The pilot, 25, was a U.S. Air Force B-1B pilot who had been rated “exceptionally qualified” on a flight review eight months earlier. There’s a big difference between
a Mooney M20 and a supersonic swing-wing bomber with a gross weight of nearly half a million pounds, and pilots of “big iron” are often awkward in small
GA airplanes; but this pilot had owned the Mooney for five months and logged 58 hours in it. He was also
a civilian instrument flight instructor. As is apparent from the transcript, his demeanor was professional;
he flew the ILS accurately. In short, the approach seemed to have been a textbook one — except for its unfortunate conclusion.