Colonel “Turbo” Tomassetti is retiring after a distinguished 30-year career as a USMC aviator. To both honor and to learn from “Turbo,” Second Line of Defense travelled to the 33rd Fighter Wing, where “Turbo” retired as Vice Commander.
We are going to publish three articles based on the interview materials.
In this piece, we are focusing on the video portion of the interview, where “Turbo” provides an overview of his time at Eglin and the future of the F-35.
The second article will focus on the discussion between “Easy” Ed Timperlake and “Turbo” which provides a USMC aviators perspective on the past and on the future. The key point underscored in their discussion is the key of the pilots as the drivers of air combat innovation. With regard to the F-35, the pilots in the USMC, USAF and the USN will make aviation history as they shape the concepts of operations for the aircraft.
The third article will highlight several aspects looking forward, which “Turbo” provided in other parts of the interview. He underscored that like the Osprey, “the F-35B will sell itself as it is used by the warfighter.”
In the video portion of the interview, “Turbo” looked forward to the coming of the F-35B to the USMC, and backwards at his career. He contrasted his experience with the Harrier and the F-35B and then discussed various aspects of change associated with the coming of the F-35 to the joint force.