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Old 06-10-2009, 06:54 AM   #21
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Re: jets or helos?

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How does a fighter pilot look to a helicopter pilot?

...Cold, wet and scared.

Beautiful
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:00 AM   #22
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Re: jets or helos?

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He said that was the longest 3 minutes of his life, watching the carrier go away from him and not knowing if anyone knew if he was out there.
That's why, for all the s**t we give them, helo bubbas are the best.
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:41 AM   #23
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Re: jets or helos?

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Michael is actually right. Prowlers are a pretty good deal. They are tough to get aboard the boat (long spool up time on the engines), but you have 3 NFO's that do all the tough planning for the mission. You just get to fly the plane. The only down side is that the Prowler will probably go away sometime in your career and you will transistion over to Growlers (that name still makes me laugh every time). I got to ride in a Marine Prowler once at MAWTS and it was a great ride.
The Growler transition has already begun. They are going to have to teach this old dog new tricks. (The name is too cheesy ugh.)

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I can't attest to the seat as I was never an AME.
Don't sweat it sir, no one is perfect!
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:39 AM   #24
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Don't sweat it sir, no one is perfect!
Touchee'.

No need to call me "sir", anymore. I'm a dirty civilian puke now. Keep up the good work, Shipmate!
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:13 AM   #25
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Re: jets or helos?

I just wanted to give a check in. In an hour I'll be on my way to Pensacola for ejection seat training. I'll be flying the T-45 in Kingsville. Now that I've made it this far, I hope I don't drop the ball!
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:45 AM   #26
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Re: jets or helos?

Wish I had found this sooner to chime in. I thought I was going to be a jet guy from the time I was about 6 years old when I saw the Blues at the Quonset Air Show. Had an NROTC scholarship after "Top Gun" came out and everything... then I met my first Marine. I almost wound up as an infantry officer. Flew Cobras before getting picked up to be a JAG. Navy Helos - I don't know if I could do it, but blowing things up and flying CAS for my brothers engaged with the enemy? yeah, give me that.

No matter what, you have a lot of hard work and fun ahead of you. Remember - there are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots. Natops is written with the blood of pioneers and the stupid.

Good luck, shipmate.
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:29 PM   #27
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Re: jets or helos?

This would have made the decision pretty easy for me (links are WFS)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JUe9ryg8Rc

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLWafmRZdNo



ok, those are from a video game, but still
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:00 PM   #28
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Re: jets or helos?

I am in the Army and I am about to fly helos for them. However it has always been my dream to fly fighters. So I will proudly fly helos for the Army. But given the chance to fly fighters I would take that in a heartbeat.

That being said here is a fighter pilots prayer:"Lord I pray for the eyes of an eagle, the heart of a lion and the balls of a Army combat helicopter pilot."
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:45 AM   #29
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I just wanted to give a check in. In an hour I'll be on my way to Pensacola for ejection seat training. I'll be flying the T-45 in Kingsville. Now that I've made it this far, I hope I don't drop the ball!
Congratulations, we're all rooting for you.
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:56 AM   #30
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Congratulations, we're all rooting for you.
Thanks! I'm moving to Kingsville this weekend (provided I can find a place to live...) and will need all of the cheering, rooting, luck, you name it, to pass this training.
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