Welcome to the Hey Eng Blog

Welcome to Hey Eng. I’m interested in the history of flight engineers and enlisted flyers in the USAAF and the USAF. Why do pilots say “Hey Eng!”, where and how did the phrase originate? I’ve wondered why there weren’t FEs on bombers after World War II but they remained on cargo aircraft. In addition to…

From Civilian to Heavy Bomber Combat Aircrew

B-24 Liberator Flight Engineer/Waist Gunner Part One Prior to December 7th 1941 the United States government’s War Department was gearing up for war. Many men had already volunteered. Many more would be needed. Getting the volunteers would not be the problem. The Japanese made sure of that. Training hundreds of times the normal number of…

Pakistani Tea

In June through July of 2010 I was deployed to Bagram AB. In northern Pakistan the monsoon season was shaping up to be far worse than usual. Eventually one fifth of the country would be under water. Toward the end of July my crew was tasked for flood relief missions. We would eventually fly about…

Crossing The Pond

As we make our way from St. John’s Newfoundland to Ayr Scotland the drone of the turboprop engines of the 130 lulls me into a relaxed, almost meditative state. The airplane is behaving as it should. The cockpit is in order. There is nothing to look at except the ocean as it passes slowly beneath…