Hobo- I am not a pilot on the E-3, I am a Rated Weapons Officer -ABM, a type of Weapons Controller (the air force has three rated line officer jobs - pilot, nav, ABM- with many sub AFSCs for those). Though I am a private pilot (as are many navs and ABMs, and both careers get some flight training) and hopefully flying with the TXANG by next summer
For my job the only other USAF
plane I can go fly on is the E-8 JStars (or NATO E-3 which is considered a "different" system by the Air Force). We used to have the ABCCC (and EC
-130) but those are gone. There are GTACS systems (most in Iraq now) and AOCs we can also go to.
But to answer your question- yes pilots switch aircraft all the time. From UPT you can become a FAIP- First Assignment Instructor Pilot, and stay with T-37s or T-6s. You can apply for several types of airframes, and Heavy guys can even try for fighters.
We have several E-3 pilots who now fly B-2s at Whiteman. Other's trying for U-2s.
Chief Master AIC, I like that, though I've made my lead airman my "Brigadier Airman"
Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Not all Pilots are Alcoholics.......