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UAV Pilot Song

Greg B 28 Jan 12 - 09:04 PM
EBarnacle 29 Jan 12 - 10:46 AM
Charley Noble 29 Jan 12 - 11:38 AM
Charmion 29 Jan 12 - 02:14 PM
JohnInKansas 29 Jan 12 - 02:44 PM
GUEST,SteveG 29 Jan 12 - 03:09 PM
Paul Burke 29 Jan 12 - 03:21 PM
Charley Noble 29 Jan 12 - 03:41 PM
Commander Crabbe 29 Jan 12 - 06:25 PM
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Subject: UAV Pilot Song
From: Greg B
Date: 28 Jan 12 - 09:04 PM

Since the start of World War I, pilots of attack aircraft have put themselves in harm's way along with their aircraft.

That is very quickly changing.

More and more, while the aircraft attacks the target, the pilot sits safely in a comfy chair state-side.

Both the enemy and international human rights organizations have cried "foul."

I find myself somewhere in the middle, following the treachery of 9/11, where hundreds of non-combatants were murdered by the hijackers.

In any case, I think there needs to be a song, about the "fighter pilot" who never puts his body in harm's way, only a remote killing machine. It has to express the essential contradiction between sending this killing machine against evil, with no mother's son on the side of right at risk and the impersonal and certain destruction of other mother's sons (and mothers).

(Full disclosure: I'm an airplane pilot and a damned good one, and if I were of a sufficiently youthful age, I'd be in one of those remote seats, following orders and flying missions. Indeed, I think that before too long the Air Force will perhaps be looking for us old stick-and-rudder guys to do what has to be done.)

But then there's this whole killing by remote-control thing to deal with.

There's got to be a song in it.


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Subject: RE: UAV Pilot Song
From: EBarnacle
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 10:46 AM

The Europeans originally considered archers to be cowards because they did not directly confront the enemy.


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Subject: RE: UAV Pilot Song
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 11:38 AM

Greg-

Interesting idea. We really need a news report to get this one started. Where there are blunders, it's easier to come up with a song. Where it's a terrorist mastermind being tracked and executed, the revenge theme might come into play. There're all the technical terms that need to be embedded in the song.

I always like the term "remote sensing" to describe what's being done. What other terms are there?

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: UAV Pilot Song
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 02:14 PM

"Overwatch" is a fave where I work, Charlie. Also ISTAR, an acronym for "intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance".


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Subject: RE: UAV Pilot Song
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 02:44 PM

Note that "UAV" can have lots of different nuances.

At the first "UAV project" I was assigned to work on the first couple of details I was tasked was to "add a personnel oxygen system and install combat style seat belts." Later I was instructed to move the ashtray.

(It was a remotely piloted vehicle.)

John


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Subject: RE: UAV Pilot Song
From: GUEST,SteveG
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 03:09 PM

There's got to be a good comic song in that last statement.


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Subject: RE: UAV Pilot Song
From: Paul Burke
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 03:21 PM

Any song ought to recognise that the problem is the killing, not who does it. The only difference between an airforce pilot and a suicide bomber is that the man in uniform can go home to his wife and kids- discuss.


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Subject: RE: UAV Pilot Song
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 03:41 PM

I suppose one could develop the plot of the "loose cannon" or the UAV that "never returned."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: UAV Pilot Song
From: Commander Crabbe
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 06:25 PM

In the navy with AWACS cover you can do a bit of "over the horizon targetting". Though it's more relevant to missiles than big guns these days.

CC


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