MIL tomorrow i drop live

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  1. SweetDaddyO

    SweetDaddyO we need a montage!!

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    for the first time


    14 x Mk-82AIR high-drag 500lb high explosives in Utah. two passes at 1000' AGL, and one pass at 500' AGL.


    i am so excited i might just pee myself.

    that is all.
     
  2. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    I am so envious I punched my monitor.
     
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    Verbal Diarrhea Active Member

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    The old B1 run?
     
  4. SweetDaddyO

    SweetDaddyO we need a montage!!

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    we work that range alot, but the route itself we just come up with prior to each mission.

    now all i have to do is talk my pilot into going supersonic
     
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    Jeg1983 OT Supporter

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    very cool
     
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    MrRyan Gary Johnson 2016 OT Supporter

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    :ugh: What the fuck did you just say?

    It must have changed since I graduated Weber St in '97 :o
     
  7. SweetDaddyO

    SweetDaddyO we need a montage!!

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    almost show time :noes:

    look for results tomorrow here, and hopefully not on the news ;)
     
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    sometimes i wish i got to do shit like that, let alone have any weapons at all under my control
     
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    Bombs over target. All of them will just get hung though. :rofl: :rofl:
     
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    SweetDaddyO we need a montage!!

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    wow that was awesome :big grin::big grin::big grin::big grin::big grin:

    couple of debrief items...

    1) 540 knots is fast. 540 knots at 500 feet over the ground is insane.
    2) Mk-82AIRs tend to drop long :o
    3) giving yourself less than 40 seconds from roll-out on target to weapons release is like tying one hand behind your back and boxing mike tyson
    4) when the weapons come off the jet it's like driving over small potholes
    5) it's very satisfying to come back to base with empty weapons bays, especially when you're the first student in your class to have dropped
     
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    SweetDaddyO we need a montage!!

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    B-1B
     
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    :ugh2: :greddy:
     
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    pew pew pew OT Supporter

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    what kind of view do you have from your position in the plane?
     
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    He is a navigator so he just stares at a map of course. :noes:
     
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    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    He gets a compass right?
     
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    pew pew pew OT Supporter

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    what is the B-1B lifestyle like? I haven't had much exposure to people who have flown bombers, mostly fighter and cargo folk... do you hang out with fellow bomber crews mostly, what is a typical week like, are there a lot of deployments? thanks
     
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    SweetDaddyO we need a montage!!

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    a shitty one. seriously, we have a small (airline-sized) window we can barely see out of. of course, we're so busy we don't have much time to look out the window.

    it's probably the one major complaint i have about my crew position.
     
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    SweetDaddyO we need a montage!!

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    so far i really enjoy it. the bomber community is pretty tight, especially the B-1 community. it's more relaxed than the fighter community but a little more intense than the cargo/tanker communities. we're fairly competitive, but since we work as a team (pilots and navs) it's a good balance. you won't really find the backstabbing and extreme personal competition that you're likely to find in the fighter world, but at the same time you're expected to pull your weight and your reputation will precede you.

    right now i'm in the FTU (formal training unit). after four months of academics and simulators (pretty much 9-5, averaging about 4 days a week), i'm on the flightline now. my typical week includes 1-2 flights. the day prior to each flight is dedicated to mission planning, which usually takes about 6-8 hours, including the brief. a typical flight is 4-6 hours, and we show up about 2 hours prior to takeoff, and leave about 2-3 hours after landing/debriefing. the day after is dedicated to more debriefing/grading. once in a while we'll fly two days in a row but it's pretty rare. every morning (except on flying days) we have to go to a morning briefing, so you don't really get a day "off" - even on unscheduled days you're expected to be in the squadron studying.

    this all changes a little at your operational squadron where you're given a squadron job in addition to flying. most captain-types probably put in 40-50 hours a week or more.

    overall i really like it. the flying is fun, it's a "tip of the spear" mentality, and the camaraderie is excellent. if you have more questions please send a PM and i'll be happy to answer.
     

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