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Old 04-06-2018, 10:35 PM
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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, 02:59 PM
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Me thinks you found an MC-130J from Cannon AFB.
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Old 04-16-2018, 04:23 PM
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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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Old 04-26-2018, 04:36 PM
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Thank you for your comment. Indeed, it was an MC-130J. Since watching this landing at Belen, Roy and I have noticed NOTAMs posted at many FBO's in the area that read something like, FAA approval for NVG landings. After all my years as a 'BRAT', it still amazes me what we do with Airplanes, and the unusual breed of super-humans that fly them.
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Old 04-26-2018, 05:00 PM
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Wife Penny & I just got back from a visit to Belen. She grew up there and still has brothers in Clovis & Hobbs. One brother works for the railroad working between Amarillo and Belen. Overnite at Belen he stays at the rr hotel beside Penny's Diner.
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:13 PM
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Hi Dave, Did you fly in to Belen? We have been to Hobbs also. The FBO manager there was incredibly gracious in helping us find a (free) place to stay. Christian Aero. Thanks for the tip on the hotel! Perhaps we'll see you in Belen sometime.
Regards,
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Old 04-26-2018, 10:21 PM
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I live on a 3000 ft public grass runway with lights. A couple of years ago four Blackhawks landed in the dark. I thought it was neet until I saw the burnt grass the next day. They came back two nights later. I activated the lights and have not seen them again. We now have Jetranger training autorotation and causing skid marks on the grass.
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