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#41 Bob Dylan

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 10:43 AM


I flew the F-111 in the Air Force, and the variant I flew was still mostly analog. The conversion to MFD's and glass in the F16 was actually not that difficult, and a welcomed upgrade! I love the glass flightdeck we have in the 757/767, as it reduced our workload and allowed us better situational awareness. The 777 ups that another notch, which is fantastic. Still, I love flying my 1986 Beechcraft with it's steam gauges and HSI, but do use Foreflight on my iPad too! 

 
All I remember about the F-111 was that the F-111B variant turned out to be a disaster.
My memories of the F-111 include the huge amount of money spent on it, ( for the times) The political horsetrading that LBJ and McNamara used to get it built in Fort Worth, and the Pilots that told me how much they hated flying it! YMMV
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Posted 04 August 2017 - 11:07 AM

 

 

I flew the F-111 in the Air Force, and the variant I flew was still mostly analog. The conversion to MFD's and glass in the F16 was actually not that difficult, and a welcomed upgrade! I love the glass flightdeck we have in the 757/767, as it reduced our workload and allowed us better situational awareness. The 777 ups that another notch, which is fantastic. Still, I love flying my 1986 Beechcraft with it's steam gauges and HSI, but do use Foreflight on my iPad too! 

 
All I remember about the F-111 was that the F-111B variant turned out to be a disaster.
My memories of the F-111 include the huge amount of money spent on it, ( for the times) The political horsetrading that LBJ and McNamara used to get it built in Fort Worth, and the Pilots that told me how much they hated flying it! YMMV

 

 

I loved flying the F-111. It was always an exciting airplane to fly, especially flying very fast, very low to the ground. She was a good plane, and always got myself and my WSO home safe.


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Posted 04 August 2017 - 11:25 AM

 

 

I flew the F-111 in the Air Force, and the variant I flew was still mostly analog. The conversion to MFD's and glass in the F16 was actually not that difficult, and a welcomed upgrade! I love the glass flightdeck we have in the 757/767, as it reduced our workload and allowed us better situational awareness. The 777 ups that another notch, which is fantastic. Still, I love flying my 1986 Beechcraft with it's steam gauges and HSI, but do use Foreflight on my iPad too! 

 
All I remember about the F-111 was that the F-111B variant turned out to be a disaster.
My memories of the F-111 include the huge amount of money spent on it, ( for the times) The political horsetrading that LBJ and McNamara used to get it built in Fort Worth, and the Pilots that told me how much they hated flying it! YMMV

 

 

It wasn't a dogfighter, which is why the US Navy didn't particularly want it.  They apparently thought that they'd save money with a common platform, but I thought in the end it was really designed to USAF requirements and way too big to land on a carrier even though the F-111B was shortened.  I don't know if the lessons were learned with the F-35 program.  Strangely enough the F-35C is larger for more lift.

 

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The F-14 turned out fairly well and that was from learning what went wrong.






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