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VT-10 Historical Shot circa 87

Pugs

Back from the range
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Rather than threadjack the VT-86 thread (more) I scanned this pic for the history geeks. Circa 1987 here are the three platforms you flew in VT-10 on the jet pipeline. The T-34C, T-2B and T-47A about 12 flights in each IIRC. This pic is the one that came with your certificate as you moved from VT-10 to VT-86.

 

Schnugg

It's gettin' a bit dramatic 'round here...
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I got 100 hours in the T-47A when I went through.

What a sweet ride...a pure X/C machine. P'Cola to Brunswick on one bag of gas IIRC.
 

Bird85

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Great job with the pic. I got winged on March 13, 1987, so your date caught my eye. I enjoyed flying in all 3 A/C. I vividly remember my spin hop in T-34's and actually ended up enjoying it. I digress to a story - in T-2's, I went on a 2-plane X/C to Oceana and our instructors were doing canopy rolls (not briefed) all the way to Virginia. When we got back to P-cola, we were basically threatened not tell anyone about it. As an Ensign wanting to get my wings, I shut my mouth and carried on. About 4 months later (by this time I was in VT-86) the same 2 instructors took 2 studs out to the warning area, started doing canopy rolls, collided, and crashed one plane (killed the instructor, student ejected and lived but was med down for a year) while the other plane limped home. I learned a hard lesson as I was told by the Commodore at the formal investigation that even though I was a very junior, inexperienced NFO (student) I was to never let more senior/experienced guys to do something stupid or do something not briefed. That advise served me well in the fleet and during my career. The "Platapus" was a dream to fly. I got to do a X/C to Reno and on the way home we went VFR over the Grand Canyon back when you could fly below the rim. I remember it had an aileron boost system which allowed it to pull more "g's", which only the RIO students got to experience.
 

TheBubba

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Winged less than a year ago, but the TurboGuppy was a fun airplane. By far my favorite so far.. though my total Navy flight time is only about 180 or so hrs, and all in tracom aircraft.

There was something surprisingly comforting and oddly relaxing about the T-2. I actually found it easier to get stuff done with the steam gauges over all of the electrical stuff in the T-1 & T-6. It was simple.

Just a little young guy "nostalgia"... if you want to call it that.

Bubba Out.
 

TheBubba

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Nope.

Its not in our syllabus, and none of the carriers can launch the thing... no launch bar on the nose wheel.

At least we were told it couldn't be launched for that reason.
 

BigIron

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If it doesn't have a launch bar on the nose gear, it won't be launched off a US carrier.
 

Pugs

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About 4 months later (by this time I was in VT-86) the same 2 instructors took 2 studs out to the warning area, started doing canopy rolls, collided, and crashed one plane (killed the instructor, student ejected and lived but was med down for a year) while the other plane limped home.
Yep, remember that although I don't recall his name he was stashed with VT-10 and worked in scheds.
 

Schnugg

It's gettin' a bit dramatic 'round here...
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Great job with the pic. I got winged on March 13, 1987, so your date caught my eye. I enjoyed flying in all 3 A/C. I vividly remember my spin hop in T-34's and actually ended up enjoying it. I digress to a story - in T-2's, I went on a 2-plane X/C to Oceana and our instructors were doing canopy rolls (not briefed) all the way to Virginia. When we got back to P-cola, we were basically threatened not tell anyone about it. As an Ensign wanting to get my wings, I shut my mouth and carried on. About 4 months later (by this time I was in VT-86) the same 2 instructors took 2 studs out to the warning area, started doing canopy rolls, collided, and crashed one plane (killed the instructor, student ejected and lived but was med down for a year) while the other plane limped home. I learned a hard lesson as I was told by the Commodore at the formal investigation that even though I was a very junior, inexperienced NFO (student) I was to never let more senior/experienced guys to do something stupid or do something not briefed. That advise served me well in the fleet and during my career. The "Platapus" was a dream to fly. I got to do a X/C to Reno and on the way home we went VFR over the Grand Canyon back when you could fly below the rim. I remember it had an aileron boost system which allowed it to pull more "g's", which only the RIO students got to experience.
That was T-Bird right? Nasty mishap IIRC. I got winged in Aug 87.
 

Pugs

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That was T-Bird right? Nasty mishap IIRC. I got winged in Aug 87.
Yep, I also recall (caution on that!) that both the instructors were SERGRADS who had just gotten orders to Hornets and were feeling their oats.
 
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