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 #112763  by adrianspeeder
 
Trip 281: Load up for a ball buster of a long trip to Paris, Iraq, and California. First stop ran into an ole Jersey friend.

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Love a short first day with a 20 minute flight, and then put the jet to bed for wild Virginia night.

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Rally up early next morning for a full load of fuel.

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Stackin’ banks while drainin’ tanks!

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“Hey Cap’n! Where are we?” “I have no idea.”

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New copilot signed off on escape rope use. Q1.

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Crusin’ in over the beaches of Normandy.

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Weathered in. No drop. D-Day Delayed.

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Second time seeing the Eiffel Tower. First time from the air.

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“50”. Landing crew. Paris–Le Bourget Airport

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I think we are parking over there.

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Hero shot.

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These boys work fast.

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Better shot.

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Both are technical achievements, but only one is cool.

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Tag team haulin’.

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“So, you want me to squawk 7500?” “Uhhh... Yeah.”

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Frenchy controller let his buddy take off first.

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Fluffy grounds crew.

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Heading out of France, we didn’t get to stay.

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Late night landing in Germany. These suck for a few reasons. Don’t have enough time to get in trouble downtown, don’t have anywhere on base to go, so it’s just drink in the room.

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Words of wisdom from a wise loadsmasher.

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Next thing that sucks after trying to sleep through the day, is an 2200 alert to take off the next night. Chilly smoky startup!

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Headin’ into Iraq. This combat entry checklist calls for combat cake!

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No problems in and out of Iraq, so we are forever chasing the sun for another evening in Germany.

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German twilight.

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Team Dover all over the world!

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Flyin’ Crew Chief emergency supplies.

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Made it to a Maineiac morning for a Bangor gas stop.

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Stackin’ banks while drainin’ tanks!

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Holding for this guy to get his checklists together. In the thickest Maineiac accent, “We need a minute.” Check your rearview mirror bud!

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Southwest 737 makin’ money.

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Are we there yet?

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Can’t recall if I’ve seen the golden gate bridge before.

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Pretty like a picture.

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Spending the night in the land of Google.

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Fill ‘er up Friday.

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“Chief you got those fuels balanced perfect.” “Hell yeah brother!”

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If you’re lost, they’ll come find you.

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You want maximum rate time to climb? You got it!

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My camera is squawking 7500!

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On to the next one...

Adrianspeeder
 #112835  by adrianspeeder
 
Trip 243, Winter 2019, Bagram

131 – Didn’t know it at the time, but this would be my last trip to Afghanistan. First night stopped in New Hampshire, but when we tried to get snacks for the next day’s trip, the boss wanted Trader Joe’s. Where is all the junk food?!?

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132 – Bit of snow fell, and that always drags out the launch sequence.

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133/135 – Fill ‘er up Friday: Stackin’ banks while drainin’ tanks!

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136/140 – Deice ops going smoothly until the extended reach deicer died while above the T tail so we couldn’t lower him manually.
“The mechanic is an hour away.”
“We ain’t got time for that, bring me that tug and we’ll pull the airplane away.”
“I don’t have a C-17 tow bar.”
“Can you tow those 767’s over there?”
“Yeah.”
“Bring me that tug and we’ll pull the airplane away.”

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141 – Lets ride! Dude was still stuck up in the bucket as we were taking off.

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142 – Good morning Turkey.

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143 – Brought another first time’er dollar ride mechanic on this trip to show him how things are done. Preflight minion deploy!

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144 – Last ride to Afghanistan.

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145 – Loaded up with junk in the trunk no problems. Time for a nap.

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146 – 4 AM Turkish pizza while hammered.

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147 – Slept all day and ready to ride!

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148 – Nighttime ocean crossing with cabin pressurization workin’ on point.

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149/150 – Snowy touchdown at DAFB. One more done, with only a few trips to go.

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