What does complacency sound like?
I think I might have a transcript of it on my desk.
We had a story in this week’s paper about a a couple of guys in a Super Hornet who completely missed the target range and ended up mistakenly dropping a 500-pound bomb in a national forest in Florida.
The funny thing that didn’t make it into that story is the back-and-forth chatter between the pilot and NFO as they were getting ready for a COMPTUEX training run last May:
Pilot: I’m gonna waypoint designate 47, is that cool?
Pilot: Yeah! Work it, baby! Work it! Yeah, put those target points down!
NFO: Putting target points down on that SAR map like I put ’em on [redacted name]mom’s [expletive]
Then, after realizing the bomb hit more than 5,000 feet outside the range, the Wizzo said:
“I hope we didn’t [expletive]that up.”