Leak and Ops   11 comments

The line truck stopped in front of shelter 8 and the expediter called out,  “Bur, front and center.”  “What you got Johnny,” said Bur.  “Leak and ops check on number two,” said TSgt. Quest.

Bur called out “Hooty hoo ” to the engine shoppers he got out of the truck.  “Hooty who my ass, let’s get this done I’m thirsty,” said Rockhead as he glanced up from the forms.

Bur was thorough as he ran the checklist because he was still new at engine runs having just qualified a week ago.  Woody climbed in the rear seat and said “I’m riding shotgun on this run, it’s not often we run a two seater.”

Bur signaled Rockhead with the two finger salute that meant clear to start the jet fuel starter.  The distinct whine of the starter turned on the Eagle’s essential electric bus and cockpit lights glowed as the intercom crackled to life.

“Clear on two” said Bur as he waved his hand in a circular motion above his head.  Rockhead responded back “Crank it man, I’m thirsty.”

The number two engine slowly came to life and the instruments and gauges indicated every thing was in limits.  Rockhead started running the checklist for the leak and ops check.  After ten minutes of observation he called out “OK let’s wrap it up.”

Woody’s impish voice popped up over the intercom from the backseat “Wait a minute Rock, do you think he’ll do it?”   Rock said , “No I don’t think so.”  Bur said, “Do what Woody?”  With a challenging laugh Woody said, “Pop it into afterburner in the shelter.”

The cockpit closed in around Bur as he thought of the implications.  With a flash of bravado he slammed the  throttles forward to military.  Bur called out, ” All clear Rock?’  Rockhead yelled “Get some man.”  With a little nudge Bur slipped the throttle into afterburner.  The engine howled and the shelter shook.  Woody laughed and screamed out “Hooty hoo welcome to the club.”

Opus does Bodo

Opus does Bodo

Dear BJ,

This post is for the Trifecta: Week Eighty-Two Challenge

The theme is Club and it’s third definition from Merrriam Webster’s On-Line Dictionary:

3a : an association of persons for some common object usually jointly supported and meeting periodically; also : a group identified by some common characteristic <nations in the nuclear club>  

  b : the meeting place of a club <lunch at the club>  
  c : an association of persons participating in a plan by which they agree to make regular payments or purchases in order to secure some advantage  
  d : nightclub  
  e : an athletic association or team


It was almost as fun as popping burner in a Hardened Aircraft Shelter.

Your Nephew,


P.S. 331 words by my count

P.P.S. Photo of Opus via Dave Venell passed to me by a good friend Chris Peterson.


Posted June 19, 2013 by Balvah in Trifecta

11 responses to “Leak and Ops

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  1. Great story. You brought us into an unfamiliar world so well. Great writing.

  2. fun post and great details!

  3. Sounds like fun!

  4. You write as though you were there. Any chance you worked maintenance on F-15s? I like this a lot.

  5. That sounds like fun (:

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