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    This old man, kurt

    Back in 1997, we had the worst run of broken aircraft I've ever witnessed then or since.  The squad had 9 P-3 Orions, they've always been high maintenance (about 100 man hours for every hour of flight).  One plane came in for deep inspections, and that overran due to things found.  Then another one came in...  same deal.  Then they started going down on the flight line.  Within 2 weeks every plane was down.  Not always for mechs, and maybe one got fixed that day...  but we would come in the next day and see it was down again.  Red arrows down for almost 3 months, 14-16 hour shifts 7 days a week at home...  just trying to get ahead of it all, and make something stay up and stay that way.  I hadn't made E-5 yet, and I was on the brink of walking away and going to truck-drivers school.  I've heard of the 7 year itch when it comes to military service, and I think it's true.  I made E-5, those damn aircraft started to fly again, and I stuck with it.  My career probably wasn't as interesting as yours, but I still loved it.  I envy your still being near a base, it keeps you connected with the life.

    A civilized humanity, like reality, has a liberal bias.

    by mechboots on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:43:00 PM PST

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