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From the C-17 to the airliners or fractionals...

Soaring

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From the C-17 to the airliners...

Just throwing this out here... Disregard if you are not interested in this post. I know there are a lot of ex-C-17 and current C-17 pilots out there who fly for the airlines and fractionals, etc. when they were hiring.

I am not a military pilot but I am a big fan of the C-17. Beautiful airplane with a very capable cockpit. Looks like it would be fun to fly. Just wondering what the transition is like for C-17 pilots as they go from that aircraft flying worldwide (dirt strips and all) to flying 737s and Airbus aircraft. Is it anti-climatic after flying the C-17 or does it not really matter? Going from flying that stick on the C-17 into some hostile territory at night to flying 737s into DEN and PHL has got to be a let-down... At least you could continue to fly the C-17 in the reserves if you really want to.

Any thoughts or impressions about the transition? If you don't fly in the reserves do you miss the C-17?
 
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MILPILOT17

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At some point it's all about the $ and lifestyle! If you want to have fun in an airplane then you buy or rent something like a Pitts or Extra.
 

PHXFLYR

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...neither of which can be found in the civilian sector anymore save SW, FDX, and UPS.:(


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Being a fractional guy and a Reserve C17 guy, the only transition I notice is that I don't have to do 24 hour days when I'm not flying for Uncle Sam. I just returned from a two-week overseas/downrange trip, and it's gonna take a week for my body to recover. Other than those long days that come with flying the C-17, the plane itself is great. Over-powered, and drives like a sport-car (for a big airplane). One of the previous posts mentioned QOL and $$$. And that's why the UAVs are starting to become more and more appealing to guys.
 

SIG600

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Being a fractional guy and a Reserve C17 guy, the only transition I notice is that I don't have to do 24 hour days when I'm not flying for Uncle Sam. I just returned from a two-week overseas/downrange trip, and it's gonna take a week for my body to recover. Other than those long days that come with flying the C-17, the plane itself is great. Over-powered, and drives like a sport-car (for a big airplane). One of the previous posts mentioned QOL and $$$. And that's why the UAVs are starting to become more and more appealing to guys.

Concur. They may not be as glamorous as flying something pointy nose, but there's a lot to be said for doing the same mission, killing insurgents, and going home to your wife/kids/dog/home everyday.
 
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