Ctflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 89 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1935 times:
With all of the current military charters in the news transporting troops to the Middle East, I was wonder what the service on board these flights was like. Is alcohol served, do troops need to purchase drinks, headsets etc? When the flights make refueling stops, do the troops get to exist the aircraft? Perhaps someone who has flown or worked on such a flight could describe their experience.
Lt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1922 times:
on ATA rotators to the mid-east there is usually no alcohol served. Sometimes there is until the last stop before Saudi, usually Aviano or Crete.
Shannon, Irelandis a big ops stop point where we can buy and drink beer
Headsets are free and in the seat rests. IN Saudi, ATA pays the Air Force $500 to have us clean the jet on the ramp, since they dont have folks to do it.
It is a good way to make cash for squadron functions.
Service is kinda dependent on crews. My last trip east bound in August, the first meal was awesome, then we didn't get to eat again for 15 hours and that final meal 'sucked' for lack of a better word.
Coming home in December there was a fuel strike in Larnaca, Cyrpus so we got stuck for 5 hours. These are things I would hope they new 3 hours before taking off from Saudi. In this case we did get to exit.
Usually in Shannon we always get off for about 2 hours which is outstanding.
Coming home on dedicted airlift we like to stop and work our customs in Bangor, Maine, they are very easy to work with.
Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Lt-AWACS, Yankee Air Pirate
Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1914 times:
I worked quite a few military charters during my career. Never had any alcohol on board. But we had a ball. On the last one the guys wanted to help us serve and almost wouldn't take no for an answer. Finally they gave in, but got all excited when we gave in on picking up trays. They formed a relay line down both aisles and sent trays from the front to back and back to front at the same time into the two galleys. They were the best! They also traveled with their M-16's on board. When we got to Amsterdam, this very short female Sgt. came on board, got on the PA and said, "You will stand, you will carry your weapon, and you will disembark, NOW." I wish we could have gotten our regular pax of the plane like that.
Then there was the time we took some of the Puerto Rican National Guard from San Juan to North Carolina. They decided to serenade us with their guitars after eating.
All in all, these charters good be as good or as difficult as you allowed them to be. We made light of a few things, and the men and women were happy and very easy to deal with.