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  •  I remember those days.. (5+ / 0-)
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    We flew 16 hour missions (12 hours on watch, 2 hours to/from area).

    It worked out we would wake up at midnight one night, go to the airport, pre-brief, etc. then take off about 6 am. We would get home about midnight. Then wake up at noon to do it all over again.

    Repeat.

    From January until March.

    Never sleeping the same time each day.

    Noon/midnight/noon/midnight. MREs for food.

    We came home and were zombies for about a month. Our attention span was about 5 seconds.

    •  What aircraft (2+ / 0-)
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      were you on?

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 06:32:52 PM PST

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      •  I have to say it doesn't sound like we were (1+ / 0-)
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        sending the most alert, ready-for-action personnel after all the sleep deprivation.

        I really enjoy these pieces, though, please keep writing.

        **Your beliefs don't make you a better person, your behavior does** h/t Clytemnestra/Victoria Jackson

        by glorificus on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 07:32:01 AM PST

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        •  It's not much better in the air freight business (2+ / 0-)
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          If I may pimp one of my own diaries here:

          Haulin' The Freight

          New rest requirements were recently put in place for passenger operations. They specifically exempted cargo operations.

          So if I accidentally land on top of a 747 loaded with passengers, at least their pilots will have been rested.

          If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

          by Major Kong on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 10:08:08 AM PST

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