A climb restriction was lifted such that departing aircraft would be well above the helicopter pattern altitude by the departure end
of the airfield.
Since F-111s are hard to see from the pointy end, he did not see the third F-111 that had pulled his closed 2 miles past the departure end
and was still almost a mile past the departure end
Tower gave clearance to position-and-hold because of a previous aircraft that had landed on 7L and had been cleared to taxi across runway 7R at the departure end
I bunted the nose forward, and all I saw was the overrun of the departure end
and a river--not an option.
I applied my brakes to slow down, taxied to the departure end
of the runway, set the parking brake, and began the engine-shutdown checklist.
We continued with the gaggle and eventually got the six jets into the correct pattern, but the rain at the departure end
of runway 13 really was getting heavy.
On the departure end
, two-story houses and 40-foot trees made for a real-world, obstacle-clearance takeoff.
As we started to taxi, ground control changed the duty runway to 31, which had fog sitting at the departure end
Just before the crest of trees awaiting our fiery finale at the departure end
, we burst into the sky in one final, glorious leap.
I taxied toward the crash truck waiting for me at the departure end
of the runway, and shut down.
The Hercules at six miles was told to expect a low approach at or above 500 feet because an F-4 was on fire on the left side of the departure end
We waited 10 minutes at the departure end
of the runway while being pounded by horizontal snow.