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If they were bringing luggage, it would be on pallets in the same cargo area. Folded up against the frame of the aircraft you can see the seats used for normal troop movement.
Update: In case you missed the point - these young folks (and a lot more planes full) will arrive at their destinations with nothing but what they are wearing. The Air Force Aid Society will do what they can for them - you can help.
Hope it was a short flight, that would be miserable.
I did a trans-pac island hop in a 141 in the cargo seats. Not something I ever want to repeat.Posted by Kevin at September 6, 2005 08:20 PM
You know, when you said "students" I though "college." But then I saw that 1. there were too many short haircuts and 2. they all had their BDU tops cuffed properly.
I think the term "trainee" might be more appropriate in this case.
Yeah, it's a nit... but I was also influenced by a story on the news last night showing a local school (Portland, OR) that was prepped for any "evacuees" (apparently the term refugee has gone out of style). Each cot had a set of BDU's sitting on the end of it.Posted by SGT Jeff (IRR) at September 7, 2005 04:33 PM
Too bad that a couple of C17s could not be used to evacuate people from NO.Posted by Lucifer at September 7, 2005 06:09 PM
Sgt Jeff: You're right, and I changed the reference. The Air Force does refer to them as "students" at their post-basic training schools, and calls the Squadrons "Student Squadrons" - or at least they used to (I confess I'm not that familiar with the system). But trainee also correct and is the better term for the reason you stated.
Lucifer: Yes, if a photog got a shot of the residents of the Superdome crammed into a plane like that he'd probably get a Pulitzer for exposing the harsh conditions.Posted by Greyhawk at September 8, 2005 12:35 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(4) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)