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Randy Haskin
Name: Randy Haskin
Company: US Air Force
Current Aircraft: F-15E
Age N/A
Country USA

Airline experience: no
Corporate or fractional experience: no
Cargo experience: no
Military, government, or law enforcement experience: yes

Mentor profile:
I've known since I was a child that I was going to pursue a career as a professional pilot in one way or another. Flying was a part of my life since childhood; my father had flown for the Air Force and owned a Ryan Navion that we'd fly nearly every weekend. Some of my earliest flying memories are of sitting on folded blankets so I could see over the instrument panel. When I was 9 years old I saw the Thunderbirds perform at a local air show and from then on I knew I wanted to fly jets for the Air Force. 13 years later I would fulfill part of that dream by earning my Private Pilot License. I joined Air Force ROTC (the Reserve Officer Training Corps) in college, hoping they'd send me to pilot training. Due to budget cutbacks and limited training slots in the early 1990s, I wasn't able to get a coveted pilot training slot. I decided to finish ROTC, get commissioned as an Air Force officer, and attempt to transfer from my assigned active duty job as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. It took three years and three applications, but finally I received orders to attend USAF pilot training in Columbus, Mississippi, in 1998. Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training is a 52-week program, which takes a "zero time" officer and turns him into the equivalent of a Commercial, Multi-Engine, and Instrument jet pilot. The training is intense, but SUPT graduates are sent on to fly some of the most advanced, high performance aircraft anywhere in the world. As for me, I excelled enough flying the T-37 for the first 6 months that I was selected to fly the Northrop T-38 and fly a fighter after graduation. I got about 120 more hours of flight time and learned formation flying, instrument flying, and low level navigation. I went on to be selected to fly the F-15E Strike Eagle at Seymour Johnson AFB, NC. I am now finishing my first tour as an F-15E pilot. I have accumulated nearly 500 hours in the Strike Eagle, upgraded to flight leader, and done some of the most incredible things I could ever dream of; I've been to Red Flag where I dropped live laser-guided bombs and flew with a 50-aircraft strike package, shot a live AIM-7M Sparrow missile at a target drone, and flown mock air-to-air fights against nearly every type of combat aircraft the United States has to offer our enemies. I've flown low and fast over some of the most beautiful parts of this grand country, and in what may very well be both the darkest and brightest hour for the United States, I flew protective CAPs over Washington, D.C., in the wake of September 11th as part of Operation Noble Eagle. Best of all, I've joined and become best friends with the finest group of officers and professional aviators ever to walk the planet.

Favorite thing about flying:
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Disadvatages of being a pilot:
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What you would have done different:
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Advice to aspiring pilots:
Have a dream...and never quit until you achieve it!
Problems encounterd along the way:
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