Fly Like a Fighter

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Fly like a fighter: ‘To pee or not to pee’

Fly like a fighter | 2012, 12 17

The use of “piddle packs” in the cockpit has led to some entertaining mishaps in the F-16. In general aviation, it might just drive your passengers away.

Fly like a fighter: Dogfight's line-of-sight secret

Fly like a fighter | 2012, 12 06

With a thrust-to-weight ratio greater than 1:1, the F-15 performs amazingly in a dogfight. But there are some secrets the pilot needs to take to come out of the dogfight safely.

Fly like a fighter: Blown tire

Fly like a fighter | 2012, 11 20

A slight yaw to the right was the only indication of a larger problem during a formation touchdown in a T-38. Find out how quick action saved the day.

Fly like a fighter: Backup to the backup

Fly like a fighter | 2012, 11 02

Approaching bingo fuel and unable to return to home base or the planned alternate, this T-38 instructor had little time to find another backup to set the bird down.

Fly like a fighter: Zero airspeed

Fly like a fighter | 2012, 10 19

Three minutes after scrambling for a training mission, an F-15 pilot is on the runway, afterburners lit for takeoff. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot notices his airspeed indicator is reading zero instead of the anticipated 120 knots.

Fly like a fighter: Nighttime challenges, rewards

Fly like a fighter | 2012, 10 09

Starry nights are a reward for pilots who are night current, but night flying also presents unique demands. In this F-15 pilot's case: a night refueling mission in the clouds.

Fly like a fighter: Fill your brain

Fly like a fighter | 2012, 09 24

After a high oil-temperature reading, an experienced F-15 pilot learns you can really never know enough.

Fly like a fighter: F-15s fall from the sky

Fly like a fighter | 2012, 09 12

A five-ship of F-15s was cleared to climb to FL390. Loaded with three external fuel tanks, would the aircraft make it? A pilot comes to a practical understanding of absolute ceiling.

Fly like a fighter: Mountain flying

Fly like a fighter | 2012, 08 28

Anytime you can fly at an airspeed of 400 knots in an airplane it is a rush. When you do it at 500 feet agl, the thrill is even greater. And when that 500 feet agl includes mountain walls and peaks surrounding your military jet, it turns into an event of a lifetime.

Fly like a fighter: No brakes

Fly like a fighter | 2012, 08 10

The landing rollout isn't the best time to discover a loss of brakes in an F-15. Find out if this former Air Force pilot was able to get the jet stopped and how he applies the lesson to flying his GA aircraft.