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Back in the late '90s, as a radio operator on MC-130E Combat Talons, I was returning to EGI from the East Coast.

As I neared home, the pilot asked:
"R. O., see if we can get lower."

I asked ATC for lower, as directed by the pilot. The kind folks at ATC denied our request.

The pilot was not happy, but, as we maintained altitude, I heard one crewmember ask why they denied us.

To which I replied:
"Just another case of The Man keeping us up."

I got silence from the crew, but giggles could be heard off mic.


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