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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: madmac5150
Not all of the GCAS saves have been a result of ground proximity. The first pilot saved was a student who blacked out doing basic BFM and wound up with the nose pointing at the ground, approaching mach 1.
It's not a matter of just flying into the ground though. During a strafing run, it's very easy to get fixated on the target, and lose track of your altitude. That's why they have a HUD, but you can get so fixated on what's going on outside the aircraft you lose focus on the instruments and readouts. It can happen to new pilots, it can happen to pilots with thousands of hours of combat time.