Last week our family took our annual military space-a vacation to Europe. Space-a travel is FREE for active duty members and their families, as well as retired military. My husband is active duty army so we travel as a Category III. Priority for seats on military flights with space available is first determined by category and then by the amount of time you have been signed up to travel. In our case, that is the time my husband has been on leave. It's often much easier to travel home from vacation than to the vacation spot since more time on leave has built up - thus an earlier sign up date than those just starting their leave.
Military Space-A Vacation...
Websites and Apps for Military Space A Travel...
A great reference for Space-A travel is SpaceA.net! This website has a very detailed FAQ and all kinds of useful information about bases and airplanes and who can travel when.
The TakeaHop website and app allows users to see posted flights and to sign up at the air terminals so they may take a flight from that base. All passengers must be registered in the system in order to take advantage of space-a travel. Passport numbers and travel orders need to be faxed or emailed to each terminal.
Made it on the first try!
This time we got lucky and made it on the first flight we tried for! A flight out of McGuire Air Force Base to Germany on a C5. Below are pictures of the airplane. Passengers travel in a compartment above the cargo area that has backwards facing seats, no windows, and requires earplugs due to the noise.
Military Space-A Food...
One of the perks of travelling on a space-a flight is the chance to purchase an in flight meal served in a box. The meals are handed out to passengers after they are seated so they can dig in any time during the flight!
Military box meal photos from Morris Smith Travels - thanks!
Will this plane get off the ground?
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