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Old 03-24-2016, 04:14 PM
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Talking JB MDL

An email was channeled to me via secure network. It stated if I don't forward all my credentials within two days to a certain address I would never had a chance to touch down on a military concrete. And so I did in a big hurry not telling anyone. In a couple weeks I was clear to visit McGuire AFB with 36 other local bug smashers. The military conducted a Midair Collision Avoidance seminar and the brass approved a flyin.

Arriving aircrafts were split in 4 groups and each group received a time slot. I departed earlier and planned to intercept somebody by NYC.

I couldn't locate my target and flew to a VOR on top of which I relaxed for 15 minutes listening to the radio chat and waiting for my time slot.

McGuire Approach did a nice job lining all those little planes up for the runway. They called us small civilian aircrafts.

I landed long, exited almost by the parking ramp but military ground control stopped me right there and I was told to wait till all conga passes. Discipline.

Everybody was personally met and briefed by a flight crew member.

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.

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Old 03-24-2016, 04:30 PM
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We had a great variety of single engine aircrafts. There were several RVs.

An Ercoupe and a Piper Cub arrived in the last group.

The event was very well organized. The tours were sequenced and every group had an opportunity to attend and see everything. Photography was encouraged except inside the tower and RAPCON.

We were shuttled from place to place in an armored military vehicle looking like a school bus.

Inside the radar facility I asked a young controller how low can he see me in a certain area and he said 400 feet! Wow!

We were given a nice tour of a KC10 tanker.

Here Brent is checking if all maintenance tags are properly filled.

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 03-24-2016, 04:36 PM
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Nice report!
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Old 03-24-2016, 04:40 PM
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A self propelled tool box. Perfect for an RV14 workshop!

While we were exploring the inner tube an Atlas jet drove by.

A good time was had at the base. We were fed all our questions were answered. We departed in the same organized manner as arrived. I still had time to fly to a grocery store in a neighboring state.

The next flyin at JB MDL is scheduled for September. Monitor your channels and send your credentials as soon as you know the date. Check this nice video made by Brent
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Old 03-24-2016, 04:42 PM
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Gotta love those triple power levers! Looks like you had a terrific visit, Vlad!
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:25 PM
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We maintain those tankers at my day job Vlad..did you get to sit in the ARO seat? The boom itself has all the functions of an aircraft . Pretty cool visit you guys had!
Bill E.
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:28 PM
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Default Thanks, Vlad!

Always appreciate your write-ups. Some day you'll have to let everyone know how a Russki has obtained all of these top secret clearances allowing you to travel unhindered all over the country.😄
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:33 PM
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Very cool!

Give us a heads up when you go again. I am interested!

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Old 03-24-2016, 09:07 PM
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Default Kc-10A

In the early 1990's, I was a crew chief on the KC-10A at Barksdale AFB in La. My main aircraft was good ole 83-0081, so when I seen your pics, I got all kinds of excited! Wow! I went everywhere with her, all over the world. One time at Eielson AFB in Fairbanks Alaska we broke down in the coldest part of winter, well..., too long of a story.

A young me in 0081's number 3 engine. Did anyone notice the SAC patch? Also, she used to be painted white. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-25-2016, 03:37 AM
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I was an instructor pilot in the KC-10...thousands of hrs. traveling the world. All of it spent at McGuire. I see nothing has changed there, ha! Even recognized one of the crew members.

Would be kinda cool to fly my RV-7 back there one day...of course, it will be a while, seeing as I'm still building the tail!
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