Friday, October 13, 2017
There is already [?] a cadre of trained and experienced pilots to fly those Mirage F1 warplanes the topic a previous blog entry.
American fighter pilots as embedded with Armée de l'air and learning how to fly with proficiency French military combat aircraft.
"Here's how US Air Force pilots learn to fly French Mirage fighters"
The article by Harold Hutchison thanks to the We Are the Mighty Internet web site.
"The pilots in the U.S. Air Force fly a bunch of planes. The F-15 Eagle, the C-17 Globemaster, the A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the Mirage 2000D… Wait, that can’t be right. The Mirage 2000D is a French plane, and not in service with the Air Force."
NOT ONLY LEARNING TO FLY BUT ALSO LEARNING THE COMBAT TECHNIQUES AND METHODS AS USED BY THE FRENCH AIR FORCE!
As to the transition process from flying a F-15 to a Mirage 2000D this comment from an acknowledged aviation expert:
"Familiarity with avionics will be the difference. And avionics get more and more specialized and complex for each plane and country. Yes, a lot has to be NATO spec or compliant in terms of cross communication, but that doesn’t mean the computer setup to run French missiles will be the same or even similar to the ones used by F-15s or even the French Rafales. That means a pilot won’t just be able to jump from one plane to another without some specialized training."
THOSE AMERICAN ATAC CIVILIAN PILOTS DURING THEIR OWN TRANSITION TO THE MIRAGE F1 WILL HAVE A SIMILAR LEARNING CURVE? BUT NOT THAT BAD I MIGHT WELL IMAGINE.