To Little Rock, Ark.
When we arrived at the Richmond airfield on Nov. 10, we learned our next stop on the way to Yuma, Ariz. would be in Little Rock, Ark.
We were able to pick up two more aircraft before departing, and took off in two flights of four, spaced 30 minutes apart. I was in the first flight.
During the trip to our first fuel stop in Greensboro, N.C., my cockpit was pretty much silent. I'd expected more chatter, but for the most part, the only words spoken came from the radio as flight alerted small airports we planned to over fly. There wasn't much talk on later legs, either, as we made our way from Greensboro to Knoxville, TN (KTYS) to Nashville, TN (KBNA) to Millington, TN (KNQA) to Little Rock.
All together, we flew for seven and a half hours. Except for turbulence over the Appalachian mountains, the flights were uneventful. Occasionally the scenery caught my eye. One lake in particular outside of Knoxville gave us a new perspective on the Southeast's drought -- its water so low that docks and piers lay on the ground 50 feed from the shore.
The last leg of the trip from Millington, Tenn. to Little Rock was a bit hairy as the sun had set and we made the trip without the aid of night vision devices. I kept a keen eye on the maps while trying to make sure we avoided any obstacles, especially the other aircraft. We landed in Little Rock, wrapped up the aircraft and were shuttled to our hotel. With seven and a half hours of flight time and a thousand miles of travel, we were all too tired to do anything but go to bed. Report time in the morning of Nov. 11 was 10:00 hours, a late start thanks to the long day we'd just completed and our crew rest policy.
By Bert Stover |
November 29, 2005; 11:20 AM ET
Enroute to Yuma, AZ
Ft. Dix Mobilization
Preparation for Departure
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