10Walk the Flight LineConnecting with Your Wingmen
IT’S RARE FOR the squadron commander to meet you at your jet after a training mission. So when I saw Lieutenant Colonel Dodson approaching my F-16 with a stern look on his face, I knew something was up.
“Waldo, we need to talk,” he said as I climbed down the ladder from the cockpit and jumped onto the tarmac.
“Yes, sir,” I replied, and waited, a little uneasily, for what was coming next. Had I messed up? Was I in trouble? I gulped. Was something wrong at home?
“Waldo, Airman Tyler told me what happened before you took off this afternoon, and I am not impressed.” His tone was serious, and I instantly knew what he was referring to.
Just three hours earlier, during my after-engine-start checklist, ...