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Bruce Flies the C-40B into Bellingham International Airport
March 20, 2008

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Bruce called last night to us know that he would be practicing touch-and-go landings at Bellingham International Airport on Thursday, March 20. He would be flying the C-40B over from Hawaii to pick up several other pilots in Seattle on Thursday evening. Before picking them up, he would be practicing landings in Bellingham.

For those of you who may not know, after flying the C-17 for three years, Bruce is now stationed in Oahu, Hawaii at Hickham Air Force Base where he is one of the pilots assigned to the C-40B at the disposal of the Commander of the Pacific Command (now Admiral Timothy J. Keating and formerly Admiral William J. Fallon who recently resigned as Commander of the U.S. Central Command).

The C-40B is based on the commercial Boeing 737-700 Business Jet, but has winglets, state of the art avionics, and integrated GPS. It's designed to be an "office in the sky" for senor military and government leaders.

I was able to get onto the tarmac to get some good photos. One of the guys at the general aviation office also loaned me a scanner radio, so I was able to listen to the communication between the control tower and the plane.

As you can see, I was able to get some pretty good photos. You'll find additional photos on my Flickr site.

I also shot video. Bruce did touch-and-goes for nearly an hour. I've edited that down into two short videos, which you'll find below. I hope you enjoy them.

Okay. Yes, that was a bit of a spoof. Here's the real one.

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