Geezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2 Posted (2 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4196 times:
My fiancee's niece's son is a Raptor "stick"; for the past .......yrs. he's been stationed in Alaska; just recently, he was transferred to a squadron in Hawaii. Just as he was preparing to leave Ak. his "buddies" had a brief "going away" ceremony, took a few photos, ( with a cell phone from the looks of them ), and hosed Maj. Erick..........down as he was climbing into his plane. Erick emailed these pics to his mom, and she forwarded them to us.
I have only met Erick one time, ( at his Mom and Dad's house on Thanksgiving, 2 yrs ago. He has had a very interesting career since then, most of which I'm not at liberty to talk about; When I met him, he was still a Captain, with the promise of promotion to Major in six months; "things" are very "iffy" in the armed forces lately, and the promotion didn't come through until early this year.
For anyone unfamiliar with the way things "work" in the USAF, (and for anyone wondering what F-22 pilots do while their planes are "having problems" ), the answer to that may be surprising; I can only say this much; since meeting Erick two years ago, he has qualified for 18 months of combat pay. ( And we all know the Raptor was not been in combat yet.)
I was very surprised by several things when I met Erick; first, he's a pretty small guy ! Second, while he was showing me some photos he took from the cockpit off his F-15 E, while overflying the English Channel, and was directly above the famous white cliffs of Dover, I asked him what kind of camera he had used; apparently, aviation photography is not one of his big interests, because he was just using a small P&S Canon. ( I was thinking, what a monumental waste of an incredible opportunity ! )
Then, when his Mom emails us these photos, she said Erick had just bought a new Audi sports car, and had gone to St. Louis to make arrangements to have it shipped to Oahu; then, after arriving in Hawaii, he leased a condo on Waikiki Beach ! ( all of that, but STILL no decent D SLR ! )
I'm now waiting to hear how long it takes to fly from Anchorage, Ak. to Oahu, in a F-22A ? ( Probably a little quicker than the last time I flew from Dallas to Hoholulu in a MD-11 ?)
Inasmuch as I hear a lot of people talking about the F-22A on the forum, I thought maybe a few people might be interested in seeing these photos.
Erick With Squadron Mates, Just Before Departing Ak For Hawaii
Erick With Squadron Mates
Erick About To Leave For Hawaii
Hosing Pilot Leaving Squadron
[Edited 2012-11-14 23:01:05]
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wingman From Seychelles, joined May 1999, 2315 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4195 times:
I have a comment...that's pretty *ucking cool. Thanks for sharing the story. I think it's safe to say every single person on this website would trade places with that guy, even if just for a month or two. Let's see:
1. He's a Raptor pilot, so one of the rarest of fighter jockeys on the planet. Check!
2. He flies one of the kick assiest planes on the planet. Check!
3. Hmmm, just bought an Audi sports car. Check!
4. Just got promoted to Major. I'll give this one two checks because it must've swelled his ball-sack to twice normal size.
5. He just said buh bye to Alaskan winters. Triple check!
6. He's moving to Hawaii. Gold Medal!
So new pick up line includes something like the following commentary:
"Well see, I fly planes for the Air Force. It's one called the Raptor, but it's no big deal.
Awhh shucks, I just got promoted to Major and then transferred to Honolulu..
Sure you and your sister can come back to my place to help me celebrate Veteran's Day but one of you will have to squeeze into the back of my S4 convertible, I hope that's OK with y'all.
No, not too far, I have a view condo downtown right near Waikiki."
checksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4195 times:
Quoting Geezer (Thread starter): I'm now waiting to hear how long it takes to fly from Anchorage, Ak. to Oahu, in a F-22A ? ( Probably a little quicker than the last time I flew from Dallas to Hoholulu in a MD-11 ?)
They don't take the jets with them to their next assignment.
BMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15812 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4195 times:
Quoting checksixx (Reply 2): They don't take the jets with them to their next assignment.
That said, the answer is probably not much faster than an airliner, since they'll need a tanker to drag them along. Of course, you could send a tanker ahead, fly out to it and then refuel again with a tanker from Hawaii, but that's not useful as anything other than a stunt really.
Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?