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Old 17th Jun 2016, 06:17
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Nice piece on a female A-10 pilot:
How a Small-Town Girl Ended Up in the Cockpit of an A-10 Warthog - The Drive
Interesting detail on training with Frogfoots and Hinds.
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USAF's 'Crack Squadron'

Good read...
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Old 17th Jun 2016, 12:28
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Thanks, Tartare, Great story!
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Old 17th Jun 2016, 13:09
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IIRC, a Ukrainian lady recently in the news is a current Su-25 pilot.....
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Old 17th Jun 2016, 13:26
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Why fly Hawgs when you can fly Eagles?

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Eagles lack the feeling of BRRRRT between the legs?
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Old 17th Jun 2016, 13:47
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Well worth a read. Take my hat off to the young lady. But not the first one to distinguish herself in an A-10, see:
<Kim Campbell (pilot) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Some comment on this very interesting story that tartare has led us to:

'Banzai', I always understood, was the battle-cry of Japanese troops in WWII. Seems to have all sorts of other meanings now.

You can't miss the ejection seat handle !

'deconfliction'.......The purpose of ATC in one word ?

'ingress' and 'egress'......two more to add to 'access' etc.

'Operation Atlantic Resolve'.....Must try to access the story !

'A special thanks to Frank Crebas of Bluelife Aviation & Rich Cooper of the Centre of Aviation Photography for providing the amazing images you saw in this article and for executing the interview with Banzai in Bulgaria'
......and so say all uf us.

Couldn't see a Lieutenant's bar anywhere on flying kit. But Wiki tells me:
...The Flight Duty Uniform (FDU) features subdued cloth rank insignia sewn onto the shoulders. The Air Force flight cap is worn with the FDU and service dress uniforms. The flight cap is solid Air Force Blue for enlisted personnel, but features a solid silver edge braid for general officers, and an edge braid in a silver and blue diamond pattern for other officers. Officers wear a bright metal rank insignia toward the front edge of the (wearer's) left side of the flight cap
[would that include bone dome ?]...

All in all, food for thought. Thanks, tartare !

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Glad you liked it fellas.
Must admit I thought twice about posting it... given the strictly 100 IQ, literal humourlessness of some posters on other threads.
Wondered if the PC brigade would say `she's a girl - so what - why feature her above any other fighter pilot?'
The RNZAF took that line a few years ago when the first female fast jet pilot was streamed onto Macchis... which although I could kinda understand in one sense... also felt was a little self defeating.
That said - glad to see some of you above are not above a bit of harmless smut
Hats off to the women knucks - that A-10 girl looks like a stone cold killer!
Any gal that can chuck around an Eagle or a Typhoon for that matter impresses the hell out of me.
I particularly liked the final lines about flying an unmanned aerial vehicle.
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Big guns . . . . . and PMT . . . .
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Flying them? no problem. Parking? that's a different matter.
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I was disappointed in all of the aviation press coverage of the A-10 detachment to Bulgaria not one article was entitled 'When Hog met Frog'.

Journos these days. No imagination...
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On rereading, a few more gems struck my rheumy old eye:

"Task-saturated"..............(haven't we all been that at times? - but "knackered" is better and shorter).

"The more your toolkit expands".....(better not go into that).

"The rough and tumble, down and dirty, stick-and-rudder A-10"... (ah, my old Vultee Vengeance dive bomber to a 'T').

"Unmanned flight".......(neat dig at the misogynists !)

Banzai and Sparkles....TCT.... Compare and Contrast......

I do hope that someone draws their attention to this Post on PPRuNe. I takes me old "ratcatcher" 'at off to 'ee, and to all your sisters on both sides of the pond, that I do.

tartare, would I be correct in assuming that your "better place" is where kiwis and All Blacks come from ?

I shall now egress this Thread, I promise.

Cheers, Danny42C.
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Originally Posted by Danny42C View Post

Couldn't see a Lieutenant's bar anywhere on flying kit. But Wiki tells me:
[would that include bone dome ?]...

All in all, food for thought. Thanks, tartare !

Danny, in this picture you can see the blue Lt's bar on the left shoulder. The nose of the A-10 on her upper left arm is pointing right to it.

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Old 18th Jun 2016, 16:11
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Lonewolf 50,

Yup ! There it is ! Well spotted, Sir.

Thanks, Danny42C.
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The Ladies are certainly into these days. There is a photo out there some where in the ether of a young Gal and aircraft who had the arse shot out of her Warthog. Also a story of a female crew plinking with their F-14 cannon on Bora Bora when that was all the go.

Young Lass from just down the street joined the RAAF and ended up flying with the aerobatic team, the Roulette's and PC-9. Later went to Qantas.
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I once worked for an American woman who, after driving an Appache gunship for the US armed forces went on to become a project manager for Bechtel. She was scary enough in the latter role, so heaven only knows what she was like with a chopper full of ordnance at her disposal.....
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Will this eye-shadow be allowed in combat?

I understand that they put that on for the story pics and it looks good, just asking.
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Old 18th Jun 2016, 20:17
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That would be Major Kim Campbell mentioned in #8.

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Brigadier General Jeannie M Leavitt - the first USAF fighter pilot in 1993 - is now Commander 57 Wing at Nellis AFB.

Her operational flying was all on the F-15E.

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