After watching Terminator Salvation, I am convinced of the Marine Corps need to steal the A-10 to replace the Harrier.
I honestly think the Harrier is probably cooler...more fun to fly...
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I should be selecting in a month or so. I was all about the hornet throughout training until going out to the weps det. Dropping blue death and onav-ing through the mtns. was a blast.
...the noise level is so high that during launch and recovery of a -35B, as of now, their recommendationt is that no one will be allowed to be topside. Of course, that's what they are saying now ... perhaps, instead, NAVAIR will start a project for new and improved hearing protection :icon_tong
I tend to disagree that a 2000 hour training command guy coming back to the Hornet after 3-4 years has nothing to offer (if he was able to get his quals during his first fleet tour) … sure, he’s not going to be the guy going to TG or WTI but he’s going to bring flight discipline and leadership. You won’t be teaching that guy how to be a wingman because he already knows how to fly and a CAT3 syllabus will get that guy back up to speed with tactics. Throw him in a 2 seat squadron and that can also mitigate any tactical deficiencies with running the radar or FLIR. That guy will be getting his section lead & div lead qual's back pretty quick. I think a squadron CO would rather have a guy like that than some second tour 500 hr guy who's coming back to the fleet with no quals/section lead only or some WSO retread O-4 (no hate there) that is truly a wingman.Being out of the Hornet for 3 years and then coming back and trying to become proficient again just doesn't happen...at least not really. You have nothing that anyone in the fleet wants.