(Continued from the
KC-135 REFUELING TANKER
We both went into this large plane:
There was no line to get in when we got there; the
interior is large enough to accommodate a crowd.
Jim (in red jacket) went down some steep steps to investigate the fuel
I stood in line for about five minutes to see the
which was full of knobs and dials.
I stood by one of the large engines for perspective
on its size.
Note that the engine "flanges" are numbered for
TC-135S TRANSPORT PLANE
This plane is used to transport troops:
That one's pretty small compared to the next puppy . . .
C-5A TRANSPORT/CARGO PLANE
One of the more
interesting planes to us was the humongous C5A, a transport/cargo
behemoth. I had trouble standing far enough back to get the whole thing
in my viewfinder:
It looks funny with its nose up and cargo bay
That was the easiest aircraft to tour because it was so big;
there was a continuous flow of people in one end and out the other, with
no line unless you wanted to go up on the flight deck.
View out the tail end
I was happy to
just traipse through the cargo hold twice (alone the first time, then to
show it to Jim).
Neither of us stood in the long line to see the cockpit;
I imagine it was pretty impressive, too:
Can't wait to see
that baby take off!
It's so huge, I
can't imagine it getting airborne. The flight crew says they aren't
leaving until Monday afternoon, so we'll have to hang around the base
that day to see it go. I'm sure we'll hear the engine revving up from
SOME OTHER AIRCRAFT
I didn't take
photos of all the dozens of aircraft on the ground, nor am I including
all the photos of the ones I did take. Here are a few more planes that
were on display:
A nimble little plane dwarfed by
the large TC-135
Some sort of plane used by the
There were also other displays (missiles, bombs, a drone, etc.) and
activities going on like military working dog demos, a remote-controlled
airplane demo, a rocket shoot, and a B-1B Lancer weapons load demo. We
were too busy looking at aircraft to see any of those demonstrations.
Next page: scenes from the show in the air
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
and Cody the Ultra Lab
© 2011 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil