Just as humans are broadly generalized as Baby Boomers, Millennials, etc., so too are fighter aircraft lumped into categories—only it has less to do when they are born (or what we would call, Initial Operational Capability. A date where a military aircraft is sufficiently fielded and units prepared for the aircraft to be declared operationally ready for combat.) and more to do with various capabilities such as speed, maneuverability, avionics, and weaponry. And what’s more—with upgrades, some aircraft change generations.
On this episode, U.S. Air Force Major John “A comm brevity term used when a fighter has employed all of its active missiles.” Searcy explains the different fighter categories, from the earliest and least capable 1st generation (or, simply, “Gen”) to the modern, highly capable 5th Gen fighters. Much of the discussion centers on the differences between the current slate of 4th Gen fighters (i.e. F-15, -16, F/A-18, etc) to the F-22 and, specifically, F-35, which Skosh currently flies as a Test Pilot.
During the listener question segment, we cover cold weather carrier operations, An aviation organization composed of aircrew, support personnel, aircraft, and equipment. naming conventions, ejection hazards with NVGs, aircraft personality with fly-by-wire, and the connection between the radar and Combined Interrogator / Transponder. An aircraft avionics system that combines an IFF and an IFF interrogator. Used to help solve positive identification of other aircraft..
Episode artwork by Janek Krause. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot.