C-17A Starting Engines, and I am Late


I remember running to the jet with an arm full of Mink Blankets, and goods from Korea. The crew were starting engines in the C-17, and I couldn’t enter the restricted area without an escort. I was running late and knew I was in big trouble, but it wasn’t my takeoff. I just needed to get and sit in the jump seat. When I got on board, there were passengers and everybody waiting. They didn’t know, they were waiting for me, lol. The loadmasters started strapping down about five blankets and travel bags, suit cases I bought. And when I got on the flight deck, the instructor said the copilot was sick and couldn’t perform the takeoff. I needed to get in the seat to perform the takeoff for her, lol. When I saw her, she was bent at the waist and looked green. I knew I was really in trouble then, but I got in the seat and commenced to do my job. I was thinking on climb-out, not only was I late, but I got to grab a takeoff to boot, priceless 🙂 Not a word was ever spoken about it 🙂

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