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    Nothing to do with woodworking

    I just thought I'd post the link. My son sent it to me. He has flown this many many times and says it is a real thrill. My son is getting pretty bummed he is retiring at the end of this year and each flight in the F-18 reminds him it is coming to an end..

    This is a awesome article and some real good video, if you like jets.

    http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the...ove-1678453195
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    Congrats to your son. Retired F-16 pilot here. Tell your son to treasure each one of his flights. He'll sure miss them when they're done, but he'll take them with him forever. Check 6.

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    hey paul or steve when they show that pilot flying in wales what cause the white streaks on the wing tips and then they are gone after a turn?
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    Congratulations to your son! He will have fond memories forever and now has the chance for a second and equally satisfying career if he chooses. Retired desk pilot here, no remorse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    hey paul or steve when they show that pilot flying in wales what cause the white streaks on the wing tips and then they are gone after a turn?
    Ifs caused by the moisture in the air. What you are seeing are the wingtip vortices
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Kniffen View Post
    Congrats to your son. Retired F-16 pilot here. Tell your son to treasure each one of his flights. He'll sure miss them when they're done, but he'll take them with him forever. Check 6.
    Ha, I laugh at my son, he say "Dad, I'm afraid to go out in the real world!" Says the Navy has taken such good care of him and treated him so nice. Steve what did you do for your second career. Brian is working at getting on with one of the airlines. They seem to need pilots now. I say to him, how can you stand to go from the beautiful fast sports car to driving a bus? He doesn't care as long as it is flying.
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    Pretty cool videos... it's a sight to watch some of those military jets in their maneuvers.

    My son doesn't fly jets, but he's currently taking lessons to fly the smaller props... currently he's half owner of a computer company that does programing for several larger firms, including Dell computers. He lives in GA now, but his company operates out of San Antonio where his partner lives and he commutes down there once or twice a month....he's decided to build his own plane to do the commuting... he's just started, and figures it will take him at least one maybe two or three years to complete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    Steve what did you do for your second career. Brian is working at getting on with one of the airlines. They seem to need pilots now. I say to him, how can you stand to go from the beautiful fast sports car to driving a bus? He doesn't care as long as it is flying.
    A couple of years before I retired, I told my grandfather (87 at the time) that one day I'd have to retire, grow up, and get a job. He replied that I might have to retire and get a job, but I shouldn't let anyone tell me I had to grow up. If they did, I was to tell them my grandfather was 87 and he never had so if he didn't have to, I didn't either. Wise words, I haven't.

    I am very fortunate that my wife is a military retiree too, so we had the opportunity to do things our way. I taught for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University full and part time for 22 years. I also was able to move back to where I was raised and take care of my parents their last 8 and 13 years. That was a true blessing. I looked at the airline life and it didn't appeal to me, besides, you can't fly a 747 upside down. It's a great job if you can make it through the time you're on reserve, but those can be some tough years, especially these days. Good luck to him though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    Ha, I laugh at my son, he say "Dad, I'm afraid to go out in the real world!" Says the Navy has taken such good care of him and treated him so nice. Steve what did you do for your second career. Brian is working at getting on with one of the airlines. They seem to need pilots now. I say to him, how can you stand to go from the beautiful fast sports car to driving a bus? He doesn't care as long as it is flying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Kniffen View Post
    I looked at the airline life and it didn't appeal to me, besides, you can't fly a 747 upside down. It's a great job if you can make it through the time you're on reserve, but those can be some tough years, especially these days. Good luck to him though.
    Steve,
    I worked for TWA for 11+ years and during those years was always told that the airlines didn't like fighter pilots... they preferred the heavy bomber or cargo pilots... they claimed it was a mind set on the pilots part ??? It was a fun job while it lasted, but after 11 years I still didn't have the seniority to get off the night shifts and I had a young family that I wanted more time with, so I left... I was load master on the cargo planes, so had a lot of interaction with the pilots and at that time flight engineers.
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