TXRed’s comment yesterday about penalty boxes brought back a memory of dealing with the USAF at certain bases. They didn’t like us trashing up their pretty ramps with our dirty airplanes.
I think the statute of limitations has run out on this one… I hope… 🙂
One of those was CHS, which is a joint military/civilian base.
We used to do ‘school runs’ carrying people up and down the coast for various reasons with stops in Charleston, Norfolk, Andrews, Weymouth and Brunswick, ME. Due to the airplane, we had very limited passenger seating, depending on the schedule.
Now CAFB was a ‘special case’, in that they never gave Navy priority for flights unless there were NO USAF personnel that needed a ride, especially around the holidays. Also, the USAF people always charged personnel $10 for a box lunch on the flights, whether or not they got one (even the few times we got Navy personnel)…After a few negative experiences with them, we started parking across the field at the FBO, since they would let us park for free.
We would then borrow the FBO van, send one of the crew over to the USAF passenger terminal to scout for any Navy folks going north or south depending on that particular flight’s destination. Now we weren’t picky, if you had an ID and weren’t drunk, you could ride with us.
Soooo… The crewman would circulate through, knowing the number of seats we had and what our routing was…
If we had more seats than we had Navy riders, we’d check for Marines, Army and Air Force in that order. The crewman would tell the person- Wait a few minutes, then pick up your bag, go out the door, down to the end of the building. There’s a van sitting there marked such and such. We’ll give you a ride to the airplane…
We got away with that for about a year, until some USAF type woke up one day and noticed the Navy P-3 across the field and passengers disappearing. Apparently there were calls back and forth between the elephants, finally the ‘word’ came down to play nice with the Air Force.
That lasted about three months until the USAF started their crap (again), and we went back to circumventing the system (again)…
Fun times, and we hauled a bunch of folks out of there over the years, right under the Air Force’s nose!!! 🙂