First fighter jet orientation flight
By Senior Airman Jeremy L. Mosier, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 29, 2017
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Last week, Mountain Home Air Force Base Commander, Col. Jefferson O’Donnell, had the opportunity to take Vice Chairman Buster Gibson of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation up for an orientation flight.
This was the first time in the history of Mountain Home AFB that a member from the Tribes has received a fighter jet orientation flight.
Vice Chairman Gibson received all the vital training required of an aircrew member before flight. He trained on what to do in case of an emergency ejection, how to cope with G-Forces and was fitted for his flight suit.
During the flight, O’Donnell took Gibson all around the air space and military operational areas. Shoshone-Paiute Business Council members and their families awaited on the flight line as the Vice Chairman flew over and waved from above.
“My deep appreciation for the colonel and the Air Force for letting me fly,” Gibson said. “Also, we have the jets and the bombing range around us all our lives, and I can relate to that and tell [the tribal members] what it was like in the air … a lot of things we don’t see on the ground, we just see a jet in the air.”
Not only did the orientation flight show what it’s like in the air, it also highlighted the many career fields on base that help generate F-15E sorties.
“It’s great having Vice Chairman Gibson up here, the Business Council and some of the families to be able to see what we do here — be able to show the mission and give Vice Chairman Gibson a flight and show our airspace and how we utilize the airspace over the tribal lands,” O’Donnell said.