Fly Like a Fighter

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Fly like a fighter: Free and correct

Fly like a fighter | 2015, 08 10

Preflight tasks admittedly aren't nearly as exciting as flying itself. But doing, or not doing, certain things before flight can have significant, even fatal, consequences, writes retired Air Force fighter pilot Larry Brown.

Fly like a fighter: 'Unable'

Fly like a fighter | 2015, 07 06

Even in a T-38 jet trainer, sometimes the appropriate response to a clearance is, "Unable," recalls retired Air Force pilot Larry Brown.

Fly like a fighter: Blindfold cockpit check

Fly like a fighter | 2015, 06 08

Use a fighter pilot's tip and close your eyes to visualize locations of key controls and cockpit switches before flight.

Fly like a fighter: Spin cycle

Fly like a fighter | 2015, 05 06

A "simple" power-on stall got really exciting, but then turned into a nonevent because of the training the pilot had received.

Fly like a fighter: Operation empty Sic-Sacs

Fly like a fighter | 2015, 04 07

After getting sick on his first five flights in a T-37, an Air Force pilot made it his goal to create an experience in which none of his passengers would get sick, whether he was flying reporters or controllers in an F-15 or T-38 or friends in a Cessna 172.

Fly like a fighter: Slightly lost

Fly like a fighter | 2015, 03 09

A low fuel indication sends an F-15 rookie pilot back toward home base away from his training team. While troubleshooting the problem, the pilot follows the wrong landmark. Find out the lessons that he learned and now applies to every flight.

Fly like a fighter: Dress for egress

Fly like a fighter | 2015, 02 09

Many pilots won't fly over large bodies of frigid water necessitating a wet suit, but the same principle for preparedness—dress for egress—applies wherever you fly. Retired Air Force pilot Larry Brown shares his lessons learned from flying an F-15 over the North Sea in a "poopy suit."

Fly like a fighter: Double trouble

Fly like a fighter | 2015, 01 06

During a two-ship F-15 training sortie, one Air Force pilot experienced a complete radio failure in his jet while the other experienced a failure in one of his jet's hydraulic systems. Find out how they made it back to base, and how you can prepare for similar emergencies.

Fly like a fighter: Smoke in the cockpit

Fly like a fighter | 2014, 12 08

Passing 3,000 feet and only 9 miles from the field, smoke started coming out from between the seats of the T-37 the Air Force student was flying with an instructor pilot.

Fly like a fighter: 'You can't bust me'

Fly like a fighter | 2014, 11 12

An Air Force student gets a surprise when his solo flight is deemed unsatisfactory for safety of flight. You might not be graded on every flight, but a “You can’t bust me” attitude is dangerous.