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Does Air USA own the F-117 still flying?
What else could I award this post?My main experience with contractors in the military was when they replaced army cooks with contractors at the bases. Often this was sub optimal; if nothing else the army cooks had to eat what they served...
Well who ever told you this was pulling your leg! There are very far and few contractor pilots flying aircraft that belong to an armed forces branch and in those rare situations, it's for a special mission.I was told by a USAF officer that most C-5A pilots were contractor back in the mid-70's. I had no knowledge of it myself, although when I went to ROTC camp at Charleston in 1972 there was no mention of it at the 437th MAW.
A contractor Flight Surgeon is a little different.At Patrick AFB in the early 2000's at least one of the doctors working family pratice was a former USAF flight surgeon brought back as a contractor. That was useful to me when the unnecessary blood pressure and cholesterol drugs the previous Dr prescribed for me led the FAA to conclude they were not going to give me a 3rd class medical certificate. The Flt Surgeon understood the problem right away. Unfortunately his letter to the FAA still did not convince them.
And that was WW2 as there were also civilian flight instructors, don't forget about the WAAFs. Whole different ballgame from saying that contractor pilots fly or have flown C-5s!!!!!In WWII it was common for what were basically civilian airline pilots to fly USAAF aircraft, C-46's, C-47's, C-54's, C-87's, and C-109's That is what Earnest K. Gann did.
They've been spotted quite often in the desert in California and Nevada, just last summer, two were at Fresno airport to train with CANG F-15Es and more recently, two were at MCAS Miramar training with VFMA-225 F-35Bs.Go out to southern California and you see them flying from time to time.
Well I disagree 100%, there was NO WAY you had or were going to see civilian contractors flying an aircraft like a C-5 under normal unit operations!!! I'll stand to be corrected if you come up with some evidence of this! If you have 500 more pilots than needed, then why hire contractors!?!?!In the 70's the USAF had done lot of downsizing. In 1974 in ROTC they "suddenly" found that they had 500 more pilots than they needed and 500 less engineers than they needed. I could see them hiring former Air Force pilots to fill in some areas.
I am well aware of the 1970s RIF, during that time I chose not to pursue an ROTC scholarship because of it. If you have 500 more pilot applicants AIR FORCE WIDE than needed you don't need additional pilots!!! Civilian pilots were never hired to fly in a front line capacity, be it combat or transport.Shortage of 500 degreed engineers AIR FORCE WIDE (not flight engineers in C-5A) and 500 more pilot applicants AIR FORCE WIDE than needed. As for why they hired contractors when they had an excess of pilot applicants, those pilot applicants were not useful for anything, while rated pilots were. That was the era in which they were pushing engineers out for not making Major and then sending them letters saying they were short of engineers and would they like to come back in.