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Your Best Cross Country Trip With The Military?  
User currently offlineKevinSmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3079 times:

I've heard of several good locations across CONUS. What was the best cross country you've took/taken with the military?

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User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3061 times:

Victoria, BC to San Diego CA in a Sea King - the ultimate coast crawl.
Yellowknife, NWT to Halifax, NS and back in a Twin Otter (8 day trip) - travelling in an A/C with a VNE of 161 KIAS gives you an understanding just how big Canada is.

WrenchBender



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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3008 times:

As far as CONUS goes, Reno Nevada is standing out right now.


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineT56A15 From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2962 times:

Left PITT late afternoon on a C-130. Flew to Scott AFB, IL. Next morning, up and on to McChord AFB, WA .Early get up the next day and flew direct to Elmendorf AFB, AK. Did two rounds of troop drops on arrival. Secured the aircraft as we were scheduled to do more drops the following day. The weather didn't cooperate and we were on the ground the next two days. Went out to the Herc on the third day to do a scheduled inspection and fueled for the trip home ( 54k IIRC ) Crew met us on completion and we flew non stop 11 hours to back to PITT. (with very favorable winds) Best cross country to date.

User currently offlineVzlet From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 833 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2953 times:

Seven same-day legs on a C-9 to get from Scott to Andrews for USAF rugby camp. After a while, facing rearwards seems completely normal.


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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2921 times:
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Quoting Vzlet (Reply 4):
Seven same-day legs on a C-9 to get from Scott to Andrews for USAF rugby camp.

Crap....we took the bus from Fort Bragg to Belvoir to compete. The Aussies were better than we'd heard, too....but we whipped everyone else.


Best cross country trip was in a Humvee.....but in an airplane it'd be from Hunter AAF to north Georgia in a CH-54 Tarhe people pod.....got to ride in the rear cockpit on one of the legs (we had to refuel twice).



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User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2917 times:

Quoting KevinSmith (Thread starter):
Your Best Cross Country Trip With The Military?

FL to TX to WA to Kaneohe Bay, HI....loved it.



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User currently offlineVzlet From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 833 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2863 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 5):
we whipped everyone else

Then it must not have been in 1989.  Wink



"That's so stupid! If they're so secret, why are they out where everyone can see them?" - my kid
User currently offlineNbgskygod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 795 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2812 times:

Best cross country would have to have been in a Navy T44 (King Air C90), flown by 2 USAF Majors, from NAS New Orleans to NAS Corpus Christi. Took almost 2 and a half hours, Was a very nice trip, with a slight detour to report an oil rig explosion in the gulf.


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User currently offlineOpso1 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 527 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2797 times:

Any trip, any time- the highlight is always a carrier landing!

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3497 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2790 times:
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Quoting KevinSmith (Thread starter):
What was the best cross country you've took/taken with the military?

Not really a cross country but I was invited to ride jump seat on an Interstate L188 doing a bunch of FO upgrades. Left from Wright-Patterson AFB and spent the evening all over western Ohio and eastern Indiana, returning to Wright Patt. Probably the best shift I worked in the military...



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User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2758 times:

I take that back...

HI was nice, but the best trip for experience was FL to CA in a T-34. If you can stand sitting in that damn thing for that long, you're golden.



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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2732 times:

Nellis AFB in Las Vegas ranks pretty high up there for me Big grin

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User currently offlineCross757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2724 times:

You can't beat a cross-country stop at Chennault in Lousiana for shrimp po' boys and red beans and rice...anyone who has been there knows what I am talking about. And of course an ice cream sandwich before heading back out to the jet...not that I ever did that...

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3497 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2686 times:
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Quoting Cross757 (Reply 13):
You can't beat a cross-country stop at Chennault in Lousiana for shrimp po' boys and red beans and rice...anyone who has been there knows what I am talking about. And of course an ice cream sandwich before heading back out to the jet...not that I ever did that...

You ate all that and felt no need to fill the honey bucket (or whatever convienient receptacle you have on the Hog)? Iron Bowels to you Sir!!



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User currently offlineKevinSmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2683 times:

Quoting Cross757 (Reply 13):
You can't beat a cross-country stop at Chennault in Lousiana for shrimp po' boys and red beans and rice...

That what I keep hearing!!!! I had a flight scheduled out there but the wonder gulf coast weather cancelled that flight. Apparently the FBO out there is amazing.


User currently offlineCross757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2627 times:

Quoting KevinSmith (Reply 15):
That what I keep hearing!!!! I had a flight scheduled out there but the wonder gulf coast weather cancelled that flight. Apparently the FBO out there is amazing.

The FBO at CWF is Million Air...I don't remember if that is the same one from when I was there last (Sep '03), but it was the only FBO on the ramp so that was probably it. We would call ahead with our orders and the food would be waiting when we arrived...it was fantastic. And they would keep a freezer stocked full of ice cream sandwiches for dessert. I stopped through there 4 or 5 times while in training at CBM, but it was not uncommon to see jets there from Laughlin and Vance as well. And there was usually a variety of USN and USMC fighter-type aircraft on the ramp all the time as well...I guess it was hard to keep a good secret!



Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 14):
You ate all that and felt no need to fill the honey bucket (or whatever convienient receptacle you have on the Hog)? Iron Bowels to you Sir!!

Fortunately it was only about a 45 min flight back to CBM in a T-38!

I just recently completed my first pond crossing in the Hog...all we have are piddle packs. The key is to eat lots of protein the night before (and the ubiquitous steak-and-eggs breakfast if you can find it!) and have a few doses of imodium with you, just in case. My longest leg was 7.0 hours...I could barely move my legs when I got out of the jet!
 Silly


User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2617 times:

The stops were not always the highlight for me.

First place, hands down: Slaloming down the Colorado River - all the way down at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, shortly after it was built, and long before they'd throw you in jail for the deed. Even then I envied some F-8 Crusader pilots I'd seen flying by below me while I was standing on top Halfdome.

A great stop: Cozumel, back in the 1960s. Our hotel was less than five bucks a night and you couldn't hold five dollars worth of food and cerveza. There were no real tourist accomodations then and Cancun was just a sand bar, known only for the Isla Mujeres NDB.

Central America was full of good stops back then. Tegucigalpa was always interesting, Belize (British Honduras) was exotic as hell, but San Jose Costa Rica was, then as now, really nice.

Less good: Three days proceeding in the same general direction. Logged 3+10 then 10+05 and finally 11+10 on a seat whose firmness increased on a rising curve. My back became imprinted with every little lump in that parachute.

It was fun stuff when you were young and ironclad but give me roomy flight decks, a lav just behind the door and most of all a "stew" to bring me coffee when I need it. Oh, and FAA flight/duty time restrictions are nice too.



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User currently offlineRC135X From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2473 times:

The cross country flight(s) where my space-available passengers were happiest were always the Eielson (PAEI) to Hickam (PHIK) jaunts in the middle of the winter. Depart at -40F and land at +85F made for a lot of happy campers.

My favorite cross-country flight was actually a planned relocation of an RC-135S COBRA BALL from PAEI to Shemya (PASY) to replace the airplane on The Rock which had broken sensors. Just us pilots and two navs on board and a beautiful clear day in Alaska. About an hour out of Shemya the weather there crunched and the local maintenance folks said they could fix the sensors so we were told to turn around and go home. After passing Bethel we asked ATC for clearance to a set of Lat/Long, and the controller laughed and said "OK, you wanna go see Denali. Cleared direct to Denali and cleared the block FL200B320. Feel free to orbit as long as you want." We circled the mountain for a long while and enjoyed a rare sunny day with no clouds. Took some great photos out the optical windows at 45-degrees of bank and then headed back to the barn at PAEI. Kind of neat to be given the keys to the jet and told "bring it back when you're out of gas."


User currently offlineMark5388916 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2468 times:

Quoting RC135X (Reply 18):

Now thats just cool!



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User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

KCLL is a good stopever: check out a courtesy car and go to Freebirds! When I worked there in college I swear I saw more Marines F-18's there than I did when I was in the Marines and in the Air Wing (H-46E's.)

User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2423 times:

my most fun was relocting 4 blackhawks to germany. we ferried the brids to Luke then loaded them onto a C-5. all we took with us were a case of MREs and a few sleeping bags. one the helos were strapped down we headed upstairs for takeoff. once we passed FL180 the crew chief told us we were ok to walk around. i managed to get some sleep on the floor of one of the hawks, slept through the inflight refuel too. once we landed in germany we helped the crew chiefs get the bird off the aiplane, flew them once we put the blades back on and headed over to a C-17 headed stateside. the C-17 stopped at at McGuire to offload two pallets and then headed off to Holloman. from holloman we took a MH-53 that dropped us back at Luke and took two humvees home. total time on the trip was two days i think, ttoal time recovering was probably another two.


"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineNbgskygod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 795 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2398 times:

Quoting Cross757 (Reply 13):
You can't beat a cross-country stop at Chennault in Lousiana for shrimp po' boys and red beans and rice...anyone who has been there knows what I am talking about. And of course an ice cream sandwich before heading back out to the jet...not that I ever did that...

I do agree CWF had some great food. Acadiana (ARA) had a good BBQ on wednesdays as well. When I worked the tower at NAS New Orleans half our base tenants would head out there for "pattern work." I used to fly out there with the base CAP plane when I got off work and partake in some of that wonderful food as well.



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User currently offlineRotorImage From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2305 times:

I was in a four aircraft X/C that went to New Orleans and Bourbon Street (pre-Katrina) on Halloween night.....It was trippy.

User currently offlineKevinSmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

Just had my first one.
NPA-AVL-Drop in at DWU-HTS-ADW-GSP-MGM-NPA
T-6A

We flew over lots of pretty country. The last leg of our inbound trip to Andrews was easy. We picked up a STAR that started over Charleston, WV.

Flying back home I did my first no kidding (weather was crappy) approach into GSP. Waited out the weather at MGM, then shot on down to NPA.


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