The Beginning (Whispering Pines Book One)
Copyright @ 2011, Charles E. Wells
Published by Charles E. Wells at Smashwords
Dublin, Georgia 31021
published September, 2011
In honor of the two beautiful women who helped make it happen. Jeanie Russ and Gail Wells
The belly of the C-130 was painted black for night stealth but the configuration made it far too easy to spot against the backdrop of the early morning dawn. The four engine turboprop airplane was an old military cargo type designed for fast missions in and out of short, tight landing strips in either jungles or deep wooded areas of Georgia.
On the ground fifteen hundred feet below, half a dozen men watched the machine rumble past overhead, performing a little air ballet of sorts as it circled the makeshift landing strip, waiting for the go or no go signal from the controller on the ground. One of the six men, the boss of the crew, removed a hand held radio from his belt and pressed the send switch. “We’re here Blackbird. You are clear to land.”
On cue, the aircraft climbed another five hundred feet then banked heavily to the right in a hard sharp turn with one wing seemingly dragging through the tops of the pine trees that bordered the runway. When it straightened back with wings level again, it started a fast drop towards the grass covered runway almost touching the surface before the ship nosed up slightly, flared its wings like a landing duck and then dropped onto the earth with an explosion of grass, red dust and rocks.