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Old 12-16-2007, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Deuce130 View Post
I think you're just mad b/c the Virginia Air Guard has decided to return to active duty again and join the psycho ex-Eagle drivers at Langley. Too many early mornings and late workdays has scrambled your already too-small brain. Now, go to bed. You've got to get up early to get your name on that vault opening sheet thingie. .
I'm still up because I can't go to bed early. I have night pit and go tomorrow. No sh*t. Two sorties with a hot pit refuel at night. I might get home at 0200. At least they put a "show" time on the schedule for me to make sure I don't come in too early.

And for all the dumba** heavy drivers who think I'm bitc*ing about night flyin, save it. I've done as many night AAR's as Deuce has and have never hit a mountain. But the idea of hot pit refueling at night is stupid. The last time we did this the Ops and MX got in a fight because 1) we can't taxi without beacons on and 2) we can't roll into the hot pits without beacons off. No kidding. This is what ACC spends it's time on...F-22s taxing 30' with or without beacons. We spent 30 minutes on this at a pilot meeting. Many "experienced" 500 hr IPs offered their opinions while several 2000 hr+ guard guys were thinking about F-16s at Richmond.

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Old 12-16-2007, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by 4 Fan Trashcan View Post
Wow, Magnum just made a great point. TurbineTime, do you really want to work with people like this during your "day in the office" in the AF???
Honestly, im glad to hear what everybody has to say. Sarcastic or not, it shows what each day is like for these guys. Im young enough that i still have some perception of military pilots being out on the flight line all day, im glad i can hear what really happens on a day to day basis.
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:22 PM
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This is all just give and take. If you want to be a fighter pilot, there is a grain of truth to Deuce's post, but that's about it. You WILL put in long days, and you WILL bust your a** to upgrade to flight lead and IP, but the idea we all hate each other and eat our young is absurd. I've been a fighter pilot for 12 years and wouldn't trade any of it. Some of the best years of my life. That said, I'm about to walk away. However, that has nothing to do with the perceived "dog eat dog" world of the fighter guy.

By the time you graduate from Tweets, you'll know what you want to do. FWIW, there are great guys and complete a-holes in every single airframe in the military. I fly fighters and I'm awesome, Deuce fly's MC-130s and he's a complete deuchebag. See?
 
Old 12-16-2007, 11:04 PM
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Another good trick is walking around with a Blue folder with a privacy act sticker on it. Its a great place to keep a crossword, usa today, or other diversion.
Best seen to date, love it.
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:14 AM
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Deuce truly knows about both sides. Don't forget that Deuce has fighter pilot blood coursing through his veins! He's not a purebred herbivore. We can't choose our families.
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Old 12-17-2007, 04:59 PM
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Don't forget the ever popular Commissary, BX,<stop home for a nooner>,Post Office, MPF run. That could last at least 3-4 hours <5 minutes> and rarely anyone will ever give a f#ck you're gone.
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:53 PM
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dont forget the ever popular "leave the light on with your jacket on your chair". ask one of your buds to turn off your office light when he leaves.
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:49 PM
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Old 12-17-2007, 11:02 PM
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You can also hammer out a critical email that needs to be shotgunned to the entire squadron...and set up outlook to deliver it around, oh, 1900. I think you can even have it sent out on a Sunday. Of course, the AD F-22 guys would KNOW I wasn't there on Sunday...because a half dozen of them WERE.
 
Old 12-18-2007, 06:54 AM
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As officers, we are not paid to sweat and do busy work. You SHOULD be paid to do your profession (Officer, Pilot, etc.) at the highest level. Instead the Air Force is so short staffed that we have turned our officers into *****es that fix sinks and vacuum and take out the trash. It's sad. What we should be concentrating on is flying at a level higher than the enemy. We've started using words like our "business" and "corporate" to describe what we do. I am not in a corporation or a ****ing business. Nor do I have any ****ing "customers" as I hear in travel pay or any of these other places where the homos are allowed to work. I make a point to do my work and leave. Never will I stay around and do busy work or show my face so some god damn Lt. Col. thinks I'm burning the midnight oil. I might stick around and have a beer and develop bonds with my fellow warfighters though. If he doesn't like it, he'll be gone in a year. BTW, when you become that Col or General. Change it for the people under you. You will find that they work harder for you when you are not counting their hours!!
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