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U.S. Air Force: Capt Susan Finch, C-17 Pilot

July 27, 2019



When you're air dropping, you find a point
in space that you want to drop people or cargo off at, and you fly that point in space and
make it happen. As far as cargo goes, we can carry up to 180,000lbs. If it fits in the jet, then we can probably
take it. I'm Captain Susan Finch and I'm a Pilot in
the Air Force. Being a C-17 Pilot is extremely rewarding. Being able to be that dependable source for
people, whether it's getting people who are in need of humanitarian aid, or dropping off
stuff for the troops that are down range. So my path is not exactly the most stereotypical
one. When I was in high school, I was aware of the
Air Force Academy because my dad went there, but I didn't really think anything of it. They have a bunch of different programs, they
have a glider program, they also have a jump program where you're actually jumping out
of planes, that's your extracurricular activity. Once I made that decision to go to the Air
Force Academy, I feel like that decision kind of kicked off my ability to become a Pilot. Pilot training is challenging. It's broken into different parts. You have your academics part, and then your
initial trainer, which is T-6s, and after that, it branches off so you can choose T-38s,
which is a fighter track, T-1s, which is a heavy track or go to helicopters. So I chose T-1s, which is the heavy airlift
track. I like it because it's a crew aircraft. Operating the C-17, at a minimum, is two Pilots
and a Loadmaster, so I enjoy working with people, I like bringing a team together and
being able to work with everyone to get a mission done and that's exactly what the C-17
is. And we can take her pretty much anywhere
around the world. Been to multiple countries, multiple continents. She's also capable of doing aerial refueling,
so that really expands our range. We'll fly up right behind them and literally
they are touching. They'll have a boom come down and give us
fuel in our receptacle. And we'll receive gas that way. Sometimes when I'm going down the runway and we're
getting ready to take off, I'm just like wow this is awesome, this is my job.

31 Comments

  • Reply AngryHatter July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    And then she'll fly for Alaska and I'd go anywhere with her.

  • Reply Llawliet Otero July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    AMAZZING! I LOVE THE AIR FORCE WITH ALL MY HEART

  • Reply A Person July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Question? Why do some air force pilots flight suit have their name tags with a yellow, blue or red background?

  • Reply AAL FAN July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    my dream is to fly the c17 like her in the us air force

  • Reply angela o July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    This is awesome!

  • Reply Terry Bruce July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    "Like" so Like cool.

  • Reply 임석근 July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    건승

  • Reply shield maiden July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Awesome!

  • Reply ducksnpucks 1 July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Well if this don't deserve an "atta girl" I don't know what does…

  • Reply K L July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Not everyone joins airforce end up flying the plane.

  • Reply 9 car Cottrell July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Best of luck. Captain and shift commander LaBonte air mobility command. Patriot wing. U. S. A. F.

  • Reply Fatimah Rabah July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Captain Finch, May God Bless you and Keep You Safe and Your Crew. Have Some Fun for me.

  • Reply Al KP July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    So cool. Some get their dream job. Then there is me. Always wanted to join the military. Maybe in my next life.

  • Reply Guru Sandirasegaram July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Let’s make it happen. Bomb 💣 srilanka
    Bring B-52 carpet bombing

  • Reply ประชา แสงทอง July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    เครื่องเคลือบ

  • Reply Tsenam Tsenam July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Wow beautiful captain.

  • Reply Nora Powell July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    My dream job

  • Reply Michael Homchick July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    I USED TO work at the assembly plant BUILDING THE C-17 or the MOOSE like we called it.I chased parts(and finding long lost or high value parts, for the ENTIRE CARGO AREA..THE 2ND BIGGEST PART of the plane besides the wings. I'M GLAD the C-17 is showing her strengths thru the world. I LOVE THIS PLANE.

  • Reply britishborn usachick July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Im Retired AF and sorry that i never got to pilot, due to my eyes
    but im working on private pilot license so its ok, but she makes me proud>
    Love my co worker AF female soldiers>

  • Reply Jack Goethals July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Can you become a fighter jet pilot as someone who wans’t Born in America ?

  • Reply jeje937 July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Magnifique avion

  • Reply Cedric Clark July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    How do these planes stay safe from other fighter jets or anti aircraft missles

  • Reply Robert Lowe July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Great career Susan !
    Keep up the good flying !

  • Reply 鄭道隆 July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Beautiful pilot!

  • Reply Thomas Young July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Awesome

  • Reply Musa July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Cargo plane ! Nice choice,, you'll probably not get HIT

  • Reply 4vndd July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    More power to you lady ..!! And good luck for the future..by the way.. you have a beautiful smile…!!!

  • Reply Cánh Thép Channel July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    For those who are evil will be destroyed by U.S.A
    “U.S. forces operate in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea,” . “All operations are conducted in accordance with international law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows. That is true in the South China Sea as in other places around the globe.”
    Trump said" No enermy can match the U.S military"

  • Reply Red Bluesome July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Gender hire, got into the academy because her daddy went there. She mentions making the decision to go. You don’t decide, the academy does girlie. Fake pilot, fake captain.

  • Reply Cajun American July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    AWESOME 😊
    Yeah BUDDY 😎👍
    Way To Go Sue 😊👍

  • Reply David Wilson July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    oh Woow it ( pilot ) looks beautiful with you , i have almost aerophoia BUT when i am flying in the C-17 esp from and to Kuwait i love the whole smooth and fast flight.

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