Piloţii americani de teste de la baza aeriană Edwards AFB, California, i-au ajutat recent la antrenamente pe aviatorii din 18th Aggressor Squadron la Eielson AFB, Alaska, arătându-le cum să împingă avionul F-16 până la limitele absolute ale anvelopei de zbor.
Citind originalul, mă gândeam că la final avioanele F-16 au dat la boboci…
“In most combat air forces, the emphasis is on the global war on terror, dropping bombs and supporting the troops, so they don’t fly in this kind of flight regime very often,” “Even if they are highly experienced F-16 pilots, they may not have had this type of flying.” – a declarat Maior Peter Kasarskis, asistentul directorului de operaţiuni la 18th Aggressor
Maj. Andrew Martin, unul dintre piloţii de test vizitatori de la 416th Flight Test Squadron a spus:
“This is really the only time, probably in their whole career, that they will be able to do these kinds of maneuvers in a structured, scripted environment and practice getting the aircraft back under control.”
Următoarele antrenamente îi vor ajuta pe Agresori să replice mai bine inamicul, “Red Air”, pe timpul exerciţiilor.
“It’s good preparation for Red Flag-Alaska and fighting F-22s, but really it’s just good general knowledge to take in an air-to-air fight, which of course is what we are doing in training,” “It allows us to understand the aircraft and its capabilities better so we know what we can and cannot do when we get in a fight with somebody else.” – a mai adăugat Kasarskis.