All the crying aside, it's not that bad. Beats the hell out of a two-three hour rotary flight hopping from one FOB to the next working your way to the one you want.
I was on a C17 coming up from Ali Al Salem a couple of weeks ago. Now that was a terrible experience. Same heat problems, but this flight couldn't get it's rear ramp up. We sat on the Tarmack for two hours before take off. Temps were well over 120 (guessing). Probably even hotter on the inside of that plane. They had a side door open to, but it didn't help.
During take off just at the point where I thought we were going airborne the engine flutters and the pilot aborts the take off. Now I know people at six flags pay real good money to get that "rush" feeling, I personally thought it was over rated! I don't know how many of you guys (or gals) have gone through this kind of experience, but to be very truthful with you, I was more than a little nervous. I wasn't alone either!
We finally got airborne and they never did turn the air on. I lost so much water weight I had the worse headache of my life, and I've only had maybe three headaches in my entire life. I don't get them, but I did that day. I'm surprised somebody didn't fall out.
War's hell, huh boys?
"I see dead birds flying"