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125 retired pilots, other officers to return to USAF since May to help alleviate manning shortages
Of the 125 total applicants, 50 are pilots The U.S. Air Force (USAF) says 125 retired pilots, combat systems officers and air battle managers have applied to return to active duty since May. As reported by Air Force Times in fact, the service is trying to bring...
Here's how you can take off (and fly) a C-5 carrying the massive Navy SEAL Boat
'The SEAL boat, officially termed the “Mark V Special Operations Craft,” is a monster. It is 82 feet long, 17.5 feet high, and most significantly, weighs 120,000 lbs. All takeoffs with the boat on board were white knuckle, max performance affairs, requiring long runways to attain our critical field length,' Jay Lacklen, former C-5 pilot
USAF and other NATO air forces work together to address pilot shortage
AETC said the pilots were completing a training mission but provided no answer when asked if the flyers had reported an in-flight emergency before returning to the base The pilots of a T-38C training aircraft were making an emergency landing at Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB) when it crashed last month.
USAF identifies Pilots involved in fatal T-38 Crash at Laughlin Air Force Base
The incident marks the second fatal crash of a T-38 at Laughlin in 12 months The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has identified a pilot who was killed and another who was injured when a T-38C Talon crashed on Nov. 13, 2018 at Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. According to a statement issued late Wednesday Capt. John Graziano, 28, an instructor...
RAAF unveils new paint scheme for the Roulettes aerobatic team
“The new colour scheme is a visually striking 21st Century image for the RAAF training aircraft and Roulettes, that is unique to the RAAF and Roulettes,” Christopher Pyne, Australian Minister for Defence On Oct. 17, 2018, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has unveiled the new paint scheme for the Roulettes aerobatic team. The new scheme will be worn by the...
A-10 Hog driver hits 5,000 hours milestone
Lt. Col. Sandifer reached he milestone of 5,000 flight hours in the A-10 Hog after flying the aircraft for the last 29 years Taken at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB), Ariz., the main image of this article shows Lt. Col. Robin T. Sandifer, 47th Fighter Squadron A-10 Hog instructor pilot (IP), posing with the 5,000 flight hours milestone patch in front...
Former B-52 Instructor Pilot remembers Training Incidents
"We could have been throwing up dust clouds behind us, we were so low. One wrong move and we'd have been splattered over miles of cactus," Jay Lacklen, former B-52 Instructor Pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author of two books, Flying the Line: An Air Force Pilot’s Journey and Flying the Line: An...
T-38 jet trainer crashes in Oklahoma; pilot ejected safely.
At the time of the accident, the T-38 was performing a training mission. One instructor pilot was on board and safely ejected. A U.S. Air Force (USAF) T-38 Talon stationed at Vance Air Force Base (AFB) in Enid, Oklahoma, crashed at approximately 1:48 p.m. Friday local time, about 70 miles west of the base. According to a news release from the...
Former BUFF driver shares Near-Death Experiences he had as B-52 pilot
"The B-52 suddenly snapped nose down ten degrees, a horrendous and panic-inducing loss of control that promised to kill us all in about ten seconds as the moonlit pine forest below us filled the windscreen and rushed toward us," Jay Lacklen, former B-52 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author of two books, Flying the...
The Death Spiral of Swoon 52: the story of the B-52 bomber that crashed into Hunt's Mesa during a low level training sortie
"As the plane leveled off, Hunt’s Mesa suddenly appeared above the aircraft on the crew’s radar scopes that displayed the plane’s position well below the mesa rim. The pilot firewalled the engines and started a steep climb to clear the ridge, but the effort proved too late," Jay Lacklen, former B-52 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot with 12,500...

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