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  •  They get to tell pilots where to go :) (14+ / 0-)

    The Navigator got you to the target and the Radar Navigator would have been called a "bombardier" in the old days.

    On low-levels the Radar Navigator worked closely with the pilots to keep us out of the rocks.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 02:11:54 PM PST

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    •  Speaking of going, (6+ / 0-)

      did you ever reflect on the fact that in the Air Force, its the officers who go to war and the enlisted folks who stay "home"?

      I guess the Navy is kind of like that now, unless a sub gets through to wreak havoc.

      Also speaking of going, nice to know that the B-52 had "facilities", however spartan. When I flew in the KC-135 on the refueling mission (as a ROTC cadet) I mentioned below, we were put on notice that anybody emitting any solids had to empty the receptacle themselves. So none of the approximately 12 souls on board did, lol.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 05:49:47 PM PST

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    •  In your day did they still call it a (1+ / 0-)
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      shack? I learnt the term from the Vulcan crews at Bomb Comp ...

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 05:56:26 PM PST

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      •  "Shack" meant you hit the target dead on (2+ / 0-)
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        When we dropped practice bombs, the range controller would call your score over the radio in terms of distance and direction:

        "Ten meters at 6 O'Clock"

        If he called "Shack!" that meant a bullseye. Not sure where the term originated.

        If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

        by Major Kong on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 12:38:07 AM PST

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