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Binge Watching

Binge Watching

Tired of watching Detectives, Spies, Alien Creatures, Cowboys, Zombies, Steamy Sex Scenes and Bad Language during lockdown?

Here’s another option: A crusty old fart talking about fighter pilots, fighters and a culture that once existed in the Air Force many years ago.

You won’t find these films competing for Oscars, BAFTAs or anything else–and they are terribly exclusive, un-woke and politically incorrect (just me and the guy doing the interviewing–no attempt at all to pander to any race, religion or sexual orientation).

Nevertheless, if you’re interested in aviation, particularly that relating to fighters, and an era that’s sadly no longer with us, you might find these interesting. They’ve assaulted your senses on Facebook in the past, but I’ve compiled them to give you one stop shopping. There are a couple more in the mill and I’ll be adding them to these originals as they’re produced.

I hope you enjoy them–Queue the Drum Roll!

Mondays with Mover Box Set–Four episodes 11-28 Jan 2021

Live Q & A–Mondays with Mover 14 June 2021

Aircrew Interviews part 1 (F-4) 30 May 2021

The Fighter Pilot Podcast 8 April 2021

PilotPhotog Podcast Video 26 April 2021

Scale Modeling Now Review


2 Responses to Binge Watching

  1. Having been a USAF “shoe salesman” for seven years (4 in a TFWg) and the military Brat son of a USAF “baggage in the back seat” aviator for twenty-two years, I tossed your book after the 31st gratuitous insult.

    Really good leaders do not denigrate the people whose hard work makes it possible for them to shine.

    • Good afternoon, Joseph

      I’m disappointed that you found elements of my book insulting. Perhaps you’d give me a few moments to clarify some of the issues you highlighted.

      First of all, full disclosure. I too am a Brat, the son of a USAF bomber navigator. I also spent three years as a “baggage in the back seat” aviator, thanks to a misguided USAF personnel policy that consigned all Pilot training graduates who earned an F-4 assignment to the back seat to ‘increase available pilot numbers.’ Consequently, I see the world from a slightly broader perspective than you may have imagined.

      I’m assuming you didn’t get as far as the sub-chapter entitled ‘Trust’ (page 162 in the hardback edition). This anecdote is a sincere and unashamed tribute to the men and women who maintain the aircraft, weapons systems, munitions, and personal equipment. We entrust our lives to those who nurture our aircraft and equipment so I hope you will appreciate why we, as fighter pilots, have a closer kinship with these folks than we do with the administrators, finance, legal, personnel and myriad other indirect support elements. Nevertheless, none among us is oblivious to the fact that the Air Force could not function without competence in all these other specialties.

      I don’t know what your AFSC was, but the (admittedly derogatory) term ‘Shoe Clerks’ has been around a lot longer than you or me. I suspect the troops had equally disparaging nicknames for those of us who flew—and we probably deserved them. So be it.

      I will have to elaborate briefly on the psyche of the fighter pilot. As a group, we are good, bad, and ugly–admittedly arrogant, narcissistic, and egotistical as I’ve pointed out many times in the book. It is these traits, along with other more positive qualities, that make us what we are. As a rule of thumb, we are highly competitive, and most sincerely believe we are a cut above those around us and the fighter pilot who doesn’t feel this way is likely not to be at the top of his (or her) game.

      Consequently, our banter can be seen to deride just about everyone: Targets included bomber navigators (although Dad always gave at least as good as he got), Shoe Clerks, Navy, Marine, and foreign aircrew, and most savagely our fellow fighter pilots. I’m not going to apologize for this—we are what we are, but I am sorry you’ve taken it personally. It most assuredly is not.

      Best regards

      Steve Ladd

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