posted on Nov, 16 2012 @ 09:52 AM
reply to post by Zaphod58
I was second-guessing my reply as soon as I posted it. From what my Airforce buddies have said in the past. Flying a C-130 takes one of the more
skillful pilots. Short takeoff and runway zones, heavy loads, and less than ideal conditions are the norm for the C-130 crews.
In fact, a pilot once told me that the best pilots with the best physiologies get the fast and most maneuverable fighter jets. The best pilots, with
less favorable physiologies get the C-130's and other slower, yet difficult platforms to fly, and often times some of the worst pilots end up in some
of the coolest long-range aircraft like the B2 and and other bombers. Those are usually long-term, boring, uneventful flights, with larger crews
handling the targeting and bombing runs, and they don't require the skill level of a guy landing a huge cargo plane on a dirt strip in Africa.
Seems kind of unfair, but I see the logic behind it. Have you heard anything like that?