GB – VMFA XXX

Posted by asm826 on October 7, 2006

The pilot stepped into the terminal and came over to the windows where they stood. His flight suit was soaked and small puddles started to form as the water dripped off the legs of his pants.

“Who’s in charge?”

“I am, sir. Gunnery Sergeant Ceisak.”

“We’re going to launch the next time the rain lets up. Do you have everyone here?”

“Yes, sir.”

Gunny looked out the window. The rain was falling so hard that the tail of the C-130 could not be seen. He looked back at the pilot, then down at the water on the floor.

“Sir, I’ve watched your crew run that motor four times. We’ve taxied out once, and had to come back. Now we have no visibility, a bad forecast, and a long night flight over water. Call it, and let’s try again in the morning.”

The pilot looked at Gunny Ceisak, “Sergeant, I am a Major in the United States Air Force. They pay me to fly. They expect to fly. If that aircraft is up, I plan to fly.”

The pilot turned and walked back out into the rain. The Marines stood and watched. Tom resisted the urge to speak. After a few minutes, the inboard engine started to turn. It cut the rain, creating a ball of mist that disappeared into the distance behind the wing. The falling water hammered on the roof of the terminal. They waited.

Ten minutes passed before the propeller slowly came to a stop. The pilot and crew came back into the terminal.

“Well, Sergeant, looks like you get one more night in the Philippines. Have your men here at 0800 tomorrow. Maintenance is coming in from Clark tonight,” the Major paused, “Sergeant, if I had decided to launch, what were you going to do?”

“I don’t know, sir. I’ve been standing here wondering the same thing.”

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