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Marine Pilot VS Navy Pilot

BarrettRC8

VMFA
pilot
If someone told me that I could have traded being a Divo during my first tour for an extra 200 flight hours, I would have turned them down in a heartbeat. That experience was invaluable to my professional development.
You got to the fleet when? 200 hours was two years of flying for dudes who showed up to Marine Hornet fleet sqdns in 2012/2013. Its worse now. I'd gladly have given up my first tour Airframes OIC ground job for an additional 50 hours of flight time.

And I disagree 100%. To each their own I guess. I completely agree with @A Day In The Life . I signed on the dotted line to fly.
Concur.
 

BarrettRC8

VMFA
pilot
If someone told me that I could have traded being a Divo during my first tour for an extra 200 flight hours, I would have turned them down in a heartbeat. That experience was invaluable to my professional development.
Also, refer to my comment "I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone who is a pilot..."

From my experience, WSOs focused far more on ground duties than any of the pilots cared to. So that doesn't surprise me. Different priorities perhaps.
 

Brett327

Well-Known Member
None
Super Moderator
Contributor
Also, refer to my comment "I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone who is a pilot..."

From my experience, WSOs focused far more on ground duties than any of the pilots cared to. So that doesn't surprise me. Different priorities perhaps.
That’s not my experience. Both crew members need flight time to hone their skills. Sounds like there’s some room for community variance. Like I said above, YMMV.

In the grand scheme, a career in Naval Aviation is about managing competing interests and finding the right balance. The fulcrum is always moving, both within any single tour, and between tours. Guys in their first sea tours naturally see the world through a different lens. From a more senior perspective, I laid out that tour as three pillars in priority order - flying, ground job, leadership. Managing those competing priorities is an art form in and of itself. JOs that do that well tend to be more effective in the jet, and as officers in general.

Some guys just want to fly and don’t like anything else. I get it, but it’s not the way we do business in Naval Aviation. Never has been, and it probably never will be. I also get that lots of guys aren’t doing much flying during maintenance phase. That sucks, but that has nothing to do with the fact that we have ground jobs.
 

Austin-Powers

Lean and Mean!
If I went Air Force, the only caveat I am afraid is being selected for RPA and not Pilot. I know it sounds kinda whiney but I think the Navy offers better 'manned' aircraft. I know, Officer first, pilot second, but I rather fly a helicopter than a Predator. 🤔
 

Pags

Well-Known Member
pilot
If I went Air Force, the only caveat I am afraid is being selected for RPA and not Pilot. I know it sounds kinda whiney but I think the Navy offers better 'manned' aircraft. I know, Officer first, pilot second, but I rather fly a helicopter than a Predator. 🤔
Why limit yourself, in the USN you can fly both! @RedFive where's Waldo's picture of LCS, H-60, and MQ-8?

Or P-8 and MQ-4. Or MQ-25 and E-2? @Uncle Fester is that still the plan for MQ-25?

Either way, manned-unmanned teaming for many of my friends.
 

Swanee

Self aware since 2014
pilot
Contributor
You got to the fleet when? 200 hours was two years of flying for dudes who showed up to Marine Hornet fleet sqdns in 2012/2013. Its worse now.

There are days that I regret my performance at the boat in the FRS.


But then I read stuff like this, talk to my buddies still riding the dragon, and realize that I left the community at the right time.
 

Pags

Well-Known Member
pilot
Last I heard (briefly at the fleet-fly-in) was that the Stingray would be used for aerial refueling and wouldn't be a replacement for the E-2
never meant to imply that mq-25 would be an E-2 replacement. Last I had heard was that Mq-25 was going to be owned and operated by the VAW community in some manner similar to either how hsc or VP have incorporated their unmanned components into their respective communities.
 

zipmartin

Why do I keep getting messages from Hoveround?
pilot
Contributor
I even knew guys who flew A-7s and liked them! Friggin' A-7s! Better to have a sister in a whorehouse than a brother in A-7s!:)
Old guy here. A little background. End of the Nam era - tried to get into the Air Force - turned down 2 years in a row (big time RIF happening, had to be academy or A student out of ROTC to get accepted). Somehow, the Navy took a chance on me. Got A-7's after my winging and was devastated (it was enduring some engine problems at the time and didn't have a great reputation behind the boat). Long story short - absolutely fell in love with the plane and the mission for reasons stated in successive posts. Later flew A-4's for over 13 years, mostly in the adversary role as a full-time reservist (TAR). Whichever service you end up in can either be a great experience or a terrible one. It's about 42% up to the individual to as to which way it will go.😎
 
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