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
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.