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Pictures while using frequent flyer miles

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by adrianspeeder, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. adrianspeeder

    adrianspeeder USAF C-17 Avionics

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    While I may be avionics by trade full time, I can do a little bit of flyin' crew chief jobs on the side. Some of my more favorite shots I've taken while haulin' ass around the world.

    Afghanistan has quite a few high and cold mountains.

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    Little bit of angle and dangle.

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    Just reach out and touch 'em.

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    How we roll...

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    Gates of Hell ain't far from Kandahar.

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    I debated weather to post this or not, but it is a story that I will forever remember. We had left Kandahar, gone to our next FOB, and as we were engine starting to leave, the call comes in to head back to Kandahar for a no-notice medivac. A soldier was not an hour or so before hit by a sniper above his armor, in his throat, through his spine, and out the back. Well, myself and the loadmasters had the cargo reconfiged, onboard medivac equipment setup, and ready for the pickup in under 30mins. It didn't look good with all the breathing equipment, and was given a 50/50 on surviving the flight. Amazingly while coming out of anesthesia, the soldier was able to lift his arms and wiggle toes. I packed it full of fuel while the AC got the waiver for weight, and flight plan to push those motors to the redline, and we went as fast as she would go into Germany. The absolutely smoothest landing fell into place where you couldn't tell approach from touchdown and full stop, and he was sped away still holding on.

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    Never knew his name, or how his story turned out, but I like to think our piece of the puzzle all came together and made a mission happen.

    On to a happier part of being in Germany...

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    A different day and trip found me in the exciting world of East Moline Iowa. Woooooooo...

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    Climbin hard and fast.

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    Fly me to the moon...

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    Crossin' the pond high as I've ever been.

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    Ways you know your country has too much freakin' money. Some kind of man made island thing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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    adrianspeeder USAF C-17 Avionics

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    More time over Afghanistan lookin' for any rocks being tossed our way.

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    Nothin' quite like an Afghanistan sunset.

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    icanfixall Official GMM hand model

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    Wow... My hats off to you for.... "Just doing your job" and taking care of the hurt ones. I will say THANK YOU for the family and the wounded solsier. Glad to see you got to be home for a bit and really hate to see you going back over there. And flying at just above 40,000 ft you were just about to touch the face of God... How exciting flying must be. I have flown once in a B24 Liberater where I spent time in the right seat. Having that much power in my hands was truely an experiance of a lifetime. If I had the chance to give up 10 years of my life to become an SR71 pilot I sure would. Theres just something about speeds "above mach 3.2 mph and altitudes above 80,000 ft that intreges me. I have the flight manual for the SR71. Reading it tells me everything but exactually what it felt like to fly the oxcart. Flying that high there is really nothing to see but the inst panel. All the systems that needs to be constantly monitered like fuel distributation between the many fuel tanks to maintain the degree of nose up angle is almost terrorizing. Even a simple landing is a tuff thing to do. You get one chance. Miss and have to drop the chute and go around... Nope. Chutes gone and your brakes are way too hot for another attempt. A sucessful landing and nobody is allowed near the landing gear... Tires are hot as hell and 410 lbs of n2 in them.. Aluminum impregnated rubber compound tires blowing apart kills ground crews. Skin temps above 1000 degrees. So hot you need to fly slower just to cool it down so you can midair refuel. Its am amazing plane for the late 50 and early 60 eara. I have been lucky to have sat in the SR71 pilot seat once. It was the bblackbird at the March Field Air Museum... What a true thrill... Way better than sex.....:eek::angel:LOL;Sweet
     
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    A big thanks from me personally.

    My best friend in the world took a shot through the left eye in Iraq about 4.5 years ago. Without you guys getting him back to civilization pronto he would have been a goner.
     
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    flareside_thun Reviving The General Tao

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    My buddy and cousin say the same thing about the sunsets....thanks for sharing and thanks for your service, it can't be said enough.
     
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    OLDBULL8 Good Morning Ya'll. Supporting Member

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    Great, just great. ;-)
     
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    adrianspeeder USAF C-17 Avionics

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    Well, with all these miles, I might as well look the part. New uniform of the day put together now...

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    thanks for your service. The pics were pretty cool.
    Gary, you should come up here and volunteer at the evergreen museum, for a summer, they have an sr71. . and some other cool stuff.
     
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    adrianspeeder USAF C-17 Avionics

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    Still always thinkin' I'm lucky they actually pay me for this.

    "Traffic 12:00." Hmm, that bird looks pretty close...

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    Whoaaaa, pretty close!

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    Hmm, that guy needs a shave.

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    Then lets take it 250ft above the deck in the mountains of Nevada for a little low level training of threadin' the needle. Logical thinking is somethin' this big shouldn't do this.

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    And as always the puppy is happy to see me come home.

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    adrianspeeder USAF C-17 Avionics

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    Damn Adrian, You've got the coolest job! Thanks for doing it!
     
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    Thank you. Not only for the pics but also for your service.
     
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    adrianspeeder USAF C-17 Avionics

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    High Flight
    by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

    Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
    I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air.
    Up, up, the long, delirious burning blue
    I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, nor even eagle flew.
    And while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space...
    ...put out my hand, and touched the face of God.


    I love to fly but just don't have the brains to be a pilot.....or maybe it's the AAHDS.

    I do love to fly in most anything (excepts commercial "Greyhounds with wings").

    Flew in a B-17, a WWII Fighter Trainer, C-130's, Skycranes, Chinooks (hate them), Blackhawks and Hueys.

    If I had an airplane for a wife my mistress would be a Huey.

    You have a great job Adrian....thanks for your service.....keep um' flying.
     
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    oldmisterbill Grumpy Old Man

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    SSGT Boy am I proud of you-years ago it was great to know flight crews of all natures were ready to assist us. Thanks very much -the United Sates is also proud of you. And now I have to tell you I was in the wrong place years ago-I would love to spend a while at your job. Any place for an old man there LOL.?
     

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