|Quoting Wayfarer515 (Reply 48):|
I recall another "word leader" and infamous mass murderer pretending to be an air force pilot and landing on a carrier deck... while there was a sign that said "Mission Accomplished".
I was wondering how long it would take someone on here to bring up 'W'. Well done. Actually, I believe he was pretending to be a Navy pilot since Air Force pilots don't typically land on carriers, and he was flying in a Navy jet with a Navy pilot.
FWIW, and ALL
political overtones aside, GW Bush was an actual USAF
fighter pilot at one time. His father was a WWII Navy pilot who did see combat in the Pacific, so maybe that's where you're mixing things up. I'm not getting involved in anything political/emotional here or taking sides, just stating a fact. By the time of the "Mission Accomplished" carrier landing stunt, GW hadn't flown in years, but he is a graduate of the USAF
's Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) who had his wings in the 1960's and was rated to fly F-102 fighters in the air national guard (a reserve component of the USAF
). There's a lot of controversy about why he never deployed to Vietnam and I'd rather not get into that, but comparing Kim's piloting skills to GW Bush's is a little bit of a stretch. We don't know anything about Kim's actual pilot training or whether he actually flew that Cessna at all. We do know that GW flew fighter interceptors, and while he never saw combat, he was a USAF
fighter pilot in the 1960's.
Just thought I'd clear this up since this thread decided to get really political really quickly and erroneous information has been commonplace.