I suspect the driver as the same in the RAF the aircraft captain outranks anybody on his/her aircraft when in operation.So who was vehicle commander?
This was from Prune some years ago now and was talking about the repatriation/compassionate return system and the one sided conversation between an aircraft captain and a so-called senior officer.
Military Aviation - CAT A Compassionate - Already acted on. I posted no.17 just before I left for work, and I had an email waiting for me from someone
"I can only remember 1 occasion where someone got annoyed because of a comp A.
We had just go all 4 running when we were informed a Puma was inbound with a comp A on board. The Puma was 60 minutes out so we shut down and waited. After explaining to the pax what was going on, everyone (except an army colonel) settled down for the duration. The col. in question started threatening all sorts to try to make us depart on schedule, even threatening to call 2 and 3 stars in London. The captain was an old hand, and his reply is one I'll never forget.
"You can call God for all I care, because we aren't going anywhere until that guy is on-board. If you want to be aboard when we do leave, then I suggest you sit down and shut the **** up, Sir."
The col. never did make that phone call!"