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[Full HD/1920px] This is one of those pictures which have quite a story behind! It was 08:00am and I was comfortably sleeping in my bed, while I received a call from one of those friends who I know they would just call when it’s really important or urgent… and so that was. “There is an USAF C-17 diverting to Porto, just get out of your bed and rush!”… and so I did! I was really tired and I would be on duty some hours later on that day, but this was great enough not to miss… I was driving on the highway as I made the first eye-contact with the beast, as it was on long final for runway 35 over Porto… what a sight! I was parking my car at 08:53, the exact same minute it was touching down. Made my way to stand W28, where REACH 556 was just about to be parked. Some minutes later I was able to approach the aircraft, where I met a wonderful Crew who invited me to get onboard. The best part was when I could visit the cockpit, where I was authorized to take some pictures like this one, whilst having a nice chat with Captain. I was told the Crew was performing a flight from Naval Air Station Sigonella (NSY/LICZ) to Naval Station Rota (ROZ/LERT) but had to divert due to severe thunderstorms in the vicinity of LERT. As all the airports and bases around were also experiencing rough weather, I was lucky enough to welcome this wonderful Crew of 911th Airlift Wing (based in Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station) in my home airport, where the weather was rather fair! This was just the 4th C-17A visiting Porto, the other three visits happened in 2015. The first two were Royal Air Force ZZ175 and ZZ178 (on May 11th and June 14th respectively) and the third one was 02 operated by NATO - Strategic Airlift Capability, on November 06th. Flight RCH556 resumed their journey across the pond at 12:55pm, towards Naval Station Norfolk (NGU/KNGU).

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[Full HD/1920px] This is one of those pictures which have quite a story behind! It was 08:00am and I was comfortably sleeping in my bed, while I received a call from one of those friends who I know they would just call when it’s really important or urgent… and so that was. “There is an USAF C-17 diverting to Porto, just get out of your bed and rush!”… and so I did! I was really tired and I would be on duty some hours later on that day, but this was great enough not to miss… I was driving on the highway as I made the first eye-contact with the beast, as it was on long final for runway 35 over Porto… what a sight! I was parking my car at 08:53, the exact same minute it was touching down. Made my way to stand W28, where REACH 556 was just about to be parked. Some minutes later I was able to approach the aircraft, where I met a wonderful Crew who invited me to get onboard. The best part was when I could visit the cockpit, where I was authorized to take some pictures like this one, whilst having a nice chat with Captain. I was told the Crew was performing a flight from Naval Air Station Sigonella (NSY/LICZ) to Naval Station Rota (ROZ/LERT) but had to divert due to severe thunderstorms in the vicinity of LERT. As all the airports and bases around were also experiencing rough weather, I was lucky enough to welcome this wonderful Crew of 911th Airlift Wing (based in Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station) in my home airport, where the weather was rather fair! This was just the 4th C-17A visiting Porto, the other three visits happened in 2015. The first two were Royal Air Force ZZ175 and ZZ178 (on May 11th and June 14th respectively) and the third one was 02 operated by NATO - Strategic Airlift Capability, on November 06th. Flight RCH556 resumed their journey across the pond at 12:55pm, towards Naval Station Norfolk (NGU/KNGU).

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Nuno Filipe Le Freitas

Eu li e gostei.

Luft Spotter

This is what it looks like of C-17 cockpit. Way too cool.

Sebastian Vasquez Intriago

Mucho texto