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Latest mission or last mission?
Can’t say this to my brother anymore, so I’ll say it to you.
Fly safe, and if you can’t fly safe, fly wise.
Edit: Hi everyone, thank you so much for your kind words. Several people have asked if I lost my brother in the aviation incident in Japan, and that’s not the case.
I would rather not give details of my brother’s death, as it would be information that is specific enough to identify me, and I try not to do that on reddit.
My heart goes out to the families that are also suffering loss like this, and frankly seeing the amount of emotional support that my simple two sentence comment generated, I feel much better knowing that those people are surrounded by same kind of love and support you’ve all shown me here.
Want to talk about it or do you need some time? Edit: I don’t need your silver. This person’s comment was filled with hurt and I sensed it and reached out. Do the same for a stranger next time. Do it with out hesitation.
I’m still processing it, thank you though. Typing it to someone after not being able to say it for a long time felt really good.
I lost my cousin a few years ago, he killed himself in Afghanistan.
You aren't alone mate, never forget that.
My father had a friend who committed suicide when he was deployed in Iraq. Even if it was 17 years ago I believe, he still says that October is a hard month for him. It’s not only you and we’re all here for you and everyone else. It must be harder if it’s your cousin, I couldn’t imagine losing mine or even my friends. Your doing better every day by fighting through it, though it may stay with you forever you’ll be able to think back about the good times you had and cherish those moments as my father does. Stay strong friend
I’ve got some friends I lost as well and it gets tough, all the best to you. Still hard to believe this all started 17 years ago now.
It’s the longest armed conflict the United States has ever been involved in. Forever War.
One of my best friends in high school took his own life, and that was in the 80’s. Every year, on the day he died, I shed a tear in his memory, and think about all the things that could have been. That’s the only day it truly hurts, but anytime he pops to mind I have a moment of sadness. It’s true that the pain never goes away, but it’s also true that the pain will morph into something you can handle, and even celebrate, in an odd way...
I know a lot of people who would love to receive a message so honest and well written.
Lost a cousin to Afghanistan, too. Tried to end himself there, was flown to Walter Reed and physically repaired, discharged, and couldn't leave it behind him.
And no, you're never truly alone. A lot of us will be a willing ear in an instant, for whomever needs it, so their loved ones don't have to go through the same.
Too many men like this to expect it, but we lost a man to suicide in ~late 2013 on KAF. Was rough for a lot of the boys and girls. It's hard and we all hope you know that there's a lot that makes war hell that never surfaces.
That is a sad loss. It is so sad to lose some one to suicide.
Yeah it was a really hard phone call. Then followed all of this strange (to me, a civilian) military stuff that we had to do.
Then his older brother followed suit sometime later (not related to his bro suicide, totally other circumstances). Life is hard :(
Veteran here. If you need a shoulder feel free. Always here for family and friends to talk to.
We're here for ya dude. You have us <3
You’re one hell of a brother. He knew it.
My brother is in the Navy right now. Love you man!
I lost a best friend to suicide and it still hurts. It took a lot of time to accept it and when I did I was able to heal. Live your life in honor and in memory of your brother. Live the life to the fullest for him.Remember he lives on in your heart and soul and mind and everything you do. We are all here for you
We’re all here for you. Your brother was a legend, being able to fly. o7
“I don’t need your silver.” “Thanks for the gold!”
You’re never alone.
No matter what branch.
No matter what command, duty, job, rate, color, or sex.
We are family, you included. Your brother might not be flying our sky’s anymore, but he is still flying. Waiting to hear you wish him luck once more.
Beautiful saying. I'm sorry for your (I assume) loss.
Nov 2015, we were supposed to fly home via chartered commercial. IS blew up a plane in our AO instead, and delayed us leaving country. Sure was nice to see y’all land and take us home.
My brothers a C17 pilot. That's awesome. He's stationed in Hawaii
Which military branch?
Air Force haha he's been stationed in hawaii but is moving to Seattle in January. He's sad but excited because the prices in hawaii are just insane
He’s in for a very mild thrill when he moves to Seattle to find out it’s not as expensive, but still way more expensive than anything else within 500 miles.
My spouse is a C-17 pilot stationed at McChord just south of Seattle. A lot of the areas closer to base, like Puyallup, are more affordable, but it’s still an expensive area - not quite Hawaii bad, I don’t think, but not great. We tried to split the commute and ended up paying $400k for an 1800 sqft house built in 1990, and my commute into Seattle itself is still an hour in off-peak hours. It’s certainly less than ideal.
THAT'S THE BASE HES GOING TOO!!!
Yeah, it was sort of obvious given that C-17s don’t fly out of anywhere else in the Seattle area. It’s a great place to live if you like the outdoors!
Hey, let me have my 31 yr old excitement. Haha ya it looks gorgeous. I looked up the surrounding area when i found out its where he's being stationed. Looks Gorgeous.
That's a huge bitch.
I fly so I understand the physics and dynamics of flight well enough but it still amazes me that planes of that size can get airborne.
Please check out the Antonov 225
C-5 is bigger, much louder.
Also cold as fuckkk. Just got off a 13 hour flight from one. My first one on C5 and i know to bring blanket next time.
Bringing new definitions to economy flying, heat not included lol
Fine by me. I’d rather have no heat and more leg room.
You know it's about -45F at altitude, right? Also, shoulder to shoulder.
Faaaack. Does it get that cold inside the plane though?
Definitely not lol, it's just a big tube with hardly any creature comforts. It's been flying since the mid 60s.
First flight 68, not put into service until June of 1970
My dad was a flight engineer / tech sergeant who exclusively worked on C-5’s for over twenty years...flew the entire Secret Service car fleet once when a former president did a famous trip to a foreign country for the first time. I got to go inside of a C-5 once when I was a kid and it blew my mind. It’s really hard to imagine how big they are until you see it in person. It’s literally a plane they use to fit other planes inside of. Crazy. I was always so proud whenever I saw one on TV or something. The switchboard thing my dad operated was an immense wall of switches and lights and buttons, I thought he had the coolest job in the world. I didn’t even mind how long some of his post-9/11 deployments were because I was so proud of him.
My dad worked on one too! He was a load master, I think is the term, it has been a while. Basically was the guy balancing the plane. I loved all his stories about taking around the Secret Service and all that. We got to go on base once a year or so and tour the plane, They are so CRAZY massive and insane. My dad loved his time flying and all the missions and stuff. He did end up with some PTSD from missions he couldn’t really talk to us about, but I know he loved that plane.
Those things defy the laws of physics
Barely, anymore. The M conversions really bum me out, just because that sweet jet noise is gone, now. ):
I miss working on those pieces of shit.
Good ol' FRED.
The C5Ms aren't that loud lol
Was this a deuce bigalow reference?
I'm going in for guns
NO PHOTOS ON THE FLIGHT LINE!!!
J/K. Just being a little nostalgic. Sick shot!!
OP is obviously aircrew. Rules don’t apply to them.
Lol... back in the day they were like “Leave your cell phones off the plane... it’s FOD!!!”, and now it’s like “Where the fuck is your cell phone? Why don’t you have it with you!?!?”
I was an aircraft mechanic in the air Force but have been out for 4 years now. Why do they want you to have your cell phone on you now?
With phones being so popular these days it’s almost easier to just call the person instead of the radio. Although as far as I know you’re still not technically supposed to have them on the flight line.
Goddamn this rule killed me as a PAO
Lol my husband wanted me to get a picture while he was driving, and I refused because we were near the flight line hahaha. I'm overly paranoid about flight line pictures
As flightline security, I feel personally attacked lol
Ahh man. I posted that just now and scrolled to see yours :-\
C130s are such shit I usually leave halfway through the flight.
J models. Pssshhhht! (I'm a Nav)
I’m a J baby. I don’t even know how good I have it.
Bro went legacy to J, the quality of life is so much better and you're actually part of the crew. You couldn't pay me enough to go back.
I’m having so much fun man. This job is amazing
I worked H models. Never a J model. From what I remember hearing in 2007, J models were the shit.
KC-130T models for the win. (Former Marine loadmaster here) Y’all can keep y’alls microwave on the J model.
Js have a toilet too.
Oh man... How is unemployment?
Is that an Aussie J? If so, I measured the shit out of that airframe back in the day.
Username checks out 100%
How many inches is it?
God I can't remember. We reverse engineered the airframe as the manufacturer would not part with the 3D model. It was used for CFD modelling. Great job. Got to climb all over that thing.
No Flight line pics!
EDIT: BTW, a C130 is not a fun way to get in to Bagram from out of country. Love what you guys do though and still fly hops with you when I can.
Why not? Literally, everyone did both times I went to Kandahar in 2010 and 2011. Even our civilian guy was a pro photographer and took pics of the flight line and aircraft every day. The military public affairs did the same thing too.
Forgot my /s. I think most are guilty. Civilian guy in AFG or base photographer? If the latter, I’m sure he was on the list to take photos. If the former, I bet he got some cool pics.
Hello from the 260 lb's side of the lifter world. PS, if you know who is doing the test flights out of amarillo tell them hi. This is with a 360 camera so it looks small, but this C130 was close enough to see detail on the plane when he flew past me :).!
6 are better than 4
I'll never forget hearing one of these behemoths land for the first time at RAAF Fairbairn. I was inside the shopping mall adjacent to the airport and the whole building shook. Everyone ran to the windows to see what it was, sure enough, big ol' C-17 had just touched down. Awesome planes.
I remember I was leaving of Charleston, SC (joint civil-military airport, big C-17 base) at one point when two C-17's took off in front of us. Loud as hell when they're only a couple hundred feet away.
big C-17 base)
Damn I went to check on Google Earth and you weren't kidding, there's like 30 C-17s on the apron lmao.
Can confirm. I live under a flight path near the Charleston AFB, and when they're landing, it can make my whole house shake. And they usually land about 5 in a row, one right after another almost. I greatly enjoy watching them. My girlfriend and I call them "space whales" because they're so big and gray. I've also seen the Boeing DreamLifter up close, and that's one big mamma jamma.
Grew up in the Long Beach Airport landing path (planes were probable 500 ft above our house). Those fuckers would shake the whole place.
How can one tell the C-17 apart from the C-5?
Easy, the C-5 looks like a pregnant C-17
The winglets are a dead giveaway. C-5 doesn’t have them.
If viewed from the front, the C-5 looks like it has puffier "cheeks" because of the double-decker layout (wide cargo bay with a less wide passenger cabin on top). Also sometimes you'll see the C-5 parked with the nose door opened. Looks like a huge open mouth with the nose tipped up.
Came to ask what this was. Thanks, bud
Fun fact, my dad helped design the C-17. There’s a light in the cockpit named after him.
Ah so nice to finally meet you Mr. Cockpitlight, jr.
Wait until you see a C-5. Those things are like a skyscraper.
Flying in one feels like you are floating.
Hitting severe turbulence in one feels like you are falling down an elevator shaft.
Still one of my favorite aircraft to fly in though. C-17s only beat it if the crew lets you roll out your sleeping bag on the floor and take a nap.
As long as you remember to bring ear pro. I showed up at the flight line to check our quad cons before heading to Guatemala and ended up helping load them. My hearing hasnt been the same since
Sleeping bag? That's for amateurs. Gotta bust the hammock out and hook it up to some cargo. A lifesaver for long flights
As an old C-5 mechanic every time I see a C-17 I’m like aw it’s so little and cute! Still remember when they first delivered those. They had a new plane smell and everything.
Careful! remember what happened to the guy and the submarine photo.
Is anyone else slightly irked that the plane is not on the line?
Not trying to be that guy but does any of this compromise security?
Now the terrorists know that our big transport jet was parked somewhere with a pretty night sky. This only increases their fear.
Yes. You see that guy underneath the right wing? That can't be safe.
Lol go look at aircrew Instagram pages. You can track our whole fleet real-time
Beautiful photo! Question, isn't it illegal to take a photo on the strip?
I would crop off a little bit of the left side so the aircraft is centered. Otherwise, super cool picture!
My god, couldn't you have been one foot to your left?
Take your own picture
Nice pic. My father flew on C-141 and C-5 as a Flight Engineer since 1980. Served a total of 38 yrs.
It's a roomy plane. Sucks to jump out of because all that air it pushes back. Feels like you're getting slapped in the face.
Battlefield 6 looking sick as hell.
That's a Dover bird. 436th AW.
Black out the decals on the 17 next time OPSEC.
Forreal, my first thought when I saw this lol.
Did PA sign off on this photo, Airman.
NO PICTURES OF THE FLIGHT LINE!!!
Congrats on getting your pa-ness to the front page felllow dinfos trained killer