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Hunting the Taliban in Las Vegas - Magazine - The Atlantic
September 2006
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Hunting the Taliban in Las Vegas

In trailers just minutes away from the slot machines, Air Force pilots control Predators over Iraq and Afghanistan. A case study in the marvels—and limits—of modern military technology
By Robert D. Kaplan
drones  Las_Vegas  Robert_Kaplan  USAF  pilots 
october 2011 by jerryking
Canada’s most-decorated war hero finally gets his due

Last updated Friday, Sep. 23, 2011
Billy Bishop – please, step aside.

Canada’s most celebrated fighter pilot is about to share the podium with
another, much less heralded First World War hero – Lieutenant-Colonel
William G. Barker, VC.

According to the wording on a plaque being unveiled Thursday in
Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery, it is Mr. Barker, not Mr. Bishop, who
stands as “most decorated war hero in the history of Canada, the
British Empire, and the Commonwealth of Nations.”

“This man was the ace of all the aces,” says Ipsos pollster John Wright.
“He shot down 50 planes, was decorated 12 times for bravery, won the
Victoria Cross while single-handedly fighting off 15 enemy aircraft in
the final aerial battle of the war, and was wounded three times.
WWI  heroes  bravery  pilots  RCAF 
september 2011 by jerryking
Pilot Lapses Suspected in Guyana Crash -

Pilot Lapses Suspected in Guyana Plane Crash
airline_industry  airports  Guyana  pilots 
august 2011 by jerryking
Got a competitor on your radar? Make decisions like a fighter pilot
11-19-2007 Globe & Mail article by George Stalk,

Col. John Boyd concluded that difference between fighter pilots with the
most kills and all the others was that the leading scorers exercised
faster OODA loops (the pattern of Observation, Orientation, Decision and
Acting). The OODA loop, Col. Boyd postulated, is faster for a winner
than for a laggard (or loser). Col. Boyd's supporting data and
conclusion convinced the USAF to redesign not only its training of
pilots but the very nature of the equipment they used to insure that,
over all, its pilots had faster OODA loops than their opponents.
George_Stalk_Jr.  competitive_advantage  strategy  pilots  OODA  time-based  competition  USAF  decision_making 
february 2009 by jerryking

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