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Phormer Phantom phlyer pharewell

By lex

On April 3, 2006

 

Well, with all these goings on about the imminent retirement of the aluminum overcast (not to mention the UK Sea Harrier) you’d think that the current generation of fighter pilots had invented this whole “farewell to all that” meme.

But it’s not just flog-em-into-the-21st century fighter jocks moaning in their beer, what with their beetled brows, low cunning, be-draggled knuckles, imperviously robust self-regard and criminally austere social skills: The S-3 guys are saying good-bye to their bird, as in the not-too-distant past, the flying drumstick and sewer pipe drivers did as well.

But back before the lot of ‘em, the phearless Phantom phlyers said pharewell to their phormer phighter. And they did it in right good style too.

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Famous last words

by lex

Posted on February 14, 2006

 

In aviation, there are a few things you never want to hear your pilot in command say on the intercom:

“It’s probably just the gauge.”

“Was that call for us?”

“Just throw it in the back there.”

“Hey Nav: Just out of curiosity, any idea where we are?”

“I think the weather clears a bit just up ahead. Let’s press.”

“Huh.”

And finally, the last thing you never want to hear your PIC say on the intercom:

“Watch this.”

 

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IN FLIGHT COOKIE EXCHANGE

by lex

Posted: Mon – August 30, 2004 at 05:55 PM

It’s good to have a niche in the blogosphere – as I’ve mentioned before, you want to hear sea stories from an aged FA-18 pilot living in San Diego who commutes to work down the 5 on a BWM R1150GS motorcycle, you come here.

But that puts a bit of pressure on the old memory circuits, so I’m fortunate to have correspondents that can both share their tales with all of us on these pages, and also jog the noggin.

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Long Day

By lex, on January 22nd, 2012

Which your host is back in charming Fallon, NV, having only left the place last Friday, but such were the puts and takes of managing pilot availabilities amidst an ever-dynamic requirements set. It was nice to be @home #whileitlasted, but it’ll be good to get back in the air again, so long as the weather cooperates, which it shows every intention not to do tomorrow. Actual Snow, if the forecasts are to be believed. I positively shiver.

But: The trends for the balance of the week are favorable.

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Transients

By lex, on January 17th, 2012

Well, the video uploading was summat of a bust. Which is a pity, for I put some real time into it, not merely in the recording of the stuff, but in editing and adding motivational music, like. Which was my downfall, in the event. To hear YouTube tell it. Divers and sundry techniques were attempted to get around the prohibition of playing someone else’s music for no personal gain, to no effect. Thus far. We have not yet given up the fight!

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Video

By lex, on January 16th, 2012

Which that was more time consuming to edit, than it was to take.

Untitled from Nep Lex on Vimeo.

A lot more.

Update: Copyright issues, as many have surmised. Which there’s several ways to skin that cat, but all of them are time consuming and I’m on my way to Fallon via, Camarillo, amn’t I?

I am.

But I’ll figure something out. In time.

Update 2: Up, I think. Which that’ll be a long walk to a small house.

Update 3: Which the last two minutes or so didn’t make, something of a pity.

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Relaxed Stability

By lex, on January 13th, 2012

Two flights yesterday, one day and one night. In the day hop, we joined with two Marine FA-18s to serve as their wingmen for the adversary presentation. Merely maintaining formation and maneuvering mildly with the much more modern fighters vividly displayed what twenty years of fighter evolution can produce. A pair of medium bypass, afterburning fan engines, a model wing with automated high lift devices and digital flight controls can do things without trying that a J-79 engine mounted on a pure delta wing cannot, or at least, cannot do easily. I was in and out of afterburner just staying in position. Once the machine gets slow – anything less than 300 knots is officially “slow” – there’s just so much wing in the breeze, so much induced drag.

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