Chino said: "
I spent about 20 minutes talking with the young pilot seated on the well-armed jet in this picture. He got a B.S. in aeronautical science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Florida), getting his civilian ratings up to CFII in the process (all single props). Then he applied to the Mass. Air National Guard to be an F-15 pilot.
They sent him for 2 years of USAF training (T-37, T-38, F-15), and he has been flying the F-15 in Cape Cod for one year now. The lucky stiff!
He said one thing that made me feel a little good. He spent a lot of time with F-15 by Janes Combat Simulations before he went to USAF/MANG. He said that before his real F-15 training, he had never survived more than 5 minutes at full realism in the sim. After he started real F-15 training, it finally all made sense, and he started to do great."