Flying C-17 Globemaster IIIs with Lee Hunt

Welcome to the seventy first episode of the Lessons from the Cockpit Podcast! I’m your host Mark Hasara, retired KC-135 pilot and 24 plus year veteran of the US Air Force.

The C-17 is arguably one of the world’s best heavy lift aircraft. Lee Hunt flew The Moose as the C-17 is nicknamed during major theater air campaigns and humanitarian missions. Lee tells listeners about his experiences flying the first end of runway cargo drop to planning missions to the Pegasus Runway in Antarctica. One of the best parts of our discussion is Lee’s insights on how John Boyd’s Observation – Orientation – Decision – Action or OODA Loop applies to cockpit resource management.

This episode is supported by the book Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit found in all four formats on Amazon: hardback, softback with lack and white pictures, Kindle and Audible. Tanker Pilot gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at global air refueling opertions and the planning and execution of four major air wars… Desert Storm, Kosovvo, Afghanistan and the Shock and Awe campaign over Baghdad.

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For over twenty years Lee Hunt flew the C-17 supporting airlift to places like Afghanistan and Antarctica. This 437th Airlift Wing C-17 was renamed “Spirit of the Candy Bomber” after Colonel Gail Halvorsen, the Berlin Candy Bomber, passed away in 2022.

When 1st Lieutenant Gail Halvorsen flew air resupply missions during the Soviet Blockade of Berlin in 1947 the Douglas C-54 Skymaster was the work horse of the US Air Force airlift fleet. This C-54 participating in the Berlin Airlift was assigned to the Troop Transport Command’s Atlantic Division during the Berlin Airlift.

Thanks for downloading and listening to this episode with Lee Hunt. I really appreciate all of you taking the time to listen and we’ve now gone over 21,000 downloads. This and previous episodes of the Lessons from the Cockpit podcast can be found on my website at under the PODCAST pulldown.

Next week’s episode will cover the ongoing conflict between Hamas and the state of Israel. 

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Mark Hasara

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P.S. — If you’re reading my book Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit, I’d really love to hear your thoughts in a review on Amazon here, I read them all.

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