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]