How old are you?

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2003, 10:33
by DeepSpace
With all that great information we are all posting here, I thought it would be interesting to see how old is everybody here. I'm 15, what about you?

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2003, 12:40
by Gladiatos
Im 15...16 by next may:)

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2003, 12:41
by DeepSpace
Almost like me, I'm 16 next April :wink:

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2003, 12:43
by s_ellebaut
19, 20 next March

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2003, 16:18
by ysslah
I'm 17... I'll be 18 next August!!!YEAH :twisted:

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2003, 16:26
by hawkeye
I'm 49 ... 11th Aug 1954 ... does that make me the oldest? 8)

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2003, 16:27
by Phoenix
17... gonna be 18 next September :twisted: MUWAHAHAHA!! :twisted:
A moi la bonne vie!!!! :twisted:

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2003, 18:29
by Pumpkin
I am 29 this year.
cheers,

Unread postPosted: 17 Nov 2003, 04:26
by Gladiatos
Hawkeye... what do you work or used to work as?

Unread postPosted: 17 Nov 2003, 15:09
by hawkeye
Currently, warhouse ops clerk in a lubs plant.

Previously, petroleum refinery operator, oil accounts clerk, marine lubs clerk, non-fuel retail (NFR) accounts clerk, grease stock clerk and local delivery despatch clerk.

All the while in the same petroleum company - 32 yrs

Unread postPosted: 17 Nov 2003, 15:32
by habu2
Kids- all of ya!!! :lol:

Unread postPosted: 17 Nov 2003, 15:48
by DeepSpace
What about you? :P

Unread postPosted: 17 Nov 2003, 16:02
by hawkeye
Hi DeepSpace,

What's the time in Israel now?

It's 2302 hrs (local), 17/11/03 in S'pore.

Unread postPosted: 17 Nov 2003, 16:12
by DeepSpace
When it's 23:00 in Singapore it's 17:00 in Israel (6 hours difference)

Unread postPosted: 17 Nov 2003, 18:20
by habu2
Actually hawkeye has me by just under two years.

hawkeye did you serve in 'Nam? I got a draft # but we pulled out just after that.

Unread postPosted: 17 Nov 2003, 18:31
by Habu
Geez! This place is full of little n00bs!
It's alright though, I must commend all you youngans, you're not the typical trolls I see on other boards. ;)

Alas, I'm just out of n00bdom myself....I'm 27 :D

Unread postPosted: 17 Nov 2003, 22:56
by hawkeye
Hi Habu2,

No, the SAF (Singapore Armed Forces) didn't send troops to 'Nam. I was a battalion signaller (Signal Store Sgt) attached to an amphibious engineer unit.

The closest we got to any action was when some of my chaps were attached to some assault boats when there were an influx of Vietnamese refugees on board a ship anchored off S'pore. Sort of police duty.

As their assault boat came alongside, someone from the ship tossed a gerenade into the boat but it didn't go off 'cause the other pin was still in ( there are 2 pins you have to pull out). It scared the hell out of them!

As for me, I was ashore, acting as a relay station in the rover.

Unread postPosted: 17 Nov 2003, 23:24
by habu2
hawkeye, didn't know you were in Singapore. I made the typical American assumption you were also from the US - my mistake. I saw your age (close to mine) and I was thinking of common events we might have experienced growing up. I remember on my 18th birthday they came and yanked me out of class (senior year in high school) and had me fill out the forms to register for the draft, right then and there. It was d*nmed if you do and d*mned if you don't in those days. :(

Unread postPosted: 17 Nov 2003, 23:50
by Pumpkin
Greetings hawkeye!!

Nice to have you around!
cheers, :D

Unread postPosted: 18 Nov 2003, 14:34
by hawkeye
Hi Pumpkin,

Thanks!

Habu2,

After our full time national service (NS), during my time, 2 yrs for other ranks, 2 1/2 yrs for NCOs officers and 3yrs for engineer officers, we are put under the reserves.

The annual in-camp training applies and you train just like the fulltime NS men. After 5 in-camps in the infantry my whole battalion was transferred to the Civil Defence force (CD) - similar to fire and rescue agency.

We spent 2 weeks of in-camp for conversion and were taught fire fighting, rescue in confine spaces, first aid ... the works. The first Sat we were all confined to camp as we 'green horns' were on standby in case there was any castrophe. Thank goodness no siren that night!

After 3 in-camps , my cd battalion (about 100 men) are allocated to zone and within that zone given a housing area of about 2,000 to 3,000 residents to be responsible for during an emergeny.

During the yearly in-camps , we would get familiar with the area like where to setup the temporary mortuary, schools to be used as relief centres, entry and exits routes, the number of private clinics in the area, etc.

At the age of 45 , we are discharged from our obligations from NS but the training acquired still stays and we are prepared mentally but not always physically for any contingencies.

How about you in the States?

Unread postPosted: 18 Nov 2003, 18:13
by Phoenix
Dunno 'bout the States, but in Romania we used to have conscription till a month ago. The last conscript troops will be raised in December and after they get deactivated we're gonna have a professional army. That's pretty damn good. For 3 reasons.
1. More money to spend on the pros.
2. Military service was nothing more than a waste of time in the last few years. You only spent like 8 months (only 4 for the university students) in the army. IMO that's nowhere near what you need to learn something properly, but it is long enough to **** up your study plans. :x
3. Now I'll be able to use my gap year to the fullest (I was thinking of speeding my call up so that they would wouldn't call me when I was 20... and away at university). Now this might seem pretty unpatriotic or chicken or whatever, but everyone who was conscripted and I talked to told it was sh*t and you didn't really win anything out of it anyway (and this includes my parents... both of them).

And so, now I've got one less problem to think about when making my plans for the future 8) ... even though I think I would've enjoyed myself some if made the paras :roll:

Unread postPosted: 19 Nov 2003, 02:35
by kmceject
Well, to get back to the off-topic, I'm almost 40, married, and have my firstborn, a 7month old boy.... I just thought of a topic to add to this forum....

Kevin
The Ejection Site

Unread postPosted: 19 Nov 2003, 23:59
by hawkeye
my cd battalion (about 100 men)


that should read as cd coy (for company) (about 80 men). :oops:

Congrats kmceject on being a daddy!
What's the kid's name? :D

Unread postPosted: 22 Nov 2003, 03:25
by kmceject
Michael Robert is his official moniker however he has many nicknames, the primary one being <a href="http://www.ejectionsite.com/31devon/mikesabot7a.jpg">Micro...</a> This photo shows him holding on to a 105mm Target Practice Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot projectile. We are using this as a reference as he was just about that length when he was born (and similar in weight too.)

Thanks for the congrats...
Kevin

Unread postPosted: 22 Nov 2003, 11:54
by hawkeye
This photo shows him holding on to a 105mm Target Practice Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot projectile


Isn't that used against tanks or armoured vehicles?

Unread postPosted: 22 Nov 2003, 14:01
by kmceject
Yup, that is an anti-tank SABOT round. The version is used for practice in 105mm tank guns as used in the M-60s and M-1 slicks. The projectile is 'wrapped' in a metal section that centers it in the gun barrel. This 'sabot' breaks into three main sections on exit of the barrel and flys off. The dart like projectile then continues on its merry way until it intersects with some object. If that object is an armored vehicle, the heavy mass (that practice round weighs 9lbs) with its large velocity (~1200-1500 metres per sec) gives rise to a large amount of kinetic energy on a very small area (the frontal area of the projectile). This kinetic energy transfer is typically enough to push its way thru a significant thickness of armor.


<img src="http://www.ejectionsite.com/kmctank.gif">

Unread postPosted: 26 Nov 2003, 19:36
by stik
I'm 44. Hawk, you're still in the lead.
stik

Unread postPosted: 26 Nov 2003, 19:50
by Loader
39

Loader

Unread postPosted: 28 Nov 2003, 14:41
by Zephyr
22 here hawkeyes still in the lead

Unread postPosted: 28 Nov 2003, 18:16
by Habu
kmceject wrote:Yup, that is an anti-tank SABOT round. The version is used for practice in 105mm tank guns as used in the M-60s and M-1 slicks. The projectile is 'wrapped' in a metal section that centers it in the gun barrel. This 'sabot' breaks into three main sections on exit of the barrel and flys off. The dart like projectile then continues on its merry way until it intersects with some object. If that object is an armored vehicle, the heavy mass (that practice round weighs 9lbs) with its large velocity (~1200-1500 metres per sec) gives rise to a large amount of kinetic energy on a very small area (the frontal area of the projectile). This kinetic energy transfer is typically enough to push its way thru a significant thickness of armor.


<img src="http://www.ejectionsite.com/kmctank.gif">


I wold hope that's a training round, I mean I don't think you'd want your baby touching a depleted uranium round! :shock:

Unread postPosted: 28 Nov 2003, 19:15
by kmceject
Habu, as my post with the pic mentioned it is indeed a training round. I would be rather uncomfortable having a DU round in the house, but not too uncomfortable handling one briefly. Minor exposure shouldn't be a problem, but I wouldn't expose an infant to one.

Kevin
The Ejection Site

Unread postPosted: 28 Nov 2003, 20:44
by Habu
Oh yeah, I know, I was just kidding ;)
But it's not everyday you see a baby holding a sabot round :)

Unread postPosted: 28 Nov 2003, 22:00
by Phoenix
And even better, all you need to do now is buy him the tank for him and promise that if he's gonna be a nice boy, then it's gonna be his b-day present when he's 16. And I doubt you would ever hear him complain that some kid with a flashy car picked on him because of his ride :wink:

How old are you?

Unread postPosted: 08 Dec 2003, 13:56
by Wildcat
I didn't suspect that so many users were that young, though I shouldn't be surprised as I began getting a HUGE amount of books about aircraft at the age of only 11.
About me, then: I'm 23 years old and a very-happily-just-married man. I'm still studying in college to be an English teacher (should occur next year), and I also work full-time as a supervisor (surveillant) in a high school for living.

Some of you wrote about the way their armies ran. In France, conscription was stopped in 1998 (which means that I didn't have to be a soldier for eight months). Now, the Army is made from professionals only. I'm not so sure it was a good thing, but actually the whole thing had become pointless as service was only 8-months long.

Unread postPosted: 11 Dec 2003, 07:50
by Lawman
20, will be passed out and possibly arrested May 7th of next year

A little about myself:

Former student at Embry-Riddle Aero U, and a private pilot working on additional ratings. Transfered to Kent State(where they shot the rioters) for Criminal Justice (basket weaving). Present member of the Naval Flight Officer Program and in the pipeline for flight. Crossing my fingers for the Hornet, got the medical, got the test scores, now I just have to pray some ring knocker doesnt kiss a$$ his way into my slot. Im not married, and Im not planning to be for a while, regardless of what she says.

Unread postPosted: 11 Dec 2003, 08:43
by Habu
Prescott, or Daytona?

How old are you?

Unread postPosted: 11 Dec 2003, 09:46
by Wildcat
I wish you good luck, Lawman. I hope tou will get your beloved Hornet :wink: .

Unread postPosted: 11 Dec 2003, 20:26
by Lawman
Daytona, wasnt going to move from Ohio to Arizona, cause that would be trading one extream of crappy weather for another.

Unread postPosted: 11 Dec 2003, 21:03
by Habu
Ah...gotcha. I know a bunch of people that went to Prescott, and they were our regional flying team arch-rivals. They got tired of me beating them in AC/ID though ;)
Only time I met any Dayts was during Nationals...but I don't remember anyone.

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2004, 23:13
by Fastmover76
I'm 27 chornologically, but mentally sometimes I wonder. . . :wink:

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2004, 23:16
by habu2
"I refuse to act my age"... ;)

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2004, 23:23
by Fastmover76
You have to grow old, but you don't have to grow up. . .

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2004, 23:30
by Habu
Fastmover76 wrote:I'm 27 chornologically, but mentally sometimes I wonder. . . :wink:


w3rd!

Unread postPosted: 05 Mar 2004, 17:25
by Mule82
I'm new here.Sooo...I'm 21,turning 22 this May.

Unread postPosted: 06 Mar 2004, 02:29
by viper032386
18 in 18 days.

Unread postPosted: 06 Mar 2004, 05:56
by Gums
Heh heh - you young sprogs............

Youse should be so lucky( or skilled) to reach my 61 years. see pic on Gal of whatever thread......

As with many of you, I dreamed of being a pilot when about 4 or 5 years old.

3 scores later, 4000 hours in neat jets, 600 combat hours, feels good to be here with you all.

out,

Unread postPosted: 06 Mar 2004, 06:53
by Habu
And we're glad to have ya Gums ;)

Unread postPosted: 06 Mar 2004, 07:03
by TC
My age, Sukhoi's Fencer, and the title of Keifer Sutherland's tv show are about to have a lot more in common. Ok, that's the best hint you'll get! :P

Unread postPosted: 07 Mar 2004, 22:30
by bign
Lucky 33 for me.

Now it's time to go for a run to feel younger in this beautfiful North Carolina weather! :-D

Unread postPosted: 25 Mar 2004, 01:27
by mohody
Lawman, if you're good enough in the Hornet and win Top Gun they might invite you back to teach. Then you could fly a real jet----one of their newly acquired F-16s!!!!

As for my age, I'm 29 and married with a 2 year old daughter and one on the way. Former RAFSOB turned ANG--Vipers all the way!!!

Unread postPosted: 03 Apr 2004, 14:14
by bmwf1kin
Hi, 22 here :D

Unread postPosted: 03 Apr 2004, 22:15
by KarimAbdoun
17 in october looking forward to fly the Viper!!

Unread postPosted: 09 Apr 2004, 13:19
by daviddewilliams
47 Started my Air Force career in 1976

Unread postPosted: 23 Apr 2004, 20:40
by IDCrewDawg
32 Crew Chief, started my career in '90

Unread postPosted: 24 Apr 2004, 05:22
by KPDiamond17
20 and a lot of people are surprised that I'm not 21 yet considering i'm almost through with my JR year in college.

AC wrote:You're not 21 yet?!?!? What, were you like 12 when you first got here?

Unread postPosted: 24 Apr 2004, 05:36
by JR007
It's Jr KPDiamond17, not JR - that's me Dude! Shaw huh, I've had one emerg divert into Shaw, and one coming out. Both in the T-33 with one at night and a stuck full nose down trim. I'll tell y'all about that in a few...

40, thanks for keeping me out of the "most senior" category Gums!!!

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2004, 14:18
by Chaff
Twenty. Hoping to graduate college in a few years

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2004, 21:15
by TomaTo
27 here, former MP in RNoAF... :wink:

Unread postPosted: 12 May 2004, 02:37
by parrothead
27 here with 26 years of air shows. I can remember when I could hear... :lol:

Unread postPosted: 12 May 2004, 03:27
by mark
45 :roll:

Unread postPosted: 12 May 2004, 03:51
by FuturePilot
I'm 17
18 5 of November
I'll be patroling the friendly skies in a few years

Unread postPosted: 14 May 2004, 17:12
by Meathook
Tom Wharton - 52 (Sept 6th 1951) Brooklyn, New York, USA.

I sure hope I am NOT the oldest, if so....scary thought, times flies huh!

Unread postPosted: 14 May 2004, 18:21
by JanHas
26 and God, they still think I'am to young to attend pilot training... whaaa :x

Unread postPosted: 14 May 2004, 19:17
by Meathook
JanHas,

Hold tight..it is never too early or too late to become a pilot. Now at my age, I am a pilot for tiny little airlines (Cessna and such) but there is no way this old body could handle a heavy - G - enviroment for more than a few moments now before I would cry or pass out...sorry to say but when I was your age..OH Man, what out..I would be the Great Santini (Robert Devall movie, ever see it) its great! :-)

Unread postPosted: 19 May 2004, 06:11
by Rigamortis
33 yrs here, and I have known what external drop tanks are since I was 6 ( dad taught me how airplanes flew using a mongram B-17 ) > Was teethed on WWII aircraft and worked my way up the evolutionary chain......LOL.
Rigo

Unread postPosted: 27 Jun 2004, 12:45
by Razor
Anyone remember that Bryan Adams song "18 till I Die" ? :wink:

Anyway i'm 19 here

Cheers!

Unread postPosted: 27 Jun 2004, 17:13
by Dammerung
16 13 days ago. Goin' for the Academy or ERAU...

Unread postPosted: 27 Jun 2004, 19:57
by STBYGAIN
Fine, I'll play.

24. Started pilot training at 21, wings at 22, form-8 in the Viper at 23. Still born in the Carter administration, but only by a few months.

Unread postPosted: 28 Jun 2004, 01:14
by scooter86
18 years. Starting my airforce career :) in a few months.
Going for tha viper!

Unread postPosted: 28 Jun 2004, 19:51
by habu2
Razor wrote:Anyone remember that Bryan Adams song "18 till I Die" ? :wink:


Nah, Bryan Adams was after my time... ;)

Unread postPosted: 28 Jun 2004, 21:07
by Timmer
18, 19 in december, and owyeah, just to impress people :
Belgian Air Cadet ;) lol ^^

Unread postPosted: 29 Jun 2004, 02:32
by Ender_Wiggin
19 as of June 12

Unread postPosted: 29 Jun 2004, 03:14
by Gearupgal
17...18 next week. Going in the DC Air National Guard now...eventually flying the Viper for 'em cause I can't stand these props (152/172's) much longer. GRRRR. Peace.

Jennifer

Unread postPosted: 29 Jun 2004, 22:05
by Loader
Man, as I look this thread over, a lot of young (and very smart) folks in here! I'm 39, retired from the USAF for almost 2 years! Had my 18th B-Day in Basic training back in 82. Working on the second career now.

Unread postPosted: 28 Jul 2004, 22:07
by flyboy23
14, and a dreamer of the USAFA or ERAU.

Unread postPosted: 29 Jul 2004, 17:46
by mefistomaligno
23, 24 on December..I started my pilot training at 21.

Unread postPosted: 10 Sep 2004, 05:41
by BattleAx09
22 here,

Graduating from ERAU in May and then heading to UPT. I can't wait!

-- The Battle Axe

Unread postPosted: 10 Sep 2004, 06:00
by viperrulez
Hi... new user here... I am 14 this year on Sep 11.

Unread postPosted: 20 Nov 2004, 16:42
by PetervanStigt
I'll be forty next month (December 2004)

Unread postPosted: 03 Feb 2005, 17:16
by aviator21
23, 24 this March 13. I hope this is plenty of time to get a pilot slot before I am 27 1/2. :P

Unread postPosted: 08 Feb 2005, 04:27
by Hawke
17, and goin' to college in august (as a 18 year old) to learn how to fly(better). Yahoo!

Unread postPosted: 08 Feb 2005, 05:08
by swanee
22, gotta few interviews with some ang units... hopefully upt is in my future...

Unread postPosted: 17 Feb 2005, 20:40
by kubam4a1
Hi, 16 in Sept this year, but I read my first <SKRZYDLATA POLSKA> magazine (Polish magazine about air forces and airplanes) in...1995! So I was SIX year old I have had my "Lotnictwo Wojskowe Rosji" (Russia's Airforce) books since 1997...

Unread postPosted: 23 Feb 2005, 00:05
by Bwadwey
I'm 13 , going to be 14 in JULY!!

Unread postPosted: 23 Feb 2005, 00:14
by MATMACWC
27, been flying the F-16 for 3 years (including RTU)

Unread postPosted: 04 Mar 2005, 12:57
by allenperos
41, B.S., Ph.D. C-ASMEL-I,IGI,AGI - Aerospace Technical Writer, McDonnel Douglas, Boeing, F-16 CC (Block 10's - 15's, shows my age) Lots of sim time, F/A-18, AV-8B (yes, I did hover), A-4M, F-16C (aerial refueling) MD-11 FCF, FD-50, fly acrobatics, I'm pretty crazy, only wish I was on active duty USAF!!!

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2005, 20:55
by trailmix
23, just finished my M.S. in MEchanical Engineering at Stanford. Interviewing for UPT slots this spring and hopefully finishing up my Ph.D. in Bioengineering while kicking a$$ with the NYANG. Hopefully someday I'll be an astronaut, but for now I just concentrate on NASA funded research projects and practicing for fighter training by getting loose in small aerobatic-type planes and a little :beer: , of course!

~mix

Unread postPosted: 13 Mar 2005, 00:42
by ElangBiru
I'm 15 now, will be 16 by next 12th August. :D

Unread postPosted: 15 Mar 2005, 04:56
by KPDiamond17
I've been on this forum for a while, but I never responded to this thread. I'm 21 now, 20 when I first registered and probably 18 or 19 when I first found this site.

Unread postPosted: 15 Mar 2005, 05:04
by Taco44
I'm 22. A Crew Dawg on Block 30 F-16's with the New Mexico ANG. Been TDY all around the world including Chile and Iraq. Been a mechanic since 18, working on degree to someday fly. Ummm Beer :beer: Hell yeah!

Unread postPosted: 15 Mar 2005, 06:00
by TJStoney
44 here

Unread postPosted: 15 Mar 2005, 06:52
by Sniper69
19, looking to do AFROTC next year :thumb:

NN

Unread postPosted: 15 Mar 2005, 07:59
by Sniper
19 Here
:idea: Iranian :idea:

RE: NN

Unread postPosted: 15 Mar 2005, 08:20
by Sniper69
nice name buddy lol :devil: welcome to the site!

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2005, 06:39
by maddog2840
I"m 47 next Monday. There are three shopping days left.

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2005, 06:43
by parrothead
Happy Birthday :D !!! Welcome to the site!

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2005, 09:30
by dingo
three zero ! here :)

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2005, 16:23
by falcon83-1123
I'm 39. I'll be 40 September 8th. :cheers:

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2005, 18:18
by Purplehaze
44 will be 45 in May........awful lot of young pups here....that is a good thing!!

Purplehaze

Unread postPosted: 21 Mar 2005, 00:21
by RyanCollins
Hi, I'm 14 yrs...15 next may...I'm Argentinean

Unread postPosted: 21 Mar 2005, 07:22
by lamoey
Well RyanColins, you were not even born the last time I opened a panel on a Viper 8) , wow how time flies...

I'm 41 :oops:

Unread postPosted: 21 Mar 2005, 08:33
by 229guy
26yrs young

Unread postPosted: 27 Mar 2005, 22:07
by Diving_Falcon
16...even younger!

Im 15 and a futer pilot

Unread postPosted: 31 Mar 2005, 04:31
by AIr-Strike31
I'm 15 from Newport Beach CA and hopefully will be a pilot w/ the USAF :roll:

RE: Im 15 and a futer pilot

Unread postPosted: 31 Mar 2005, 18:12
by ACSheva
Old enough to drive...........


ACSheva

RE: Im 15 and a futer pilot

Unread postPosted: 31 Mar 2005, 18:38
by Chaff
As of this past Tuesday, I'm legal...

Unread postPosted: 31 Mar 2005, 19:25
by MKopack
Old enough to remember crewing <a href="f-16_fighting_falcon_airframe-15.html">78-005</a> during the time it was with the 63TFTS at MacDill AFB. Preflighted <a href="f-16_fighting_falcon_airframe-11.html">78-001</a>at an airshow before it went on the pole at Langley.

37.

Mike Kopack

Unread postPosted: 31 Mar 2005, 20:04
by falcon918
40 Years Young here... But I watched the first F-16 land at Hill AFB. And have the pictures to show it.

Unread postPosted: 06 Apr 2005, 23:41
by Lisafer
17... what an age to love. Not old enough to drink (legally hehehe) but not old enough to get busted to bad for doing stupid stuff. Bring on 18 I'd say.

Unread postPosted: 08 Apr 2005, 02:39
by KarimAbdoun
Going to be 18 this October, always wanted to be a Viper pilot, but a technicality ceased that chance from me, because I am an IGCSE student and IGCSE student rarely go to military in Egypt, so I wasn't taken in because my paperwork from England took time, although I stil have a chance next fall.

I have a dream of being a pro Soccer Goalkeeper, or a civil pilot, if the fighter biz wasn't in my league.

Unread postPosted: 08 Apr 2005, 11:37
by XeaIoV
17, student in Singapore.

Unread postPosted: 13 Apr 2005, 00:25
by chickenlegs
Oh hell! I'm 44, turn 45 on Sept 11. I remember being at Hahn AB when the new F-16 was arriving. I chuckle at the fact that when I was younger (full of piss and vinegar), I used to call the guys my age "old man". Now I call the younger ones all kinds of things..............lol
Have a great day!
Chickenlegs

Unread postPosted: 17 May 2005, 04:40
by Entropy
17, student in Singapore.


17... what an age to love. Not old enough to drink (legally hehehe) but not old enough to get busted to bad for doing stupid stuff. Bring on 18 I'd say.


Good to know I'm not the only 17 year old here. Very well put Lisafer.

Unread postPosted: 17 May 2005, 05:53
by golof
I'm seventeen. Turning 18 soon.

Unread postPosted: 17 May 2005, 06:05
by falconloader
MKopack wrote:Old enough to remember crewing <a href="f-16_fighting_falcon_airframe-15.html">78-005</a> during the time it was with the 63TFTS at MacDill AFB. Preflighted <a href="f-16_fighting_falcon_airframe-11.html">78-001</a>at an airshow before it went on the pole at Langley.

37.

Mike Kopack


Mike, <a href="f-16_fighting_falcon_airframe-15.html">78-005</a> is one of our static display birds in Tucson.When it was flying, I believe it was the oldest 16 in the air at the time.

41,42 in july, joined the guard in '87 worked on blocks 10 through 60.

Unread postPosted: 18 May 2005, 20:58
by falconfixer860261
47. Taught Crew Chief school at Sheppard 80-84, CO ANG (A-7's) 84-87, VA ANG (A-7's Block 30 F-16) 88-93, IN ANG Block 25' and 30's 1993 until the BRAC takes them away. Anyone know of a good IMA slot for a wizened old Crew Dawg?

Unread postPosted: 19 May 2005, 04:19
by chickenlegs
falconfixer860261 PM me would you? What A-7 did you crew in the COANG or were you a traditional? Mine was 70-0986.........Chickenlegs

Unread postPosted: 24 May 2005, 07:55
by shiz302
21, 22 in 2 days.

Unread postPosted: 24 May 2005, 23:38
by Lisafer
:( Lol gee lucky for some. Lol thanks Entropy nice to know there are other 17 year olds around here as well. :cheers:

Unread postPosted: 31 May 2005, 11:34
by kilo111
I am 17 years old too, :D . I would like to be a military pilot in Spain, the country I live.

Unread postPosted: 31 May 2005, 18:20
by Foz
Wish I had time to read all this stuff. The highest age I saw in what I did read was 49. I'm 51, but I gotta' say I don't feel all that much different from when I was 21 - except I hope I'm at least a little smarter.

By the way, I got the name 'Foz' from my 24 year old son, who is now a Viper crew chief at Shaw AFB.

Let's hear from the rest of you wrinklies!

Unread postPosted: 31 May 2005, 19:13
by VPRGUY
wow, off topic but saw you are in Bellefontaine.... lots of news from your part of the world these days :(

Wrinklies?

Unread postPosted: 02 Jun 2005, 22:05
by falconfixer860261
Foz wrote:Wish I had time to read all this stuff. The highest age I saw in what I did read was 49. I'm 51, but I gotta' say I don't feel all that much different from when I was 21 - except I hope I'm at least a little smarter.

By the way, I got the name 'Foz' from my 24 year old son, who is now a Viper crew chief at Shaw AFB.

Let's hear from the rest of you wrinklies!


Wrinklies? Bah! I'm 47 and still regularly crew a Viper. I have more scars than wrinkles - but I have a fair number of scars - mostly from jets.....

RE: Wrinklies?

Unread postPosted: 02 Jun 2005, 23:13
by Polaris
Ouch.. "Battle scars" lol.

I'm 16. I'm just a hopeful future Raptor pilot. Emphasis on hopeful.

RE: Wrinklies?

Unread postPosted: 25 Jun 2005, 05:41
by grss1982
23 here.

Unread postPosted: 21 Jul 2005, 06:06
by LordOfBunnies
Hey peoples, I'm 20 right now. I'm out at Purdue University and in Aerospace Engineering. Anybody have any advice about getting into industry especially with regards to military aviation decision and such?

Unread postPosted: 28 Jul 2005, 04:30
by earlheron
LordOfBunnies wrote:Hey peoples, I'm 20 right now. I'm out at Purdue University and in Aerospace Engineering. Anybody have any advice about getting into industry especially with regards to military aviation decision and such?


Hi LordOfBunnies:

I sent you a private message reply to the above.

Unread postPosted: 20 Aug 2005, 23:02
by adamgh81
24 year old viper CC, enlisted 2000, aspiring viper driver :twisted:

Unread postPosted: 27 Sep 2005, 04:50
by snypa777
Snypa here! 35! Not a young pup! I am a mechanical engineer and went to Manchester Uni` in the UK. My background was in the automotive industry with RR. Still got kind of a soft spot for them as some of you can tell!!!!!!!

Livin' It

Unread postPosted: 27 Sep 2005, 07:28
by ThunderGrunt
I'm 29 10yrs total Service, 5y Active Marines 3 Years active Army Guard OIF and 2 year regulary time all Infantry and Combat Medic, waiting to Re-up to ANG to be a Viper Crew Chief, Civilian Job-Firefigter/EMT-I San Diego City Fire Engine 3

Unread postPosted: 07 Oct 2005, 17:27
by Henrik
Hello all,

32 and still counting!!

Unread postPosted: 07 Oct 2005, 17:47
by Rexxxx
27, Married with a 5-month old!

Been flying since I was 16, flying the viper for 3 years. :D

Unread postPosted: 08 Oct 2005, 06:56
by AfterburnerDecalsScott
It ain't the years, its the mileage :P

Oldster, just turned 38....still stalking the streets scrapin' up the roadkill and diluting the gene pool.

Just inherited a new partner.....23, full of vitality.....makes me wanna throw up. Doesn't remember Michael Jackson as a black man instead of a white woman.

Unread postPosted: 08 Oct 2005, 12:20
by phil
20 (18jan85) and at least 4 years to wait before flying a viper.

Unread postPosted: 08 Oct 2005, 17:15
by F16z28
25 here started in 2000 did 4 active now guard in fresno,ca

Unread postPosted: 17 Oct 2005, 19:09
by instinct
17 on 31 oct 05

Unread postPosted: 11 Feb 2006, 23:02
by Meathook
55 ....On September 6th 2006

Flying for fun and business.......where does the time go?

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 00:49
by cywolf32
33 here. Was in USAF from 91-95 as a viper CC at Misawa, Japan and Luke AFB. Was a Defense Contractor from 2000-2004 working on F-16 OCU/MLU for Holland and Norway. Was above the Arctic Circle in Norway at Bodo(pronounced boo-dah) air station. Loved it!! The Fjords,ocean,northern lights. Awesome indeed.

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 04:25
by Meathook
Yes..they are amazing, was in Bodo myself in 1978...it took my breath away.....very cool sites

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 07:21
by The_Mastiff
44 and retired state employee. Ex army, VII corp Germany back during the cold war 80 thru 83. Not really any "Wrinklies" but maybe a few gray hairs, every one earned honestly. 3 dogs and an 18 year old kid in college. JL

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 10:15
by cywolf32
hey Tom, did you ever try the local brew they make there in Bodo? really good beer if I do say so myself. Was also at Orland for FWIT (fighter weapons instructor training) and went to Trondheim for the weekend. Nice to talk to someone else who has been to Norway! I left there just as the Norwegians were receiving their first Pantera pods from Lockheed. Met some of the tech reps while the Norwegians were throwing a party (xmas time). would love to hear about your experience there.

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 16:35
by Meathook
Only spent a week there, we were flying F4's as part of a joint exercise. I remember a underground facility I saw that housed an aircraft. The aircraft taxied down a slight ramp, was stopped on a round-table (like a train rotunda) it turned the aircraft around to face out for an exit taxi

It was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Of course the night life was amazing, the clubs, the girls were amazing beautiful...I think I feel in love fours time that week. But I will never forget that underground facility...it was amazing. Doors slid open to allow the aircraft in and out...I don't know how many they had but it sure was the coolest thing I had ever seen at that time.

Of course a few natural hot spas were great with a nice cold drink...I am very grateful I saw it.

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 16:46
by Meathook
Bye the way...very nice photo you got there.

I wish I could remember the names of the couple of towns we traveled too but sorry to say, it was so long ago...I just plain forgot.

However, I would go back to Norway in a heartbeat...it was wonderful, just a wonderful place to be (if your single I though). I wonder how many other areas in that nation had those types of shelters, they must have taken quite some time to construct ;-)

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 22:10
by Lady_Lou
23 years, 24th March... And all I thinking of and dreaming of is to get a flight in an F-16, F-14 or F-22... Or any other cool aircraft. I'm never going to give that dream up!

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 22:21
by Meathook
I hate to be the person to tell you this but, the F-14 has been retired out of NAVY service (if not all the way out of service now).

The F-22 is still so new (unless you become a top fighter pilot) that ride "might" never happen, it is just now being sent to certain field units.

Now the F-16 has been around since 1979 (active duty service deployment year) but unless your going to become a F-16 pilot (rather quickly) or work on the aircraft or possibly fly for another nation....you might not get that ride there either (they are being phased out slowly too).

I am not trying to be a wise guy or burst your dream, but it (your dream) might be harder to obtain then you know...but hey, stranger things have happened, even to me so good luck with it.

I hope you get that shot...it is the ride of a lifetime in my book too!

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 22:38
by Asif
The F-22 is still so new (unless you become a top fighter pilot) that ride "might" never happen, it is just now being sent to certain field units.


I don't think theres a 2 seater for jollies anyway? Maybe a ride in the SIM is the best you can hope for, but any rides would be many yrs down the road

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 22:42
by Meathook
I agree...I know of no two seater available...she will have to become a pilot and hope she is at the top of her class and then chosen to fly that bird (tough hill to climb at the moment).

I hated to give her the reality of that dream, but the only difference between a dream and a goal is a ...plan (I hope she has one)..

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 22:42
by Lady_Lou
Well, to be a pilot feels a little bit to late for me... All I want is to get up and get the ride of my life... Didn't know about the F-14.. sad... It's sooo cool... But hey, there is a lot of others left and I wont ever give up this dream :)

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 22:47
by Lady_Lou
And I'm working on a plan! Really hard! :D

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 23:05
by Meathook
Good on ya...best of luck..even when it might look bad, stay focused, work harder...you might pull it off.

Cheers

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 23:09
by Lady_Lou
Thanks! I will make it, one way or another... It's a fact ;)

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 23:37
by The_Mastiff
Lady Lou, you can pay to fly in Mig's in Russia, or some other aircraft like the EE Lightning at thunder city in Africa. All it takes is money. How about a 60,000 ft. flight in a Mig 25? JL

Unread postPosted: 12 Feb 2006, 23:52
by Lady_Lou
Yeah I know... Must start to save some money... :( It just aint fun.

Unread postPosted: 13 Feb 2006, 01:29
by The_Mastiff
I don't know the prices but I'd imagine it's pretty expensive. The fuel alone would cost thousands so the whole package likely costs more than my last 3 or 4 vacations to Mexico combined. Is there a lottery in Sweden? :D JL

Unread postPosted: 13 Feb 2006, 06:27
by cywolf32
here is another pic for you. I was the CC for the Noreweigan BAse Commander when the Russian AF showed up on a goodwill visit. They were there for 4 days. We were supposed to watch tem do some nice flying but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate with them. Not a problem for the F-16MLU of course. Funny thing is, as soon as they landed, the pilots from Russia were sitting in my F-16 to get photos taken! Great experience to say the least.

Unread postPosted: 13 Feb 2006, 10:56
by Lady_Lou
Yeah, its pretty expensive, but I really thought it would cost more. Must get an extra job... The lottery doesn't really go my way, starting to think I "win" more if I just sit on my butt doing nothing :D

Unread postPosted: 13 Feb 2006, 12:34
by Meathook
cywolf32.....

I love that photo, the first time I saw a MIG 29 was in Canada, back in 1989. I was a Thunderbird Production Superintendent then, the Russians were parked fairly close to our aircraft. Of course...there was lots of gripping and grinning at each others aircraft, swapped a few articles (patches and such). Had a nice time but I was surprised how cheaply put together their aircraft seemed but it was a flying hose-A though.

Great photo you got there....

Unread postPosted: 13 Feb 2006, 15:22
by F16z28
Hmm I don't think I've ever posted on this topic before. And I've been on here for over a year or two. Name: Eric Wheelis, F-16 crew chief 4 years active and 2 in guard so far. bases - luke during active and fresno,ca for guard.

Unread postPosted: 14 Feb 2006, 01:05
by cywolf32
Those are SU-27 Flankers in the picture Tom. As for MIG-29's, I've been in bot the German and Slovakian MIG's. The German were all converted to NATO standard (english), and the Slovaks were still in Russian. And you are right, Russian aircraft are nowhere built to the stansard of American aircraft. The skin looks very wrinkled and the finish not very good. The radomes look very poorly made as well.

Unread postPosted: 14 Feb 2006, 01:07
by The_Mastiff
Lady Lou, you won't have much time too sit on your butt if you're working 2 jobs. I did it for about 14 years. I'd get so tired from two shifts and too little sleep that I'd have trouble talking on phones, and could sleep standing up. It's not something I'd reccomend lightly. Good luck though. :) JL

Unread postPosted: 14 Feb 2006, 02:36
by Meathook
Great photos, I guess that is why the Russians made so damn many of them, because they expected large losses but they did fly their butts of too....hell'va of an aircraft.

Thanks

Unread postPosted: 14 Feb 2006, 07:17
by Delta
Can't remember if I did this before or not, but anywho, I'm 19, and I'm going to be 20 coming up in September. It just hit me the other day that I'm gunna be 20 this year. Its wierd.

Unread postPosted: 14 Feb 2006, 11:51
by Lady_Lou
Delta wrote:Can't remember if I did this before or not, but anywho, I'm 19, and I'm going to be 20 coming up in September. It just hit me the other day that I'm gunna be 20 this year. Its wierd.


The hitting will continue.. now I'm turning 23 and I really don't feel like 23! But who knows what to feel like at a certain age? I say to hell with the physical age, it all in your head that matters! :cheers:

Unread postPosted: 14 Feb 2006, 12:01
by Lady_Lou
The_Mastiff wrote:Lady Lou, you won't have much time too sit on your butt if you're working 2 jobs. I did it for about 14 years. I'd get so tired from two shifts and too little sleep that I'd have trouble talking on phones, and could sleep standing up. It's not something I'd reccomend lightly. Good luck though. :) JL


Well I doesn't work now.. I'm in school:( So I have some money trouble already. But I'm working on a plan... it's no fun... I'm thinking to leave my apartment until I'm ready with the school, but it's difficult to make a choice that probably will make my life suck for three years... but after that I would have plenty of money. I just have a problem with looking so far in to the future...

Unread postPosted: 14 Feb 2006, 16:37
by The_Mastiff
I just have a problem with looking so far in to the future...


Time goes by too fast the older you get. Not accomplishing your goals is a certain route to misery though. Focus on the here and now, day by day and put your schooling first. 3 years won't be long when you're looking back at it. A bit of self sacrificice is ok. Hopefully it will prevent more later.

I did it the difficult way. I took the easy way out when young and paid for it later. Eventually we all end up in the same place though. :) JL raleigh NC

Unread postPosted: 14 Feb 2006, 19:16
by Lady_Lou
Well... I have to pay back some of the money I get while I'm in school, but it's ok. But now I feel like I want to save as much money I can, so I can "live" when I'm done with this part of school... when I'm done with this part(the boring part) the fun starts. I'll get education that really makes me become something. And I'm thinking about maybe get that education in the U.S if possible... I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking of it :D

Unread postPosted: 14 Feb 2006, 19:29
by TenguNoHi
Lady Lou, what do you study?

-Aaron

Unread postPosted: 14 Feb 2006, 19:45
by Lady_Lou
Hmm, not sure what it's called but when I translated it on the internet it says 'upper secondary school '. People normally starts with it when they are 16/17, but I choose to work instead because I didn't now what I wanted to become...

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2006, 06:53
by cywolf32
Tom,

The facility you are talking about in Bodo (underground) is no longer in use but still there. They have NATO type HAS's there now. WE'd marshall in the jet and stop it in front of the shelter, and with the engine still running, hook up a steel braided wench, then using marshalling signals, guide the aircraft into the shelter w/the pilot controlling the nosewheel steering. I Holland we shut the jet down, hook up a nosewheel steering arm and rope wench, and the CC guides the AC back into the shelter, pilots just along for the ride and to apply parking brake if necessary.

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2006, 07:17
by The_Mastiff
I'll get education that really makes me become something.


That's the right idea. Life can be even harder than necessessary when you're unskilled and underpaid. I know from experience. Life will have it's ups and downs for everybody no matter how rich, but at least the well paid types don't worry about how they are going to pay for the things that should be simple, like car repairs, vacations etc.


And I'm thinking about maybe get that education in the U.S if possible... I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking of it


My cousin married a girl from Stockholm. She stayed here and became a citizen around 2 years back.She likes it here, even the really hot summers here in the south east. I think you would find the cost of living a bit lower than in Sweden, depending on where in the US you are. Have you been here yet ? JL

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2006, 10:21
by Lady_Lou
No, have never been there:( But I know many who has. I don't really know where I would like to go, depends if I'm going to get an education or just for fun. I sure must go to Vegas someday! :D
Do u really think I'll find it cheaper to live in the U.S? Where is it cheap to live? :)

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2006, 11:11
by TenguNoHi
Well, cheap to live huh? Dont live anywhere in California for starters. New England is rather pricey too. Also, dont live in the midwest. You will wish you went back to Sweeden it's so boring. And obviously dont live anywhere between the Mississipi River and the Rocky mountains, as there is just nothing out there. Really, I think the most interesting place in the US is the west coast. But it is expensive to live there. The South East is pretty nice too though. But culture on the West and East coast is really different as far as trends and fads go. Just dont live in Ohio, Indianna, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, or Tennessee and you should be alright. Most boring places on the planet I swear!

-Aaron

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2006, 11:14
by The_Mastiff
Do u really think I'll find it cheaper to live in the U.S? Where is it cheap to live?


Yes, except perhaps in the big cities in the north east, and the west coast. In the South the large cities can be fairly expensive. Cheap is the rural areas of the midwest and south eastern US ( not miami or atlanta, they're expensive)
Look around here when you get a chance http://www.forbes.com/bestplaces/2004/08/09/life2land.html?chan=w1life2

Las Vegas is fun but when I take a vacation I like going to Can Cun, Mexico. Lots of fun and fairly cheap. Tropical sun can be hazardous to fair skinned ( and everybody else too) travellers in the summer. In Mexico, anything goes if you don't get caught :devil: JL raleigh NC

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2006, 11:39
by Lady_Lou
TenguNoHi wrote: Just dont live in Ohio, Indianna, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, or Tennessee and you should be alright. Most boring places on the planet I swear!

-Aaron


I'll keep that in mind Hahaha

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2006, 11:53
by Lady_Lou
Yes, except perhaps in the big cities in the north east, and the west coast. In the South the large cities can be fairly expensive. Cheap is the rural areas of the midwest and south eastern US ( not miami or atlanta, they're expensive)


I don't think I'll head for the big cities... But the smaller ones seems pretty big anyway if I compare it with where I live now :wink:

Las Vegas is fun but when I take a vacation I like going to Can Cun, Mexico. Lots of fun and fairly cheap. Tropical sun can be hazardous to fair skinned ( and everybody else too) travellers in the summer. In Mexico, anything goes if you don't get caught :devil: JL raleigh NC


I must go to Vegas and play poker but I'll think I need to get a job first! :wink:
Mexico sounds cool, but a little bit scary too... I guess you'll be in big trouble if something goes wrong with the law :doh:

Thanks for the link.. very interesting... Do u know any good site where I can look for schools and/or educations?

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2006, 12:26
by Meathook
Cywolf32....I wonder why they stopped using it. Maybe that turntable was an expensive upkeep, in any event thank you for the heads up about that change, it sure was amazing at the time.

Enjoy...OH..Nice patch too, I like it

Chow - OH....got any photos of the local area, I sure would like to see of that again...

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2006, 16:52
by Vypergrl
Guess I posted a little late on this one eh? :twisted:
Wel....IF you must know....I'm 28, will be 29 in May and I can thank Uncle Sam for slaming the door shut on me for a pilot slot/NAV slot. :wtf:

Seems I'll commission 6 months past the "final" date for a pilot/nav slot in the AF. Ain't life a B!@*h?

"crash and burn Mav" :bang:

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2006, 18:09
by TenguNoHi
Awwww, I'm sorry to hear that Vypergrl. I really can't give ya any advice though; I wouldnt know what to do in that case. Hope everything works out.

-Aaron

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2006, 18:29
by Destro
Vpergrl-
What carrer field are you going into when you commission?

Unread postPosted: 16 Feb 2006, 04:39
by Bloke
Vypergrl wrote:Guess I posted a little late on this one eh? :twisted:
Wel....IF you must know....I'm 28, will be 29 in May and I can thank Uncle Sam for slaming the door shut on me for a pilot slot/NAV slot. :wtf:

Seems I'll commission 6 months past the "final" date for a pilot/nav slot in the AF. Ain't life a B!@*h?

"crash and burn Mav" :bang:


That Bites!

Well if you wanna fly for fun come look me up & i'll get you some wings of the 200KIAS variant... FL always has good avaiting WX!

Mike.

Unread postPosted: 16 Feb 2006, 06:35
by cywolf32
here are some photos of trondheim and bodo tom. hope you like.

Unread postPosted: 16 Feb 2006, 06:43
by cywolf32
and a few more

Unread postPosted: 16 Feb 2006, 06:50
by The_Mastiff
Do u know any good site where I can look for schools and/or educations?


I sure do Lady Lou. Here's one that has links to studies, polls and articles with school rankings and such. Let me know if you are looking for something more specific. http://www.library.uiuc.edu/edx/rankings.htm JL raleigh NC

Unread postPosted: 16 Feb 2006, 07:02
by The_Mastiff
By the way the midwest may be boring to some people but it has some nice areas and good universities ( I went to University of Michigan long ago) with typically cheaper prices. It really depends on what you want. If you want to be in warm weather,and near the ocean, don't move to North Dakota. What you really need to decide is if you prefer mountains, desert, beaches, urban or rural, weather like home etc.We have it all here.

One thing to keep in mind is unless you are in New York city the public transportation can be sparse to non existant. We truly are a nation of people that need our cars. :) JL

Unread postPosted: 16 Feb 2006, 08:13
by Destro
If you wanna fly and be around a large scandanavian population, North Dakota offers both.

Unread postPosted: 16 Feb 2006, 08:29
by Thunderbird
Thunderbird.

Turned 50 on 05 October. The older I get the more I enjoy modeling the F-16's

Unread postPosted: 16 Feb 2006, 08:40
by cywolf32
excellent pics destro!

Unread postPosted: 16 Feb 2006, 09:13
by cywolf32
always loved he northern lights

Unread postPosted: 12 Apr 2006, 23:00
by Meathook
Oh man, I just LOVE them and I am jealous....I sure wish I was back there...too good - thanks

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2006, 17:14
by Meathook
Meathook - 55 this Sept 06 - Damn! ..............Time Flies

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2006, 20:02
by seat_dreamer
Turned 20 years old at April 2006 :D

Unread postPosted: 13 Jul 2006, 07:30
by cutlassracer
35, just old enough to give a weather forecast by what body part hurts.

Unread postPosted: 01 Sep 2006, 10:01
by JeremyIAFpilot
I no its late, but I just joined this forum...
I turned 15 last april.
Jeremy Suard.

Unread postPosted: 14 May 2007, 13:18
by Scanor
Scanor, 20-11 (31), on september 9'th I'l be turning 20-12..

Unread postPosted: 14 May 2007, 14:28
by Patriot
I'm 21 :crazypilot: hehehe :lol: :lol: :lol:

Unread postPosted: 15 May 2007, 01:02
by J.J.
Sorry that I overlooked this nice topic in the past! And so I think, it´s time to talk a little bit more about me. I will be 53 on Friday this week. My son is 34, my daughter 27. And as Meathook said: "Damn! ..............Time Flies" Yeah!!!

As a teenager in a time of great music (Beatles; Rolling Stones; Who [MY GENERATION]; Jimi Hendrix; Jefferson Airplane; Bob Dylan; Doors; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Chicago; Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Black Sabbath; Humble Pie; Roxy Music; Rory Gallagher; Alice Cooper etc.) I was mainly focused on U.S. aircraft carriers and U.S. naval aviation. Later, I was interested on the entire U.S. naval history and also on WW II naval warfare in the Pacific and Atlantic (including Japanese warships and German "U-Boats"). During this time, I buyed a well sorted collection of books (including some rare Japanese prints).

Since Operations "Desert Shield" and "Desert Storm", I´m mainly interested in U.S. Central Command operations (including related U.S. Special Forces operations). Currently, my favourite aircraft are the legendary Douglas A-1 Skyraider (especially in USAF service during the late Vietnam War), the Fairchild A/OA-10A Thunderbolt II ("Warthog"), naturally the F-16 Fighting Falcon ("Viper"), and as the latest addition the F-22A Raptor.

Since I joined this great website in late October 2005, I got great support from both of our webmasters, moderators, other editors and some of our users to realize my long announced projects like "OEF" or "OIF". Thank you all!

And here comes J.J. for all of our visitors:

Unread postPosted: 15 May 2007, 02:43
by Tim
Well I fall somewhere in the middle. 47, 48 in Oct

Unread postPosted: 15 May 2007, 02:45
by Tim
But J.J. I cant believe you forgot to mention Ten Years After.
And yea, I listen to all the others too.

Unread postPosted: 15 May 2007, 20:13
by J.J.
You are right, Tim! And thanks for remembering! Especially I like their album "Recorded Live" from 1973 (Frankfurt/Main, Amsterdam, Paris). In the moment, on my PC, I enjoy this great CD again - after some years off (but not ten)! :lol:

:doh: I also forgot: Deep Purple (for long years my number one!); Janis Joplin; Joe Cocker (With A Little Help From My Friends - 1968!); Neil Young; Joni Mitchell; The Band (especially their live album "The Last Waltz" from 1978). I also like Bette Midler in the soundtrack of the movie "The Rose"(1979), and I like the soundtrack of the Vietnam War movie "Apocalypse Now".

From newer rock stars, I only like the music of two womens: Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morisette. That´s a new but verry good sound.

During the last couple of years, in Berlin/Germany I experienced the following live concerts: Rolling Stones (two times in our Olympia Stadion - but meanwhile with 120 Euro+ too expensive for my budget); The Who (with the very first live performance of their rock opera "Quadrophenia" - very nice, but I like much more their very first and legendary rock opera "Tommy"); Neil Young (as he performed in the legendary Waldbühne, vandalized by Stones fans 1966 - if I remember right); Alice Cooper (three times on different smaller locations, mostly visited by "older people" like me, some in black leather outfit, with beards or bald heads - like a Harley-Davidson Club, and not comparable with the female kids in the past who screeched as Alice performed "School´s Out" in 1972); Sheryl Crow.

Although I will be 53 this week, my music is still the same. And we had a great time with this music. Sounds like you love the same old stuff, Tim. What are your favourites?

Unread postPosted: 15 May 2007, 21:14
by Tim
Everyone you mentioned, and a few more, Mountain, Bad Company, Foghat, Alvin Lee's solo stuff T Rex, Trapeze.... the list could go on forever. The newer stuff I like is Nickleback, Stone Temple Pilots, Ozzy,( and of course Black Sabbath). Hell, I even listen to a little Kid Rock.

Unread postPosted: 16 May 2007, 04:51
by Tim
The last show i caught was Chicago back in 02, and before that it was Ozzy,Slaughter, and Ugly Kid Joe back in 92, and I saw The Guess Who back then too. But Rush is coming to town this summer,(That I gotta see, so much music from three guys)

Unread postPosted: 19 May 2007, 01:26
by B_EAZEE
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Unread postPosted: 20 May 2007, 17:01
by RyanCollins
17 Today 8)

:cheers:

Unread postPosted: 20 May 2007, 17:02
by RyanCollins
J.J. wrote:I also forgot: Deep Purple (for long years my number one!)


Nice one J.J!!!

Deep Purple is, along with Rainbow, the world's greatest band ever! Ritchie Blackmore is God! (sorry guys, I'm really a big fan :D )

:cheers:

Unread postPosted: 20 May 2007, 18:14
by flighthawk
Wow this threads been going about 4 years!

am 31 btw

Unread postPosted: 20 May 2007, 21:06
by Meathook
56 this Sept.....man-o-man, I cant believe it myself, it all seems like yesterday for so many wonderful, exciting adventures..more to come for sure but I would assume not on the same level (I dont think I could take it the way I used too) ;-)

But I'll never forget what my 1st Shirt told me while I was recovering from Vietnam back in May 1971 (at that time in the hospital in the P.I.)...I was feeling bad, hurt and felt life was harsh...he stated "Remember Kid, Everyday Above Ground is a Good One"!

He was right but it only took 36 years for me to figure it out :salute:

Unread postPosted: 24 May 2007, 00:24
by Meathook
I love all those bands and I even saw Elton John twenty times in London from 72 to 75...I love his music, weird guy but great music (the crowds and girls were amazing, leather pants, big boots, I was whacked but had lots of fun being there))....all you guys nailed the bands for me, a few more here and there and then - Led Zepplin, when they hit me....my ears were always pinned to their tunes too, great and amazing band for sure.

Unread postPosted: 24 May 2007, 00:26
by Meathook
Soul Music, my taste was wide...60s and 70's Soul.....nothing like it for a good mood....hell, guess I just love music

Unread postPosted: 24 May 2007, 02:58
by flames
18 in oct :cheers:

Unread postPosted: 24 May 2007, 03:16
by Meathook
:thumb: A Happy Fun Filled Life to ya!

My Age

Unread postPosted: 26 Jun 2007, 20:18
by lu
I turn the big 21 this friday!

RE: My Age

Unread postPosted: 14 Dec 2007, 07:41
by BlueFighter17
I just turned 17 pearl harbor day :) and i was born on Hill AFB

Unread postPosted: 14 Dec 2007, 07:53
by Mr.o's
Just turned 23 in lovely Eielson AFB AK. Yay me! :roll:

Unread postPosted: 14 Dec 2007, 18:35
by SixerViper
I turned 23 in even lovlier Minot, ND. And that was 35 years ago!

Unread postPosted: 14 Dec 2007, 22:32
by solidlift
34

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2008, 00:49
by KXY
23 on the 14th...

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2008, 01:42
by DORF
hawkeye wrote:I'm 49 ... 11th Aug 1954 ... does that make me the oldest? 8)


Not close. 54 with 5 coming way too soon. Most of those 54 years was spent in fighter maintenance in the Air Force (30 years of it anyway)

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2008, 01:53
by Mushmouth
26....

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2008, 02:38
by Meathook
Meathook....56

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2008, 04:08
by SixerViper
Meathook--let's go skiing!!!

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2008, 14:36
by ACMIguy
54 and hope for some more.
Looks like Meathook and Dorf take top honors.

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2008, 16:59
by Purplehaze
I think Gums has them beat.......if I'm wrong Gums please don't Nuke me or use your Death ray............!!!!!!!

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2008, 19:38
by johnwill
Don't know how old Gums is, but it is about the same as me - 68 and going strong. Wishing all of you good health, peace, and prosperity in the new year.

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2008, 19:45
by EGLZRULE
"You Betcha"? Meathook, U sound like u r from Minnesota dontcha know? Looks like nice skiing there in Utah- I've never been there. But, just went to Ski Dubai a few weeks ago- an OK suitable sub, I guess?

I am 33 now. And, u guys were talking about music, so, I have this to offer for some of you "oldies"- "Disco Sucks"!

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2008, 19:54
by ACMIguy
Disco was after my time
Best songs 1968
1. HEY JUDE Beatles (Apple)
2. LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat (Philips)
3. HONEY Bobby Goldsboro (United Artists)
4. PEOPLE GOT TO BE FREE Rascals (Atlantic)
5. (Sittin' On) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding (Volt)
6. LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes (Motown)
7. THIS GUY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU Hetb Alpert (A & M)
8. THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro (RCA Victot)
9. SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE Cream (Atco)
10. WOMAN, WOMAN Union Gap

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2008, 23:59
by Meathook
Damn, I remember all those songs very well, I too enjoyed them and all Disco songs in the 70's, it was just pure fun times (all of it).

I was in Saint Vincents Home for Boys in NYC when most of those songs hit the streets, danced and sung many of them myself (when hitting the beer) :-)

Good pick (all of them) then again, there were so many I loved back then too, Rock and Motown, I guess that made me weird, I never liked Country back then (still dont, well, not most of them anyway)...

Unread postPosted: 08 Jan 2008, 16:54
by ACMIguy
My favorite back seat song
THIS GUY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU

Always let the song talk for you, never say the L word yourself... :whistle:

Unread postPosted: 08 Jan 2008, 18:37
by Vypergrl
I'm 30 and still kickin' it!
Cheers!

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2008, 03:52
by jaws
35

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2008, 07:55
by general_samkari
im 19

Unread postPosted: 19 Jan 2008, 21:19
by RyanCollins
ACMIguy wrote:Disco was after my time
Best songs 1968
1. HEY JUDE Beatles (Apple)
2. LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat (Philips)
3. HONEY Bobby Goldsboro (United Artists)
4. PEOPLE GOT TO BE FREE Rascals (Atlantic)
5. (Sittin' On) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding (Volt)
6. LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes (Motown)
7. THIS GUY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU Hetb Alpert (A & M)
8. THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro (RCA Victot)
9. SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE Cream (Atco)
10. WOMAN, WOMAN Union Gap


You forgot one: VOODOO CHILD Jimi Hendrix (Electric Ladyland - MCA)

Unread postPosted: 20 Jan 2008, 02:54
by Purplehaze
I'm named after one of his songs...........PURPLEHAZE

Unread postPosted: 20 Jan 2008, 07:40
by Vtugimora
14.

I think I'm the youngest so far.

I'm in High School, Airman for the AFJROTC, and former Flight Commander.

Going to Embry-Riddle or possibly the Academy.

Don't you Viper Drivers drop a JDAM on my house, but I'm a Strike Eagle person.

Couldn't decide between the Viper or a Strike Eagle.

See, air superiority fighters won't be getting much action unless we get into a war with China or Russia anytime soon.

Vipers drop bombs on real targets everyday, and so do Strike Eagles. Raptors haven't been deployed into combat yet, the Navy dosen't have the planes the Air Force have (not to mention I'm an Air Force brat, frickin' swabbies :wink: ), the Eagle is kinda dangerous at the moment (recent grounding for normal airframes), and the -35 ain't here yet.

So that leaves me with the Viper, the Strike Eagle, and the A-10.

Viper is a true dogfighter. Kinda small, less range, but awesome plane. The A-10 may be slow, but it's infantry's best friends (besides Apaches/Cobras), and the Avenger cannon is AWESOME, and the Strike Eagle is still the beautiful Eagle, just with air-to-ground capabilites.

I noticed that my favorite WWII fighter was the P-38. I noticed I always had a liking for the somewhat bigger fighters/planes (ain't flying no C-5, though, WAAAY too big). If I was Navy, it'd be the Tomcat, hands down, if the were still in service.

A moment of silence for the death of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat. :cry:

Plus, my dad always wanted to be an Eagle driver (instead went as Civil Engineer; his scholarship sponser went bankrupt, therefore couldn't be an officer), and I guess if he can't live his dream, I can live both of ours.

So, that's my story. That was a mouthful :D

Unread postPosted: 20 Jan 2008, 17:09
by StolichnayaStrafer
Figured this would be a good place for my first post!

I'm a late model "62"- just turned 45.

And for the record, the best Jimi Hendrix song was a Bob Dylan cover...

All Along The Watchtower 8)

Unread postPosted: 20 Jan 2008, 17:51
by z-time
48 years strong. 23 military. Active AF and nowl Air Guard. Plan on stay'n till I no longer can pass the physical!

Unread postPosted: 20 Jan 2008, 19:17
by Vtugimora
You must love the 'Force, then.

Unread postPosted: 26 Jan 2008, 21:43
by VarkVet
48 years young and we are going to see KC and the Sunshine Band tonight :D

Unread postPosted: 27 Jan 2008, 02:44
by 78-0001
Me..... 41.5 with 21.4 in a 74 172 with 3036.... out of KTTF.


RECENT HEART CHECK AT 3000' LAST WEDNESDAY 0100Z.........

Power-on stall turned into spin training!!!

:shock:

Unread postPosted: 27 Jan 2008, 06:03
by viperloader
Hey Vtugimora, what do you mean by former Flight Commander? Just wandering bud.

Unread postPosted: 27 Jan 2008, 16:08
by Milspec9977k
Well this is my first post, but soon maybe I'll be able to say more on a number of topic's. First I'm 60 yr's young and have been doing weapons now for over 42 yr's. First loading, inspecting, training, now writing. seen it all.

Just wanted to say high to all.

Unread postPosted: 27 Jan 2008, 18:11
by Vtugimora
By Flight Commander, I mean I was the leader of my JROTC period. I'm the one who called the room to attention, told who posted and retired the Guide-on, passed out papers, talked to the Senoir Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI) and the Aerospace Science Instructor, etc.

Unread postPosted: 27 Jan 2008, 23:02
by asiatrails
Old enought to have been at the Afton Festival in 1970.

Watched Jimi Hendrix, Kris Kristofferson, Supertramp, Chicago, Emerson Lake and Palmer, The Who, Ralph McTell, Heaven, Free, Donovan, Moody Blues, Joan Baez, Jethro Tull, Richie Havens, Leonard Cohen.

Weirdest of the weird was Tiny Tim.

Took some time to slowly dry out and dry up.

Now slowly moving from the Stones to Buffett (Jimmy not Warren).

Unread postPosted: 28 Jan 2008, 01:00
by StolichnayaStrafer
Tiny Tim!!! :lmao:

My crazy uncle Charlie(RIP) was a bodyguard for him way back when for a little while! :thumb:

Unread postPosted: 24 Jan 2009, 22:28
by donno21
Holy Crap!! I AM OLD!!! Just turned 68,retired A&P, 22 years active duty (Air Force) Have crewed F-100's 105's, 106's Blackbirds,as a civilian worked for Flight Systems with the F-86's and 100's.Later worked Twin Otters, DC-10's, 727's and 737's. My last years were on the F-27 and a brief relationship with the ATR-42. Oh yeah, T-33's, T-38's F-4's,might have missed a couple.

Unread postPosted: 24 Jan 2009, 22:30
by donno21
Damn, knew I'd forget something. Forgot the MiGs.

Unread postPosted: 25 Jan 2009, 00:29
by Ztex
43.865

Unread postPosted: 25 Jan 2009, 01:13
by Hookturn
I am 31, but my body feels like 80 in some places and like 18 in other. No public data available for "age and location" :P

Unread postPosted: 25 Jan 2009, 04:58
by Butcher
23

Unread postPosted: 25 Jan 2009, 05:14
by Tinito_16
20

Unread postPosted: 25 Jan 2009, 06:43
by elguapo
Damn, I have more years of F-16 experience (23 and counting) than some of you kids have on this green earth! I'm 51, but Old guys rule!

Unread postPosted: 25 Jan 2009, 13:52
by Scorpion1alpha
Old enough to buy booze, but not old enough to collect social security checks.

Unread postPosted: 25 Jan 2009, 17:20
by johnwill
69 and holding. Structural flight test engineer for GD/Lockheed Fort Worth. Worked B-58, RB-57F, F-111A, F-111B, YF-16, F-16, F-16XL, AFTI F-16, VISTA F-16, NASP, Navy A-12, IDF (Taiwan 7 years), F-2 (Japan 1.5 years), T-50 (Korea 2 years).

PS - P-3C (Austraila 1 month)

Unread postPosted: 25 Jan 2009, 18:26
by oldgreyloader
Double Nickels. +1 in May 09. I started washing tail sections on F-100s in 1972 (additional duty). Worked weapons on F-4C/D, B52G, F-16A (Blk 10) thru F-16D(Blk 25).

Unread postPosted: 26 Jan 2009, 05:05
by RamsteinPilot526
17 :-] oh and by the way, my old man is 49, haha!

Unread postPosted: 26 Jan 2009, 16:14
by Tim
49, I may be getting older, but I refuse to grow up !! :wink:

Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2009, 02:15
by thegreekness
17, 18 in April.

Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2009, 02:18
by That_Engine_Guy
Guess I'm a "Legacy" Engine Guy.... :lmao:

Water injection anyone? :shrug:

Keep 'em flyin' :thumb:
TEG

Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2009, 03:25
by asiatrails
That_Engine_Guy wrote:Guess I'm a "Legacy" Engine Guy.... :lmao:

Water injection anyone? :shrug:

Keep 'em flyin' :thumb:
TEG


Sure, Harrier, 747, Spitfire, Shackleton, 707, BAC1-11, Gulfstream, F-27, F-227,748, Metro 3, Martin 404.

And the latest incarnation, a NASA project on a 747-400 with PW4062 engines which was looking at cutting down NOX during takeoff.

Of course things that were old can be new again. We just have to be old enough to remember them.

When the water or even better water meth, with or without "fish oil" gets screwed up the results can be interesting. A BAC1-11 got water meth instead of water into the injection system - lots of extra power and cooked blades.

When the water meth barrel gets filled with a witches brew of fuel, meth, water solvents and paint thinners, and it then gets put into a Dart the extra power waters the eyes of the torque meter. :twisted:


Not to mention a squadron of Harriers with sea water rather than demineralized water in the system.

This is probably the one system that has had more oh sh*t issues than any other. :evil:

I prefer this form of water injection :pint:

Unread postPosted: 26 Feb 2009, 11:26
by fasteagle
Physical age 31, mental age varies from day to day!

Unread postPosted: 06 Aug 2009, 19:51
by crackhead
Rip age of 35. be crew on 16's since '92

Unread postPosted: 30 Aug 2009, 23:51
by Meathook
58 on 6 Sept...anybody know where the damn time went?

Damn!

Unread postPosted: 31 Aug 2009, 16:49
by taans1
crackhead wrote:Rip age of 35. be crew on 16's since '92

Ripe age of 21, crewing them since '08 :lol:

Unread postPosted: 31 Aug 2009, 18:32
by Boman
35 :-)

Unread postPosted: 31 Aug 2009, 20:51
by yasirbhojani
I'm 16, Will be 17 by January 2010.

Unread postPosted: 01 Sep 2009, 03:45
by hobojet
14... 15 on december 31st.

Unread postPosted: 02 Sep 2009, 01:30
by ptplauthor
I don't think I ever posted on this here thread.
I'm old enough for lotto tickets in my state, old enough to gamble in the state to the North, but not old enough to get wasted... :( ....yet :D I'm just over 19 1/2

Unread postPosted: 02 Sep 2009, 21:02
by Kryptid
24 years old. Will be 25 in January 2010.

Unread postPosted: 18 Oct 2009, 06:26
by johnwill
Ok, Kids, are you ready for this?

I turned 70 on Thursday. Is there anyone older on the forum? Gums may be close.

Age

Unread postPosted: 18 Oct 2009, 07:44
by McDuff
I'm 55 and still flying. I flew Vipers at MacDill 88-90, then back to Tornado GR1 in the UK. Last fast jet tour was at Brüggen until 00. Now I fly light singles (Grob Tutor), teaching the RAF's equivalent of ROTC cadets.

RE: Age

Unread postPosted: 18 Oct 2009, 09:05
by whynot
johnwill at 70 you're a good man! Are you still in the "Game"? I'm 46 with 24.5 years on the Viper (took a three year hiatus) and 6 months on the Raptor! Turned my first "Wrench" on the Viper in '82!! Joined the USAF in '81 and retired in '01! johnwill, Happy Birthday, this Bud's for you!!!:cheers:

RE: Age

Unread postPosted: 18 Oct 2009, 16:36
by johnwill
Thanks, whynot, I'll take you up on that Bud! Still in the game only as an observer, trying to keep up with news, developments, etc. My last work was in Korea 2005 on the T-50. I have many friends still working at LM Fort Worth, so keep up pretty well with what's going on (or not) with the F-35. Also have good friends in Taiwan, Korea, and Japan, so get some news from them.

Unread postPosted: 05 Dec 2010, 16:18
by rj1129
just turned 28

RJ

Unread postPosted: 22 Feb 2012, 23:41
by falcon17
Im 17...going to be 18 this march :).

Unread postPosted: 23 Feb 2012, 02:24
by GooseGoose
I'm 53. Retired VTANG F-16 Crew Chief. Still supporting the troops in Afghanistan.

Unread postPosted: 31 Mar 2012, 13:15
by vcq09
32-ish.

Unread postPosted: 31 Mar 2012, 21:42
by integralsrulz
25

Unread postPosted: 01 Apr 2012, 03:34
by edpop
I'm 67. Retired from Chrysler Corporation in 2007 after 42 years. Vietnam veteran 1967.