Cadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1551 posts, RR: 4 Posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4716 times:
On Friday, July 27, I along with 14 other members of my Civil Air Patrol unit awoke very early for what promised to be a very exciting day. On that day, we were getting a ride in a KC-10. All we knew before we boarded was that we would be airborne 5-6 hours.
Shortly before 0900, we boarded KC-10A 87-0124. After a quick safety briefing and taxi, we were thundering down one of the runways at WRI. Despite the fact that we were loaded with 210,000 pounds of fuel, we were airborne in less then 4000 feet.
Once we reached our cruising altitude - 20,00-25,000 feet - we were allowed to walk around the cabin and look out the four windows. When it came time for aerial refueling operations, everyone had to sit down - that is, except for two people each down with the boom operator and in the cockpit. We all rotated into each position numerous times throughout the flight. This day, we would be doing a decent amount of refueling - four F-16's out of Shaw, and four F-22's out of Langley. Later in the flight, our aircraft practiced refueling another KC-10 and taking on fuel from said aircraft.
Halfway through the flight, we were served box lunches - sandwich, orange, chips, juice, water, and a candy bar. It was actually pretty good.
All too soon though, our time in the air was up, and we were on final approach to WRI. It was one of the smoothest landings I have ever felt, and I commented as such to the aircraft commander.
I am in the process of uploading the pictures from the day onto my computer, and making necessary enhancements (brightness, etc.). If anyone wished to see them, please PM me.
Well, I know this was short, but I hope you enjoyed reading this TR as I did taking the flight. I would like to thank the 305th AMW and 2nd ARS for this day. The crew we had was also spectaculer, but I'd rather not name them here due to opsec concerns.
AirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4669 times:
The pictures would be great to see following the interesting report. Could you possibly upload them to Photobucket and provide a link, or is that not allowed? If not, you can email me through my profile.
Cadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1551 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4655 times:
The pics are all okay to post to sites like photobucket - I checked with the crew as to what I could/could not photograph, and was pretty much told to take pics to my heart's delight. It will just take me some time to go through all of them.
Cross757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3896 times:
Sounds like you had a great time on the flight...how did the younger cadets enjoy the ride? I'm glad the crew took great care of you. I hope this inspired some of them to seek careers in the avaition industry in one aspect or another.
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4080 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3820 times:
Great story! Can you roughly describe the territory you covered during your flight? Was it a straightforward series of orbits like a racetrack, or did you go way down south to the Carolinas or way up north to Maine? I think the NJ KC-10s cover both those regions, even though Pease here in New Hampshire has their own KC-135Rs. Not sure about the delineation of territory though, between McGuire and Pease.
IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3129 times:
Great pics and how lucky you were to hop that ride.......I've been lucky as well to ride along on a KC10 about 10 years ago, boomer was great, and even go refueled by another KC10, that was a thrill to see from the flight deck, it was simply amazing.
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