Space-A Flight #6: Hickam AFB, Hawaii to McConnell AFB, KS (Wichita)

Posted on Mar 29, 2016

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Today we started our travels kind of early; we left the hotel at 4 AM which translated into waking up at 3:15 AM . . . sleep deprivation!!

We had an amazing flight in a KC135 which turned out to be a military fuel jet.

We were invited to go down into the “boom box.” Since that was a fueling plane, that was the area where you have go lay down on your belly in the “basement” of the plane, and it’s the control center for the hose that goes down to fuel other planes! We were at 39,000 feet at that point. The tech was also telling us that the planes are only 20 feet apart when the fueling in the sky takes place . . . what???!!!! That seems awfully close!

To keep us occupied during such a long flight, Bryan and I watched Lord of the Rings–Two Towers, and we also played the card game Nertz on top of the wooden crates wherein our meal and snacks were placed. Lol, it is such a joy to fly Space-A!

The temps on this flight vacillated from extremely hot to arctic cold. One of the airmen was so very nice and gave me his jacket to wear during the flight!

Then last, but not least, we were invited to sit in the cockpit during landing. They gave me a headset so I could hear what they were saying. It was so very interesting!

I was so glad that it was dark in the cockpit because I got tears in my eyes a couple of times simply reflecting on God’s extreme goodness and the crew’s overwhelming kindness.

Once again, we’re so thankful and excited to fly SPACE-A!!!

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