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Wednesday, This Pig's Gonna Ride A Thirsty Globemaster !!! (Check Out This C-17 Video)

 Wednesday morning June 18, 2014 I'm scheduled to be onboard a C-17 departing from Wright-Patterson AFB on a training mission that will include inflight refueling with a KC-135 from the 434th Air Refueling Wing based at Grissom ARB in northern Indiana. This trip is operating out of WPAFB because the 434th has temporarily relocated there while the runway at Grissom is getting some repairs.

Video screenshot: this USAF video shows a C-17 flying over northern California

 I was fortunate to ride in a KC-135 from the 434th on a B-52 refueling mission back in 2010, and once again I've been blessed with the opportunity to watch the Air Force at work from inside one of their fabulous flying machines. I must admit I'm very excited to see what a ride in a C-17 is like! You might wanna check out the 56 pix and info from the 2010 KC-135 ride and then expect to see a similar post on the C-17 ride in a week or so.

Video screenshot: front view of a C-17 over the California coast

 The video above and these screenshots are a USAF video of a Globemaster III operating out of Travis AFB in California. There's no audio but it's full of really great views of this impressive aircraft. The sweeping view from behind that starts at 2:17 is awesome! It's fascinating in that view to see how much spoiler there is on the wing that's used for roll control... and I'm gonna have to ask someone tomorrow if that's really one small spoiler on the right wing deploying when the hard roll left is in progress. Interesting.

Video screenshot: sweeping view from behind is a must see part of the video above!

  I doubt I'll have the chance to get any pix that are as impressive as the nearly directly overhead view of the B-52 from that KC-135 flight, but I do expect to be able to capture the general awesomeness of what it looks like when the crew tucks our C-17 right up under the hiney of the KC-135.

 A big Thank You goes out to the Public Affairs Department at Grissom Air Reserve Base for the invite to watch the 434th ARW in action. YeeHaw!

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I got to ride in a C141 out of Travis AFB, unfortunately it took me to Viet Nam.

June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChet Robbins

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