This looks fun.....(Smarter Every Day guy)

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https://youtu.be/p1PgNbgWSyY

I'd probably puke and pass out though. :oops:
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Maybe if I was fifty years younger...
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gamekeeper wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 2:07 am
Maybe if I was fifty years younger...
When I was 50 years younger and at Cu Chi back in early '68/'69, a Major F-4 driver friend of mine was enamored with my tank. He wanted to play TC, fire the main gun and the TC's 50 something fierce. Anyway, after some maintenance on the sights, I took it out for a 'function and sight check' and he got to play TC and fire the main gun and the 50. For that favor, as I had a private pilot's license at the time, had worked on the design of the C-5 transport before I got drafted, and loved aircraft, I finagled a 'check ride' in his F-4. :D

After a oxygen and ejection seat class, I suited up and we went for a ride pretending to be a Air Force Officer as an Army Sergent ain't supposed to be no flyboy. Of course, as I was a pilot, he decided to do some simulated bombing runs including high speed dives, hard pull-ups, and wing overs to view the target area upside down to try to get me sick. It almost worked as even with the harness cinched down really tight, I was thrown around in the RIO seat pretty hard. Luckily it has two handled in the canopy you can grab to keep your arms from flailing around. When we landed the adrenaline rush was so large I could hardly walk when they helped me out of it. Actually, they were surprised and disappointed that I didn't puke and gave the Major a ration for not pulling it off as it was a sort of tradition.

In truth, I was a little surprised by the F-4's flight characteristics in that every plane I'd flown before that flew on the wings and you could feel them supporting the aircraft during turns, loops, etc. The F-4 is a huge fighter and I thought it would fly roughly the same except faster and more agile, however, I found out that it, like all fighters (he explained later) flew pretty much on the engines and the wings just helped aim it. By that I mean that it was a violent ride where snap rolls were exactly that, a hard snap, and when he'd pull the nose up hard we went up . . . . hard.

The Phantom was first put into service in 1958 so by '68/'69 it was 'old technology' and there were fighters that could fly circles around it. I can' t imagine what it's like to fly in the more modern and much more maneuverable F-15, F-16, F-18, F22, F-35, etc., of today. Even today, I can still remember that ride.
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Another ride-along - with one of the Blue Angels.

https://youtu.be/wFLZW6uPyUA

Amazing how smooth this guy is as a pilot. Plus how calmly he talks the guest through the maneuvers.

The amount of energy involved in this stuff is amazing. Flying straight UP....!!! It is amazing they can carry enough fuel for this stuff.
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Last Time I was in a UH60 CrashHawk, we were being flown about 110 knots and at treetop level. That meant bouncing up and down as well as going sideways to avoid the trees. They had the doors open. When we reached the LZ, they hovered and we dove out. About 3 of the platoon had been talking to Ralph. I wouldn't want to clean up that chopper.
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I had a patient/friend that was an F16 test pilot then test pilot instructor, then astronaut. I did chiropractic assessment tests on him throughout. In the test pilot program they would pull up to 9Gs. One of our tests is a dual pick up heat sensor with a graph recording differences lateral to the spine. His readings never returned to normal until he got out of the F16s and just flew T38s which are like company cars for the astronauts.
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While on the gun line in the Tonkin Gulf, we saw F-4's flying all of the time. Easy to recognize with their exhaust trail.
One morning while at quarters on the ASROC deck, an F-4 came over us (from behind) just over our masts.
We saw it fly over, then the jet trail hit us. Talk about fill our pants !
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I'd be more interested in doing a ride along in a Wart Hog. Todd
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My hat is off to all the military veterans here.
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3leggedturtle wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:50 am
I'd be more interested in doing a ride along in a Wart Hog. Todd
Now that would be fun !
It would be interesting to see some gun camera footage from these in either of the Gulf Wars.
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The Warthog might not have the speed to pull the G-forces of some of the others, but it is agile. When I was in, we saw them occasionally. To turn, they flipped sideways and could be pointing 180 degrees and leveled off again in what seemed to be 50 to 75 yards while at somewhere around 200 knots. By the time we found where they were coming from it was too late to react. The choppers were not quite so safe from us. We had a fighting chance.
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