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Usaf Wants A B-25 For Test Pilot School


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I think its obvious;

 

Final_countdown_1980.jpg

 

Seriously, I can see firing up the Wayback Machine to a certain extent, in the service of training furrin COIN pilots and officers. But that is waaay back...

 

Plenty of modern turboprop birds easier to own and operate, and with better performance.

 

Then again, maybe Obama feels that Shinzo is gettin' too big for his britches.

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Hm I know that if you want to hire a specific person but still are required to post a recruiting ad, you tailor the ad so that the requirements are absurdly specific and basically impossible to meet except by that one person. Maybe that's the case?

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Or give test pilot trainees experience flying a completely manual plane of relatively high performance? Watching the training films, pilots of those old birds were busy doing all the things computers handle nowadays.

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Or give test pilot trainees experience flying a completely manual plane of relatively high performance? Watching the training films, pilots of those old birds were busy doing all the things computers handle nowadays.

That is a good reason!

 

 

I once had a flight in an A32x simulator, and really, that thing flew almost itself.

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It also lets the test pilots and engineers the chance to use a plane with large turbocharged recips that has absolutely no computerized help in managing the fuel, RPMs, and probs. All modern planes are either turboprops or jets. This will stretch and broaden their learning.

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To learn and appreciate the basics, so that the pilot knows what is wrong. Not just "generic aeroplane malfunction" please visit the garage.

 

 

Also such an old plan throws a test pilot into very cold water and the trainers can see how he adapts to this totally unknown plane.

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Hm I know that if you want to hire a specific person but still are required to post a recruiting ad, you tailor the ad so that the requirements are absurdly specific and basically impossible to meet except by that one person. Maybe that's the case?

 

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I think we have a winner here.

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"The primary objective of the program is to demonstrate flying characteristics of World War II bombers, with a focus on the suitability as a World War II bomber."

 

To echo Stuart's sentiments...why? I can appreciate that test pilots need to acquire experience on different platforms, but this isn't 1942.

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Or give test pilot trainees experience flying a completely manual plane of relatively high performance? Watching the training films, pilots of those old birds were busy doing all the things computers handle nowadays.

 

There are other twin engined airplanes that can be used other than a classic airplane.

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I think its obvious;

 

Final_countdown_1980.jpg

 

Seriously, I can see firing up the Wayback Machine to a certain extent, in the service of training furrin COIN pilots and officers. But that is waaay back...

 

Plenty of modern turboprop birds easier to own and operate, and with better performance.

 

Then again, maybe Obama feels that Shinzo is gettin' too big for his britches.

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWPsNthP_1w

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And being a two pilot attack bird, the instructor has the ability to take over if something "fun" happens.

 

What ever it is, someone is thinking way outside the box...

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Whatever reason the USAF wants a WW2 medium bomber they could have made a lot worse choices. My uncle was a B-25 pilot (Med theater) and said it was a joy to fly.

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