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E2/C2 questions.

Started by Melissa Webb. Last reply by Melissa Webb Mar 28, 2019. 10 Replies

My son just selected for the E2/C2 from Pensacola.  He'd hoped for jets and had been top of his group with recommendations but unfortunately they didn't have any open slots the week he did…Continue

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Comment by Chris B. on July 20, 2013 at 7:10am

My son reported to Pensacola yesterday...SNA...after seven years active duty, his aviation career has begun!

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 17, 2013 at 10:32am

Tim...I have no idea but have run across this site....I know they sell solid gold wings....which are not cheap....but it's a thought

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on December 9, 2011 at 10:38am

Naval Aviation: Forging a Legacy of Success

December 9th, 2011 posted by aguerry

The following blog post was written by Vice Adm. Allen Myers, Commander, U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command. Holding the awesome responsibility of leading a naval aviation community that operates and maintains more than 3,700 aircraft, Myers reflects on the past year of celebrating 100 years of rich aviation history and looks forward to its promising future.

Vice Admiral Myers

Vice Admiral Allen Myers

As 2011 draws to a close, I am extremely proud that our centennial year has been a celebration of the innovation, courage and teamwork that are the hallmark of Naval Aviation. From the spectacular kick-off in February at Naval Air Station North Island, to major regional and local celebrations across the country and around the globe. We have honored our heritage, celebrated our success and set a positive glide slope for the future.

Last week, I had the honor of speaking at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington D.C., honoring those who wear the cloth of our nation and share a passion for flight, as well as those who have served in Naval Aviation throughout the last 100 years, whose initiative, vision and sacrifice brought us the successes we enjoy today, forging our legacy with every flight.

For the past 100 years Naval Aviation has proven beyond a doubt that what was initially thought to be a useful reconnaissance capability is now a critical element of our power projection and national security. Naval Aviation has expanded and enhanced the areas our ships can influence from simple line of sight at the crow’s nest to a radius that increased with each technological advance. From biplanes and monoplanes to turboprops and jets, Naval Aviation has been at the forefront of change and technology, extending that area of influence all the way into the bounds of space.

Each of these advances was made possible by the people who are at the heart of our success – the dedicated aviators, aircrew, engineers, and technicians – the incredible team of Navy and Marine, active, reserve and civilian personnel who ARE Naval Aviation.

They go where their nation asks and they conduct their assigned missions with professionalism and great success. They are forward, ready and flexible as they operate from the sea base. During this centennial year seven of our aircraft carriers have been deployed, from USS Enterprise (CVN 65) who celebrates 50 years of service this year, to our newest carrier on her maiden deployment, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Our carriers with their air wings have provided more than a third of the close air support for our service members and coalition partners on the ground in Afghanistan. They have countered piracy and provided reliable presence to support our Allies and influence regional actors, and made history for their contributions in fighting global terrorism, especially USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

They have also been a force for good providing relief and humanitarian assistance, perhaps none more noted than USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). A first responder to the terrible trifecta of earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima Daichi disaster, Reagan demonstrated perfectly the immeasurable value of forward presence and agility, and provided critical relief – more than 200 tons of food, water and other supplies – to our friends in Japan through Operation Tomodachi.

Naval Aviation is a ready, forward force that operates from the sea base and from expeditionary bases around the world. Our rotary wing gives us the reach and flexibility to reclaim pirated vessels, conduct maritime intercept operations, and deliver humanitarian aid. Our helicopters in Kuwait have reliably supported the Naval Air Ambulance Detachment mission and conducted critical medical evacuation and relief for the injured. The “Scorpions” of VAQ-132 completed the first expeditionary EA-18 “Growler” deployment earlier this year that included supporting the NATO mission over Libya. At the same time, our maritime patrol community, which flies the venerable P-3 Orion, gives us the edge for sea control with their persistent eyes on station over maritime chokepoints, as well as over the sands of the Middle East.

So, where do we go from here?  As Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said at the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation Gala last week, “Even as we adapt to a changing strategic environment, and as we enter a period of fiscal constraint … Naval Aviation will continue to play a vital role in the nation’s defense.”

As we look to the future, Naval Aviation remains focused on warfighting, ready always to operate forward, and we will maintain this focus as we prepare to implement our planned transitions, including the MH-60R/S, P-8 Poseidon, EA-18 Growler, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, Joint Strike Fighter and the Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier now under construction. Ford will bring online the new electro-magnetic aircraft launch system and advanced arresting gear, and by 2018, our carrier flight decks will be home to a family of unmanned systems currently in development.

Although our legacy is built on these technological advances, it has been endowed by the dedicated men and women who ARE Naval Aviation: the aviators, aircrew, engineers, and technicians – the incredible team of Navy and Marine, active, reserve and civilian personnel. They have forged a legacy of success, and I am humbled by these men and women who have a vision for the art of the possible and a drive to discover the unknown.  For a century they have been the backbone of Naval Aviation’s achievements, and they will continue to set our glide slope for success in the next century and beyond.

Fight to Fly!  Fly to Fight!  Fight to Win!

Comment by E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin on August 1, 2010 at 8:51pm
Awesome Interview!
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on August 1, 2010 at 8:37pm
a cute story for a change of pace:

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Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on March 17, 2010 at 8:26pm
when they say "a remote area East of Fallon" they mean it....there is NOTHING east of Fallon for a loooong way except do have the phone booth and the sand dunes where lots play. It is a boing, but if you like high Nevada desert, pretty drive on highway 50------the loneliest road in America!
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on December 17, 2009 at 11:05am
some basic flying "rules" I'm sure your sons and daughters are learning....or will learn!

Basic Birdman Wisdom

Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.

If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull the stick back, they get smaller. If you keep pulling the stick all the way back, then they get bigger again.

If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter and therefore inherently unsafe.

Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous.

It's always better to be down here wishing you were up there than up there wishing you were down here.

The ONLY time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.

Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in a flight bag for the purpose of storing dead batteries.

The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.

Never trade luck for skill.

When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No one has ever collided with the sky.

A 'good' landing is one from which you can walk away. A 'great' landing is one after which they can use the plane again.

A smooth landing is mostly luck. Two in a row is all luck. Three in a row is provocation.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.

When a flight is going extremely well, something was forgotten.

Human kind has a perfect record in aviation. No one has ever been left up there.

You know you've landed with the wheels up if it takes full power to taxi to the ramp.

When one engine fails on a twin engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.

The probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival. Large angle of arrival, small probability of survival and vice versa.

Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another airplane going in the opposite direction. Reliable sources also report that mountains have been known to hide in clouds.
Remember, if you crash because of weather, your funeral will be held on a sunny day.

Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal to the number of take offs you've made.

Weather forecast are horoscopes with numbers.

Never run out of altitude, airspeed and ideas all at the same time. (Submitted by gonavy505)

It is not a good idea to eject over an area you have just bombed. (Submitted by Mike Daniel)

Equipment problems that go away by themselves will come back by themselves.

Five famous last expressions in aviation: 1) What was that? 2) Why is it dong that? 3) Where are we? 4) Watch this! 5) Oooooh Sh**

If no liquids (such as fuel, oil, grease or hydraulic fluid) are leaking out of an aircraft, it's safe to say there are none within. (Submitted by ssdrpr)

Airspeed, altitude or brains. Two are required to successfully complete a flight.

Northrop's Law of Aeronautical Engineering - When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the airplane, the airplane will fly. (Submitted by HuckB315)

If you have to fly "Hanger Queen" during squadron fly off keep one hand on ejection seat handle during cat shot. (Submitted by gonavy505)

The most hazardous evolution in naval aviation is the end of deployment fly-off. (Approach safety magazine)

Flaring is like squatting to pee. (Navy carrier pilot).

Without ammunition the USAF would be just another expensive flying club.

Black Shoe Axiom: There are more airplanes in the ocean than there are submarines in the sky. (Submitted by ib1okie)

When all else fails in the cockpit, do an In Flight Mechanical Adjustment (aka IFMA). Specifically, use your flight boot of choice and kick the living daylights out of the offending electronic/mechanical device. (Submitted by Robert Lawson).

Similarities between air traffic controllers (ATC) and pilots: If a pilot screws up he dies. If ATC screws up the pilot dies.

Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your problem to a person on the ground incapable of understanding it or doing anything about it.

Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you.

Three great things in life are a good landing, a good orgasm and a good bowel movement. The night carrier landing is one of the few opportunities in life where you get to experience all three at the same time.

A pilot who doesn't have any fear probably isn't flying his plane to its maximum. (Attributed to astronaut Jon McBride)

The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world. It can just barely kill you. (Attributed to Northrop test pilot Max Stanley)

If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible. (Attributed to aerobatic pilot Bob Hoover)

When a crash seems inevitable endeavor to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity as slowly and gently as possible. (Attributed to WW1 era RAF)

If an airplane is still in one piece don't cheat on it, ride the bastard down. (Attributed to author/aviator Ernest K. Gann)

Though I fly through the valley of death I shall fear no evil for I am at 80,000 feet and climbing. (Sign at entrance to SR-71 area Kadena AFB Okinawa)

As a test pilot climbs out of an experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives, the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks "What happened?" The pilot replies, "I don't know, I just got here myself!" - Attributed to Ray Crandell (Lockheed test pilot)

You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3. (Attributed to SR-71 test pilot Paul Crickmore)

There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime. (Sign at Davis-Monthan AFB Arizona.)

Now I know what a dog feels like watching TV. (Attributed to a DC-9 captain trainee attempting to check out on the "glass cockpit" of an A-320.)

Altitude is energy, energy is speed, speed is life, life is good! (Submitted by AT1 Alan Trulock)

It takes a college degree to break 'em and a high school diploma to fix 'em. (Submitted by AT1 Doug Storie USN (Ret))

Shanker's Rules (Submitted by Walt Spangler)
1. Speed is life.
2. Train like you plan to fight.
3. If it's stupid and it works, it ain't stupid.
4. When all else fails, select guns.
5. Know the opposition
6. When things go wrong, get aggressive.
7. Always know when to get out of Dodge.
8. Always know how to get out of Dodge.
9. Honor the threat

Helicopters don't fly. They are so ugly that the earth actually repels them. (Submitted by tomcat_842002)

Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission. (Submitted by tomcat_842002)

There are old fighter pilots, and there are bold fighter pilots, but there are no old and bold fighter pilots! (Submitted by tomcat_842002)

You start with an empty bag of skill and a full bag of luck. The trick is to fill the bag of skill before the luck runs out. (Submitted by tomcat_842002)

Remember the 7 "P's": Perfect Planning and Practice Prevents Piss Poor Performance. (Submitted by tomcat_842002)

The plane is the dog and the pilot is the owner. The planes job is to bite the owner if he touches anything. (Submitted by tomcat_842002)

Fighter bubba's nick name for Hornet pilots - FAG's - Fighter Attack Guys. (Submitted by tomcat_842002)

There are times in life when you should ask questions. There are times in life when you shouldn't. When you see the EOD tech RUNNING up the flight deck, the latter ruler applies. (Submitted by Jim Doran, Air Gunner, USN (Ret))

There is only one purpose for naval aviation - ordnance on target. All else is secondary. A naval aviator is only a courier service for the ordnanceman. (Submitted by Jim Doran, Air Gunner, USN (Ret))

Electric fusing only works if the aircrew turns it on. (Submitted by Jim Doran, Air Gunner, USN (Ret))

An explosion is defined as a loud noise accompanied by the rapid disassembly of the weapon. (Submitted by Jim Doran, Air Gunner, USN (Ret))

It's always better to be down here, wishing you were up there, than to be up there, wishing you were down here. (Attributed to retired Captain H. Ronning).

Progress in airline flying: now a flight attendant can get a pilot pregnant.

The flight of a helicopter is nothing more than a continuously controlled crash landing. (Attributed to a Coast Guard Pilot - Submitted by Robin Jones)
Comment by Bud Rose on December 5, 2009 at 9:25pm
Congrats Chris ! He took the rough road to get it ! With that attitude, I don't think he'll have any problems with whatever is thrown at him!
Comment by Bud Rose on November 8, 2009 at 10:04pm
Just joined!My son is in P-cola and flying Cessnas. Will be in API soon. Wants to fly F-18s real,real,bad ! You folks have any advice, stories or consolation for a concerned dad?

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