Thursday, March 10, 2016

"Bitchin' Betty" steps down


The video tells the tale.





I wonder if her voice provided warnings in English to pilots flying the F/A-18 in non-English-speaking countries like Finland or Switzerland?  Did they translate the alerts?  Does anyone know?

Peter

10 comments:

Glenn Hogg said...

We had something similar on one of my "boats" We called it the "Bitch in the box." You would hear "Fire! Fire! Fire in the engine room!" Or "Flooding! Flooding! Flooding in the pump room!" Then gen. alarm and orders for emergency surface. It was tied to another automated contraption that could take over the boat. Boxes were all tubes and transisters way before digital hardware and didn't "work" very reliably. Disabled and removed after a few miserable tests.

Anonymous said...

Ha, love these stories. We need to hear more of the "regular" workers stories. We have too many congress-critters and prez memories tucked away in archives. We need to hear about day to day folks that make this country great. They are the real history of this country.
Steve

Jonathan H said...

While I don't know for sure, I would suspect that foreign users of the F-18 still have English recordings, to go along with their English manuals and training.
I have read of pilot training on other US aircraft, particularly the F-16 and F-15, that was conducted entirely in English and where pilots could, and did, wash out due to insufficient language skills even if they were good pilots.
With the (relatively) small number of aircraft involved and the high education levels required of the operators, I would be surprised to see US military aircraft with manuals, training, and other linguistic requirements translated.

Old NFO said...

She's one of a long history! :-)

On a Wing and a Whim said...

Somewhere, an enterprising tech is plotting taking a capture from this video of Betty saying "Say Goodbye", and is going to sneak it into the cockpit....

richard mcenroe said...

I think in the German Air Force, it's "You WILL turn now!" In the French and Italian Air Forces, it's "Run! Run!"

And of course, "Hit the deck!" takes on a whole different meaning in the Japan Self Defense Forces...

Glen said...

GH: Was that the Scamp?

Glenn Hogg said...

Glen,
No, it was Dolphin.

dave said...

Well, English is the international language of aviation.

Tomi Hämäläinen said...

I'll try to find out the finnish side.