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Are C130 Pilots Smarter Than F-16 Pilots?

by John M. White |

Military transport C-130 at dawnThe venerable Lockheed C130 Hercules aircraft has done yeoman service in the military now since 1956 and continues to be the backbone of military air forces around the world. Many pilots who sign up for pilot training imagine themselves to be like Tom Cruise in "Top Gun" tearing across the sky with their hair on fire. The problem is the military doesn't need all that many fighter pilots, so many wind up flying transports like the C130 or bomber aircraft instead. This has served as a source of competition between fighter jockeys and C130 pilots, but the following story tells it all:
A C130 was lumbering along when a cocky F-16 flashed by. The jet jockey decided to show off. The fighter jock told the C130 pilot, 'watch this!' and promptly went into a barrel roll followed by a steep climb.. He then finished with a sonic boom as he broke the sound barrier. The F-16 pilot asked the C130 pilot what he thought of that? The C130 pilot said, 'That was impressive, but watch this!' The C130 droned along for about 5 minutes and then the C-130 pilot came back on and said: 'What did you think of that?' Puzzled, the F-16 pilot asked, 'What the heck did you do?' The C130 pilot chuckled. 'I stood up, stretched my legs, walked to the back, took a leak, then got a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll.' When you are young & foolish - speed & flash may seem a good thing! When you get older & smarter - comfort & dull is not such a bad thing! Us older folks understand this one, it's called S.O.S. Slower, Older and Smarter....

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