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 […]

Active Duty How-To: U-2 Pilot

Part of the fun of aviation is that there are many different types of aircraft that can be amazing to fly. In the 116 years of powered human flight, a few unique aircraft receive immediate recognition and inspire deep envy. The Concorde, the X-1, the SR-71. Most of these aircraft are retired, and we’ll never […]

BogiDope, B-1 takeoff in afterburner

Skeletons in the Closet

One of the scariest parts about applying for an airline job are those probing questions that you would rather not answer because you’re afraid the response you provide will sink your chances of getting hired. Hopefully this article will alleviate your fears because the reality is that most of these concerns exist only in your […]

BogiDope, KC-10 refueling a F-18.

How to Get an OTS Rated Slot – Part 3

Part-3 is the final part of this series entitled "How to Get an OTS Rated Slot."  We hope this article series has helped you understand another path to achieving your aviation career goals.  Remember there is no right way or easy solution to finding your path to the cockpit.  If that is your dream, make […]

BogiDope, T-1 Jayhawk inflight.

UPT Phases: Phase I – Academics

If you look at US Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) as a single year-long Hunger Game, it can seem pretty daunting. It doesn't have to be that way though. UPT can and should be a great year! It will challenge you, but it involves some of the most fun flying you'll ever do. Let's […]

BogiDope, 4 T-38's rejoin prior to landing at Columbus AFB as part of the UPT syllabus.

Air Force vs Air National Guard: UPT Application Process (Part 1: Active Duty)

Although the prerequisites for attending Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) are virtually identical, the process of attaining a pilot training slot is one of the biggest differences between the active duty Air Force and Air National Guard (ANG). Disclaimer – This is intended to be a big picture comparison of the most common paths […]

BogiDope, 4 T-38s from Columbus AFB in fingertip formation.

Air Force vs Air National Guard: Initial Aircraft/Location Assignment

I can still remember my first day of pilot training.  The majority of the officers in my 30 person class were recent graduates of the Air Force Academy, while only a few of us represented the Air National Guard (ANG).  If I’m being completely honest, I was little intimidated by how confident those guys seemed. […]