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1. Imagine our pilot is just about to graduate from undergraduate pilot training. He's not a fighter pilot yet, but has earned his basic pilot wings. He is anxiously awaiting the list of airplanes that are open for the next phase of training. If he has done well enough and so chooses, he may end up training in a fighter aircraft. What is the unofficial name of the list of aircraft called?
2. No matter which aircraft a pilot chooses, the uniform remains the same. All AF pilots wear the standard dark olive green flight suit. What do the pilots call this uniform?
3. Suppose our pilot has been able to choose a fighter aircraft out of pilot training. Which one will he choose? If he chooses an F-16 Fighting Falcon, his training will take him to Luke AFB, Arizona. There he will learn, among other things, that F-16 pilots don't call the F-16 a "Falcon" -- they have another name for it. What do F-16 pilots call their jet?
4. Perhaps our pilot will choose to fly instead that unstoppable "tank killer" from the Gulf War days, the A-10. This attack aircraft was named the "Thunderbolt II" by the high brass, but the pilots have another name for it. What do A-10 drivers call their jet?
5. So our pilot is off to fighter training. It's a long six months, demanding both mentally and physically, especially when it comes to g forces. Fighter aircraft can reach and sustain up to 9 g's in their maneuvers. A pilot is taught a "g strain", which is the contraction of muscles and controlled breathing to keep blood and oxygen to the brain during flight. It has happened, though, where the g forces win and the pilot blacks out during flight. What is this dangerous condition called?
6. Many hazards exist for our fighter pilot, one of which is the introduction of a foreign object into the jet intake, causing damage to the aircraft. Bird strikes are not uncommon among aircraft of all kinds, but objects on the ground of taxiways and runways can also cause much damage when they are sucked into engine intakes. There is an acronym for objects such as rocks and metal on the ground that need to be removed, and the damage that they can cause. Do you know it?
7. Our pilot has made it through fighter training and has entered the operational fighter world. His days are spent either training for combat or deploying into combat situations. In order to simulate some "real world" experiences, the Air Force organizes an enormous military combat exercise several times a year at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada. What is the name of this large-scale aerial exercise?
8. At some point in a pilot's career, he must attend training courses to further either his flying or military education. Previous students in these courses have assembled study aids, such as old tests and/or papers, that can be obtained to assist the pilot in his courses. Any type of study information or aid is referred to as ________. What fits in the blank?
9. Many of the extra courses that a pilot must attend are non-flying, but there are two paths from which he may choose when furthering his flying career. Basically these courses are like getting your Master's degree in "fly-ology". Usually a pilot attends either one or the other of the schools, but once in a while a pilot is diverse enough to have attended both schools. One of these is Fighter Weapons School, but do you know which other school a pilot may attend?
10. Suppose our pilot is moving on to a new job or training course and the time has come for his last flight at his fighter squadron. What do pilots call their last flight at a location before moving on to the next?
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