Hmmm..do you like low flying aircraft?....then here ya go!

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Why would you jump out of a perfectly good aircraft?!
Reminds me of our "Drill Sargeant" in USN Boot Camp (in the Navy we called them Company Commanders).
He thought submariners just weren't right. They couldn't be:
Because why would anybody sink a perfectly good floating vessel, a ship, on purpose?!
Leaving flying aircraft is not near as bad as what you gottah do on the ground, what you went there for.....
 
Leaving flying aircraft is not near as bad as what you gottah do on the ground, what you went there for.....
I am reminded of the Glider Pilots of WWII. Their primary role was following the tow plane, tripping the cable release, and then performing a successful (typically crash- ) landing. Once that mission was complete, they were pilots-turned-infantry and had to morph into a completely non-aviation foot soldier, combat engineer, or "whatever needed to be done, when it needed to be done, whether they were trained to do it or not." They had a ride into battle, but had to fight their ways out.
 
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I am reminded of the Glider Pilots of WWII. Their primary role was following the tow plane, tripping the cable release, and then performing a successful (typically crash- ) landing. Once that mission was complete, they were officers-turned-infantry and had to morph into a completely non-aviation foot soldier, combat engineer, or "whatever needed to be done, when it needed to be done, whether they were trained to do it or not." They had a ride into battle, but had to fight their ways out.
Typical Glider pilot was a NCO. More an infantry man than a pilot
 

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I am reminded of the Glider Pilots of WWII.
Typical Glider pilot was a NCO. More an infantry man than a pilot

If you want a good "read" (and it's relatively short), try "Pegasus Bridge" by Stephen Ambrose. It's not just an amazing story, it's history, the very first action of D-Day:

- If I remember it right, the gliders (British special forces) went in blind (a night mission), and landed based solely on a count of their seconds in the air from tow release.

The whole story of D-Day might have turned out differently (but who really knows). Essentially, this small group successfully prevented the local German armor from reaching the beaches that morning.
 
OOOPS! First Dutch F-35A Accidentally Gets Foam Party Instead of Water Salute.

This is actually a "Post-Flight Incident Article", but because of it's comical aviation interest and this threads broad subscribership I'm posting it here for the maximum broadcast audience's appreciation.


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Article Link:
https://theaviationist.com/2019/11/01/ooops-first-dutch-f-35a-accidentally-gets-foam-party-instead-of-water-salute/

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OOOPS! First Dutch F-35A Accidentally Gets Foam Party Instead of Water Salute.


November 1, 2019

Fire Crews Were Supposed to Use Water, But Apparently Selected Foam Instead.

In an embarrassing gaff by the Dutch military, the first operational F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNlAF) got coated in firefighting foam instead of water when the aircraft arrived at Leeuwarden Air Base on Thursday.

The incident wound up on Redditt.com, where a string of amusing and off-color remarks immediately followed.
One report on Facebook said the fire crews had forgotten to switch their tanks from “foam” to “water” following their response to an emergency earlier in the day, resulting in the embarrassing gaff.

The aircraft was being flown by Ian Knight, Commanding Officer of the 323 Test & Evaluation Squadron, the unit that has conducted the F-35A testing for the Dutch military.

This first F-35A to be based in the Netherlands was arriving in Leeuwarden after being ferried from Cameri FACO (Final Assembly And Check Out) facility in Italy, where it was built under license from Lockheed Martin, and carried out its first flights.

The flight was significant since the other eight Dutch F-35As have been conducting flight testing from Edwards AFB in the U.S. The F-35A will replace the F-16 MLU in RNlAF service.

The impromptu Ibiza-style foam party didn’t seem to dampen Dutch spirits any, and the arrival ceremony continued as planned, although no one danced in the foam in celebration.

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