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Old 04-06-2018, 09:35 PM
Capt Sandy Capt Sandy is offline
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Location: Hillsboro, Or
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Default Big Plane, No Runway Lights

"What were you thinking?" my friend Maria said when I told her this story. She'd asked why we didn't get a photo of what we saw at the airport that evening.
"Because it was dark," I replied.
"No, you mean dusk."
"No, I mean it was dark," I insisted. "It was dark."
"What? You were walking on the taxi-way in the dark? Sheesshh.." Maria slapped her forehead with her hand...

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Old 04-16-2018, 01:59 PM
gtmule gtmule is offline
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Location: Macon, GA
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Me thinks you found an MC-130J from Cannon AFB.
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Old 04-16-2018, 03:23 PM
moosepileit moosepileit is offline
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Location: Floyds Knobs, IN
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Reminds me of my favorite safety report- Near miss, C-17 and minivan. KXNO was hosting on the eastside, away from our 3500x90' strip, a boyscout encampment.

I, a newish IP, was flying NVG training on a Sat night. We noticed a vehicle in an odd locaation on one smash and dash and asked the Lt in the tower, who had sounded like he was on the base station, not a portable, if he had gone mobile for an unannounced FOD check. Nope. Ok, time for a low pass.

We find a Chrysler minivan, now paralleling the strip, in the grass, catching air at about 50 mph. Now, that would have been uncomfortable in the airfield's hack humvee, I was expecting a Joie Chitwood CHiPs flip any moment.

It's obvious our presence is not helping the interloper's cruise night, so we relent the field to the fire crews, who find a shaken, lost den mother parked along the boundary fence. She missed the road mid field between their camping and our strip, didnt realize passing the tower and fire dept was an e-ticket ride for our night show.
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