Frontier Former Editor

October 20, 2007

Tales from the FFE-side . . .

Thanks to long-term sleep deprivation, I’ve had several little episodes come bubbling to the surface in recent days

9E8E, 9U44 . . . . they are but innocuous terms for the Dilbert dunker. If you’ve seen “Officer and a Gentleman,” you may have wished that Richard Gere drowned in the contraption.

Basically, it was a frame supporting two inclined rails. A set of stairs led up and along the frame to a platform where, waiting for the Naval Aviator-in-training or the old hand requalifying for flight status, was a simulated cockpit with a seat fitted with a standard military aircraft shoulder and lap harness. A roll bar above the seat capped off the tub.

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