Posted by Lex, on July 18, 2008
We used to joke back in the day about the difference between the Navy and the Air Force. It’s the little things that give it away. The oak paneled flight planning rooms that were decorated better than Navy officer’s clubs. The “step van” that would pick you up at transient alert and carry you all 50 yards to flight planning. The 36-hole golf courses that were completed before the airstrip got laid in. The “inadequate quarters” stamps that the USAF guys insisted on for their TAD orders that excused them from Army quarters to put them out in the Hilton in town.
The USAF pilots of my acquaintance would laugh and say, well: you guys have to buy ships. Like that was a vice or something. Like we had $6 billion burning a hole in our pockets after a three-day bender in Vegas and decided to burn it on an aircraft carrier.
Posted by lex, on April 10, 2008
Mine never looked quite this good after a mission.
For what its worth.
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Sun – March 27, 2005
An oldie , but a goodie. I sent this to SNO last year when he was applying to the several service academies, and ROTC programs. Sort of in the way of a joke, but it was interesting that shortly after that, he allowed his USAF applications to languish.
Bob Norris is a former Naval aviator who also did a 3 year exchange Tour flying the F-15 Eagle. He is now an accomplished author of entertaining books about US Naval Aviation including “Check Six” and “Fly-Off”. Check out his web site .
In response to a letter from an aspiring fighter pilot on which military academy to attend, Bob replied with the following:
My all time favorite of the “Century Series” fighters, the first flight of the F-104 was this week, on 4 March 1954. Strangely, it had a relatively short career with the USAF but enjoyed far more success with NATO countries.
You can learn more here at the International F-104 Society’s webpage.