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This cartoon was submitted Don Youngblood with the comment that it had
circulated in the mid 1980's at the 707th MAS at Charleston.
Before posting his copy I did a little tweaking with Photoshop to colorize
The Real Flight Engineer
The Real LOADMASTER
C-141 Heaven received these pictures within a day or two of each other. The
first one was the 'Real Flight Engineer'. If you look closely at the notation
about the pencil in his left ear it says "Form-F" computer, and by his left arm
there's a notation about a "load planning aid". And, frankly, he's too thin to
be an engineer. There are a couple of variations that have been submitted. All
are shown below.
This leads me to believe that this was simply re-titled to read The REAL FLIGHT
ENGINEER. Check out the one further down the page for what was probably the
original: the REAL LOADMASTER. Then came the REAL PILOT.
None seems to be C-141 specific, except for the blow up doll, which only C-141
crewmembers would ever think of carrying along (for emergency use as a liferaft
if you had to ditch on a long overwater flight).
I used to be stationed with a C-141 FE who was an artist. I
still remember he had drawn caricatures of the crewmembers and maintainers
(Pilot, Copilot, Navigator, Flight Engineer, Loadmaster, and Maintainer) for
the C-141. I never managed to get copies of them but I found this for sale one
day and it was close.
Here's a real Flight Engineer.
Mark A. Stiefel MSgt (Ret)
C-141A/B 3,000 hrs McGuire AFB 1979 - 1983
B-747/E-4B 3,000 hrs Offutt AFB 1983 - 1996
Later, I got this clone from someone else
(sorry, I lost track of who).
Looking at the "Real Engineer" cartoon brought back some
memories...like, "Where have I seen that before?"
Attached is a copy of the "Real Loadmaster" cartoon that was given to me by a
friend a long time ago. I wonder which came first?
Here's a real LOADMASTER.
On April 2nd, 2006 I got this email from the original artist
of "The Real Loadmaster", Keith Burton:
I am CMSgt Keith Burton and the originator of the "Real Loadmaster" as revealed
by my signature (circa 1985) at the bottom of the page. I have the original and
it is copyrighted. I was a 141 Load and have done other work like "I'd fly
10,000 miles to smoke a camel" of Desert Shield/Storm vintage (that was
originally designed for the Aardvarks that bombed Kadahfy's house and revived
during the first days of Desert Shield).
All have been copied so many times that I long ago quit caring who uses them,
just like seeing people enjoy them after all this time. If you are interested,
I can give you the details about the Hamster on the original to validate my
claim. You can contact me at email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org. I
look forward to any inquiry.
I'm currently teaching load-planning and equipment prep with the McGuire CRW
(the old AMOG), and will going to the boneyard myself in December after having
started my career in 1968 via Viet Nam. One of my Marine students recently
brought me a copy of TRL not knowing that I did the original. It was gratifying
to see the new generation appreciating fine art! (Ha Ha) Thanks and send me
CMSgt Keith "Turbo" Burton
And another clone (again, I've lost track of the source).
And of course, there's a pilot thrown in for good measure.
And a crew chief, too. Submitted by Bill Verno.
Last Update: Friday, August 5, 2011 06:30 pm