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Old 02-21-2011, 07:03 PM   #1
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Okay so I'm *thinking* about taking the kids and myself on a hop from japan to NJ.. they usually have them 1-3 times a month and it's on a KC10 and stops in Cali then goes to NJ from there. I don't know anything about traveling on military planes what I need that I wouldn't normally need on a commercial flight anything you could tell me would be VERY much appreciated.. the only thing i know is after the flight i'm probably going to need
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:06 PM   #2
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Default Re: Space A travel/Hops

Don't you have to travel with your sponsor to get on a space A?
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Default Re: Space A travel/Hops

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Don't you have to travel with your sponsor to get on a space A?
No but I think you have to sign in as a dependent. There are different levels such as if I would travel with my sponsor we would be bumped up on the travel list of available seats as if I was to travel without him.
That is from what I understand.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:12 PM   #4
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There is a AFI for space A.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:40 PM   #5
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Default Re: Space A travel/Hops

You have to have a set of EML orders that specify if you are traveling without your sponsor and its a different catagory than if you traveled with him. You have to get the orders signed by his first shirt I believe. Or a command sponsorship letter that is an even lower catagory used for when your SO is deployed for more than a certain amount of time. You have to sign up for the roll call and then show up at the terminal for the roll call and wait to see if you are on the flight or not. Usually have to be present with your luggage even if you don't get a seat. Then if you don't you are still in the system for if you wanna try for the next available flight. We Hopped from Misawa to Seattle last summer and it worked out great. We got it on our first try because we were in the system for a few weeks. Good luck.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:07 PM   #6
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Don't you have to travel with your sponsor to get on a space A?
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You have to have a set of EML orders that specify if you are traveling without your sponsor and its a different catagory than if you traveled with him. You have to get the orders signed by his first shirt I believe. Or a command sponsorship letter that is an even lower catagory used for when your SO is deployed for more than a certain amount of time. You have to sign up for the roll call and then show up at the terminal for the roll call and wait to see if you are on the flight or not. Usually have to be present with your luggage even if you don't get a seat. Then if you don't you are still in the system for if you wanna try for the next available flight. We Hopped from Misawa to Seattle last summer and it worked out great. We got it on our first try because we were in the system for a few weeks. Good luck.

Thank you! I'm just worried about seating and doing it in a military plane with two kids.. I keep telling myself I can do it I can do it
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:23 PM   #7
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Default Re: Space A travel/Hops

Plan on possibly getting stuck anywhere the plane stops. I took a Space A two years ago and we got stuck in New Jersey. & We were told the next flight was guaranteed.

With the seating...oh lord. I don`t think you`re supposed to give kids sleeping pills...but if there is something along those lines you CAN give them, I would. The seats fold out and really are the most uncomfortable things ever. I had to lay 3 or 4 jackets over the seats to avoid being poked by metal.

It was amazing for the price but it was just a little uncomfortable.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:31 PM   #8
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Default Re: Space A travel/Hops

The plane we were on was huge. It wasn't a scary military plane it was a commercial plane so I don't know what its like on the military ones. It was a commercial plane and just the same experiance as if we'd paid thousands of dollars.
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Default Re: Space A travel/Hops

Make sure you have plenty of time and patience on your hands. We tried it in Okinawa.....got out and had to buy tickets to get back.
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