May 11, 2012


I spent yesterday morning in a hangar with F-22's. I was looking at my Lead's parts, going through questions we've had. I walked around the aircraft looking at various things, noticing how frickin' big it is.

I walked from the aft end of the a/c to the forward, right under the wing, completely standing up with four inches to spare. The guys all had to bend down. I thought it was funny. I made a motion of walking back and forth under the wing just to show them the beauty of being Hobbit sized.

I bought a GREAT Tshirt. I thought to myself, "Life doesn't get much better than this..."

But then it did.

In the afternoon, I went to the back table in the engine shop, it was me and the mechanics. Everyone else was in a conference room upstairs. The hangar doors were open, a light Gulf Coast breeze blew through the hangar, the radio played some local station with music I liked as I worked on my reports and the mechanic finished his work... F-22's kept flying by as I looked up to watch or ran to the hangar doors to see what they were up to. Lots of max power take offs.

As I sat there listening to the radio, inhaling the smell of all that is jet engine, making small talk with the mechanic, listening to the distinctive howl of the F-22, waiting for the next take off I thought... "When have I ever been so happy?"

I couldn't remember.

A video sent to me by a co-worker...

Posted by Boudicca at May 11, 2012 09:55 PM

That video is pretty funny even if you don't know "Fighter Pilot Speak." Classic! I actually watched it twice.

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at May 12, 2012 01:10 AM

Wow. Is it Saturday already?

Posted by: The Thomas at May 12, 2012 11:53 AM

Any input on this story, it's about pilots claiming the F22 is dangerous and they are afraid to fly them.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at May 13, 2012 12:09 PM

Take the doodoo out of the link above.

For some reason now your comments doesn't like the word (yahoo) and won't accept comments with it in there.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at May 13, 2012 12:10 PM

It's all under investigation. There is a lot going on.

Posted by: Bou at May 13, 2012 04:39 PM