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It wouldnt be the first time for the Air Force not to make full use of an individuals experience.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: mightmight
They easily could have put him in command of a unit through AFRL or even a development unit, instead of the Red Hats. There are other command slots that could have been used, and his experience would have been a lot better used in something other than flying with the Red Hats.
[...] In the military he flew more than 210 missions flight testing the F-35 and CF-18. His military experience included a role as the Director of Operations and Exchange Officer for the Canadian Forces Flight Test Center, and systems engineering work for the Airborne Laser program.
He also served in Afghanistan, where he flew an F-15E in more than 50 close air support combat missions.
“He loved the hell out of flying,” Whitehead said.
Whitehead met Schultz, who he called “Doc,” in Guam in 2005 as part of the 391st Fighter Squadron during an exercise/deployment, and then flew along side him at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho for two years. Schultz’s role as a mentor to others continued in his service. He was always eager to help and pass along information, and many young pilots sought his advice, Whitehead said.
Whitehead said Schultz was calm, thoughtful, and well-versed in tactics. [...]
originally posted by: ShadeWolf
Red Hat Su-27 certainly seems like a decent possibility, manned single-seat would tend to narrow down the candidates a bit (mostly excluding the B-21/LRSB). I've heard some rumours that they're flying a couple F-117s out of Nellis/Groom Lake again as well, so that's on the list too. And then there's the one I'm really curious about, the unidentified triangular aircraft spotted over Amarillo in 2014.
originally posted by: aholic
a reply to: Blackfinger
Personally, I'm concerned they were testing EW against the Suk when it went down.....
Just my thought.
I believe the NG bird almost had an accident overseas during testing.
Don't you think for now that The B-21 is in the full scale stage instead of a demonstrator ?