|2d Lt Kat Allen and CAP453|
My husband and fellow CAP member, 1st Lt Mike Allen, helped me prepare that morning. His pointers went something like this:
-Wear the proper CAP uniform. (Since it was a C Mission, the navy CAP polo and grey slacks sufficed.)
-Don't eat much before the flight. The turbulence in a Cessna is a lot more noticeable than the turbulence you'd feel on a commercial flight.
-Bring a sealable plastic bag in case you get air-sick, because no one--including you--wants to smell your vomit from three thousand feet all the way home!
-Bring your camera for pictures, bottled water for hydration, and granola bars for energy.
-Print your current 101 card and make sure you've got your CAP ID.
-Have fun! There's no point to this training if you're not enjoying yourself.
|1st Lt Mike Allen and 1st Lt Lou Rivas discussing the Flight|
|First Sortie refueling|
|Taxing to the runway|
|A reminder to check 121.5 for ELT's|
All in all, the flight was uneventful in the best sense, and fun was had by all. Lt. Rivas piloted skillfully, and both he and Capt. Luneau maintained a contagiously reassuring calm, even when my stomach was doing somersaults during our thirty degree banks.
We landed safely at OAK with the sun falling on the horizon. I had 238 pictures, my final two Mission Scanner SQTR task sign-offs, and an unused plastic baggie as my first-flight reward.
A few of my photos from this flight can be found at https://picasaweb.google.com/squadron188/FebruaryActivities.
2d Lt Kate Allen is Squadron 188's Assistant Finance Officer and is training for Mission Scanner rating.
Images courtesy of 2d Lt Kate Allen.