Fly Like a Fighter

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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.

Fly like a fighter: Minimum fuel

Fly like a fighter | 2012, 08 01

The F-15 can burn through an amazing amount of fuel in a short amount of time. In the dense air at sea level with maximum afterburner selected and at high speed, the total fuel flow can be more than 23,000 gallons per hour, or 385 gallons per minute.

Fly like a fighter: INS inop

Fly like a fighter | 2012, 07 18

When the inertial navigation system of his F-15 told him he was 40 miles north of his actual location, an Air Force pilot had to revert to the old standby of navigation: He had to look out the window.

Fly like a fighter: Engine shutdown

Fly like a fighter | 2012, 06 29

With the F-15's right engine oil pressure gauge reading dangerously low, the pilot faced a decision to continue, hoping the gauge was faulty, or shut down the engine as a precaution. Time to run through those emergency procedures.