By lex, on January 24th, 2007
ENS Tim told us how to earn a scatalogical callsign ** by soiling oneself yesterday. Today b2 sends along the link * to a different way of potentially achieving the same objective.
The link goes to an F-16 HUD tape from the 1991 scrape. The pilot, whose mission callsign is “Stroke 3″ finds himself very defensive off target. The “cricket” sounds in the background are warnings from his radar warning receiver. Airspeed is displayed to the left side of the HUD, and altitude to the right.
I remember seeing this right after the first Gulf War and thinking to myself, “Low, slow and targeted is no way to go through life, son.” Anything below 400 knots or so is slow in combat, and anything below 20,000 feet or so is dangerously low. Driven lower and slower by defending against successive SAM launches, Stroke 3 spends a fair amount of time below both sets of numbers but the man never gave up fighting, he “never gave up the ship,” and it brought the both of them back to fight another day – even if the seat cushion may have needed a little laundering afterwards.
There is knowledge in this.
* 07-19-2018 Links Gone; no replacements found – Ed.
** 07-19-2018 Link added was mine – Ed.