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
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.
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