Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by BFISA, May 15, 2007.
Body of WWII airman found up in tree
Now that's amazing.
BFISA, just for you,
Meet Jet Man
Paragliding in Benicia, CA-
Not for me. :no:
30-Year Veteran Took First Photos Of Cuban Missile Sites In 1962 Crisis
<>Richard Stephen Heyser, a retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and U-2 spy plane pilot who took the first reconnaissance photos of secret missile launch sites during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, died October 6 at a nursing home in Port St. Joe, FL.
A long-time resident of nearby Apalachicola, the 81-year-old Heyser had suffered a series of strokes in recent years, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In a 2005 interview with the Associated Press, Heyser said that no one was more relieved than he that the crisis ended peacefully, stating he did not want to go down in history as the man who started World War III.
"I kind of felt like I was going to be looked at as the one who started the whole thing," Heyser said. "I wasn't anxious to have that reputation."
In October 1962, Heyser was one of 11 Air Force U-2 pilots who took photos over Cuba, making five reconnaissance flights in nine days.
New Zeppelin in the U.S.-
Now that was cool.
Some more Habu (SR-71)Links
Another SR-71 Tribute
And another one
Turn up your sound
Great stuff, H8er!! :icon_toast:
That link you made to that Tribute, made me feel good. I hadnt watched those links I had posted in awhile.
I still love that Airplane, even thou I lost countless quarts of blood, and thousands of layers of skin fixing it. Every time I saw one taxi out to take off, I stopped what I was doing and watched. I watched it go till I could not see it anymore. Then I started getting mad because I knew when it came back, I was going to be back at work.
We usedta watch'em take off standing by the Chiefs Club at Yomitan, or even outside the fence along Hwy 1.
I don't know if I told you this story or not. We were juping from C-130s on Yomitan DZ one day when a friend of mine, Mike Real, became a fouled (towed) jumper. Per SOP, he put one hand on his helmet to let the loadmaster and safety jumpmaster know he was conscious.
The aircraft circled Kadena AFB and at some point he was cut loose over KAFB. He successfully deployed his reserve parachute and was drifteing down. Unfortunately for him, he landed in the Habu Pit, and was immediately locked and loaded upon by a phalanx of APs.
We were at Ellsworth South Dakota and we had to go and rescue a broken Habu. Myself and another guy were walking from the Plane which was out on the ramp getting fueled. And we were walking straight from the jet to the hanger that we were working out of. We did not know it the time but we cut across a restricted area. We were immediately surrounded by several MPs, and we were told to kiss the concrete. On a SAC Base. We were told to never cross a Red Line. On a TAC Base you do not cross a Yellow Line.
I never went anywhere on a tarmac unescorted :no:
The only time I was escorted was when we went into the Alert Area's at Beale AFB, then a 2-Man Concept was enforced. When you went anywhere while in an Alert Area, you had better be with someone, or the use of deadly force was authorized. Those B-52's sat there with Nukes on Board in the Alert Area, and they did not want anyone messing around that was not supposed to be there.
I don't have any prob widdat :no:
When I arrived at Beale AFB, I had to go through a Base Newcomers Briefing. They told us that if ever you were on Base driving, and you saw any Alert Light flashing. And those Alert Lights were all over the place on Base. You were instructed to get off to the side of the road, and shut your Engine off. DO NOT DRIVE!
You were to remain there until that light quit flashing.
There could be an alert Crew coming your way in a truck. They were not going to stop at any stop sign or any stop light, and they were going to come by you at a very high rate of speed! There were reserved parking spots for the Alert crews at the Base Exchange, Hospital, Chow Hall, and the Base Theatre, and they always traveled as a full crew.
We had Fully loaded B52’s and KC-135’s on Alert.
Where's Beale AFB located??
USAF Launches Two New Programs To Attract UAV Pilots
Specialized Program Wants Candidates With No Military Flight Experience
The urgent need for more personnel capable of operating unmanned aerial vehicles has led the US Air Force to launch two new training programs... including one bound to raise eyebrows in the fighter pilot community.
The Associated Press reports an experimental program aims to train as many as 1,100 new pilots to operate UAVs over Iraq and Afghanistan. To accommodate so many trainees, those personnel will be trained only in the basics of operating small aircraft; they won't need to meet the far more rigorous requirements that pilots of manned fighter aircraft must go through.
For example, UAV pilots would not need to meet height or vision requirements... nor would they be necessarily disqualified from service for physical conditions that would inhibit them from operating high-performance aircraft, such as the inability to fly at high altitudes.
Col. Curt Sheldon, assistant to the director of air operations for UAS issues, says Air Force officials are seeking up to 20 captains with four to six years of experience to volunteer for the unmanned aircraft systems beta test program. Qualified candidates may have civilian flight experience, but no military pilot training.
After nine months of UAV-specific training, graduates of the program would earn their "wings," so to speak... though only on UAVs.
To date, the US Air Force has only recruited experienced pilots of manned fighter aircraft -- those with at least one tour of duty -- to fly UAVs... a process that has slowed implementation of UAV deployment. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has criticized the USAF for its more deliberate pace.
Sheldon admits more pilots are needed to fill out the Air Force's goal of implementing 50 UAV combat patrols, 24 hours a day, by September 2011. Thirty such patrols now operate, largely over Iraq and Afghanistan.
"I don't know that you could ever get (a drone) to everybody who wants one," Sheldon said. "I believe it is virtually insatiable. We are pedaling fast, we are working hard to meet that need."
As ANN reported last month, the experimental program will run concurrently with the Air Force's efforts to ramp up its efforts to retrain fighter pilots to operate unmanned aerial vehicles. Eventually, the Air Force hopes to send as many as 100 experienced pilots through the drone program per year, through 2011.
"The pipeline that produces manned operators is full," Sheldon added. "We're pushing them through there as fast as we can."
Sheldon downplays the notion that UAV-only pilots would be less-qualified than their brethren coming out of the fighter corps. He notes it isn't particularly difficult to fly an F-16 from one spot to another; the finesse comes in learning how to deploy weapons on-target.
"It's not particularly difficult to fly a (drone) from point A to point B," said Sheldon. "It is challenging to fly it in a combat environment, coordinating with a guy on the ground who wants you to hit a target over here that's got (friendly) folks only 50 meters from it."
Nostalgia Is In The Air As Tempelhof's Closing Approaches
Mon, 27 Oct '08
DC-3 Air Tours Of Berlin Drawing Sell-Out Crowds
Berlin's beloved Tempelhof Airport is slated to close at the end of this month, and many Germans are taking one last opportunity to take a nostalgic look at the airport -- and the city -- from above.
<>For a fare of 179 euros (about $242 US), Agence France-Presse reports, "private operator Air Service Berlin puts on a period show for its guests.
"Passengers are greeted with a glass of sparkling wine by staff in crisp 1940s uniforms in the original officers' lounge where the Airlift pilots took short breaks between delivery flights. Swing music plays as guests are ushered into a small cinema for a moving short film about the Airlift featuring interviews with its pilots."
Escorted to the ramp, passengers are then given a half-hour aerial tour of Berlin's landmarks aboard a vintage Douglas DC-3. Built in 1944, the plane is named the Jack O. Bennett, who was the Air Force Captain credited with making the first flight of the Berlin Airlift.
"I want to have it again, that old feeling of flying with everything bouncing and rattling," said retired school principal Peter Kirchoff, 66, wearing a bomber jacket. "And I want a bird's eye view of the city -- instead of Google Earth, it's Berlin Live!"
Former teacher Ilona Stach said she often came to Tempelhof in the 1960s, watching well-heeled travellers jetting off to exotic destinations. "It was like getting a whiff of the big wide world out there," said Stach, 59. "Tempelhof always had real flair."
Scheduled to be closed down forever on October 31, the 80 year-old Tempelhof has become a focus of interest in the city. As ANN reported, a public referendum held last April failed to save the airfield.
The Federal Administrative Court ruled Tempelhof to be closed in order to make way for the new international airport, Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI), due to open in 2011 on the outskirts of the city.
Originally opened in 1926, Tempelhof is home to the largest building in Western Europe, the huge terminal building. A symbol of the city's history and strength, the crescent-shaped building is a national monument, and the only part of the airport that will remain. Proposals for the future use of the airport have suggested a biotech park, film studios, a "green" residential development, and a giant solar energy center, the AFP said.
From onea my Special Forces buds-
British Prince Aims To Follow Family Tradition
Tue, 28 Oct '08
Harry Wants To Fly Helis, Too
Britain's Prince Harry will continue a family tradition, and try out to become a military helicopter pilot. CNN reports Harry will find out next month whether he's been accepted for training....."
Anybody wanna give odds on whether or not he'll get accepted?
How'd you like to be the one to write "Unsuitable" on his app and then have to sign your name at the bottom?
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