#tbt to my first combat landing on a snowy night in #Kabul #Afghanistan . We shot the ILS to minimums through the mountains on NVGs while getting slam dunked on the approach from a controller who spoke terrible English. All I recall is how sketchy both the localizer and glide slope signals were and I was hoping they both didn't fail at the worst time. The equipment over there isn't maintained nearly as well as it is here in the #US and an #RNAV approach wasn't even an option. The terrain awareness warning system we have installed in the C-17 showed "red" all around us on my primary navigation display. The runway was contaminated with heavy falling wet snow and once I landed and went into full reverse, we started fish tailing and I immediately went to reverse idle and used differential braking to stay on the runway. I'll never forget that feeling, as both my legs were shaking when we came to a complete stop. What a first time thrill that night was as an only 100 hour copilot with no clue what the hell I was doing. Snapped this pic while waiting for our troops and cargo. We departed back to #Qatar that night and I laid wide awake in our tent restless still from the adrenaline high. Just another day.
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