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Behind Enemy Lines Question  
User currently offlineAerlinguscargo From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 70 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1779 times:

i know that there was a topic devoted to this movie when it came out but it didn't answer my question, and i thought that resurrecting it might cause a little confusion.

in the movie Owen Wilson's caracter decides to leave the navy and fly commercial jets. he is a backseater on an f-18. would a transition like this be possible, how much flight training would he have had?

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User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1775 times:

I know several RIOs and WSOs that are flying commercially. You have to get your private, commercial, instrument, and multi-engine ratings on your own. Veteran's Administration benefits may offset some of that cost. The military crew experience is beneficial towards overall sitIiuational awareness.

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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1764 times:

This movie sucks, btw- nice fake missle scene followed by an Wizzo who leaves his pilot behind to get shot....right.

But I've seen a handful of 'fo's get out and work their way up the ladder through VA money or their own funds. Some got some hours in the right seat of an S-3 or C-12 and somehow counted it and managed to sell it to an airline.

Small world- a few years back I met a Pinnacle CRJ F/O....turns out he was a backseater on the RA-5C Vigilante and flew with my uncle many times....you don't meet too many of those dudes.

I've also met several enlisted folks who get their ratings and go to the airlines without ever having been an actual military pilot. Any mil experience looks good in this business.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4338 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1735 times:

Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 2):
I've also met several enlisted folks who get their ratings and go to the airlines without ever having been an actual military pilot. Any mil experience looks good in this business.

You and I, bro...soon.

Many flying clubs instructors are active duty/reserve enlisted guys, as well as officers, prior aviators. Get out and fly for the airlines. That's also my plan for when I get out of the military. Thanks to the VA benefits and experience in aviation.


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