Friday, March 09, 2007

Royal Air Force Typhoon Blows Into Nellis

While picking up a load today at Nellis Air Force Base, we got a special treat; being less than thirty feet from two Royal Air Force Typhoon F2 Eurofighter defensive jets. It was so "Top Gun" the way they swooped in, came to a dramatic stop and then after their windshields (is that what they're called in a jet?) were lifted, the pilots stepped out of the planes onto stairs that were wheeled directly to the jet for their deplaning.

The Royal Air Force loaded our truck, chattering away in the Queen's English; throwing in several "cheerios" in the process. One of the officers even directed Ed to the "loo." I have to say, they were the most pleasant military members we've come across so far.

According to their website, "Nellis Air Force Base is called the "Home of the Fighter Pilot," and for good reason. Nellis is a member of the United States Air Force's Air Combat Command and home of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center. With five wings and more than 150 aircraft, the Warfare Center is responsible for advanced combat training, tactics development and operational testing. The Center also conducts worldwide combat operations with the Predator unmanned aerial vehicle."

1 comment:

Katie said...

How exciting! I love looking at your pictures and reading about your adventures. :)