Sure, a dumb bomb or CBU run is fun, and BFM will always have a delicious challenge.
That said, I’ve started flying like a peacetime pilot.
Super-long range missions (particularly on Marianas) where refueling and fuel management are crucial.
Plotting realistic routes in and out of NTTR, practicing an inert dumb bomb run, refuel and work back out through the correct sectors.
IFR flying, particularly in the Hornet which is both blessed with a great HUD and cursed with no ILS on land.
Engine out and systems failure procedures and landings. Pop a circuit breaker or shut down an engine and figure out how to best get the jet on the deck.
Around-town ferry missions in the Huey, chasing cars as though I’m a news chopper, and running “life flight” missions in the darkest of nights.
Perhaps I’ll get back to the world at war soon…but I’m a far better stick and rudder guy for this bit.