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    • Fred
      C-130 News: Officials confirm C-130 Hercules military plane went down near Savannah
      By Fred · Posted
      Any updates to the circumstances of this tragic mishap? Was the airplane equipped with a FDR and CVR? Recovered? I would expect that progress reports have been issued by the safety investigation board? "Used-to-be"...each wing operating herks would be on the distribution list. From what I can see of the videos...the takeoff and climb appeared to be an unusual combination of attitude and bank right away after takeoff. Nose high and a lot of right bank it looks like. Hard to tell from the distance and angle. I too can imagine a static #1 propeller in a few frames of one of the videos. I also can see what looks like a big yaw angle to the left developing and progressing to stalling that wing. I was initially thinking big-time prop malfunction, but I would have expected some kind of grounding of HamStandard props-equipped planes to have occurred already, if that were the case.
    • MHeflin
      Happy Birthday Fritz Wester
      By MHeflin · Posted
      Yeah, definitely not enough room on that puppy for all the candles you'd need to show how old he is. If you do decide to go for it though please be sure to notify the Fire Dept. prior to ignition; as you want them rolling towards your location before all those candles hit full flame. It's going to take some serious effort to put em out. Just saying. The positive news Fritz is that now you've got some Old to go with all that Cranky!!   
    • Spectre623
      Special Operations Command Speeds Up Gunship Acquisition
      By Spectre623 · Posted
      Go Ghost Rider!! Nothing gets the bad guys attention like a Herk overhead with a big gun blazing away!  Bill
    • Casey
      Special Operations Command Speeds Up Gunship Acquisition
      By Casey · Posted
      Special Operations Command has sped up deliveries of the AC-130J gunship as the Whisky model begins to be retired, a command official said May 23. 

      The command’s newest gunship, also known as the Ghostrider, recently reached initial operating capability and is “off and running,” Lt. Col. Jeffrey LaFleur, SOCOM materiel lead for integrated strike programs, said at the National Defense Industrial Association’s annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Florida. Special Operations Command has sped up deliveries of the AC-130J gunship as the Whisky model begins to be retired, a command official said May 23. 

      The command’s newest gunship, also known as the Ghostrider, recently reached initial operating capability and is “off and running,” Lt. Col. Jeffrey LaFleur, SOCOM materiel lead for integrated strike programs, said at the National Defense Industrial Association’s annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Florida.

      SOCOM’s Program Executive Office-Fixed Wing has accelerated production of Lockheed Martin’s AC-130J to five airplanes per year, pending funding approval from Congress, he said during a PEO session, adding, “We are putting pressure on the whole system to get this airplane out the door faster.” The Ghostrider is a highly modified version of the C-130J aircraft, and is planned to replace the command's aging fleet of AC-130U/W aircraft, according to the Air Force.

      The office has saved $287 million on the program by accelerating the timeline to finish deliveries in two years, LaFleur noted. Deliveries are currently expected to end in fiscal year 2023. The command plans to procure at least 37 AC-130Js and 12 have been delivered to the fleet to date, he told reporters after the session.

      “Faster doesn’t mean more expensive all the time,” he said.

      LaFleur added that PEO Fixed Wing has made a concerted effort to speed up procurement for its strike programs, including the Ghostrider.

      “Our simple idea is pull the whole thing left. … How do I do it six months early? How do I do it a year early? How do I do it faster?” he said. 

      As deliveries continue, Special Operations Command is looking for improved capabilities to add to the AC-130J that will help keep it survivable downrange, he noted. 

      “It’s a slightly faster C-130, but it’s still a big, slow C-130. And it’s still facing threats that are very challenging for us,” he said. “We need to keep this airplane survivable in the [infrared/radio frequency] spectrum, and we need to be able to navigate without GPS and without some of the things we’ve gotten very used to.”

      Meanwhile, the command must also keep the Whisky variant survivable even as it begins to be phased out of the fleet, LaFleur noted. 

      The AC-130W is considered “the workhorse of gunships downrange,” he added.

      “It is doing great work, it has been for almost 10 years now. It’s paved the way for a lot of what we’re doing on AC-130J,” he said. “But … as of this year, AC-130W is in sunset, so the window of the Whisky is closing.”

      The command still needs to maintain certain capabilities on the aircraft for the remainder of its time in the fleet, he noted. “We have a very small window to operate in this airplane and keep it flying and keep it relevant.”

      PEO-Fixed Wing is looking for industry for help to quickly upgrade the missile warning system on the AC-130Ws to identify and defeat threats in the field, and to keep the aircraft survivable against GPS jamming and infrared threats, he said.

      “We need this airplane to be able to navigate without a GPS,” LaFleur noted. “I don’t just want one other source; I want several sources. And I want someone to build me smart software that integrates those sources.”

      The Whisky variant needs navigational integration software that can combine information coming from sensors on the ground, in space and anywhere else they may be located, he added.
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    • Sonny
      Happy Birthday Fritz Wester
      By Sonny · Posted
      Happy Birthday Fritz Wester!
    • Newbie
      Oil temperature thermostat
      By Newbie · Posted
      Ok, thanks. I replaced by new one.
    • Newbie
      Limits for hydraulic fluid contamination
      By Newbie · Posted
      What is allowable limits for hydraulic fluid contamination of velve housing in propeller for ASF-31 (MIL-PRF-83282)? I can't find information about this in 42B2-1-3...
    • Casey
      iDirectGov to unveil TRASC solution for C-130 aircraft
      By Casey · Posted
      Military satellite communications (SATCOM) provider iDirect Government (iDirectGov) is set to unveil its tactical removable airborne satellite communications (TRASC) for C-130 military transport aircraft at the 2018 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference. TRASC integrates commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components into an airborne terminal to provide troops with advanced and modern SATCOM technology. The components are integrated, tested and airworthy-certified. Military satellite communications (SATCOM) provider iDirect Government (iDirectGov) is set to unveil its tactical removable airborne satellite communications (TRASC) for C-130 military transport aircraft at the 2018 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference. TRASC integrates commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components into an airborne terminal to provide troops with advanced and modern SATCOM technology. The components are integrated, tested and airworthy-certified. The iDirectGov solution features multi-band 18in parabolic Ku / Ka dual-band antenna provided by UltiSat.   The antenna features a lightweight robust carbon fibre composite frame and high data rates. TRASC also includes SelectTech’s roll-on roll-off transit case integrated with the iDirectGov 9800 AR Satellite Router, power supply and gateway router, and R4’s C-130 hatch or wing shoulder panel. The R4 solution is based on a US Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved design for a multi-purpose hatch system. iDirectGov president John Ratigan said: “iDirectGov is excited to partner with leading companies on TRASC, which provides the airforce with a product that meets all the specified communications requirements for the military’s airborne needs, including TRANSEC and military operating standards.  “When the military needs communications technology to perform a particular mission, it becomes a costly and time-consuming endeavour to start from scratch and build a solution. “This partnership enables the Department of Defense to leverage the best COTS technology in the marketplace in order to speed up time to market and reduce development costs, all while meeting mission specifications.” The parabolic antenna is said to be the only dual-band antenna that enables TRASC to support both military and commercial Ka frequencies. To support voice and data for C-130 airborne applications, TRASC works with a number of Ka, Ku, X-band or a combination of these. Being a fully FAA-compliant solution, TRASC is compatible with all variants of the C-130 military aircraft and can work with existing iDirectGov hub-based SATCOM networks.        
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    • Casey
      Flying Jennies, wing members return from deployment
      By Casey · Posted
      Air Force Reserve Citizen Airmen and several C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 403rd Wing have returned from a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Freedom Sentinel and Inherent Resolve.

      Aircrew from the 815th Airlift Squadron, maintainers from the 803rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and support personnel from the 403rd Wing were assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

      The 815th AS, better known as the Flying Jennies, provided combat airdrop and airlift and aeromedical evacuation support to operations throughout the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility.   Air Force Reserve Citizen Airmen and several C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 403rd Wing have returned from a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Freedom Sentinel and Inherent Resolve.
      Aircrew from the 815th Airlift Squadron, maintainers from the 803rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and support personnel from the 403rd Wing were assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

      The 815th AS, better known as the Flying Jennies, provided combat airdrop and airlift and aeromedical evacuation support to operations throughout the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility.

      "In all the deployments I've been on with the 815th, we went more places in the area of responsibility than we ever have before," said Lt. Col. Keith Gibson, who commanded the 746th Air Expeditionary Squadron there. "It was good for our young Airmen to see such a variety of airfields and different tactical situations. They did an outstanding job."

      The 746th AES made Air Force history during the event when they did a two-ship formation airdrop with the 774th EAS, an active duty squadron at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, providing supplies to a Resolute Support Expeditionary Advisory Package in Afghanistan earlier this month.

      This was the first time two separate units in two countries came together for a single combat airdrop mission, said Gibson.

      He added that the squadron delivered about 35 percent more cargo and passengers based on the C-130 historical averages at AUAB than what's typically done in a deployment, providing 7 million pounds of cargo to the warfighter, said Gibson.

      The return from this deployment was vastly different from when the Flying Jennies returned from their deployment in 2014. The unit was scheduled to close at the end of that year. However, the Secretary of the Air Force reversed that recommendation in 2015.

      "From the time we got the news that the 815th was staying open to declaring fully operational capable in November of 2017 was only 18 months," said Gibson. "Rebuilding the 815th in such a short time was a Herculean effort by the entire squadron, and is simply amazing. These guys have absolutely rocked it and done a terrific job. We have shown that the 815th is back in business."

      This deployment was the first for the 803rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, which was activated in October 2016 to support the 815th AS.

      "It was a huge learning opportunity," said Maj. Brian Horton, 803rd AMXS commander and the deployed officer in charge of the 746th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit. "We certainly learned what our shortfalls were, honed our skills, and improved our process. Now we are going to bring what we learned here and get ready for the next deployment, which will be here in the blink of an eye."

      Until then, deployers such as Horton are taking some time to spend with their families.

      "I'm glad to be home," he said.
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    • rc johnson
      Some C130 Photos
      By rc johnson · Posted
      Palm Springs 5/20/18 165737/BH-737 & 168071/BH-071
  • Today in C-130 History

     
    1961-5-27
    USAF 773 TCS C-130B 59-1534, c/n 3570, incident. Veered off the runway during landing at Ramstein Air Base, West Germany, with single-engine failure.  View Aircraft Profile(s): 3570
      
    1969-5-27
    USAF 21 TAS C-130A 56-0472, c/n 3080, hit by ground fire while landing at Katum, South Vietnam, starboard wing burned off in post-landing fire.  View Aircraft Profile(s): 0
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    RAF C-130K CMk3, XV193, c/n 4213, crashed at Glen Loch, Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland when it stalled after cargo drop. Eight RAF crew and one Army Air Despatcher on board perished  View Aircraft Profile(s): 0
      
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    • Sonny
      Three Nurses
      By Sonny · Posted
      Three Nurses: Three nurses went to heaven, and were awaiting their turn with St. Peter to plead their case to enter the pearly gates. The first nurse said, "I worked in an emergency room. We tried our best to help patients, even though occasionally we did lose one. I think I deserve to go to heaven." St. Peter looks at her file and admits her to heaven. The second nurse says, "I worked in an operating room. It's a very high stress environment and we do our best. Sometimes the patients are too sick and we lose them, but overall we try very hard." St. Peter looks at her file and admits her to heaven. The third nurse says, "I was a case manager for an HMO." St. Peter looks at her file. He pulls out a calculator and starts punching away at it furiously, constantly going back to the nurse's file. After a few minutes St. Peter looks up, smiles, and says, "Congratulations! You've been admitted to heaven ... for five days!"
    • Sonny
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      By Sonny · Posted
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    • Sonny
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      By Sonny · Posted
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