Civilian Ratings That Military Pilots Should Care About, Part 2

Welcome back to BogiDope! Last week we looked at the civilian pilot ratings that a military pilot may need to know about. This week we’re going to discuss some things to consider when choosing a flight school, look at a few specific flight school options, and talk about ways to get your ratings without breaking […]

Civilian Ratings That Military Pilots Should Care About, Part 1

If you aspire to a lifetime career as a professional pilot, you almost can’t beat getting your start in the military. Whether you fly tankers because size matters, you decide to fight both wars and forest fires in the C-130, or you give in to your inner Maverick and fly fighters, you can’t beat the […]

Should I Track Helicopters at UPT?

At Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) there are some things that don’t change much over the years. After flying the T-6A in Phase II, student pilots “track select” to either the T-38 for fighters & bombers, the UH-1 for helicopters and CV-22s, or the T-1 for everything else. I’ve recently noticed student pilots […]

How to Rush a Unit

Lifetime has a show called Married at First Sight. I can’t even bring myself to watch it–it just sounds like a bad idea. I categorize this with other shows like all the Real Housewives series under “Trainwrecks I Don’t Watch.” I can’t imagine that Hired at First Sight would be any more successful for a […]

How to Become a Fighter Pilot

Have you seen Top Gun or any of the (objectively terrible) Iron Eagle movies more times than you’re willing to admit? Do you daydream of flying twice the speed of sound, pulling 9Gs, and dominating the airspace over any country on the planet, at will? Perhaps you’re motivated by the idea of protecting troops on […]

Fighting Forest Fires From the Cockpit of a C-130 – Wyoming ANG

Many jobs in this world are just that…jobs. Thankfully, aviation gives us a lot of opportunities that amount to far more than jobs. They’re missions, callings, and perhaps even adventures. I recently got to speak with an old Air Force buddy, Major Jeremy “Hefty” Atherton, and Major Donny Salamone, the Chief of Pilot Hiring for […]

Airline Pilot Salaries

How much do airline pilots make? That’s the real question, isn’t it? You’re trying to decide whether it’s worth taking on tens of thousands of dollars in debt to pay for your own flight training, sell your soul to the military for the next decade, or just give up on flying and become an accountant. […]

Jumping Ship – A USAF Pilot Joins the Navy Reserve

BogiDope was founded by Air Force pilots and much of our work is Air Force-centric. We’re here to help pilots from all branches though, and this article is for anyone who’s ever considered becoming a pilot in the Navy Reserve. This article is based on an interview with former-USAF Major and now Navy Commander-select Albert […]

Military vs Civilian Career Path, Part 2

Welcome back, fellow aviators! This is the second part of a series about choosing between military and civilian career options. If you haven’t already read Part 1, please do that first. We saw last week that there isn’t a cut and dried answer to say whether the military career path is right for you. Like […]

Military vs Civilian Career Path, Part 1

I can’t imagine a better career than that of a professional pilot. I’ve been places and experienced things while flying that I have trouble even describing to most people. If you’ll forgive me for waxing poetic for a moment, I’ll quote High Flight by the great aviator poet, John Gillespie Magee Jr., Oh! I have […]