by SSgt Sandra Welch

A U.S. Air Force crew chief with the 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, performs a basic post-flight operation, top of the wing inspection, on a C-17 Globemaster III, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Sept. 30, 2014. Post-flight operations are conducted to detect any problems with the aircraft to prevent mishaps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


When I was stationed at Luke AFB, the aircraft I was most use to seeing was the F-16, it was all I knew. When I came to Charleston AFB and became an aerial photographer which meant I would fly a lot in a C-17 Globemaster III. It is much bigger than the F-16 and going from fighter to airlift was new experience.