A Q&A With 2-BIT

11/06/2020

I recently spoke to a B-1 pilot about his time flying the BONE, here's what he had to say.

1) What made you want to join the Air Force? 

 I never wanted to join the Air Force because at the time my vision prevented me from being pilot qualified. I actually wanted to join the Army to be an armour commander. When I applied to the service academies the Air Force was first to accept me. Luckily, in my junior year, I was selected for PRK surgery, and was selected for pilot testing.

2) What is your favourite moment/experience you've had flying? 

 Two moments stick out the most. The first was supporting a pretty aggressive TIC where our guys were on the losing end of a firefight in North East Afghanistan. We literally flew super-sonic from one end of the country to another to get to these guys. After about an hour on station with multiple runs, what was left of the Taliban broke contact. I'll never forget the JTAC thanking us. It was absolutely humbling.

3) What is the worst moment/experience you've had flying? 

 The worst movement took place over Helmand. We were overwatching a friendly unit staging for an OP. We discovered insurgents manoeuvring on their position. Unfortunately, we couldn't re-establish radio contact with the JTAC or their TOC. The unit took casualties as we were in the overhead, unable to do anything. Most helpless moment ever.

4) What is your favourite plane and why? 

 The BONE hands down. Completely underrated multi-mission workhorse. An absolute blast to fly low. The sheer power is amazing.

5) What plane would you like to fly if you never flew the B-1? 

 Without a doubt the A-10.

I would like to personally thank 2-BIT for answering these questions and letting them be put worldwide! Hope you all enjoyed reading!

Cheers!