Some time back Grant & Steve recorded their first chat with Matt Hall who flew F/A-18 Hornets with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and F-15 Strike Eagles with the United States Air Force (USAF) on exchange, including a tour of combat in Iraq. After leaving the RAAF he spent two seasons flying in the RedBull AirRace.
Matt gives us a great comparison between flying the F15 and the F/A-18 and also explains the differences in air-to-air refueling methods as the F/A-18 uses a “probe & drogue” system while the F15 uses the “flying boom” system. Both methods have their issues for the pilot trying to refuel and it’s interesting to hear which method he prefers.
He also describes how he won the trust of his fellow pilots in the USAF and the difference between arrogance & confidence. You can hear the full interview with Matt on Episode 7 of Plane Crazy Down Under.