Operation Thunderbolt: Basic Jet Training - 112000ZDEC18

Operation Thunderbolt: Basic Jet Training

Welcome to training! You’re made it past selection, but this is where the real challenge begins. This is Operation Thunderbolt, an exercise designed to give you all the skills you need to become a pilot ace in the A10. Think you know how to fly? Think again!

Throughout the next 6 weeks you will learn the ins and outs of this aircraft, shaping you into an experienced and knowledgeable Infinite Flight pilot ready to show you skills to the world on the expert server. We will cover everything from refuelling to formation flying, from canyon runs to dogfighting, and, of course, from taking off to landing.


 Week Two: Basic Jet Training

Congratulations on your first flight. There is no time to sit and feel proud. This is training. This week we advance to basic jet training, building on the knowledge you gained in our last assignment. We have been relocated to the 175th wing, a long standing National Guard wing active since 1929, present “to meet state and federal mission responsibilities”. This may be training, but standards need to be kept.

We start this training exercise at KMTN, the base of the 175th wing. Fly the 104th squadron’s A10 aircraft south, tracking the Man O War sanctuary to your left and the Maryland coast to your right. Navigate as much as possible visually and keep track of your aircrafts position. Be sure to cross reference with your anticipated position with time checks. We follow the coast until KLFI where we land. Here you can advance on your pattern work skills if needed.

From KLFI we head back to base on this brief sortie. This flight we fly using visual navigation as much as possible as well, but with the additional strain to the pilot of flying in formations. Get together with your training mates and form tight formations back to base. If possible, see if you can land in a staggered formation back at base.

This training mission is designed to hone your skills of visual flying, whilst further working on your knowledge of how the cockpit is configured. This may sound easy, but it is far from that.


We advise you watch both tutorials below before you take to the skies!



Event Details

Flight 1: Visual Navigation

Time: 2000Z
Departure Airport: Martin State Airport KMTN
Arrival Airport: Langley Afb
Details: We start this training exercise at KMTN, the base of the 175th wing. Fly the 104th squadron’s A10 aircraft south, tracking the Man O War sanctuary to your left and the Maryland coast to your right. Navigate as much as possible visually and keep track of your aircrafts position. Be sure to cross reference with your anticipated position with time checks. We follow the coast until KLFI where we land. Here you can advance on your pattern work skills if needed.

Flight 2: Formation Flying

Time: 2300Z
Departure Airport: Langley Afb KLFI
Arrival Airport: Martin State Airport KMTN
Details: From KLFI we head back to base on this brief sortie. This flight we fly using visual navigation as much as possible as well, but with the additional strain to the pilot of flying in formations. Get together with your training mates and form tight formations back to base. If possible, see if you can land in a staggered formation back at base.

Server: Casual

Airport/s: KMTN / KLFI

Aircraft/Liveries: A10


Event Hours:

Begin - Tuesday 11th December @ 20:00 ZULU

End - Wednesday 12th December @ 00:30 ZULU

December 11, 2018December 12, 2018


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Yesss!! I’m so excited!
I’ll be there for the second part! I wish I could make both, but school…
Thanks Misha!

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Wow! What a fantastic event!

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Nice event ill try to make it during lunch time if possible

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I’ll be there! So excited!!

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let’s see if these aces can face off against the Military community! I myself have started a “Top Gun”, so I think a dogfight is in order! While they are for the A-10, the BFM tactics hopefully taught should be applicable to all planes. After all, Physics doesn’t change when you pick a new plane.

And to all the guys worries about formation flying, the key is small, nearly minuscule corrections. You don’t want to get into Pilot Induced Oscillation.

Once you get it, it is one of the best parts of flying jets in IF. Be careful, you will love it TOO much!

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You actually can tag Community Moderator but not the staff. Right @DeerCrusher?

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Yes. You can tag mods as its kind of our job to assist you guys here when help or guidance is needed. We just ask that you don’t tag staff/developers as they’ve got important work to do.

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My bad everyone! o_o

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Nice! Looking forward to this - should be fun!

Btw Misha what happened to the TBM Round the World Series???

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I’ll be recording this hopefully. QuickTime has this “operation can’t be completed” problem with screen recording that I need to get out of the way first. I want to see an epic formation! 👍🏻

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When I tagged you in the best photos thread i got yelled at @DeerCrusher

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Nice event, I‘ll try to join!

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Now this looks like fun!! I will do my best to make it to the second flight, first flight i’ll still be in school :(

FLIGHT 1: VISUAL NAVIGATION

Starting in 1 hour!

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I will be there to refuel anyone 👋

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Haha, this is awesome!
The local Martin State Airport, great choice!
That is the first airport I flew around when the A-10 rework came out.
Thanks!

Misha is officially starring in my A-10 Film 👀📽

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Heading back in 30 minutes!

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