I know we did this once, back in the day, and got away with it…
I got a call from my squadron’s operations office asking if I would mind terribly going to Fort Worth, Texas, for an airshow over the weekend. Our patrol wing gets a few requests a year for these events. This would be my first. The guys told me it was as good a deal as you can get: a weekend out of town with your crew showing off the Lockheed P-3C Orion and preaching the virtues of naval aviation. Back at the hotel, you could talk flying with pilots of the other display aircraft and enjoy the open bar.
Full article, HERE in Air and Space Mag.
We didn’t get the open bar, and were stuck in the barracks at Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM. If I remember correctly, it was in May and HOT!!! No air cart, and a dirty operational airplane just back off deployment, so much like the bird in the article. That I remember, it was only the Navy Weapons guys that stopped by, and maybe a couple of other folks. Mostly it was sitting on the main mount, watching the people walk by.
But we did back out and go fly Sunday afternoon (and pissed off the Air Force ramp rats, because they wouldn’t get us a tow tractor, and we backed out, then dropped the ladder and picked me up with the engine still turning).
And yes, there IS a trick to backing up an airplane. You don’t just put on the brakes to stop. You take the props out of reverse and into forward range and use them WITH the brake to stop the backward motion. 🙂