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Old 05-25-2008, 05:00 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Anyone see any F-22s or F-35s flying over the area yet?
They've had F-22s from Tyndall (43d Fighter Squadron, which trains Raptor pilots. A guy I went to college with was the first F-22 squadron commander up at Langley (27 FS)) at the air shows at Kelly Field/Lackland and Randolph for the past few years, but no F-35. It is still undergoing testing up at Ft Worth. The first military pilot to fly one only occured the end of January this year, and it was the aircraft's 26th flight.

The F-35A (conventional takeoff and landing variant) is planned to replace the USAF's F-16 beginning in 2013, and the A-10 (as if any thing could ever replace the mighty Warthawg!) in 2028.

Cheers! M2
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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keep dreaming if they think they can replace the A-10.. that's the Air Force's version of a battleship, which the Navy really screwed up when they got rid of them. Nothing terrified ground troops like that VW sized shell coming right at them from the water...
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:20 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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When did they start calling C5's FREDs? We always called them Fat Albert's.

Here is a question for everyone? What military aircraft have you flown in?
I'll start off with:

C5, C141, C9, C130, T39, AWACS, RC135, and KC10.
I have been on the C5, C141-B, and the Nightingale (my dad can't remember what the number for that one is, does any one know? I was a baby for that one)
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:25 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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keep dreaming if they think they can replace the A-10.. that's the Air Force's version of a battleship, which the Navy really screwed up when they got rid of them. Nothing terrified ground troops like that VW sized shell coming right at them from the water...
I tend to agree, but I am somewhat biased!

Actually, the drum of the GAU-8 Avenger 30mm Gatling gun that the Hawg is built around is about the size of a VW Beetle (you can see the famous picture of both here), but the round itself is only about the size of a milk bottle (if anyone even remembers those) and the projectile is just a tad over 10cm (about 4") long. I know, I have a chromed one on my desk! But the GAU-8 is the largest, heaviest and most powerful aircraft cannon in the United States military, and delivers a very powerful Armor Piercing or High Explosive rounds at a high rate of fire! It is why captured Taliban fighters have said it is the most feared aircraft in the US inventory! Even the low altitude, high speed passes of B-1 bombers don't scare them as much as the sound of those beautiful TF-34 engines and the burp of a GAU-8 in action!

Go Ugly Early!

Cheers! M2
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:26 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I have been on the C5, C141-B, and the Nightingale (my dad can't remember what the number for that one is, does any one know? I was a baby for that one)
C-9

Cheers! M2
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:28 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Thanks Major
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Old 05-25-2008, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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I'm thinking the cannon on the C-130 gunship would soil some underwear too
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Old 05-25-2008, 09:19 PM
 
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I'm currently taking instruction in a Piper Cub and I've been told to watch for low flying aircraft LOWER THAN 300FEET. A typical day out in the Medina county line.
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Old 05-25-2008, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I am currently at Dover AFB and I have been watching C5s and C17s practically land in my backyard for three years. At first it was a little hard to get use to the noise, but now it doesn't bother us. They love to do touch-and-gos on Friday nights from about 11pm- 4am. The whole house shakes.
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Old 05-25-2008, 11:21 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I know the head-honcho of the C-5 school... I'll have to ask him about this. Don't see them flying over our street anymore.

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