On Sep. 27, 2017 Col. Brian “Spiderman” Kamp hit 4,000 hours milestone flying the F-15C Eagle over the last 28 years
On Sep. 27, 2017 in fact Col. Brian “Spiderman” Kamp, Air National Guard advisor to the Air Force Warfare Center, hit 4,000 hours milestone flying the F-15C Eagle over the last 28 years.
“Although the 4,000-hour milestone was never a goal I was seeking, my passion for flying and instructing for the last quarter-century made reaching that mark inevitable,” said Kamp in the article F-15C pilot reaches 4,000 flight hours, written by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs.
Noteworthy Kamp joined the Air Force to continue his family legacy after his father served 27 years in the Air Force and his grandfather fought in World War II on D-Day.
“I have been fortunate enough to be a pilot and instructor for this long,” said Kamp. “It’s a passion of mine especially when you see the students’ progress and improve once they understand a specific topic.”
Kamp explained he uses his good and bad experiences as examples in the classroom for students to learn and grow from, because there are very few jobs that have very real risks and dangers.
Fortunately, Kamp has never had to eject after flying more than 3,000 sorties – but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t had his fair share of close calls from being shot at in Desert Storm to having severe aircraft malfunctions and a mid-air collision.
“After that many sorties, only one percent of them were in-flight emergencies – but that’s still more than 30 in-flight emergencies,” said Kamp. “What we do as fighter pilots is inherently dangerous, and I’ve lost more than a dozen fellow F-15 brethren over the last 28 years just doing their jobs.”
With experience under his belt, Kamp plans to retire next March after 30 years with the Air Force.
The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield.
The Eagle’s air superiority is achieved through a mixture of unprecedented maneuverability and acceleration, range, weapons and avionics. It can penetrate enemy defense and outperform and outfight any current enemy aircraft. The F-15 has electronic systems and weaponry to detect, acquire, track and attack enemy aircraft while operating in friendly or enemy-controlled airspace. The weapons and flight control systems are designed so one person can safely and effectively perform air-to-air combat.
The F-15’s superior maneuverability and acceleration are achieved through high engine thrust-to-weight ratio and low wing loading. Low wing-loading (the ratio of aircraft weight to its wing area) is a vital factor in maneuverability and, combined with the high thrust-to-weight ratio, enables the aircraft to turn tightly without losing airspeed.
Photo credit: Susan Garcia and Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth / U.S. Air Force
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