F-35As from Edwards test readiness at Mountain Home AFB

The boys from Edwards and their new jets are on a det to Mountain Home.

I have been to Mountain Home while doing a PCS back in 79. The room didn’t cost a fortune and I needed to get paid.

 

 

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Evans Maj. Ethan Sabin, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron assistant director of operations, settles into the cockpit of an F-35A at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 12, 2016. Sabin is assigned to the 31st TES from Edwards AFB, Calif., which is part of the 53rd Wing headquartered at Eglin AFB, Fla.
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Evans An F-35A soars above the runway at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 18, 2016. While here, the F-35s are scheduled to fly approximately four sorties a day with their 4th generation counterparts, dropping 20-30 inert weapons during multiple training scenarios throughout the test.

 

Source: F-35As from Edwards test readiness at Mountain Home AFB

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Life Event

Life event/Milestone.

It’s official.
I am a Tool Room Attendant.
No more flight line or jets for me.
The foot issues enabled me to obtain a reasonable accomodation to get off the line.
For the record:
ACC on 83-1120, 80-3666, 80-0584 and 88-0445. DCC for a time on 88-0456.
It was a good run. Father Time finally let me know that it was time to do something else not as strenuous, as well did my doctor..
The main bragging point: Oldest Crew Chief on the Line at Red Flag 12-2 at the age of 57!

Why a British warship will host US F-35s – Business Insider

“The “special relationship” with America is central to Britain’s national security and America also counts heavily on British diplomatic and military support. In an era of budget “austerity” in Britain and sequestration in America, there is great benefit for both countries when it comes to joint military operations and platforms procurement.

The combination of budgetary factors, procurement costs and issues, and the continuing need for air and sea power is why the relationship between the US and UK is so “special” that Britain’s next aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, will likely be home to US Marine Corps F-35Bs — American fighters flying from a British warship.”


F-35 In Flight

Read more: http://ciceromagazine.com/features/special-relationship-u-s-marine-fighters-flying-from-a-uk-warship/#ixzz3Yl0ET8HBhy a British warship will host US F-35s – Business Insider.

Warthog Shootey! The Aviationist » Impressive images of U.S. A-10 Warthogs firing 30mm gun on range. In Romania.

Warthogs shooting the GAU-8…………………………………. Rockin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

More really good pictures at the link at the bottom of the post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A-10s deploy to Romania for Operation Atlantic Resolve   The Aviationist » Impressive images of U.S. A-10 Warthogs firing 30mm gun on range. In Romania..

USAF: F-35 Engine Fix Coming

Since there has been so much interest regarding the F-35 program in general and with the C version making the first arrested landings aboard USS Nimitz, I thought I would toss this one into the mix.

Some Potential Solutions Being Tested By Pratt & Whitney, Official Says Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, the head of the F-35 Ligh

via USAF: F-35 Engine Fix Coming.

Can We Learn Something From The Defunct A-7F ‘Strikefighter?’

Can We Learn Something From The Defunct A-7F ‘Strikefighter?’.

“The A-7 Corsair II, known also as the SLUF, as in “Short Little Ugly Fucker,” was a conservative balance of economy, persistence, payload, and technology, and its final design evolution, the A-7F, could have been the right fighter for the wars to come in the new millennium.

The A-7 was designed in the early 1960s as an attack-focused offshoot of the Navy’s legendary F-8 Crusader. One could easily venture to say that America could learn something from the meager SLUF, and especially its proposed last iteration, some two decades after it’s retirement from US inventories. The original A-7 was a purpose-built bomb truck, which leveraged a large fuel load, highly efficient turbofan engine, simple airframe design and affordability across the board.

All this came at the expense of Mach-one-plus fighter jet speeds and extreme maneuverability, yet this sacrifice was offset by the most cutting edge installed avionics suite of its day.”

I did a tour in an A-7E Squadron from 85 to 87, VA-147-Argonauts. Good platform. The Air Force had gotten into that fast and high thing………….Fighter Mafia. SLUF could have been good for what ails the Air Force. I work F-16s and the light weight, cheap concept from it’s beginning shows………………………..

Jeff Hollenbeck sent me this link.

The Furlough is Ending

This is the last week of the furlough………………………………………….Damn, it sure sucked. It really sucked.

Tomorrow I only have to surrender five hours. I took three hours of sick leave to get paid for the rest of the day that I will not be there. The next pay check will be five hours short of an 80 hour pay period.

I have applied at Lockheed Martin on the F-35 here at Edwards. I don’t think I am going to be moved up to a WG-12 in the near future, say, the next 6 years or so until I hit 65. They pay a little over 30 bucks an hour. I get 26.91 base plus shift differential. It isn’t that good. The position is on third(grave yard) shift. The shift differential is 10 percent………………..$33 an hour in the wee, dark hours works for me!

I also did a rather strange thing on Tuesday. I called Herzog Rail Services, Inc. who was a previous employer and begged for my old job back……………………I miss the rock trains.

From Kansas.com : Tanker decision will have ramifications for McConnell, Wichita for decades to come

I thought you might be interested in this story: Tanker decision will have ramifications for McConnell, Wichita for decades to come, http://m.kansas.com/wichita/db_274424/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=PD7ObFO8

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