From: Stockholm, Sweden
ORIGINAL: USS America
History made by the USN: First unmanned aircraft (X-47B) just successfully landed on an aircraft carrier underway at sea.
Sorry, Steve-o: You've been replaced with a circuit board. All hail our new computer overlords.
1st off, I retired 13 years ago. 2nd (and they already replaced me with 18 year old high school cheerleader!) , you mean my CHAFFEUR has been replaced by a circuit board. When the electronics can replace someone doing on board analysis , then you are right. (I think that day is coming). Frankly , the only problem I have with drones, is that there is always someone smarter than you who will eventually hack into the system and use it against you.
This subject always makes me think of the old Chevy Chase movie, "Sale of the Century". "GREAT DAY FOR THE NAVY!" "Why admiral, the Navy didn't buy any"? ""Right, and the Air Force bought 300!".
Like Steve EVER landed on an aircraft carrier!
I'd bet he *might* have-as a passenger in a S3 Viking.
Nope. Never landed on a CV in anything. Never rode in an S-3. Or any military jet. Ever.
And never "flew" anything except a Cessna 150, a 172 or an R/C model.
Although several times they let me sit in the pilot seat of various P-3's and "pretended" to fly it. And all three times I "flew" the P-3 simulator I crashed. Once , doing "Dutch rolls", I lost control so badly that I barrel-rolled a P-3 into the river.
I had a friend who used to work at the "Viggen" simulator at the local Air Flotilla in my old hometown. Got to try "flying" it quite a few times
It was a really nice simulator in that it was mounted on a 3D rig making the cockpit move in all three dimensions, having pressure belts strapped all over you to simulate the G forces and of course having screens mounted everywhere so wherever you looked, you could see the "real" terrain outside. Was a real blast to "fly"
My friend told me that the real pilots had a deal with the simulator personnel that in case that they crashed during simulation, they had to buy a cake for the sim personnel. This was (of course) capitalized hugely on by the devious sim people ... as in the simulator, there was a button with the label "freeze altitude". This was then used when some poor unsuspecting pilot was coming in to land ... when he was some ~10 meters above the ground, the sim personnel pressed the "magic button". When the unsuspecting pilot then muttered "what the f**k" and pushed the stick forward enough, they instantly depressed the "freeze altitude" button making him crash into the runway much to everyones amusement ...
The sim personnel, of course, denied every accusation as to having the sim "rigged" and duly collected their cake
ETA; In case you don't know the "Viggen", that's the predecessor to the "Gripen". Pic attached.
< Message edited by Grollub -- 7/11/2013 11:59:51 PM >
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