As I often say to e, “Guess where I’m not!” We got the plane ready and were prepared to go to UT when the weather shop reported forecast severe icing at the base. We’re not allowed to go somewhere for severe, so we started looking for a new place to go. The AC, who did this trip primarily to visit relatives in UT, wasn’t taking no for an answer. He called the forecaster at the base directly to see if they had anything different to say about the weather. The forecaster there said that there was no longer a danger of severe icing and that they were retracting the earlier forecast. Based on this info we got everything ready to go to UT, but right before we walked out the door the AC decided to go back to the local weather shop to have them remove severe icing from out forecast. During this time a new forecaster came on duty in UT and re-stated the severe ice warning. In disgust, the AC told us to plan something else. Since we’d been shut out of San Diego days earlier, we decided to try there. The Nav got us into the Courtyard […]
Well, my time off didn’t go exactly as planned, but it was good to be home anyway. Not only were e and MJ sick when I got there, but also our friends’ daughter fell and knocked herself out the day before, causing them to cancel our dinner. Since we weren’t having company, e and I ate our Zaxby’s and then took a short nap. It was shorter for e than me because she got up when MJ started crying. It was very nice of her to let me sleep. When we woke up this morning MJ’s fever was gone, but e was feeling worse so we still skipped church. Poor little e just wanted to sleep, but she stayed vertical to put together the chicken pot pies she promised me. What a great wife! I helped e get the pot poes together and then helped her prepare the dessert: “Hello Dolly,” a neat recipe e found to help get rid of extra chocolate candies and such. I got to the base early, but we still managed to go slowly enough that we took off late. The flight out to Tucson was a long 5.3 hours, but I spent a lot […]
I’m at the halfway point of this trip, and home for a night. The pilot from the last few days can’t do the entire trip, so they scheduled it to spend a night in Atlanta so that a new pilot can take over tomorrow. This morning we got up early and headed out to the plane around 8. By 8:30 the poor nav had puked twice. He’s certain it has nothing to do with the manager’s reception last night and something to do with what he ate. In any case he wasn’t very useful to us for the first part of the trip. Thanks to our day off in C-Springs, the trip was in danger of not meeting its flying-hour goal, or at least that’s what the pilot thought. So, instead of keeping with the theme of getting where we want to go as fast as possible, he decided to return home by way of Biloxi. The main reason for choosing Biloxi is that the pilot hadn’t seen the aftermath of Katrina and wanted to take a look. We flew all the way over to Keesler AFB and then picked up our clearance home. As we climbed up the winds […]
Last night was a blast! JT called about 10 minutes after I posted, and they picked me up about an hour later. It was really great to see ET again and to meet their kids who are also ET and JT but have different names 🙂 We went downtown and ate dinner at the Phantom Canyon Brewing Company. The food and homemade brews were good, but the company was excellent. I really enjoyed catching up and wished that e could be there with me. We’ll have to fly out there together some day. Today we brought the broke aircraft back home. It was cool to get more than 70 knots of wind on the tail; at one point we saw 400 knots ground speed! We got home in 3 hours, swapped planes, and then took off for MacDill AFB in Tampa. They’ve put us up in the Embassy Suites, which is always nice. We enjoyed the manager’s reception before heading out to eat. Naturally everything was packed on a Friday night, but eventually we got some seats at Steak & Ale and had a great meal. I don’t think I’ll need to eat much tomorrow.
Well it’s day two and I’m still here in C-Springs. JT picked me up this morning at 7 and took me to a great little breakfast dive, the kind of place you’d never venture into or even find without a local at your side. I made a happy plate and got to pick a candy and get a sticker. After JT dropped me off I chatted with e on the phone while I waited for the rest of the crew. When they showed up we got in the plane and started getting ready to go. As we approached the runway, the pilot started panicking a little because the plane wasn’t stopping. We managed to come to a stop right before entering the runway. Right now I’m back in Base Ops surfing the web while I wait for the brakes to be fixed. Looks like we may be a little late to Reno after all. Update, 4 pm Colorado time: After way too much coordinating and waiting around, it was finally decided that we’d stay another night here in Colorado and then go home in the morning. I’m a little bummed that I could have shown JT the plane after all […]
I’m here in a hotel in Colorado Springs, using my cellphone to connect to the internet because I don’t want to pay $9.95 for a few hours of use. I found myself on a 7-day “I’ve been everwhere, man” tour around the country. Leg one started out ok but was very long. We left an hour early but arrived only 15 minutes early thanks to the 70 knot winds in the face. GP baked biscuits in the oven and later a pot roast–it was fantastic. In my years of flying the Herk I’ve never had much to do with the oven; I need to start doing something when I go TDY. Our hotel is the Sheraton not too far from the airport, right across from the Doubletree hotel. The Sheraton was no doubt once a nice place to stay, back in the early 90s when I was a zoomie perhaps, but it’s a tad run down now. I’m not sure if my room smells like someone peed in it or died, but it’s not that pleasant. Add to that some of the aircrew favorites: 1/2 mile walk from the front desk to our rooms (are we still in the same […]
After all the years of talking about it, I finally got checked out to fly at an aero club today. It all seemed so surreal because the AF does everything using the death-by-briefing technique, while today we basically shook hands and jumped in the airplane to fly. This was probably the first time in my life that a flight instructor examined my experience and then treated me as though I actually had that level of experience. We did a fairly short flight from Dobbins up to Cartersville for some touch-and-goes, after which we did one more T&G at Dobbins followed by the full stop. I’m also a military fuel truck operator now, although my 20 minutes of training is substantially shorter than the 6-month school for full-time fuelers. I’m going up by myself on Friday, and then my next flight should be with e and The Boy. How cool!