I.K.E., on Feb 10 2010, 08:03 PM, said:
The Osprey......That is one wicked piece of hardware.
I remember all the development issues it went through...but the result is amazing. Its like something out of the future.....
What are your chances for getting that assignment?
Not great, but then again my chances of being here in the first place are basically impossible, so I'll take 'em. A lot of things have to happen.... first of all, I have to do a bang-up job in "undergraduate pilot training," henceforth referred to as UPT, to give myself a good chance of getting helicopters or C-130's at "track select" (which is when they say "you people are going to learn to fly fighters, you people learn heavies, you people learn choppers," etc.) That happens around the beginning of June. Then, once I've gotten into the helicopter track, I have to do a bang-up job flying helicopters, to give myself a good chance of getting the airfame I want. Then, on top of that, the Air Force has to decide that it needs a new Osprey pilot right when I'm graduating from chopper school.
So, yeah. Not excellent odds! But the good news is, they're sending more and more people to chopper school these days, and if I don't get what I want right away, I can always ask to transition in later. That, and I like all the other planes out there just fine -- so I won't be too horribly disappointed if they stick me in something else.
Since youre into choppers, do you wish one day to fly the AH-64 Apache Longbow? Whats your opinion on allied/good term country choppers like the British Lynx or the Russian Mi-24 Hind? Do you wish one day to fly a super-cool plane like the A-10 Thunderbolt (b3fore its retired unsure.gif), F-22 raptor, th new F-35 Lightning 2, the B-2 Spirit, the legendary B-52 Stratofortress?
Apaches have been pretty awesome for us so far, but if I really wanted to lay down that kind of hurt, I'd be aiming for fighter-bombers. In terms of scary helicopters, nobody tops the Russians -- their chopper fleet is the stuff of legends (we're pretty sure we've got enough missiles to shoot them all down, though, so rest easy). They make some really nice airframes, though, gotta give 'em that.
I wouldn't mind flying any of those other planes you mentioned -- most especially the Warthog -- but still, not my first choice. Of course it's like picking between a Ferarri and a Bugatti, and I'm well aware how much ass all my options kick -- lots of ass, no matter which way I kick it. I just prefer to kick it with the spec ops guys.