Cadet985
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Usaf KC-10 Flight

Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:33 am

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.

Feel free to comment and ask questions.

Marc
 
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RE: Usaf KC-10 Flight

Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:16 am

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.
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RE: Usaf KC-10 Flight

Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:28 am

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.
 
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RE: Usaf KC-10 Flight

Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:08 pm

Post the pictures then  Smile

[Edited 2007-07-30 05:09:14]
 
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RE: Usaf KC-10 Flight

Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:14 pm

Absoloutely - they would be great to see, its certainly not every day that you get to fly on a KC10!  Smile
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RE: Usaf KC-10 Flight

Tue Jul 31, 2007 7:51 am

Here's the first group of pics...if anyone thinks any of these might be worthy enough of a-net, please let me know.









Marc
 
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RE: Usaf KC-10 Flight

Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:06 am

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 5):
...if anyone thinks any of these might be worthy enough of a-net

I guess the question is, is a.net worthy of these shots?!

Please do upload, they are awesome.
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RE: Usaf KC-10 Flight

Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:54 pm

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.

Great pics, too! (No A-10's though...rats!  Big grin )
 
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RE: Usaf KC-10 Flight

Wed Aug 01, 2007 2:56 am

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.

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RE: Usaf KC-10 Flight

Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:04 am

I'm not really sure how we flew down to the Carolinas, sorry.

Marc
 
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RE: Usaf KC-10 Flight

Thu Aug 02, 2007 10:24 am

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 9):
I'm not really sure how we flew down to the Carolinas, sorry.

Well, since Shaw AFB is in South Carolina it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility.........
 
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RE: Usaf KC-10 Flight

Fri Aug 03, 2007 11:03 am

Great photos and excellent trip report. Congrats on getting that ride, and thanks for serving in the CAP. The SAR portion of what you guys do is very useful.
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RE: Usaf KC-10 Flight

Sat Aug 04, 2007 11:11 am

Very interesting trip report! It is nice to read something truly out of the ordinary. Do you have any pics of the inside of the plane?
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RE: Usaf KC-10 Flight

Sat Aug 04, 2007 9:31 pm

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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RE: Usaf KC-10 Flight

Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:24 pm

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 13):
Great pics and how lucky you were to hop that ride

I'd love to be able to get more to satisfy my hobby of photography, but I'm not sure how open the USAF is to giving out rides.

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 12):
Do you have any pics of the inside of the plane?

I have a shot of part of the passenger seating area that didn't come out very well, thats why I didn't post it.

Marc
 
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RE: Usaf KC-10 Flight

Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:52 am

Quoting UnknownUser (Reply 6):
I guess the question is, is a.net worthy of these shots?!

Nope...got rejected Sad.

Marc

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