I was just made aware of Michael J. Totten’s Middle East Journal which is now linked to the right in my BlogRoll.
I highly recommend that you follow the account of his on-going journey through
In fact, he perceives an entirely different circumstance:
"You’d think explosions and gunfire define
I encourage you to follow Mr. Totten’s travels.
During his latest blog, Mr. Totten describes his plane flight into
"This was not United Airlines.
The funny thing about the steep corkscrew dive is that I couldn’t feel it. Anyone who says it is scary, as some journalists do, is talking b.s. If you can’t look out the window or see the instruments in the cockpit, you’ll have no idea if the plane is right-side up, flying in a straight line, upside down, sideways, or even spinning into a death spiral. I’m not sure how the others knew when to put on their helmets. Perhaps someone signaled. No one could hear anything over the roar of the plane through their ear plugs.
The landing was smooth and felt no different from an American Airlines touch down in
I absolutely had to comment on Mr. Totten’s site concerning this passage. And now I want to share that comment with you. You may find the story below interesting as I attempt to describe the details of an event that most of our soldiers face today when they travel to
Again, the following was originally posted as a comment to another site, in response to the passage above, so if some of the terms used seem to be directed towards an individual reader, it because of the text’s original purpose.
C-130 ROLLING DOWN THE STRIP….
That being said, I felt absolutely compelled to tell you of my experience of flying into
First of all, I consider myself a pretty thoroughly battle-tested individual. This was also the case the first time that I had to fly into
I quote you:
“The funny thing about the steep corkscrew dive is that I couldn’t feel it. Anyone who says it is scary, as some journalists do, is talking b.s.”
Man, do I ever humbly disagree!!
I flew from
You see, the Air Force personnel on my flight had assured us that the flight would be completed in something like an hour and forty minutes. So I quickly dozed off as the plane traveled towards its destination. Well short of the estimated hour and forty minutes, our plane began its descent. And, unlike your description, I most definitely noticed it!!
Of course, no one took the time to inform me that such evasive landings were necessary. Furthermore, no one took the time to make sure that I was aware that such an evasive landing might take place well short of the mentioned time of landing. I was pretty sure that we were crashing. This is when I think I lost control of some limited bodily functions – but it’s hard to say as my uniform was pretty thoroughly caked in a mixture of fresh perspiration and dried sweat that had accumulated over the long and varied travel that you described so meticulously in your post.
Thankfully, the plane landed safely and I was afforded the opportunity to serve my country in