"Huh, that's a pretty small ramp and hangers, where do you think they keep all those -135s and G-5s?..."
Add to the tapes: "...the good new is it looks like MacDill still has their Aero Club!"
Lesson learned here, don't ever assume it CAN'T happen to you...
Im not judging these guys because they very well may have done this, but I always teach my students to brief what you expect to see when you acquire the runway...for example, approaching the field from the SW to a 10,000 ft runway with VASIs, overrun, displaced threshold, cables, etc. should at least raise some hairs on the back of your neck if you dont see what you briefed. I know it saved my ass at least twice (Chennault vs Lake Charles Regional and Easterwood College Station vs Riverside Campus Field) flying VFR..in both cases the fields are close proximity and both sets of fields look very similar to the airfield diagram. I also had it backed up with instruments and white line, but if I didn't, I could have easily bit off on the wrong runway.
VFR flying or visual approaches can be convenient, but if you have the means to back it up with instruments/GPS/white line to final, do it.
Edit: For detail
Edited by BitteEinBit, 21 July 2012 - 09:35 AM.