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Part 2... Cookies and Milk = wonders for the soul.

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The last sentenceof the last post was...

I came home.  Then I was approached about being a fire bomber pilot in the (retrofitted) planes we had recently brought back.

See some of the planes that Aero Union flew in 1986...I was flying for them in 1980.

Once I got back to Alameda, the time was spent enjoying being big with baby, enjoying being home with Sutter and with Carl. And still teaching flying.

The next call I received from Aero Union a few weeks later, was an offer to learn to be a fire bomber.   That's right -  put fires out using the DC4 (C54s as the military called them).  Once again, I'd be the co-pilot, which was just fine for me.  The planes had to be refitted for this job and the stinky back-of the-plane-full-of-fish-juice-planks were removed and smoke retardant tanks put on.

Carl and I talked about it.  We decided this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn something that could be taught on the ground, but learned only in flight.  I called Aero Union back a…