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…

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…