as active pilots, how long would you have stayed on?
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Unread post11 Mar 2013, 06:18

kamenriderblade wrote:Just curious, if you former pilots could've stayed on longer as active pilots, how long would you have stayed on?


Ask the wives..
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Unread post12 Mar 2013, 00:48

popcorn wrote:
kamenriderblade wrote:Just curious, if you former pilots could've stayed on longer as active pilots, how long would you have stayed on?


Ask the wives..


I'm sure you mean spouses. Anyway, the NG/Reserves keep many pilots flying for years after leaving active duty.
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Unread post12 Mar 2013, 09:51

'QUE? The F-35' THAT NOTORIOUS BLAGSPAT has this item for youse delectation...

F-35: The art of fighting strawmen 11 Mar 2013 Barry Graff

http://whythef35.blogspot.com.au/2013/0 ... awmen.html

"Some of the critics are simply desperate when it comes to denigrating the F-35. And one of the things they love to do is pretend the aircraft is something it isn't and then tear it apart because it isn't.

The perfect example is characterizing the F-35 as a air superiority fighter. It is a constant attempt on the part of many critics...."

DAS AUTO 360 degrees. :D
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F-35: Beware of critics without a clue

http://whythef35.blogspot.com.au/2013/0 ... -clue.html

"Unfortunately when talking about the F-35, the discussion has become very polarized. And just as unfortunately, those who are critics of the program tend to do a lot of talking about a subject they seem to know little about or are prone to misrepresent it or both...."
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Unread post12 Mar 2013, 10:00

Code 1 has a sense of humour....

Through The Canopy Glass

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US Air Force Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop completes preflight checks before his first sortie in an F-35A Lightning II on 6 March 2013 at Eglin AFB, Florida. Bishop is among the first Lightning II pilots who began training in January. Bishop and other 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron pilots will begin operational testing of the joint strike fighter later this year at Nellis AFB, Nevada. Bishop is the 422nd TES director of operations." Photo by Samuel King, Jr. Posted: 11 March 2013
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Unread post14 Mar 2013, 06:29

F-35: Quotes of the Day 13 Mar 2013 Barry Graff

http://whythef35.blogspot.com.au/2013/0 ... f-day.html

"I've pointed out the absurdity of a particular quote attributed to a "leaked memo" from the Director of the Operational Test and Evaluation Directorate to the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, i.e.:

Other sections of the report outline some of the flaws that make the cockpit unsafe for pilots:

“The out-of-cockpit visibility in the F-35A is less than other Air Force fighter aircraft The head rest is too large and will impede aft [rear] visibility and survivability during surface and air engagements. Aft visibility will get the pilot gunned [down] every time in dogfights."


Lieutenant General Bogden(sic), DoD's lead man on the F-35 program, was apparently hit with a question about this by someone in the media. His answer is priceless:

He pointed out the DAS system, would allow rear viewing (and below) and then said, “If some F-35 pilot out there is afraid of getting gunned every time, then we can have him fly C-12s.”

Of course a C-12 is the military of a civilian King Air. In terms of insulting a fighter pilot, I can't imagine a worse one. What Bogden effectively did is dismiss the criticism as just plain nonsense. That won't stop uniformed critics from still trying to use this as some sort of indicator of the aircraft's deficiencies, but, in fact, it is a red herring...."
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Unread post14 Mar 2013, 08:04

spazsinbad wrote:"Some of the critics are simply desperate when it comes to denigrating the F-35. And one of the things they love to do is pretend the aircraft is something it isn't and then tear it apart because it isn't.

The perfect example is characterizing the F-35 as a air superiority fighter. It is a constant attempt on the part of many critics...."
Too true; but in all fairness, that's one of the main roles a number of customers wanted it for, even if it is just a bomb-truck to the USAF.
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Unread post14 Mar 2013, 08:07

spazsinbad wrote: Lieutenant General Bogden, DoD's lead man on the F-35 program, was apparently hit with a question about this by someone in the media. His answer is priceless:

He pointed out the DAS system, would allow rear viewing (and below) and then said, “If some F-35 pilot out there is afraid of getting gunned every time, then we can have him fly C-12s.”
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Unread post14 Mar 2013, 08:31

lookieloo wrote:
spazsinbad wrote:"Some of the critics are simply desperate when it comes to denigrating the F-35. And one of the things they love to do is pretend the aircraft is something it isn't and then tear it apart because it isn't.

The perfect example is characterizing the F-35 as a air superiority fighter. It is a constant attempt on the part of many critics...."
Too true; but in all fairness, that's one of the main roles a number of customers wanted it for, even if it is just a bomb-truck to the USAF.


NOT for the RAAF it ain't. The RAAF rejected the F-22 because of inflexibility - they need a multi-role strike/fighter. They say this over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.... :D
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Unread post14 Mar 2013, 09:01

F-22 not for sale, why do they even bother talking about F-22 when the US government won't sell it?
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Unread post14 Mar 2013, 13:13

kamenriderblade wrote:F-22 not for sale, why do they even bother talking about F-22 when the US government won't sell it?


Or that it hasn't been made in years and the factory has already been converted to build F-35s? Your guess is as good as mine.
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