It will include dozens of takeoffs and landings from mostly dirt or gravel strips, takeoffs usually at max gross, and landings often with a tailwind, both to minimize ground time lost to back-taxi
operations and to save the headwind for the max gross takeoff.
The tower controller cleared us onto the runway, and we proceeded to back-taxi
to take advantage of the full length of the runway.
"An airplane that lands can immediately get off the runway to taxi instead of having to back-taxi
down the runway," said Howard Franklin, jetport manager.
As we slowed our F-15E to a stop with 3,000 feet remaining, we crossed to the cold side of the runway and called "Two's slowed" so lead could begin his turn for back-taxi
. Only then did we realize that our flight lead was not in sight in front of us and something was seriously wrong.
We both remarked how departing flights did not back-taxi
onto the displaced threshold to begin their takeoff roll, leaving all that runway behind them.
An EA-6B crew was given permission for back-taxi
and hold runway 09R.
The ground controller responded, "One Kilo Mike, roger, back-taxi
into position hold Runway Three-One, let me know this frequency when you're ready for departure." The 441's pilot acknowledged the instructions, simply stating, "Kilo Mike."
For the Herc, this requires rolling out past the taxiway and using one of the cutouts to make a U-turn and back-taxi
toward the ramp, which we did.