|Douglas C-47 Skytrain|
We've only returned to Joint Base Chez Sarge within the last hour. Returning from our journey North to the ancestral homeland. Had a great dinner with Mom, the Missus Herself, the Olde Vermonter, Mrs Olde Vermonter, the Young Vermonter, City Girl and of course, the Musician. I need to say that some of us were most appreciative of the Musician bringing along a very nice bottle of Port. Muito delicioso it was!
Now at this point you're probably wondering what the heck any of this has to do with the Friday Flyby. Why nothing dear reader, nothing at all. But due to the Thanksgiving holiday I almost decided to just not do a Friday Flyby this week. I know, I know, perish the thought. But while pondering all this, the words "gooney bird" popped into my head.
DC-3, C-47, the Skytrain, the Gooney Bird. Hhmm. I know, we'll do transports this week. While they're not very sexy, they are of critical importance to war fighting these days. The old saying "Amateurs study strategy, professionals study logistics." is very true.
So while this week's Flyby is somewhat abbreviated, we will pay homage to the transport aircraft. From the Skytrain to the Globemaster, they may not be sexy, but try fighting a war without them!
|Ju-52 "Tante Ju"|
German counterpart to the C-47
Contemporary of the C-47
Of Berlin Airlift Fame
(My Dad was stationed in Berlin during that event!)
|C-119 "Flying Box Car"|
|C-124 The Original Globemaster|
(I've flown on these a number of times.)
|While the C-141 and C-5 look very similar, in this photo|
you can see the rather distinct size difference!
The C-141 is in the foreground.
The C-5 IS the background!
Tankers are a form of transport. Much beloved of the fighter-attack community.
Need to get somewhere for serious medical attention? They don't call her the "Nightingale" for nothing! (Think Florence Nightingale, the nurse, not the bird...)
The latest addition to the USAF transport family...
|C-17 Globemaster III|
The Navy has transports too. This one does cat shots and traps! Think critical spare parts and mail. If you've been at sea a while, then especially mail!
|C-2 Greyhound, aka the COD|
(Carrier Onboard Delivery)
Hhmm, methinks I'm forgetting someone. Let me think, oh yeah, just my favorite transport of all time. I've spent a lot of hours inside this bird. While not glamorous and definitely not comfortable, she'll take you there and bring you home again.
She can play rough too!
|AC-130H Spectre Gunship|
Oh yeah, she can be a bada$$ when necessary!