Welcome to my YouTube channel. A brief introduction, reflection, and glimpse into my career as Veteran; United States Air Force, Rated Officer, and Senior Pilot having flown T-37, T-38, KC-135A/R, T-1A, and C-17A Globemaster III aircraft.
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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 🙂
I taught mainly newly commissioned United States Air Force Officers in the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) Program at Laughlin AFB, TX. However, the Air Force also has allocations for training students of many allied nations from around the world, sponsored by their respective governments.
This collaboration highlights the sights and sounds of the Flightline and Airfield Operations at UPT/SUPT during typical daytime training just east of the town of Del Rio under the Aerodrome of Laughlin AFB, TX. Most times of the year, the Index Of Thermal Stress (ITS) is Hot. As you check-in with the Supervisor Of Flying (SOF), the boards always indicates (ITS) – HOT. Get use to it; it’s the desert of West Texas, and most of the terrain looks the same from the air.