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Or did he "drift" up to 15,000 in the interval between the initial call and the Tucano arriving, in the absence of any awarenes cues? I think, personally, I'd rather risk hypoxia than unity with the scenery.
You will note that the quotation from the Stn Cdr was present tense - Chuck Yeager fought in WW2 and was a Brigadier General in 1969. I was not aware that the USAF employs pilots who are more than 80 years old.
The collective achievement in this instance should not be likened in any sense to the inadvertent Lightning flight in th 60's by the Wg Cdr Eng. In this case outstanding airmanship and ATC resulted in a safe landing. In the case of the Lightning the cause of the incident and the recovery of the aircraft was the sole responsibility of the good Wg Cdr.
soddim: The parallel I was making between this incident and the Lightning episode was that while both situations were ones in which the person flying the aeroplane must've thought - this can't be happening to me - the cause of each and the way they were resolved are clearly different. Not sure which one would be worse - flying blind (literally) or sat on a safe ejection seat, with no comms, in a Lightning..