Fire In the Hole I   was   on   375   and   we   were   going   to   the   Azores   for   a   mission   in   the   early   70's   and   stopped   at Pease AFB   to   refuel   and   RON.   When   we   landed   and   the A/C   Commander   hit   the   'new   brakes'   a cloud   of   smoke   came   up   and   the   tower   called   a   hot   brakes   emergency   on   us.   The   pilot   told them   we   had   new   brake   shoes   and   they   were   just   setting   and   was   told   they   had   declared   the emergency   and   would   see   it   through.   We   taxied   to   the   tarmac   and   they   came   screaming   up   in the   big   fire   trucks   and   the   silver   suits   and   were   not   real   happy   when   we   didn't   do   an   emergency egress   and   pumped   open   the   cargo   door   and   said   we   would   wait   for   a   B-4   stand   to   get   off   the plane.   Then   they   really   got   mad   when   we   strolled   off   the   plane   with   our   suitcases   and   water jugs.   After   a   few   minutes   they   informed   us   that   we   really   didn't   have   a   hot   brakes   (Just   like   we told   them)   and   we   could   go   back   on   the   plane   to   get   anything   we   hadn't   already   brought   off.   I went   back   up   the   B-4   and   when   I   came   to   the   door   of   the   aircraft   with   a   coffee   jug,   it   was   just   in time   to   see   my   suitcase   being   'plowed   under'   one   of   the   large   fire   trucks   which   was   turning around   by   the   aircraft   and   I   yelled   for   them   to   stop.   I   looked   at   my   rather   flat   suitcase   and   told them   I   wanted   an   accident   report   for   reimbursement.   I   wasn't   really   amused   at   which   time   the fire   chief   said   it   could   have   been   worse   as   I   could   have   been   holding   the   suitcase. At   the   time   I didn't   think   that   was   very   funny.   They   seemed   not   to   care   very   much   till   it   was   discovered   that they   had   also   'clipped'   a   government   water   jug   from   the   plane   and   it   had   been   damaged,   NOW everyone   got   excited.   I   was   still   just   trying   to   figure   out   how   I   was   going   to   explain   'tire-tracks'   on my    underwear    to    my    wife.    Needless    to    say    with    'damaged'    government    property    we    had mountains   of   paperwork   and   in   less   than   6   months   I   was   reimbursed   for   my   suitcase.   We   had   a good   laugh   that   night   at   my   luck   as   they   helped   me   carry   my   stuff   in   a   couple   of   paper   bags   for the next few days. James Mathews
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Fire In the Hole I   was   on   375   and   we   were   going   to   the   Azores   for   a mission   in   the   early   70's   and   stopped   at   Pease AFB   to refuel    and    RON.    When    we    landed    and    the    A/C Commander   hit   the   'new   brakes'   a   cloud   of   smoke came   up   and   the   tower   called   a   hot   brakes   emergency on   us.   The   pilot   told   them   we   had   new   brake   shoes and    they    were    just    setting    and    was    told    they    had declared   the   emergency   and   would   see   it   through.   We taxied   to   the   tarmac   and   they   came   screaming   up   in the   big   fire   trucks   and   the   silver   suits   and   were   not   real happy   when   we   didn't   do   an   emergency   egress   and pumped   open   the   cargo   door   and   said   we   would   wait for   a   B-4   stand   to   get   off   the   plane.   Then   they   really got    mad    when    we    strolled    off    the    plane    with    our suitcases   and   water   jugs.   After   a   few   minutes   they informed   us   that   we   really   didn't   have   a   hot   brakes (Just   like   we   told   them)   and   we   could   go   back   on   the plane   to   get   anything   we   hadn't   already   brought   off.   I went   back   up   the   B-4   and   when   I   came   to   the   door   of the   aircraft   with   a   coffee   jug,   it   was   just   in   time   to   see my   suitcase   being   'plowed   under'   one   of   the   large   fire trucks   which   was   turning   around   by   the   aircraft   and   I yelled    for    them    to    stop.    I    looked    at    my    rather    flat suitcase   and   told   them   I   wanted   an   accident   report   for reimbursement.   I   wasn't   really   amused   at   which   time the   fire   chief   said   it   could   have   been   worse   as   I   could have   been   holding   the   suitcase.   At   the   time   I   didn't think   that   was   very   funny.   They   seemed   not   to   care very   much   till   it   was   discovered   that   they   had   also 'clipped'   a   government   water   jug   from   the   plane   and   it had   been   damaged,   NOW   everyone   got   excited.   I   was still   just   trying   to   figure   out   how   I   was   going   to   explain 'tire-tracks'   on   my   underwear   to   my   wife.   Needless   to say    with    'damaged'    government    property    we    had mountains   of   paperwork   and   in   less   than   6   months   I was   reimbursed   for   my   suitcase.   We   had   a   good   laugh that   night   at   my   luck   as   they   helped   me   carry   my   stuff in a couple of paper bags for the next few days. James Mathews