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  •  Back in the Day (3+ / 0-)
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    lazybum, foresterbob, BlackSheep1

    as a young Airman in the USAF (late '60's) I flew home from Philadelphia (McGuire AFB) to Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati (CVG) very often on four day breaks.  Many wild rides into and out of CVG in those days.  One trip involved several different legs because of weather (Philly to  Pitts back to Philly to CVG back to Philly, then a verrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyy  sssssssslllllllllllowwwwwwwwww  descent  into CVG).  I had a window seat.  White knuckles for everyone during that descent!  Then, all of a sudden, I saw the tops of trees out my window and dense woods about ten feet below the plane - all of a sudden  - immediate panic climb straight up (never had I seen such a steep ascent/takeoff before or after in any kind of plane).  There was total silence (nothing from the captain or crew - all the way back to Philly - where our flight originated).  That was scary and caused me to be jittery for a while whenever I landed at CVG.  The one runway was perched on top of the edge of a hill and if the plane was too low in altitude - it would have been disastrous.  Still - it was exciting.

    Oh and I saw a civilian airliner break in half when the pilot accelerated on an icy runway while turning to begin takeoff - this was on a freezing winter day at McGuire AFB.  Cranes had to come and take away the wreck.

    •  Landing at Yeager airport in Charleston, WV (1+ / 0-)
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      is similarly exciting. There they just flattened the top of a mountain, so coming in is a little bit like arriving at an aircraft carrier. One moment you are a few hundred feet up; the next moment the wheels touch the pavement. Very invigorating.

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