The Doctor’s Five Rules of Flying

Welcome to Episode 49 of the Lessons from the Cockpit podcast! I’ve wanted to do this one for a while.

My USAF Pilot Training experience was pretty rocky. I almost did not make it through. Fortunately, one really good instructor we called “The Doctor” helped me become an Air Force aviator. The Doctor could fix just about any student’s ailments with his incredible teaching skills. To this day, I still remember The Doctor’s Five Rules of Flying and have used them flying KC-135s all over the world and in my personal life too.

909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 approaching Runway 23 Left at Kadena Air Base Okinawa Japan

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F-15C Eagle of the 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Fighting Cocks" configured for Zulu Alert at Osan Air Base Korea.

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In next week’s episode, we discuss Time Sensitive Targets, what TSTs mean in any air operations, and how lawyers fit into the Kill Chain when finding, fixing, and finishing high-value or fleeting targets of opportunity. Examples are from Operation Northern Watch in 2000, Southern Watch in 2002, Southern Focus in 2002, and the air campaigns over Afghanistan and Iraq. One event involves the very FIRST use of the F/!-18 Super Hornet in combat in Iraq. I was there… and watched every one of these TSTs unfold.

Talk to you next week!

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RAF Lakenheath F-15E Strike Eagles in the "Bomb Truck" configuration carrying 12 500 lbs JDAMs and 4 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs.
Mark Hasara

Have a great Day!

Sluggo Sends!

P.S. — If you’re reading my book Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit, I’d really love to hear your thoughts in a review on Amazon here, I read them all.

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