USO Tour: a flight across hostile territory
Today we woke up at 3:00 a.m., went to a military airport and flew on a military plane to our next stop on tour here in the Middle East. On our flight we were a part of flight maneuvers, which was a tad scary but very exciting. When a plane is crossing over borders and hostile zones the pilots do some pretty interesting things with the aircraft.
After landing we met with soldiers for a bit before going to meet with the general of the base. He explained to us the importance of why they are here and what their responsibilities consist of. He spoke with great pride about the forces and what was really interesting was how much the Tuskegee Airman are revered and respect by today's Air Force. After he finished his talk with us he allowed us to view a ceremony for airmen that were transitioning back home.
Then we were taken on a tour of the aircraft. We got a chance to see different aircraft up close. One was the Predator, which is an unmanned aircraft that allows the military to collect data and execute missions without putting troops in danger.
We also got a chance to see some F-16 fighter jets up close. Those cockpits are some really small areas for pilots. Two F-16's took off while we were there and it was very impressive to say the least.
We finished the tour and got a chance to eat and then relax for the rest of the evening.
There's a lounge for us to hang in and watch television, and even here, worlds away from America in a war zone, they had NFL games airing. And yes I did see the Redskins game. I will try and do a post on the game. They have us busy over here.
| December 20, 2010; 5:29 PM ET
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