It was about this time of the year when we took a 4-ship out to the area to ‘play’ a bit. The students had all gone home for the holidays so there were just IPs (instructor pilots) in the jets. The initial check-in with Kansas City Center went something like this (after a silent nod from everyone acknowledging, we were all on Kansas City’s radio freq.) -beginning with the IP in the front cockpit of the Lead jet. Subsequent responses were followed by the IPs in the front cockpits of the other 3 jets, then with the guys in the rear cockpits:
“Dasher,” “Dancer,” “Prancer,” “Vixon,” “Commet,” “Cupid,” “Donner,” “Blitzen…”
…then Jack Dyer, Flight Lead called, “Kansas City, guess who!”
Merry Christmas Everyone!
(And yes Jack, I know: these aren’t ‘Vance’ jets; and I know this isn’t ‘in the area,’ and I know these aren’t Vance IPs, etc…! But it is the only T-38A four ship picture I can find this morning! LOL!)