A Day in the life of a Boom Operator...Part 2- The PICS!!!

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posted on May, 22 2013 @ 02:48 PM
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Nice pictures, they look fast, appears to be welding marks on the wings.

Do they do anything other than kill people?

Edit: Aside from being a complete waste of taxpayers dollars.
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posted on May, 22 2013 @ 02:54 PM
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Originally posted by Kapablanka
Nice pictures, they look fast, appears to be welding marks on the wings.

Do they do anything other than kill people?

Edit: Aside from being a complete waste of taxpayers dollars.
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liberal alert...

yes they deter the attack of American soil by an invading army.
Is that enough for you or would you be ok speaking Chinese.



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 02:59 PM
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The reason that it was special is because that was the first time that it had ever been seen on an F-16. It was on larger aircraft prior to that IIRC, but again, if I'm remembering correctly, it wasn't an EW pod.


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All the good stuff on the stealths are retractable, or are in locations that you can't get a good view of except from certain pretty exact angles, none of which are from a boom pod on a tanker.
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posted on May, 22 2013 @ 03:00 PM
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Originally posted by Kapablanka
Do they do anything other than kill people?

Edit: Aside from being a complete waste of taxpayers dollars.
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Yes, they lead to other advances that you use every day without thinking about it, like the space program has done for years. Many things that we take for granted came from the military, and the space program.



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 03:49 PM
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Awesome pics thanks for sharing! Talk about a kick ass day job



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 03:50 PM
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Great pics man.



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 03:55 PM
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It's a weapon / deterrent.
And many of the technologies developed for the Military go into civilian applications.

mentalfloss.com...



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 05:28 PM
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Looks like Groom lake, or possibly China Lake in SoCal. I've always been fascinated by b2's. Once we saw one getting refueled over our house, that was cool!



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 05:36 PM
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Any boom operator ever have a "wahoo" event that you've heard of?



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 05:57 PM
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Anything you don't gas up?

-great pics, s/f
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posted on May, 22 2013 @ 06:11 PM
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Originally posted by JustMike
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Brilliant images. Thank you for sharing them with us, boomer135.

Absolute respect to you for serving your country.


Also, if you want to re-upload any pics that are now un-linked in your "A day in the life of a Boom Operator...RIP 8877" thread (especially all those in your OP), just contact me or another staff member and we can arrange for a mod to edit new links into your posts.

~Mike


Thanks! As for that thread, I think those are ok. I linked them after photobucket did there swapping around so they should be fine. I was talking about the last pic thread I did that was dozens of pages. But looking at it, somehow they were fixed. Thanks!


Originally posted by Zaphod58
Great pics man, I always love when you break them out.

(But that's an E-4 not VC-25.
The -25 has a solid blue nose, the E-4 has a blue stripe down the side.)

Sorry, I had to do it.


yeah i had to do it. Figured you would catch it though.


Originally posted by wrkn4livn
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Do you need to get these approved from PR?
Hate to see ya get in hot water...
I work in FAA facilities and it's a no-no to take pics inside facilities.
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I don't need approval
I'm not in the Air Force anymore!


Originally posted by dashen
pics so close I can almost hear the F22 Pilots running out of oxygen. These are amazing. How long does your tanker stay airborne for?


Depends on our fuel load and offload. We burn 10k an hour just flying, and we can take off with around 200k of fuel, so a standard 8 hour flight leaves us with around 95k to offload, given our minimum fuel landing with 25k in the tank requirements.


Originally posted by Glassbender777
Awesome pics again, What is the purpose of the vc-25 or whatever plane it is, Jamming, radar, etc... Are the B2s over missouri, looks like that kind of terrain. I know there home base is in Missouri i think
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VC-25 is the Presidents plane, and the E-4 is NAOC, or whatever else they want to use it for that day. And the B-2's, I don't remember where those were shot but yes Whiteman is the home base for them.


Originally posted by Glassbender777
Talk about an awesome job, and a HUGE amount of responsiblity, you pretty much have the ability to tell the pilots how to fly to the boom, with corrections Right?? And if they dont get it right, well they better get t right. LOL


They know how to fly to the boom, but we have Pilot Indicator light underneath the jet to let them know where they are in the flight envelope. I would say that most of them don't use them after they've done A/R a few times, as they have their own indicators on our jet they use (such as the inboard engine or an antenna or something).


Originally posted by HawkeyeNation
Dude these pics are awesome...now what can you tell us about UFO's?


I'm laughing but I'm also being serious


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Originally posted by Lamegame
Never knew the f-22s were flying again, i thought they were grounded due to oxygen tank troubles killing a few pilots.


these were taken at Edwards in the early 2000's when they were flight testing the F-22. Way before the problems with the O2 tanks were made public. Most of the F-22 pics I have were classified at the time, but not anymore.


Originally posted by Kurokage
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I really don't know what to type except how awesome your pics are!!

I wish I had a chance to visit America and a catch a beer and bbq with people like you and Zaph, and just listen to the conversation!! I imagine it would be very informative
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Me and Zaph have been known to meet up and catch up on a few stories
Ill say this, it's never boring...Although his dog hates me




Originally posted by muzzleflash
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Your special f-16 is EW?

The pod looks like an ALQ-188 ECM variant, but slightly different than the few I've seen.
I assume it's better than the 188.

Speaking of which, got any old F-111 pics?
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thats the pic that almost got me in trouble for posting but I've been told its ok now. And no F-111's



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 06:17 PM
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Originally posted by boomer135
Me and Zaph have been known to meet up and catch up on a few stories
Ill say this, it's never boring...Although his dog hates me



The dog is too stupid to hate anyone.


But yeah, it's never boring talking to you. Although I have the feeling most other people would go glassy eyed, and confused listening to us.



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 06:17 PM
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amazing pics!

2nd line



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 06:20 PM
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Originally posted by Thunderheart
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I'm just wondering but is it ok to release close up pictures of the stealth planes?
a lot of detail in those pictures that someone with knowledge in that field can use...maybe?




Yes if I posted the pics then they have been cleared for release. It's always up to the receiver pilot whether or not we can take pics of them. They know whats classified on their jet and whats not. The B-2 for instance, before you can take pics you have to check with them so they can lower some antenna's, do have a dozen other things, etc to make sure they are clear to snap pics of.


Originally posted by dave_welch
Looks like Groom lake, or possibly China Lake in SoCal. I've always been fascinated by b2's. Once we saw one getting refueled over our house, that was cool!


it's groom, and the one is on final approach



Originally posted by Bedlam
Any boom operator ever have a "wahoo" event that you've heard of?


As in "Holy $#^T what was that plane?" or a "Damn they almost took off the boom" event?


Originally posted by canucks555
Anything you don't gas up?

-great pics, s/f
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Just Helo's. We can't fly slow enough. The KC-130's do that.


The dog is too stupid to hate anyone.


But yeah, it's never boring talking to you. Although I have the feeling most other people would go glassy eyed, and confused listening to us.




Or call us geeks like the old lady's do LMAO!!!



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 06:46 PM
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Originally posted by boomer135
Or call us geeks like the old lady's do LMAO!!!


We need to get all the ATS Avnerds together in one place. We can call it "Avnerd Con 1".
Then they can really call us geeks.



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 08:58 PM
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Originally posted by boomer135

As in "Holy $#^T what was that plane?" or a "Damn they almost took off the boom" event?




According to an old (and wrong) North Georgia Appalachian tale, "wahoo" = "wrong hole" in Creek.

I can't believe you haven't heard that one.



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 09:27 PM
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Originally posted by Bedlam

Originally posted by boomer135

As in "Holy $#^T what was that plane?" or a "Damn they almost took off the boom" event?




According to an old (and wrong) North Georgia Appalachian tale, "wahoo" = "wrong hole" in Creek.

I can't believe you haven't heard that one.


HAHA! Havent heard that one but I'm with ya now. LOL wrong hole. Actually...Early days of OIF...

Look at the F-117



Now this one is silver and during daylight, but if you take a black one at night with lights out...Well can you see where the "hole" might be wrong to a new boom?


The whole in front of the cockpit could easily be mistaken for a receptacle to the new guys.Especially at night with lights off. I'm not saying it happened.....Ok it happened, but we don't talk about it! And no it wasn't me!

Oh, and that's an expensive oops.lol
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posted on May, 22 2013 @ 09:28 PM
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I'll have fighters up later tonite. Stay tuned!



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 10:27 PM
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Great pictures. Love seeing the raptor up so close. The B2 as well



posted on May, 23 2013 @ 12:35 AM
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FIGHTERS!!!!!!!!

First, inverted ones

Stroke their ego, and you can get them to do whatever you want. lol









A-10's...yeah not really a fighter per se, but a bad ass plane none the less.


















F-16's

With Conformals









F-14










Just a comparison between the new fighters...






I'll have to do some scanning before posting more fighter pics...more to come!

BOMBERS TOMORROW!!!!!!!!


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