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CLEAR ICING BLUES
 

There we were, flying a SENIOR SCOUT mission out of SOUTHCOM.  It was my very first solo AMS flight.  On the racks, were the skilled veterans Joseph "PEPITO" Figueroa, Scott Birnel, John McDonnell, Miguel Mendez, Hannalora Partin, Douglas Neel along with trainees Joel Majors and Glenn P. Lastes; and of course our maintenance guys Thomas E. Carolus and Justin Taylor.

Our mission started without ppened.  They were all scared!  They discussed the aircraft status and deemed it safe.  At this time, I decided to continue with the mission.  It appears that we had encountered some clear icing like they (front end) had never seen before.  The pilot said that in his 22 years of flying he had never encountered anything of the like.

Once the incident was over, the pale looking crew started looking around at each other and talked about what they had just gone through.  Things said from the veterans as Scott and Pep were that, they were "scared shitless" the trainee Lastes said, "he thought this was a normal thing and didn't know what to think".  Then there was Hannalora, calm, cool and collected "What's all the fuzz?"

I, for one, thought we had bought the farm!  Pepito called me up from position six looking all pale and said "Sam, I have to get up and get some coffee NOW!"

After we landed I talked to the pilot and navigator.  They told me that we had pulled 2.75Gs on our fall.  Since that flight, I always fly with my lap belt loosely on!
 

SAMUEL NAVA (Trebolin)

 

 


Once the incident was over, the pale looking crew started looking around at each other and talked about what they had just gone through.  Things said from the veterans as Scott and Pep were that, they were "scared shitless" the trainee Lastes said, "he thought this was a normal thing and didn't know what to think".  Then there was Hannalora, calm, cool and collected "What's all the fuzz?"

I, for one, thought we had bought the farm!  Pepito called me up from position six looking all pale and said "Sam, I have to get up and get some coffee NOW!"

After we landed I talked to the pilot and navigator.  They told me that we had pulled 2.75Gs on our fall.  Since that flight, I always fly with my lap belt loosely on!
 

SAMUEL NAVA (Trebolin)

 

 


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