Yesterday we got a tour of a BIG airplane, an Air Force C-17 cargo jet!
It was crazy to hear how some stuff is done -- for instance, when they airdrop troops or supplies, they just open the back while in flight and push the stuff out on rollers in the floor, or jump out with parachutes! Video at the bottom of this post!
I can't imagine -- it looked scary with the back open just on the tarmac!
It was fascinating to talk to the guys and lady who make things happen on the jet -- no extraneous personnel -- they were either pilots or loadmasters; responsible for flying or cargo.
Neil was in heaven.
I think we had roughly 1,000,000 questions for them. The C-17 is a truly incredible and amazing machine!
Nile LOVES airplanes, so this was a huge treat for her. She was so excited as soon as she caught sight of it on the tarmac, and was giddy the whole time we were there.
She spent a lot of the time running around inside.
And down the ramp.
The inside of the plane is fully modular, and it was cool to see how they can change the floor configuration to accommodate rows of seats, to secure helicopters, tanks, and other equipment, or to transport the President's vehicles. Wikipedia images at the bottom of this post!
Neil got to poke his head up through the "emergency exit." Not sure where you'd exit to.
"Ejector seat? Roger that."
A real Top Gun. One of the pilots, aviator sunglasses and all. Isn't he so cute?!
And now some Wikipedia images showing different cargo configurations:
I'm having major anxiety and might possibly have a heart attack watching this video:
C-17 Airdrop 4 Humvees + 50 Paratroopers