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Ragtop
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Mar 7th, 2018 02:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

We were skiing this morning at Monarch Mountain in Colorado. While riding up the lift, almost to the top, I heard a loud rumble behind me. I turned around in the chair to see a very large aircraft flying right at me, or so it seemed. It was maybe, oh, 250 feet off the mountain; no more than that, for sure.

It flew right over the top of the shack that the lift attendant sits in, and must have scared the bejeezus out of that guy. At this point I could count the rivets in the fuselage.

As it hit the summit, the pilot stood it on its left wing and headed right down into the valley on the other side.

It was completely and totally awesome, gave me goose bumps! It was about 3 seconds from the time I first saw it to the time it vanished down the valley. No time to get a photo, unfortunately.

It was the smaller USAF cargo plane with props and 4 engines, maybe a C-130? Probably out of Peterson AFB down by Colorado Springs.

The skiing was perfect today, but the fly-by made my day. And that pilot knows his business, that's for sure.

(This message was last edited by Ragtop at 04:17 PM, Mar 7th, 2018)

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Mar 7th, 2018 03:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Doing a fly by checking out the snow bunnies?

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Mar 7th, 2018 03:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Probably a 6L6 student...

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Mar 7th, 2018 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Probably lost the bet with his co-pilot.

Bet I can get a skier to fall off the lift.....

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Mar 7th, 2018 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is totally cool!

I got strafed once on I-8 just outside of Yuma, Arizona. It was late morning and there was no traffic around me. Two F-16s came from my right to the left at about 100ft or less off the desert floor with the burners lit. Dang they were really moving! At the speed they were going I didn't hear them until they passed. They passed just in front of me and I didn't see them coming as they came slightly from my rear. They got about a mile from the freeway (a few seconds) then pulled up vertical. Amazing morning.

I would have loved to hear the radio between those two: One pilot to the other, "I'll bet the guy in that Olds Cutlass has to change his shorts." No Kidding!

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Mar 7th, 2018 06:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've told this story before (Peegoo remembers ..he used to be stationed there, if I remember correctly ... Creech AFB ??)

I was driving north on I95 in Nevada traveling from Las Vegas to a little casino in Indian Springs, NV where I was gigging.

I started hearing a rumble that got louder REALLY FAST and I thought I was about ready to be run over by a locomotive.

It was a military jet, also heading north, parallel to the highway and less than 100 yards to my right (or so it seemed, at the time). He wasn't far off the deck, either.

I don't know if it was the Thunderbirds training, or what, but it scared the bejeebers out of me lol

(This message was last edited by JDC at 08:32 PM, Mar 7th, 2018)

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Mar 8th, 2018 07:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Could've been a C-130. Until recent mission changes at the Niagara Falls AFB, those used to fly direct over my house at what can only have been about 1,000 feet or less (yep, you could count the rivets). Loved the noise of those 4 turbofans. The sound of freedom.

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Mar 8th, 2018 09:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, it wasn't all that loud considering its proximity. Those engines had a nice rumble/timbre to them.


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Mar 8th, 2018 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Probably a 6L6 student..."

LOL! But no... they are all retired now too.

You were looking at a C-130 for sure.

Towards the end of my flying career in the USAF, we often practiced long distance, very low level flights in the C-141 Starlifter. We would typically take off from our home base (Travis AFB, CA), skim the tops of the trees flying over the Sierra and then drop into Nevada.

From there we'd fly very low down towards Las Vegas, trying to sneak under the radar screens trying to track us.

Thank the Lord I was a senior officer then and could take the early flights before the thermals kicked up in the desert. Guys who had the afternoon goes often referred to it as riding the "Vomit Comet".

One thing that amazed me to this very day was how many wild horses were running around in the Nevada wilderness with no visible means of food or water. I guess they got it figured out though because they were clearly flourishing.

Here's a pic of a C-141 flying one of these missions taken out by Walker Lake in Nevada.

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C-141B Starlifter

(This message was last edited by 6L6 at 12:12 PM, Mar 8th, 2018)

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Mar 8th, 2018 10:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Damn, that's a big bird!

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Mar 8th, 2018 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

"You were looking at a C-130 for sure."


Thanks, 6, I was hoping you would chime in here and confirm.

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Mar 8th, 2018 11:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I worked on C-130's as a modification mechanic at Lockheed in the 80's. I loved working on those birds.

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Mar 8th, 2018 11:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

FYI, the engines used to be T-56's with 4 blade Standard props but I think RR bought the rights to the engine and now they have those funny looking monster props.

Ragtop
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Mar 8th, 2018 11:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Interesting, jhawkr. Yes, this one had the big props.

I see them frequently, they fly up and down the valley.

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Mar 8th, 2018 11:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

One of my customers piloted the SR71 for 9.5 years of his AF career.

He is a very good natured guy and is s lot of fun to talk to, especially since the program was declassified.

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Mar 8th, 2018 12:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Where I fish these days at Ft. Bragg, called McKellar's Lake, is close to the end of the runway at Pope Army Airfield, (formerly Pope Air Force Base).

Photos are prohibited, but C-130s and C-17s come off the end of the runway under full take off power and heel way, way over making a turn over the lake right over head. Commercial passenger planes never make such a radical turn. The performance those military birds are capable of is stunning to behold!

Having been in those aircraft about to make a parachute jump, I know that maneuvers like that are the evasive moves pilots would do while evading fire or making their runs on a drop zone. It's practice for the pilots and the troopers on board as well, who need to become familiar with and even expect such moves.

Some of the jumps I've been on start out very routine and end up very radical, all in the interest of preparing us mentally to endure the physical and mental stress. Standing up, hooked up to a static line, with a hundred pounds of gear on, (carried in a very awkward and uncomfortable position for the jump), while a plane flies around pullings G's, is ...kind of like torture. I've hobbled to the door, legs somewhere between burning and numb, sliding through vomit, and fallen out the door like a sack of potatoes.

Now I fish and watch those aircraft full of young paratroopers flying around and am danged glad that it's behind me!

(This message was last edited by WireDog at 02:06 PM, Mar 8th, 2018)

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Mar 8th, 2018 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

We were buzzed by a B-52 back in the late 70's that came up from Barksdale. The hair on the back of my neck stood up.

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Mar 8th, 2018 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

One of my Unkles was a C-141 Starlifter pilot in the Nam.

Rotated out and was hired by American Airlines. Was Captain for International flights on 911. I didn't know his schedule and was real worried on that day.

When I was in Louisiana, I worked in Bosier, it was real cool watching all the B-52's land, I was in a direct view of the last final approach turn before landing. The wings looked to be at a 90 degree angle to the earth, and the plane seemed to just hang in the sky. Very cool to see.

Oh yea the fighter escorts were very impressive also, looked like mosquitoes against a house.



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Mar 10th, 2018 09:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Wife is still active duty. She is the Air Force's Director of the AMLO school. They were doing drop zone training at Ft Carson. There were Dirty Thirties in the area all week.

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Mar 10th, 2018 09:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

Wow! Small world!

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