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My Friends, Victor and Zulu

During the Cold War, fighter pilots in Europe had one of two missions: ground attack/nuclear strike or air defense. Pilots with a nuclear strike mission took turns sitting alert on aircraft loaded with nuclear weapons and capable of launching in … Continue reading

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Combat vs. Training, Lessons Learned

The difference between flying combat missions and training sorties is a lot more subtle than the obvious fact that you can really get shot at in combat. No matter how much you want to train the way you fight there … Continue reading

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Flying with a Mentor

Why would you want to fly with a mentor pilot? Maybe you’re new to an airplane; newly rated as an instrument pilot; or going someplace challenging that you haven’t been before and you would like to have the assurance of … Continue reading

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Let’s Run out of Gas

Running out of fuel short of your destination must be easy to do because it seems to happen to a lot of people.   The 2010 Nall Report’s review of 1,418 accidents that occurred in 2009 concluded that 1,181 (83.3 percent) … Continue reading

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