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    there to navigators?

    •  Actually there were three (16+ / 0-)

      The Electronic Warfare Officer also had Navigator wings.

      The Navigator was to get you from Point A to Point B.

      The Radar Navigator was the bomb dropper. My job was to drive him to work.

      They used to like to remind me that there were more Navigators than Pilots on the airplane.

      My response was "I logged 1000 hours in a plane without a Navigator. How many do you have in a plane without a pilot?"

      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 06:12:57 PM PST

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      •  Those ole Edubs (0+ / 0-)

        have some serious skills also though they cannot fly the plane.  They complete the mission.  Why would the pilot need to fly if the EDub weren't onboard?  (So saith a  mom of one).

        The "facilities" are primitive at best, especially now that there are both sexes onboard.  Worse than an outhouse.  Ah, ce'st la vie!

        Just give me a good patch of dirt and I'll show you growth and well-being!

        by kfred on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 05:51:43 AM PST

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      •  Are navigators trained in basic piloting? (1+ / 0-)
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        Or would they be helpless if the pilot was incapacitated?

        I always assumed everyone in the cockpit had piloted something... though I realize that landing a small trainer and a BUFF would be, uh, quite a bit different. :-)

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:16:31 AM PST

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      •  We always used to say: (0+ / 0-)

        I never met an NFO (Navigator/EWO type) I wouldn't trade for 200 lbs of usable fuel or another look at the deck.  

        That pretty much shut them up when they got a little froggy.

        A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

        by jo fish on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 06:30:27 PM PST

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