I just had a strange experience with a man who I am going to be working closely with - “apprenticing”, you might say. This is not someone on the internet trying to impress girls. This is a man who is internationally renowned in his field, essentially at the pinnacle of success in his career, extremely good at what he does - in short, someone you definitely want to be associated with.
I was in his office today and I saw an old black and white photo on his wall. It was a picture of him, as a young man, wearing a flight suit and standing beside a fighter jet. Surprised, I asked him: “you used to be a pilot”? He said, “a long time ago.” I asked him when the photo was taken. “Vietnam war,” he said.
I did not ask him any further questions. I had other things I needed to talk to him about and I also know that veterans often don’t want to discuss their service.
I would have accepted what he said, and not thought about it much more, were it not for one thing: his official biography - the several versions of it both online and in print - says that he served in the Army.
I was not aware that the Army flew fighter jets in Vietnam.
I desperately want this guy to be telling the truth, because I like him a lot (I have known him for a while), I want to work with him, both for the very valuable on-the-job experience and because he’s just a great guy to work with.
Did the Army, in fact, fly fighter jets in Vietnam? How likely is it that he is telling me the truth?