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Hi friends. I had some time off to edit old photos from a few years ago. Lets see if I remember how to do this still...

Off to go play.



Special guest on the flight deck with a free upgrade to first class seating



Headin’ down to 500 feet above the deck for low level play time.





“Terrain! Terrain!”



Low level dodging F/A-18’s. It’s a non-stop roller coaster ride 500 feet from the ground in circles at 70 degrees of bank.











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We’ll go hide around that mountain.









New guy's first low level on the books, and now we’ll head for home.



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Three year ago had a fun trip that hit up Spain and Italy with a new guy. Also helps when your aircraft commander has the same cool watch as you.



Crank these noisemakers up ole son! WE GOTTA GO!



Dollar rider hero shots because you only get one first trip around the world.









Had to show the dollar rider the best spot in Spain.



Italian fun. We only stay at the finest hotels.







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Rules have been loosening on nose art of airplanes in the last few years. We have a female dedicated crew chief for 06-6168, and she did lots of paperwork to be allowed an official Rosie the riveter markup.



Keep ‘em flyin’.



By this point of my career I had about a year to go of flying. The boss decided to start pairing me with a new guy every trip to feel out future prospects. "So you wanna fly? Well, ya gotta earn it!"



As good as the C-17 is, sometimes we can't fit everything in one jet that has to move at once. A C-5 can haul two C-17s worth of cargo, but it'll most likely be late and broken. Solution? A two ship movement. I was on jet number two. Always nice to be around my favorite tail '07-7173. I was the Dedicated Crew Chief in 2011 and 2012.



There’s a storm brewin’ up! We gotta go!



Let’s go Cap’m!



Ground spoilers armed.



Love my girl 7173 on the move!





Good safety RACM.



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How the big looks small.



Paid to stare out a window. Best job I ever had. Fly around the world, drink Coors Light, and make money!



Dollar ride tips don’t stop on the jet. Always have a bottle opener if you are going to drink anything other than Colorado Kool Aid.



Fill ‘er up Friday. Stackin’ banks while drainin’ tanks!



Lighthouse guiding the way home.



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Team Dover haulin’ tanks. A C-17 can only haul half the weight of a C-5, but usually can make two trips before fat Freddy can get fixed.







When in doubt, poop a tank. 2 Pilots, 1 Flying Crew Chief, and a **** ton of loadmasters. All those chains won’t tighten themselves.















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Speed run to the desert as fast as we can get there and back, so not many pictures. Nighttime work doesn’t make photos work well in flight, but that moon was giving us a light to follow all the way across the ocean.



Nothin’ like a sunrise at the end of the day.



Here comes the sun.



German drinks! They didn’t have Coors Light. Made due.



Copilot studying never stops. Combat bandanas will ward off enemy attacks as well.



“Fill ‘er up Chief, we gotta go!” Stackin’ banks while drainin’ tanks.



Blast off, nose up, as hard as she can, climbing for the moon.



Kuwait crew rest is a sober crew rest, but the spaghetti is pretty good.



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Alerted to head to Maryland then Dallas for a day. Truck wouldn’t start, so only had time to grab my toolbox and overnight bag. Forgot to grab the camera case, so this trip is filmed in low quality potato vision.



Fill ‘er up Friday. Stackin’ banks while drainin’ tanks.



Reach 343T; Hold short runway 1 right on Sierra.



What to do in Dallas? Gas Monkey Garage!!!





When the battery is dead, you can crank the jet up like a model T. Careful how you grab the handle.



Later Dallas, it’s been real.



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Midnight ocean crossing to the sound of the C-17 with Pratt & Whitney power. In thrust we trust.



A C-5 sized crew. Three pilots, three loadmasters, three security forces ravens, one flying crew chief, and one young maintainer that had won airman of the quarter. Perfect! I don’t have to carry the toolbox.



Fill ‘er up Friday. Stackin’ banks while drainin’ tanks!



Loadmaster checkride complete!



Loadmaster hero shot. Let’s crank these up and head for home!



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Anyone that’s anyone in C-130/C-17/C-5s has had a legendary trip to Lajes Field Portugal. Except me. Until now!



Do you even lift bro?



“Ain’t nobody ever got the go code yet, and ole Ripper wouldn’t be giving us Plan R unless those Ruskees have clobbered Washington and a lot of other towns with a sneak attack. Well boys, I recon this is it. New-klee-r combat toe to toe with the Ruskees.”



Anytime I’m in the situation to preload fuel for tomorrow’s flight, I’m a big fan of shutting down the jet, and doing the peaceful battery refuel. The pleasant afternoon silence was interrupted with the loud cows answering back the refuel vent’s moose call. “All right Bessy relax!”



This place is junk! No Coors Light!



We scramble the wing at dawn.



5 years after production, this jet was repainted at Depot by someone that had one too many beers the night before. They didn’t switch the stencil set when moving to this side of the tail, and the typeface leans forward instead of back. Always triggered me, and thankfully the second repaint last year got it right.



Good safety RACM.



Positive rate, gear up.



Somewhere on a beach.





Whoopsy poopsy!



“I never know what’s shes doing back there?”



Give ‘em the double barrel finger guns!



P&W power. In thrust we trust.



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2018 Scranton Pennsylvania - Most of my crew didn't know it was an actual place, and figured it was fictional from The Office.









Hit and run stop. No fuel needed, and we were back home by sundown.

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Stackin’ banks while drainin’ tanks! 10,000 gallon splash of gas goin’ in, and the full ****ter goin’ out to the 6.four.



Toledo Ohio ball game.



Waiting for gas and cargo.



Turn off the backup beeper.



Half of my life is waiting on fuel.



Toledo Express









Workin’ the night shift.



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Trip 234 2018 Toronto Air Show

Good morning Dover!



17’s are cool. Willow Run Airport Ypsilanti Michigan









Next stop Toronto to be a Canadian Safety Enthusiast.



Painted up pretty little bird.



Fill ‘er up Friday! Stackin’ banks while drainin’ tanks!



“Sir, I’ll be looking to buy 9,500 gallons.”
“You Yanks and your gallons. Get with the rest of the world with liters.”
“There are two kinds of countries. Those that use the metric system, and those that have walked on the Moon. Back those trucks up ole son!”





Good night!



Canadian dinner. They didn’t have Coors Light.



The Thunderchicken boys didn’t like having to carry their own bags to leave, but I wasn’t gonna do it.



Couldn’t get a great shot of the CN tower. Oh well, 'till next time.





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Trip 235 Fall 2018

Time for another ride to get paid for staring out a window.



When you are at thirty-six thousand feet but the ground isn’t that far below you , the Coors Brewery gets its water Rocky Mountain fresh.



Fuel mileage be damned! Critical cargo load required hammer down big time at Mach .80, with not much more to go before overspeeding into the ketchup.



Woke up from a nap startled to see Cap’n smoke goggled up.



Well boys, we got a drag race. Comeon Cap’n, you can get 5 more knots out of ‘er! INT thrust set.



She’s pullin’ away.



Those skinny airliners always win not having a fat barn door front end.





Pretty like a picture.



Comeon FRED, hurry up out of our way, we have beer to go out and drin… I mean crew rest to enter.







Can't get a ride for 30 more minutes to the bars? Better uncork my private stock.



Load ‘er up and on to the next one.



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Trip 236, two years ago, Wheeling WV.

Two pieces of Boeing, ones cool, the other is suspicious.



Painted up pretty bird packed up tight in the Uber XL.



Get skinny!



Powerslide to parking. Coming to a stop on the closed runway, I asked the pilot to turn for the photo op.



Fill 'er up Friday. Stackin' banks while drainin' tanks! Well, just a token splash to cover the landing fee.



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Welcome.

Trip 237, two years ago, Tri Cities TN.

A great day to fly! Boss man needs to go to Tennessee.



Tri Cities.





Uber XL speedy delivery.



Fire ‘em up! We gotta go!



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Emergency Bravo alert to haul a stair truck to Tennessee. “Did anyone call to see if the Guard unit there has one? No? Ok. Let’s spend money!” Spoiler alert; They had a few and we never needed to go, but salvaged the day with some cool pictures.











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Trip 239, Fall 2018, Aurora CO

Chilly decent into the mile high CO.



Probe heat; On. Engine anti ice; On. Wing anti ice; On. Windshield heat; Norm.



Minimums. Go around.



Second try a short time later found the mark.



Quick turn fuel load and cargo change before the snow catches us.



“Chiefs up on ground for engine start. We gotta go Cap’m!” No deicer service here.



Barely made takeoff before it started sticking. Thank goodness, because now we can go drink Coors Light in California!



Sunny California dreaming.





KC-10 in the pattern.



Quick California pit stop for left side tires, wedge adjustment, and a splash of gas.



Didn’t know it at the time, but my last visit to Travis.



Back to CO to fill up with more junk in the trunk.



That brand new rebuilt used number 4 motor runnin’ tight!



Buckle up for our landing in Dover. She gonna be sporty!



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Trip 240, Tyndall AFB with Hurricane Michael

Had time to edit up video and time lapse footage of hurricane support mission to Panama City Florida. These are not flights I enjoy to count up, but I am proud to perform. Americans that have lost everything can look up to the sky and see a continuous line of C-17s bringing salvation. No other aircraft can load and haul mind boggling tonnage, fly to dark and small airfields, unload quickly, and reliably do it day after day from all across the country.


Little ducks learning how to run a poop truck. Whatever you do, don't hit my jet.



Emergency alert to New Mexico to pick up Civil Engineers and big *** 1MW generators.





“Keep ‘em flying”



And so begins the looong line of heavyweight airlift to move food/water/power/medics/materiel/life and whatever else anyone needs.



Not going to be able to get gas in Florida, so top up the tanks 35000 gallons. Stackin’ banks while dranin’ tanks! Fill ‘er up Friday!



Pilot hero shots.





Well you don’t see that every day. A contractor’s DC-3 that tests imaging sensors.



She’s gonna be a heavyweight takeoff. “180 at the end of the runway please, we’ll need full length.”



Full length, 585,000 lbs, max thrust, ****ty fuel milage, hammer down big time!



Autothottles set. Hands off to do other things.



Watch out for that mountain.



Flooded Panama City FL.





Hurricane Michael swamped that big *** boat over.



Cleared to land by AFSOC combat controllers. Not a building was left with a roof on it.





Interesting bit of TACC shenanigans on this trip trying to get out of Tyndall.

“We don’t have a place for you to go next, but we will need you tomorrow. Go somewhere nearby. We are too busy to flight plan you at the moment.”

“Uhhh… What?!?”

Called Keesler, but they were mogged out. Copilot remembered that Stennis International in MS had a good FBO with snacks from her flying T1 days. VFR'd our way over, and spent the night with some classy service!



Fill ‘er up Friday. Stackin’ banks while dranin’ tanks. Did one more run of some equipment, then headed home.



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