One of his favorite destinations is Frankfurt, Germany where the food is great and people are nice, Strauch said.
Other favorite destinations are Asian trips to China and Japan, he said.
Strauch said there really isn’t a bad destination.
“Believe it or not, with three daughters, they like when I fly to China so I can buy purses and shoes,” Strauch said. “By the time I get to my room in China I have already received pictures of what they want.”
Strauch flies once a week. He admits most people think it is more glamorous than it really is.
Because of time zones changing on international flights, most times when he is done he wants to go back to the hotel and sleep, he said. Depending on the destination some of the trips last three days and others are four days.
The shortest flight is to London, which is 10 hours. Flights to China are 14 and flights to India are 16 hours, Strauch said. Anytime a flight is more than eight hours, three pilots have to be on board and anything over 12 hours requires four pilots, he said.
Usually pilots will do something while traveling, but as far as touring a city, that’s rare, he said. However, Strauch said he took a four-hour drive to see the Taj Mahal and also took a trip to see the Great Wall after a flight.
Strauch said his favorite part of his job is being paid for doing something he likes.
“I feel pretty fortunate about that — most don’t get that opportunity,” Strauch said.
He also enjoys hanging out and flying with other pilots with similar military backgrounds.
The trip to Grissom was a circle of sorts for Strauch.
When he first received nomination for the Air Force Academy he had to go to Grissom and his mother worked out of the officer’s club at Grissom.
“It is cool I got to go back. It feels like I had a round robin,” Strauch said.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her: @PharosAES.