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First solo at Navy Flight school. T-34C painted up with tiger shark mouth
This is badass. When you say first solo, is this the plane you first soloed in or did you start with a C172 or similar?
I’m pretty ignorant when it comes to… anything really.
That was the first plane I ever flew. The Navy didn’t do the program where flight students start out in C172 at that time. They kicked us directly into the pool with a retractable turboprop.
That is really awesome. 👍🏻
Dude this is awesome. I got a ride in one of those prototypes when I was a kid back in the late 90s. One of 3 where two got destroyed, one in a museum fire and one crashed so basically one of a kind. The only time I've got to experience acrobatics and it is a forever memory.
So awesome man!
There is late, and then there is "People born after I took this picture have college degrees"
Congrats and sexy plane!
Thanks! Was trying to make 2008 guy feel less late.
2012 Doer Bird right here! Cool to see this.
Nice! Where’d you end up?
MH60R, spent my first sea tour with HSM-71 in San Diego.
I was SH60B out of Mayport, HSL-44 2001-2004.
I would've been about a year-ish behind you (NFO side of the house, though). Hawkeyes. Deployed with HSC-4.
Nice! I actually went through OCS and Preflight as an SNFO. Was switched after I submitted a special request chit at API that was approved by CAPT Zimmerman.
You must've kicked API in the teeth. Well done. By the time I went through, nobody was transitioning. We didn't bother trying. I had all the test scores and vision for SNA, but submitted my recruiting package in September and all SNA spots were full for that fiscal year. Recruiter said "it's real easy to switch over once you are in the aviation pipeline." I bought it, hook, line and sinker. Dumb.
At the end of my fleet tour, I had my package for NFO to Pilot ready to put in the mail, but then I met my wife and plans changed. Thing is, everyone that applied that year got accepted.
But, no regrets. Got my PPL two years ago and get to live as a front-seater now.
I remember CAPT Zimmerman! Who was your DI at OCS? Gunny Erwin for me (the guy in the video). Class 20-00. "More zeroes than the rest!"
I was in Gunny White’s first class, 27-98. Dude was a badass.
As far as kicking API in the teeth, I did ok. I think I just got on the right side of “the needs of the Navy.” I still remember being called into CAPT Zimmerman’s office. It was a surprise and his secretary came and got me off the watch desk. There’s little ENS Corbec023 sitting across from a guy who has time over Hanoi in an A-6, with him asking me to tell him about myself.
White was still there when I went through. Salty bastard, for sure.
From what I hear, the training pipeline (and the Pensacola heat) haven't changed a bit in decades. Still running on that damn chip trail. How was it back then? As a navy student now I would love to know.
Like you said, some things have stayed the same for a long time. I think the biggest changes came with the adoption of the joint grading system and the change of aircraft to the T-6. When I was a student, the only grades were Above, Average, Below, and Unsat. There also wasn’t a published scale for what those were supposed to mean, like the 1-5 scale.
Save the best for last; that's badass!