Marine Squadron [VMFA(AW)-225] Completes F/A-18 Phase-Out

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Unread post01 Feb 2020, 17:18

Haha.

Yep, considering it was unlikely that a WSO would remain as the CO of an F-35 Squadron, he was going to be reassigned anyway....I 'spect the 'relieved of command to set an example' was more to the general's benefit than 'relieved of command because you're irrelevant'.

As sharp as he apparently is, I imagine he already has his ducks lined up for eventual civvy life.
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Unread post01 Feb 2020, 20:25

I’m betting this is the consequence of the public release and rehash of the fatal Hornet/Herc mishap JAG report (involving a ‘D’ Squadron in WestPac). Zero tolerance for coloring outside the lines.
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Unread post02 Feb 2020, 09:49

Commander of California fighter squadron fired after F-18 retirement event 30 Jan 2020
https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/y ... ron-fired/
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Unread post02 Feb 2020, 13:39

Unqualified pilot, Inadequate Training and a Nonstandard Maneuver: Inside the Investigation to the 2018 Midair Refueling Collision that Killed Six Marines

https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/y ... x-marines/

Absolutely zero tolerance for any cowboy stuff in the wake of this...
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Unread post03 Feb 2020, 02:38

Wow. That’s complete baby s___. They’ve lost their mind(s) or there’s something we don’t know.
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Unread post03 Feb 2020, 19:53

If there's nothing more to this than what's on that video, I imagine 'Pappy' Boyington is rolling over in his grave.
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Unread post03 Feb 2020, 20:56

That didn't look fast from an airshow perspective, but under standard aviation rules you cannot exceed 250 knots in most airspace types. Speculation, maybe that was the issue?
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Unread post03 Feb 2020, 21:01

sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:That didn't look fast from an airshow perspective, but under standard aviation rules you cannot exceed 250 knots in most airspace types. Speculation, maybe that was the issue?


Nah. Mil aircraft get waivers for some routine ops — e.g. break airspeeds are typically 300-350. What we don’t know is what was briefed up the chain of command ahead of time. Early article suggested a deviation of some kind from what was briefed.
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Unread post03 Feb 2020, 23:19

I'd buy that. Thanks qs.
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