Priming an aviation unit to fly the F-14 in close-in air combat was a challenge, and Captain Smith and his crew were forced to devise novel solutions to some of the problems posed by the training to provide the best support to the F-14 pilot community. ... See MoreSee Less
The Sonic Warrior chronicles the life of a fighter pilot when the supersonic flight was new, Top Gun was emerging, critical challenges were met, and sonic warfare became a reality. ... See MoreSee Less
As a seasoned fighter pilot and Sonic Warrior, I would often point out to my fellow warriors that developing an intuitive feel for the aircraft, the operation and the mission was key to mission success. Intuition was the centerpiece on our operational table. Read more below. ... See MoreSee Less
Priming an aviation unit to fly the F-14 in close-in air combat was a challenge, and Captain Smith and his crew were forced to devise novel solutions to some of the problems posed by the training to provide the best support to the F-14 pilot community.
They ultimately overcame these challenges and became the top-performing squadron of the United States Pacific Fleet. ... See MoreSee Less
In Throttle-Up®, Captain Smith employs his skills and background as a pioneer and strategist in military and civilian aviation to help others learn to employ effective, clear solutions to our rapidly-evolving world's emerging problems and demands. Find out where to listen to it below! ... See MoreSee Less
Captain Smith was the commander of the first deployed Top Gun unit VFP-63D1 aboard the USS Constellation. Captain Smith, as a pilot with deep experience flying the F-8 Crusader, a plane that resembled the Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21, was uniquely equipped to provide the F-14 Tomcat pilots of the first ever deployed Top Gun unit with close-in air combat training. ... See MoreSee Less
Captain Kevin M. Smith is the Sonic Warrior, an author, speaker, and aviation design consultant known for his role as the Commander of the first deployed Top Gun unit in the United States Navy. Learn more below. ... See MoreSee Less