A Trip To Ascension Island Aria   Aircraft   374   had   just   arrived   at   Ascension   to   cover   a   Titan   II   mission.   Everyone   got   settled into   their   rooms   and   was   talking   about   getting   something   to   eat   at   the   Volcano   Club.   Everyone went   their   own   way   and   the   next   day   Randy   Losey   and   I   went   and   changed   the   sign   on   “Red Mountain”   to   read   374,   of   course.   We   went   back   to   our   room   an   changed   clothes   because   of   all the   red   lava   rock   dust   all   over   them.   We   then   went   to   Green   Mountain   to   the   pond   up   on   the very   top.   By   the   time   we   got   back   we   found   out   that   the   mission   was   delayed   for   one   day   so   we caught the movie an got a good nights sleep. The next day was when the fun began. Randy   and   I   woke   up   and   decided   to   go   swimming   and   snorkeling.   We   ate   breakfast   and gathered   up   our   stuff   and   headed   to   the   water.   We   played   &   snorkeled   for   about   three   hours   not realizing   just   how   sunburned   we   were   getting.   By   about   2:30   p.m.   we   headed   back   to   our   room to   wash   all   the   saltwater   grit   off   and   to   get   something   to   eat.   By   the   time   we   finished   cleaning   up Randy   was   beginning   to   feel   the   effects   of   the   sunburn.   We   got   something   to   eat   and   waited   for the   little   store   to   open   so   we   could   get   something   to   put   on   our   sunburned   backs.   Water   blisters had   already   started   to   appear   on   our   backs.   When   the   store   opened   all   they   had   was   ponds cold   cream.   We   bought   the   biggest   jar   they   had   and   went   back   to   our   room   to   apply   it   and   to   get some   rest   before   the   mission   that   night.   I   went   to   dinner   that   night   &   then   went   to   sleep   for   a short   time.   When   we   got   up   &   put   on   our   flight   suits   did   we   ever   get   a   big   surprise?   Our   flight suits   really   scratched   our   backs.   We   took   towels   to   wet   for   the   flight   &   prayed   that   we   would survive without going crazy. We survived how I don’t know but we did. Randy   was   suffering   from   a   mild   case   of   radiation   poisoning   because   he   slept   most   of   the   day after   the   mission.   Neither   of   us   would   go   outside   except   to   get   something   to   eat.   We   ended   up talking   all   night   long.   The   next   morning   as   we   got   ready   to   leave   we   found   out   how   good   sound travels   in   a   noiseless   building.   Our   boss   Master   Sergeant   Gil   Siefert   asked   if   we   planned   on getting   any   sleep   on   the   trip   home?   Then   he   mentioned   we   could   forget   it   because   we   kept everyone   else   up   last   night.   So   we   weren’t   going   to   get   any   sleep   on   the   way   back   to   Wright- Patterson. It was a long trip but everyone got a little sleep & was very happy to be home again! Robin Wheaton
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A Trip To Ascension Island Aria Aircraft   374   had   just   arrived   at Ascension   to   cover a    Titan    II    mission.    Everyone    got    settled    into    their rooms   and   was   talking   about   getting   something   to   eat at   the   Volcano   Club.   Everyone   went   their   own   way and    the    next    day    Randy    Losey    and    I    went    and changed   the   sign   on   “Red   Mountain”   to   read   374,   of course.    We    went    back    to    our    room    an    changed clothes   because   of   all   the   red   lava   rock   dust   all   over them.   We   then   went   to   Green   Mountain   to   the   pond   up on   the   very   top.   By   the   time   we   got   back   we   found   out that    the    mission    was    delayed    for    one    day    so    we caught   the   movie   an   got   a   good   nights   sleep. The   next day was when the fun began. Randy   and   I   woke   up   and   decided   to   go   swimming and   snorkeling.   We   ate   breakfast   and   gathered   up   our stuff   and   headed   to   the   water.   We   played   &   snorkeled for   about   three   hours   not   realizing   just   how   sunburned we   were   getting.   By   about   2:30   p.m.   we   headed   back to   our   room   to   wash   all   the   saltwater   grit   off   and   to   get something   to   eat.   By   the   time   we   finished   cleaning   up Randy    was    beginning    to    feel    the    effects    of    the sunburn.   We   got   something   to   eat   and   waited   for   the little   store   to   open   so   we   could   get   something   to   put on   our   sunburned   backs.   Water   blisters   had   already started    to    appear    on    our    backs.    When    the    store opened    all    they    had    was    ponds    cold    cream.    We bought   the   biggest   jar   they   had   and   went   back   to   our room    to    apply    it    and    to    get    some    rest    before    the mission   that   night.   I   went   to   dinner   that   night   &   then went   to   sleep   for   a   short   time.   When   we   got   up   &   put on   our   flight   suits   did   we   ever   get   a   big   surprise?   Our flight   suits   really   scratched   our   backs.   We   took   towels to   wet   for   the   flight   &   prayed   that   we   would   survive without   going   crazy.   We   survived   how   I   don’t   know   but we did. Randy    was    suffering    from    a    mild    case    of    radiation poisoning   because   he   slept   most   of   the   day   after   the mission.   Neither   of   us   would   go   outside   except   to   get something   to   eat.   We   ended   up   talking   all   night   long. The   next   morning   as   we   got   ready   to   leave   we   found out   how   good   sound   travels   in   a   noiseless   building. Our    boss    Master    Sergeant    Gil    Siefert    asked    if    we planned   on   getting   any   sleep   on   the   trip   home?   Then he    mentioned    we    could    forget    it    because    we    kept everyone   else   up   last   night.   So   we   weren’t   going   to get   any   sleep   on   the   way   back   to   Wright-Patterson.   It was   a   long   trip   but   everyone   got   a   little   sleep   &   was very happy to be home again! Robin Wheaton