I am not a pilot - eyes far too bad to qualify for military flight school. In fact they were too bad to become a Lieutenant in the Marines - but the need for Lt's during Vietnam meant they were not too fussy. If you had eyes you could see.
When I was in the Alaska National Guard in 1974, we had to go to McClellan AFB near Sacramento for training. Fortunately we had a real aircraft to fly in from Anchorage to McCord AFB in Tacoma. But from Mccord we flew in a C-119 to McClellan. I remember the flight as being looong as the C119 cruised at about 165, and cold as the Flying Boxcar had no heat, but fortunately we did not have parachute drills that I remember.