posted on Apr, 23 2008 @ 08:23 PM
This happened around Thanksgiving in 1987 at Nellis AFB. The jet was a Block 25 F-16C assigned to the 422 Test and Evaluation Squadron and had a Pratt
and Wimpy engine. The attitude information in the HUD has been deselected. I was flying the F-5 as an Aggressor pilot at Nellis when this happened.
That afternoon, the 2-star general who was the commander of the Tactical Fighter Warfare Center at Nellis called all the pilots to the Red Flag
building to parade and publically humilate the offending pilot in front of everyone. He was a good guy who let his aggression cloud his judgement. His
penance was to make a video about low-altitude flying and altitude awareness. I ended up flying F-16s with him at Misawa Air Base Japan in the early
1990s. We were both graduates of the F-16 Fighter Weapons School and worked together as he was the Chief of Weapons and Tactics for 5th Air Force and
I was the Chief of Weapons and Tactics in the 13th Fighter Squadron.
He did get promoted and retired a full colonel.