As I stood ogling its elegant form, an ancient museum docent strolled up behind me and with hushed tones broke my reverie. “Son, that airplane killed more Americans than Messerschmitts did.”
The importance of the mental well-being of the pilot seems to have been lost on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the airlines.
I speculated yesterday on the possible causes for the horrific tragedy of the Germanwings crash. As a throwaway concept, I included the possibility that the plane could have been brought View More ›
It is organic to the culture of aviation to discuss a mishap. It is part of the natural process of grieving and shock. This is our work place. The most View More ›
For the purposes of full disclosure, I have a duty to inform you all that I am a U.S. Navy (Reserve) F/A-18 Hornet pilot. And while some may remark of View More ›
After a somewhat tedious look at the scientific background to high gravitational (G) forces and how they affect the human body in flight, we need to understand how military aviators flying high-performance aircraft maintain consciousness and continue to press their attack View More ›
Unfortunately, war is not an abstraction. It is a living, breathing, nasty bastard of a thing that pervades every nook and cranny of the world.
Reports from Iraqi news agencies say the U.S. A-10s in specific cause “panic” among the ISIS terrorists during air strikes.
…and so it was that the mysterious force of gravity was revealed to Isaac Newton and the human mind for the first time. Then came the fighter pilot and the Newton’s force was soon exploited for its tactical advantage.
Soldiers like the A-10. They can see it, they can hear it, they have confidence in it. And that’s the one thing that we have to account for as we move forward.