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post #61 of 324 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 12:27 PM
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Great pictures Adrian I am not sure how I missed this thread for the last year and change. Thank you

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You were in DC and didn't drive the 3 hours to come see us VA Beach guys! .......


JK DC is pretty cool area. They have really built that Air and space museum, hope you got around to see the rest of the Smithsonians.

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So have any of ya'll heard of a place called Ascension Island? I hadn't until landin' there. Picture an island in the middle of the Atlantic half way between Africa and South America. Not a damn thing there. No phone, no light, no motorcar. Only interesting thing to do is climb a 1000ft hill that seemed like a good idea at first, but sucked really fast.







And this is all that was up there.



Whole thing was made of this iron ore lookin' loose rock.























Stole this McChord jet to continue on to Africa.





"Uhhh, rotate soon please?"





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Sure have! Stopped in their on our way to Kinshasa, Zaire. (Republic of Congo nowadays)
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Sure have! Stopped in their on our way to Kinshasa, Zaire. (Republic of Congo nowadays)
Nice! You are the first other person I've met that has been there.

Continued on from the island and made a few stops in Africa.







One random hill.



I asked passingly if there was a flightline fire extinguisher available for refueling and engine start, and this is what they started up and pulled out for the occasion.



















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Never know what the next haul is goin' to be or where. Need some junk shipped from the midwest to a dirt field up north? Can't wait for 40 sorties from little ole C-130s? Let's play with real airlift... I apologize on these pictures. Left my camera bag in the wrong truck, and had to make due with my crappy flip phone.





So while I'm getting gas in Ohio, a random old guy wanders up to the jet with a dog. First was thinkin' how did he get out onto a secure ramp, but decided to hear 'em out. Turns out he was a B-24 pilot in Europe in WW2 shot down on his 35th mission behind German lines. Not the place to be as a Jewish dude, and he said it was not a good time. Amazing survival story, and I thought it was ironic he was thanking us for our service. We have it easy because of guys like this.



Anyway, no big deal heavyweight dirt landing is a good time. Keep the motors runnin', kick the junk out the back, and lets get the hell out.







Get that four fan trash can out of the way. We got real airlift to do here.



Next day finds us with some fire trucks needing a ride. They even let me play with the lights and siren on the big ladder truck we loaded first.







Can we fit 3?



Headed back for the dirt.



Well it was peaceful and nice 'till we showed up.











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My aunt just retired last summer as a cargo master after 25 years on those jets. She's got some great stories of hauling huge loads during both gulf wars and some other conficts. Those pilots can do some crazy stuff in those big ass air planes.

Love the pictures your posting Up. Wish I didn't have a bad knee and shoulder or I would have signed up. But I would never have past boot camp.


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Me rollin' footage with the pilots cam.

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"This is how we fix things on the Russian Space Station..."



Vertical adjustment cable broke, so I "fixed" it.



Anyway, this was a full medivac run. Anyone call for a hospital at flight level 300? We'll be on our way.













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Few weeks ago took a ride up to Nantucket. Fancy place fer sure. Had some clam chowder.













Five years ago at Dover we started with brand new '06 and '07 jets right from the factory. Well, breaks our hearts for those of us in the squad since the beginning, but had to trade two jets away to somewhere else, and got two replacement older jets from '01 with a million whored out hours on 'em. This day on another mission I drew one of our clunkers. Still a good trip, but took every trick I had every stop to keep 'er happy and flying. For sure not a babied cushy ride like our other birds.







Kickin' back on the top of the world.





Soon as I was planning this picture, "Chief, number three doesn't want to start."



One bosch spark plug change and she's good to go. You can see the engine start light in the flightdeck shinin'.

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Few weeks back, "Can you handle a trip to Hawaii?".



Almost tough to leave snow and cold behind, but service before self...





Not often I go west, so always good to see where my Coors Light comes from.





Lets just skip right over that crazy left coast.



757s have actually the same motors we do with a lil less horsepower and a lack of TR's, but lots skinnier and lighter airframe lets em blow right past us at speed.



After a quick nap, helloooo volcano land.



Nifty runway out in the water I'll actually end up using to leave from comin' home.



Time for tourist pictures.











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So anyway, had to do a quick lower rudder adjustment with a rig trick to have the next days preflight checkout, but we then fired up, and left a little slice of warmth for back to Delawares cold.





















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The end of last year ended up pretty good for me location wise. Got to visit the warm state of Florida after a single digits Delaware morning.









So just got two little trucks worth of gas, didn't need a whole lot at all. When I went into the terminal to sign for the fuel card, I saw a sign that had a full rewards program list. 300 gallons for a key ring, 500 for a hat, ect. I asked what does 5700 gallons get me? Shirts for the whole crew apparently.



Now I'm wonderin if we got a whole high level load of 38k gallons or so...

Anyway, nice as it was, had to beat feet for back to the cold.







First time I've ever flown over the Bay Bridge Tunnel in the daytime that connects lower DelMarVa.





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Few weeks back had to ride on a trip to take parts to a busted C5 south of the border.

















But sometimes way things go, and paperwork isn't quite right for flying on the nicest of days. So they get it right, and we then take off on the coldest day so far of the year. Pulled out an ole Russian deployment trick I learned to put four diesel heater carts into the oil servicing doors for a toasty fast startup.



Anyway down in South America it was friggin hot and not sure what was sweatin' more. Me or the jet.





Also first time I've ever seen an operational 727.



No rest for the weary though, so we got the parts and equipment my C5 friends needed, and back to the cold before lunchtime.



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From a few weeks back a trip to the desert with the first time I've seen the Jersey Shore look nice.





Funny lookin' trees.







Cold jet fuel + humid hot desert











Never quite get the timing right to not be staring at and chasin' the sun west every trip home.



At the 11th hour weather divert from home to New Hampshire.



Next day clear and some good views of Massachusetts.







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Not often I spend time in Africa, so took a few more pictures than normal.

Always a good start of a trip with broke C-5s cloggin' the end of the runway. Good thing we don't need a million miles to take off. Quick right turn bypass and airborne in 2800ft.



Big kid Spanish juice box.



















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So the wikipedia tells me this airport was famous for the divert of a hijacked jet, and Israelis comin' in to get all their hostages back. Should be a good time...







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Lake Victoria













Wake up the next mornin' and this is outside my hotel room.





No matter where I go in the world, there is always a dead L-1011 rotting in the dirt.





Little hoses are my favorite for pumping gas for hours instead of minutes.



Also west Nile virus mosquitoes are my favorite as well.

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Another mornin', more flyin around some nasty storms, and more fun stops.

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Hey look what's sittin' in the dirt in Kenya. Another dead L-1011.



Friendliest guys I've ever met in Kenya that were around the jet. Prolly had my picture taken with every one of 'em and on all their facebook pages.



This is where I had to do a little bit of work.



They wouldn't let us use thrust reversers to back away from the terminal where our parking spot was, and insisted we get a pushback. Actually brought a towbar on this mission so not a big deal. If we don't have one, most commercial airports have a 767 or DC-10 bar that works with our nose gear as well. Anyway, the Uke was a little bit of a clunker, but the guy said it could do it. Commercial airports don't like you hanging out on the taxiway while we go through our kind of long compared to civilian world fast as possible to make money engine start procedure, so decided to go with an engine runnin' pushback. Driver gets me most of the way out, and when I bring the show to a stop, he can't get the shifter out of drive to reverse undo the weight of the jet on the towbar. I noticed barely the Uke shut down to get to neutral, but then it won't crank, and just went click. So here I am with an engine running C-17 pinned tight to a dead Uke with the pilots up on comm askin' "Chief, whats goin' on down there? We gotta go!". Yelled at the guy to get another tractor, so we could pull it back enough to yank the pin, and the littlest 3 cylinder New Holland they pull baggage carts with makes it's way over. Had no chance of budging a 50 ton Uke, but they tried anyway. Screw this, got my toolbox from the jet, and with some resentment they let me pull the batteries from the New Holland, and put them in series for the 24v Uke. Fired it up, backed him a hair, pulled the pin, undid the bar for the loadmasters to winch up the ramp, came back to the front to reconnect the nose wheel steering, pull the downlock pins, and by that time I noticed the Uke had driven away before giving the batteries back to the the New Holland. Oh well, had just enough room to steer to the left around 'em. Onward to the next stop.

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