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Solo Flight

Sliding the throttles outboard, I eased them further forward into the afterburner range. I heard the boom as they lit and began to stage, a quick glance at the burner can gauge showed the exhaust nozzles opening all the way,

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Aviation Week Viewpoint; flawed analysis

The below aviation Week article seems written in defense of the MPL program European carriers are now utilizing. It’s analysis in my opinion is dangerously flawed and contradictory. First it is framed in the view of a single seat fighter

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Experience vs. Intense Training (MPL)

On 15 August 1983, a 24 year old with a mere 165 hours of total flight time, landed a twin engine jet on an aircraft carrier solo. A super natural pilot? Nope, an average jet SNA (Student Naval Aviator). That

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