“Just Wanted to Make Sure You knew….”

I was flying with our squadron commander one day.  He was in the front seat, and I was in the back (T-38A).  I didn’t have a great deal of respect for him; he was a “reg reader.”  A “matrix colonel.”  This is a guy who doesn’t lead but manages.  When faced with a situation these guys will seek our the appropriate matrix, in the applicable regulation and chase through for the solution.  That was Bob.  Very short on ‘common sense.’

Anyway I digress.  This one particular day I made the full stop landing.  Upon touchdown I was on speed and transitioned right into a full aerobrake, about 12 degrees nose high.  Sweet!  Upon passing 100 knots I released the back stick pressure and lowered the nose to the runway.

As we slowed I installed the (ejection) seat pins as I was inclined to do, then undid my lap belt and shoulder harness.  Upon hearing the buckles rattle about ‘Col. Bob’ asked, “Is that legal Bob?”

“No Sir, ” I replied.

“I just wanted to make sure you knew,” he said.

“Asshole,” I thought to myself.  I just wanted to make sure I knew….

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