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2022-01-19 6:17:26 PM  
As long as you can stay conscious pulling G's, why not?
 
2022-01-19 6:32:51 PM  
I'm probably going to regret this, but here goes . . .

Shouldn't he be a full colonel by 59 yo?
 
2022-01-19 6:45:44 PM  
"Well, I definitely don't feel 60," Feheley said during an appearance on "Morning in America." "When I looked at my grandfather when he was 60, he was an old man. And I don't feel that way now."

I guarantee you, your grandkids think you're f*cking ancient.
 
2022-01-19 7:08:01 PM  
Yeah, but isn't Tom Cruise like 70?
 
2022-01-19 7:10:37 PM  
Hooter thread?
 
2022-01-19 7:14:07 PM  

Primum non nocere: I'm probably going to regret this, but here goes . . .

Shouldn't he be a full colonel by 59 yo?


If he commissioned directly out of college, that's a valid question. 33 years service and 59 years old puts him at 26 when commissioning.

Most likely there's a ton of reserve duty time in there, that's the only way to explain 33 years of service and only a LtCol rank. Especially as a pilot.
 
2022-01-19 7:14:20 PM  

Dr. DJ Duckhunt: Yeah, but isn't Tom Cruise like 70?


Well, his current corporeal form is 59. Xenu only knows how old his Thetan is though, I think being inhabited by an ancient if not immortal life force should disqualify from military service.
 
2022-01-19 7:14:31 PM  

Primum non nocere: Shouldn't he be a full colonel by 59 yo?


"Just one of life's mysteries, sir!"
 
2022-01-19 7:15:52 PM  

Primum non nocere: I'm probably going to regret this, but here goes . . .

Shouldn't he be a full colonel by 59 yo?


I believe it depends on his position, meaning that squadron leaders are usually led by a Lieutenant Colonel. That is most commonly the highest rank for fighter pilots. Wing Commanders are usually full birds but generally no longer go on combat missions.
 
2022-01-19 7:17:27 PM  

Primum non nocere: I'm probably going to regret this, but here goes . . .

Shouldn't he be a full colonel by 59 yo?


You kinda top out at Lite Colonel if a) you don't plan on going the General route, or b) "wash out" trying to go the General route. Most will 20 out if they make to Lite Col and go make real money as a contractor. There are exceptions of course.

My current boss is a 20 and out LtCol F-16 driver with "overseas experience". He has some stories. Of course, a lot of folks I work with are ex-AF of one sort or another.

/ may or may not work for the Uncle
 
2022-01-19 7:18:09 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: "Well, I definitely don't feel 60," Feheley said during an appearance on "Morning in America." "When I looked at my grandfather when he was 60, he was an old man. And I don't feel that way now."

I guarantee you, your grandkids think you're f*cking ancient.


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People aged differently back then.
 
2022-01-19 7:18:13 PM  

Primum non nocere: I'm probably going to regret this, but here goes . . .

Shouldn't he be a full colonel by 59 yo?


I was going to go with the movie was before "don't ask, don't tell." You're good.
 
2022-01-19 7:20:13 PM  
They really should have called the sequel Bottom Gun
 
2022-01-19 7:20:40 PM  
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2022-01-19 7:21:47 PM  

solcofn: Benevolent Misanthrope: "Well, I definitely don't feel 60," Feheley said during an appearance on "Morning in America." "When I looked at my grandfather when he was 60, he was an old man. And I don't feel that way now."

I guarantee you, your grandkids think you're f*cking ancient.

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People aged differently back then.


Agreed.  I once read that Gary Coleman turned 33 the first season of Diff'rent Strokes.
 
2022-01-19 7:21:59 PM  

Lsherm: As long as you can stay conscious pulling G's, why not?


I'm asleep pulling f's. Cant make it to G's anymore
 
2022-01-19 7:22:18 PM  
His call sign reminded me of...

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2022-01-19 7:23:55 PM  

BlueFalconPunch: Primum non nocere: I'm probably going to regret this, but here goes . . .

Shouldn't he be a full colonel by 59 yo?

If he commissioned directly out of college, that's a valid question. 33 years service and 59 years old puts him at 26 when commissioning.

Most likely there's a ton of reserve duty time in there, that's the only way to explain 33 years of service and only a LtCol rank. Especially as a pilot.


Lots of folks top out at LC. My dad said if you got passed over for full bird your first two lists you were basically done. He ended up retiring because he was on a desk, but if he was still flying he wouldn't have retired until they forced him out.
 
2022-01-19 7:25:04 PM  
solcofn:

People aged differently back then.

I've noticed that my entire adult life. I look at pics of people in the 1940s, and think "that guy is at least 50". He's like 30 years old. Even shows from the 70s, I think "that dude has to be 60". Nope, 35.
 
2022-01-19 7:28:14 PM  
drewogatory:

Lots of folks top out at LC. My dad said if you got passed over for full bird your first two lists you were basically done. He ended up retiring because he was on a desk, but if he was still flying he wouldn't have retired until they forced him out.

That's what happened to my [family relation - redacted]. Missed out on Major twice, mostly because he refused to re-post to different bases, then got rotated out. 9/11 happened and guess what:  We need people that know what you know. Brought him back in, gave him Major and let him finish his 20.

/ Still works for the USAF as a civvy, makes ungodly money with his salary +retirement.
 
2022-01-19 7:30:38 PM  

Nick Nostril: solcofn:

People aged differently back then.

I've noticed that my entire adult life. I look at pics of people in the 1940s, and think "that guy is at least 50". He's like 30 years old. Even shows from the 70s, I think "that dude has to be 60". Nope, 35.


Preservatives in food.
 
2022-01-19 7:30:54 PM  

BlueFalconPunch: Primum non nocere: I'm probably going to regret this, but here goes . . .

Shouldn't he be a full colonel by 59 yo?

If he commissioned directly out of college, that's a valid question. 33 years service and 59 years old puts him at 26 when commissioning.

Most likely there's a ton of reserve duty time in there, that's the only way to explain 33 years of service and only a LtCol rank. Especially as a pilot.


TFA says 22 years at the reserve base, so presumably that's why, 11 years active plus 22 reserves.
 
2022-01-19 7:33:51 PM  

Nick Nostril: solcofn:

People aged differently back then.

I've noticed that my entire adult life. I look at pics of people in the 1940s, and think "that guy is at least 50". He's like 30 years old. Even shows from the 70s, I think "that dude has to be 60". Nope, 35.


A lot more people smoked back then. Remember smoking in restaurants? Pepperidge Farm remembuhs!
 
2022-01-19 7:43:29 PM  
As of four years ago, one of my USAF pilot training classmates is still flying F-16s in a contract job. He has way over 10,000 hours in the jet. He says, "as long as my back holds up I'll keep flying."
 
2022-01-19 7:57:12 PM  

edmo: As of four years ago, one of my USAF pilot training classmates is still flying F-16s in a contract job. He has way over 10,000 hours in the jet. He says, "as long as my back holds up I'll keep flying."


That's what I wondered about the story - isn't 5000 hours pretty low for 33 years?
 
2022-01-19 8:00:45 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Nick Nostril: solcofn:

People aged differently back then.

I've noticed that my entire adult life. I look at pics of people in the 1940s, and think "that guy is at least 50". He's like 30 years old. Even shows from the 70s, I think "that dude has to be 60". Nope, 35.

A lot more people smoked back then. Remember smoking in restaurants? Pepperidge Farm remembuhs!


Yeah, didn't get banned here until 2006, at least we went total ban in all places of employment. A shocking number of states will don't have a ban, or exempt some businesses like bars or restaurants:

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2022-01-19 8:04:45 PM  

Feel_the_velvet: solcofn: Benevolent Misanthrope: "Well, I definitely don't feel 60," Feheley said during an appearance on "Morning in America." "When I looked at my grandfather when he was 60, he was an old man. And I don't feel that way now."

I guarantee you, your grandkids think you're f*cking ancient.

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People aged differently back then.

Agreed.  I once read that Gary Coleman turned 33 the first season of Diff'rent Strokes.


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Diff'rent Strokes ran from 1978 - 1985.
 
2022-01-19 8:06:57 PM  
Blue Angels Music Video - Dreams by Van Halen (1986 Original)
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2022-01-19 8:15:54 PM  

Lsherm: As long as you can stay conscious pulling G's, why not?


As long as your eyes work and you can pull G you will be fine.

I just never thought Top Gun was a good movie to start and don't feel a lot of excitement about this one.
 
2022-01-19 8:21:13 PM  

robodog: BlueFalconPunch: Primum non nocere: I'm probably going to regret this, but here goes . . .

Shouldn't he be a full colonel by 59 yo?

If he commissioned directly out of college, that's a valid question. 33 years service and 59 years old puts him at 26 when commissioning.

Most likely there's a ton of reserve duty time in there, that's the only way to explain 33 years of service and only a LtCol rank. Especially as a pilot.

TFA says 22 years at the reserve base, so presumably that's why, 11 years active plus 22 reserves.


His place in the reserves is the most likely reason why he kept out at 10 and colonel, but let's also consider maybe he's happy there. Not everybody wants to rise as high as possible and run the whole show.
 
2022-01-19 8:24:19 PM  

solcofn: Benevolent Misanthrope: "Well, I definitely don't feel 60," Feheley said during an appearance on "Morning in America." "When I looked at my grandfather when he was 60, he was an old man. And I don't feel that way now."

I guarantee you, your grandkids think you're f*cking ancient.

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People aged differently back then.


Dang... they looked way older than me. I never would have put them that young.
 
2022-01-19 8:26:51 PM  
A shocking number of states will don't have a ban, or exempt some businesses like bars or restaurants

I think bars should be able to decide for themselves. FFS, every decent bar (and most $$$ restaurants) in LA has a huge smoking area that manages to skirt the law anyway.
 
2022-01-19 8:34:18 PM  

Nick Nostril: solcofn:

People aged differently back then.

I've noticed that my entire adult life. I look at pics of people in the 1940s, and think "that guy is at least 50". He's like 30 years old. Even shows from the 70s, I think "that dude has to be 60". Nope, 35.


I bet it was all the smoking.
 
2022-01-19 8:34:18 PM  

rummonkey: robodog: BlueFalconPunch: Primum non nocere: I'm probably going to regret this, but here goes . . .

Shouldn't he be a full colonel by 59 yo?

If he commissioned directly out of college, that's a valid question. 33 years service and 59 years old puts him at 26 when commissioning.

Most likely there's a ton of reserve duty time in there, that's the only way to explain 33 years of service and only a LtCol rank. Especially as a pilot.

TFA says 22 years at the reserve base, so presumably that's why, 11 years active plus 22 reserves.

His place in the reserves is the most likely reason why he kept out at 10 and colonel, but let's also consider maybe he's happy there. Not everybody wants to rise as high as possible and run the whole show.


No, it's *the* reason - you simply can't do 33 years active duty as an O-5.  By law, the active-duty limit for a lieutenant colonel (O-5) is 28 years.  Even making O-6 will only get you to 30 years.
 
2022-01-19 8:34:53 PM  

drewogatory: A shocking number of states will don't have a ban, or exempt some businesses like bars or restaurants

I think bars should be able to decide for themselves. FFS, every decent bar (and most $$$ restaurants) in LA has a huge smoking area that manages to skirt the law anyway.


Nope, you shouldn't have to accept secondhand smoke as a term of employment.
 
2022-01-19 8:36:46 PM  

robodog: drewogatory: A shocking number of states will don't have a ban, or exempt some businesses like bars or restaurants

I think bars should be able to decide for themselves. FFS, every decent bar (and most $$$ restaurants) in LA has a huge smoking area that manages to skirt the law anyway.

Nope, you shouldn't have to accept secondhand smoke as a term of employment.


That's idiotic if it's disclosed upfront. And most bar employees would not only not care, they would be pleased.
 
2022-01-19 8:37:23 PM  

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Why are we looking at A-4s?

Granted, I love the video.
 
2022-01-19 8:42:17 PM  

drewogatory: robodog: drewogatory: A shocking number of states will don't have a ban, or exempt some businesses like bars or restaurants

I think bars should be able to decide for themselves. FFS, every decent bar (and most $$$ restaurants) in LA has a huge smoking area that manages to skirt the law anyway.

Nope, you shouldn't have to accept secondhand smoke as a term of employment.

That's idiotic if it's disclosed upfront. And most bar employees would not only not care, they would be pleased.


Yes, I'm sure the 80+% of the population that is nonsmokers would just be thrilled to be forced to endure secondhand smoke in order to have a job. All the bar owners moaned and whined that it would be the end of their business in 06, none went broke. Smokers it turns out are actually fine with going outside the place or onto a patio to feed their addiction and didn't as a group all decide to stay home and drink.
 
2022-01-19 8:44:33 PM  

BlueFalconPunch: Primum non nocere: I'm probably going to regret this, but here goes . . .

Shouldn't he be a full colonel by 59 yo?

If he commissioned directly out of college, that's a valid question. 33 years service and 59 years old puts him at 26 when commissioning.

Most likely there's a ton of reserve duty time in there, that's the only way to explain 33 years of service and only a LtCol rank. Especially as a pilot.


He didn't go in straight out of college, it is in the story.

"Feheley's first job was as a young stockbroker in Miami, but he knew he wanted more. He decided to take flying lessons locally, and quickly realized he had a passion for the craft, according to a statement.
Feheley joined the United States Air Force in 1988"


Then later in the story it explains he is in the reserves, so yea, Reserve time and desire to keep flying explains the years and Lt Col rank.

"And in the end, I was able to spend 22 years at Homestead Air Reserve Base, the 482nd Fighter Wing there. And it's 22 years of people and memories and deployments, that are the things and making those friendships are the things that keep you in the Air Force for 33 years."
 
2022-01-19 8:47:53 PM  

Mugato: Nick Nostril: solcofn:

People aged differently back then.

I've noticed that my entire adult life. I look at pics of people in the 1940s, and think "that guy is at least 50". He's like 30 years old. Even shows from the 70s, I think "that dude has to be 60". Nope, 35.

I bet it was all the smoking.


Estrogen in the modern food supply making people (especially males) look younger and more feminine in appearance well into adulthood.

That may account for the apparent escalation in gender conflicts we see as well.
 
2022-01-19 8:50:59 PM  

robodog: All the bar owners moaned and whined that it would be the end of their business in 06, none went broke


Most of the dive bars around here closed up.

The anti-smoking zealots are more of an Applebees crowd though, so that didn't matter to them.
 
2022-01-19 8:51:22 PM  

jmr61: RandyJohnson: [iFrame https://www.youtube.com/embed/u5JdDDxqikU?autoplay=1&widget_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fark.com&start=0&enablejsapi=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fark.com&widgetid=1]


Why are we looking at A-4s?

Granted, I love the video.


Why are we looking at Blue Angels? It's USN. It's planes.
/sister was atc for them at nas Pensacola
// air crew school at Pensacola
 
2022-01-19 9:08:50 PM  

solcofn: Benevolent Misanthrope: "Well, I definitely don't feel 60," Feheley said during an appearance on "Morning in America." "When I looked at my grandfather when he was 60, he was an old man. And I don't feel that way now."

I guarantee you, your grandkids think you're f*cking ancient.

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People aged differently back then.


Ah, the Brimley/Cocoon line.

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2022-01-19 9:20:20 PM  
I knew a general who had been retired out from flying. He was the highest ranking general on the base but didn't have any real duties. He got involved in the base museum and worked with the recruiters and seemed to annoy everyone above the rank of major. In the past he ran the air force version of top gun and didn't seem to like the idea of retirement. He would give base tours to the high school classes including things like the flight line when it was active. His team for a base golf tournament had 3 airmen while all the other teams were all top brass.  He was involved in the flight club and would take their cessna out to the training area and screw with the f-15s on their training missions and sometimes come back with a "kill".  He would do pilot instructing at flight club and helped with the scouting flights.
 
2022-01-19 9:22:18 PM  
So out of the 12053 days he was a pilot, he only spent 208 of them actually flying.
What a payoff.
 
2022-01-19 9:42:23 PM  

BrerRobot: So out of the 12053 days he was a pilot, he only spent 208 of them actually flying.
What a payoff.


It is. 5,000 hours is above average for a career as a fighter pilot. They generally aren't flying eight-plus hours a day like a commercial pilot.
 
2022-01-19 9:51:26 PM  

BrerRobot: So out of the 12053 days he was a pilot, he only spent 208 of them actually flying.
What a payoff.


Couple things in play here.  First, 22 of his 33 years were as a reservist - you know the whole "one weekend a month and two weeks a year" thing?  It's not a full-time job.

Second, because of budget, aircraft, and maintenance restrictions, military pilots are lucky to get 200 hours/year of flight time, maybe 300 in a deployment year.

Third, even for active duty pilots, not every duty assignment is a flying job - it's not as if you get your wings and then spent the rest of your entire career flying.

Finally, even in a "flying" billet, there are collateral duties, training, administrative duties, preflight and postflight duties, and so on.
 
2022-01-19 10:10:36 PM  

GRCooper: edmo: As of four years ago, one of my USAF pilot training classmates is still flying F-16s in a contract job. He has way over 10,000 hours in the jet. He says, "as long as my back holds up I'll keep flying."

That's what I wondered about the story - isn't 5000 hours pretty low for 33 years?


No, not at all actually. Most officers spend more time at desks than in the cockpit over the years so 5000 hours is pretty impressive.

My buddy was active duty, then went to the Guard and was training international students, and then upon retiring from the Guard, training international students again as a contractor for 20 years. He's never had a desk job.
 
2022-01-19 10:38:03 PM  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: Mugato: Nick Nostril: solcofn:

People aged differently back then.

I've noticed that my entire adult life. I look at pics of people in the 1940s, and think "that guy is at least 50". He's like 30 years old. Even shows from the 70s, I think "that dude has to be 60". Nope, 35.

I bet it was all the smoking.

Estrogen in the modern food supply making people (especially males) look younger and more feminine in appearance well into adulthood.

That may account for the apparent escalation in gender conflicts we see as well.


You are forgetting the part about the frogs dude...
 
2022-01-20 12:05:13 AM  

Thunderboy: It is. 5,000 hours is above average for a career as a fighter pilot. They generally aren't flying eight-plus hours a day like a commercial pilot.


When I worked for an airline I was shocked at the number of flight hours racked up every year.  It was usually a couple of hundred a year at most.
 
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