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  1. "Sorry I'm late Lt. Flores", as I slipped into the left hand seat of our C-27J Spartan, "that was not quite the meeting I had in mind". I'd received a briefing package, with the new Giza Card, 24 hours earlier and had just finished filling out all the needed forms after Brian's "Petty Cash" expenses. This ended up putting us a little behind schedule and the weather had changed from the bright sunny morning into a "wonderful" drizzle. I don't think the Lieutenant was happy she'd been pulled in from her RnR to fly up to Lukla just to ferry some "dumb plastic pole". "Well at least you're not flying on to Paro, you gotta fly this bird back here. We're picking up some SAS guys and another Spartan pilot who just finished some survival training at Lukla and he'll be your right seat. I've got to take their Helo on to Paro" "Can we just get started through pre-flight already?" It was going to be on heck of a flight! "Engine one started. Love those C-17's. Man I'd love to fly one of those crates". Saw a few more "Big Birds", this time some IL-72's as we taxied out to Rwy 23 for a Eastern departure. "Hope Brian got some shots of that Taj Mahal, cause with this cloud cover, we're not going to see much at all Flores." I don't think she cares... We continued on and for the next hour this is all we saw. "Wowsers, even Kathmandu is fogged in." "Are we there yet?" "Don't make me turn this crate around Flores!" Some pretty amazing valley's here with the rivers cutting deep into the rock. Not that we could see much of them. Nope, nothing much to see here at all... I hope it clears up closer to Lukla or we'll have to find an alternate and try again tomorrow. Thankfully there was a break in the clouds right close to Lukla as we were on finals. And we'd just come through that. "You are rated to land here aren't you sir?" "Flores, there's nothing to worry about. I've landed here hundreds of times....... In the Simulator" A slightly late touchdown, but the brakes and reversers on the Spartan we well known for these sorts of very short landing strips. "C'mon Flores, lets tuck this girl into bed and I'll buy you a mug of fermented goats milk." She never did like my jokes... There we go, all parked and dark. And what a sight eh? "Geez they're a bit tough on the parking here aren't they? Who'd want to park their car here? Didn't even see any... You coming Flores?" Sim Details: P3D v4 OzWookiee Agra AFB & AeroSoft Lukla X sceneries Photoscenery created with FSEarthTiles 3D Mesh created with ALOS 30M DSM data and P3D SDK