posted on Aug, 11 2017 @ 08:40 AM
On a more serious note...
Nothing wrong with taking a nice long drive after your deployment! Got to see some nice country and spend some quality time reflecting. I wouldn't
let that moment affect your future actions though. I'm sure it could be easily explained in many respects.
Going forward though, I'd probably think about it like this...
Over in ass-krackistan you were most likely dealing with the most inexperienced, low hour, pilots both civilian and military. Why? Because the
experienced, high-hour, incident-free guys can fly somewhere else...they have a choice (and they use it). This isn't the case so much in fighters and
bombers, but it certainly is for transport aircraft.
Full disclosure; I'm fortunate (very) to have never been to that S#-hole of the world, but I know many, many, people who have. (been to plenty of
S#-holes, just not that one, thankfully). From what I've heard (over and over again) flying there is a high-risk proposition (both takeoff and
landing). Max power, high climb-rate, climb outs in high density altitude (hot & high), reduced lift, etc.. Landing is also aggressive with tactical
corkscrew landings which effectively amount to what seems like a controlled crash. All of that gets loaded up in your memory banks...and that's how
you think of flying. It's not really like that though, not in the rest of the world anyway.
Maybe take a couple early morning flights to Vegas or LA or something. Go early in the morning, before the weather boils up in the afternoon.
Consciously think about the flight the whole time, about how smooth and calm it is. Pay attention to takeoff and landing. Notice how it's not a
combat style landing, but rather a gentle takeoff and gradual approach. Notice how you don't slam onto the pavement and hard-brake to the
first high-speed exit from the runway. Bottom line...pay attention to just how different it is. This will likely help...a LOT!
I've probably spent literally "years" in the air flying. Travelled the world many times over. Flown several times per week for literally years on
end. In fact, I can remember a few years where it seems like I spent more time in the air than on the ground. (sitting here trying to think) I've
probably been on 10,000 or more flights in my life (rough guesstimate), seen every kind of weather, every kind of aircraft (from old and disrepair to
new, from prop to jet, etc.) Only had one time I was ever truly "scared", and even that experience helped make everything else after it just another
Hope this helps.