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    • Successful Son
      By Sonny · Posted
      One Sunday, in counting the money in the weekly offering, the Pastor of a small church found a pink envelope containing $1,000. It happened again the next week!

      The following Sunday, he watched as the offering was collected and saw an elderly woman put the distinctive pink envelope on the plate. This went on for weeks until the pastor, overcome by curiosity, approached her.

      "Ma'am, I couldn't help but notice that you put $1,000 a week in the collection plate," he stated.

      "Why yes," she replied, "every week my son sends me money and I give some of it to the church."

      The pastor replied, "That's wonderful. But $1000 is a lot, are you sure you can afford this? How much does he send you?"

      The elderly woman answered, "$10,000 a week."

      The pastor was amazed. "Your son is very successful; what does he do for a living?"

      "He is a veterinarian," she answered.

      "That's an honorable profession, but I had no idea they made that much money," the pastor said. "Where does he practice?"

      The woman answered proudly, "In Nevada .. He has two cat houses, one in Las Vegas, and one in Reno"
    • Animal Reasearch
      By Sonny · Posted
        A rabbit broke out of the laboratory where he had been born and raised. As he scurried away, he felt grass under his little feet and saw the dawn breaking, for the first time in his life. "Wow," he thought. "This is great." It wasn't long before he came to a hedge. After squeezing under it, he saw a wonderful sight -- lots of other bunny rabbits, all free and nibbling at the lush grass.

      "Hey," he called. "I'm a rabbit from the laboratory and I've just escaped. Are you wild rabbits?" "Yes, come and join us," they cried. Our friend hopped over to them and started eating the grass. It tasted so good. "What else do you wild rabbits do?", he asked. "Well," one of them said. "You see that field there? It's got carrots growing in it. We dig them up and eat them."

      This he couldn't resist and he spent the next hour eating the most succulent carrots. They were wonderful. Later, he asked them again, "What else do you do?" "You see that field there? It's got lettuce growing in it. We eat that as well."

      The lettuce tasted just as good and he returned a while later completely full. "Is there anything else you guys do?" he asked. One of the other rabbits came a bit closer to him and spoke softly. "There's one other thing you must try. You see those rabbits there," he said, pointing to the far corner of the field. "They're girls. We have sex with them. Go and try it."

      Well, our friend spent the rest of the morning at this until, completely exhausted, he staggered back over to the guys.

      "That was fantastic," he panted. "So are you going to live with us then?", one of them asked. "I'm sorry, I had a great time, but I can't." The wild rabbits all stared at him, a bit surprised. "Why? We thought you liked it here."

      "I do," our friend replied. "But I must get back to the laboratory. I'm dying for a cigarette."
    • C-130 Photo of the Week 2012-10-01
      By Casey · Posted
      USAF C-130E 62-1834 c/n 3797          
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    • Ghost Rider Getting Painted
      By Spectre623 · Posted
      Thanks guys, it was an honor to be a tiny part of the team here at the museum to bring her to this point. Bill
    • C-130 News: US Plans to Fit AC-130J Ghostrider Gunship With Pain Ray System
      By Casey · Posted
      US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) plans to fit high-energy-laser active denial systems onto some of the AC-130J Ghostrider gunships currently under development. "We're not always going to kill people in our sights, sometimes we just want them to stop what they're doing … active denial weaponry is key to all of this," Lieutenant General Bradley Heithold, AFSOC commander, told the Directed Energy Summit, as quoted by IHS Jane's. The Active Denial System (ADS), often referred to as heat or pain rays, is meant to quickly heat the surface of the skin causing unbearable pain by firing a beam of 94-Ghz microwaves. The beam affects only the surface of the skin but does not cause any lasting damage. Hence ADS is considered to be a non-lethal weapon.
       The United States deployed the ADS to Afghanistan but the pain ray technology has never been used in an actual battle. The ADS is designed to be employed for crowd control.Similar systems are in development in Russia, but they are not meant to be used against machinery, not people. In July, Russia’s United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC), part of Rostec Corporation, announced that it developed a super-high-frequency gun. Informally called the microwave gun, it is capable of deactivating the radio electronics of UAVs and the assault elements of precision weapons. The gun boasts an impact range of 6.2 miles and has a defense perimeter of 360 degrees. The AC-130, manufactured by Lockheed Martin and Boeing, is a heavily armed ground-attack aircraft modification of the C-130 Hercules transport plane. It was designed to perform close air support roles and carry out force protection missions.The AC-130J Ghostrider has a maximum range of 2,530 miles. It is equipped with a 30 mm ATK GAU-23/A autocannon, a 105 mm M102 Howitzer, AGM-176 Griffin missiles and GBU-44/B Viper Strike munitions, as well as AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. The US Air Force operates AC-130U Spooky and AC-130W Stinger II variations, while the AC-130J Ghostrider is expected to enter service in the coming years. Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150730/1025208970.html#ixzz3hOUzjnv3 USAF Image

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    • C-130 Photo of the Week 2013-05-20
      By Casey · Posted
      USAF C-130E LAPES              
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    • HF radio
      By tinyclark · Posted
      I don't know what kind of C-130 you are working on, but no USAF aircraft that I know of has ever had the HF radio tied into the WOW circuit. My out of date jacking book doesn't show pulling the breakers. I remember they had to be strapped to go into a hangar to prevent the HF radios from transmitting. There doesn't seem to be a rhyme or reason for some systems to be secured. All it takes is one incident and the engineering staff will put something in the book to prevent it from happening again. Even if the HF wiring went through the WOW circuit wiring, there's no way it would cause it to transmit without hitting a MIC switch. All of this being said, I've been retired for four years. Maybe it was decided that the HF shouldn't be able to transmit on the ground at all for safety reasons. That would mean that the WOW switch would have to be jumpered to enable an Op Ck. As Natops1 said, check with your radio guys.
    • Brewster
      By Sonny · Posted
      Whitey was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers called pullets and eight or ten roosters, whose job was to fertilize the eggs. Whitey kept records and any rooster that didn't perform went into the soup pot and was replaced.

      That took an awful lot of Whitey's time so Whitey got a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters.

      Each bell had a different tone so Whitey could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing.

      Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report simply by listening to the bells.

      Whitey's favorite rooster was old Brewster, a very fine specimen he was, too. But on this particular morning Whitey noticed old Brewster's bell hadn't rung at all!

      Whitey went to investigate. The other roosters were chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing. The pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.

      BUT, to Whitey's amazement, Brewster had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.

      Whitey was so proud of Brewster, he entered him in the county fair... and Brewster became an overnight sensation among the judges. The result...

      The judges not only awarded Brewster the "No Bell Piece Prize" but they also awarded him the "Pulletsurprise" as well.
    • C-130 News: USAF holding old gunships for laser demos
      By Casey · Posted
      The US Air Force has kept some Lockheed Martin AC-130U gunships marked for retirement for use as directed energy weapon testbeds as the service pursues airborne lasers for offensive and defensive uses. Maj Gen Jerry Harris, vice-chief of Air Combat Command, says a number of gunships that would have otherwise been sent to the boneyard are now being used to test emerging directed energy technologies, like lasers and microwave energy guns. “We have a requirement for a minimum number of gunships,” Harris said at a 28 July Centre for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments directed energy summit in Washington. “We have some additional U-models we will fly longer for test beds.” Lt Gen Bradley Heithold, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, said at the event that he wants the new C-130J Ghostrider gunship being developed to have both an offensive airborne laser capability and “active denial system,” which is a microwave energy heat blast used to disperse crowds or a single threat. “We want to build the ultimate battle plane that can fight its way to its objective,” the commander says. While AFSOC’s primary focus is gunship-based lasers, Air Combat Command is also pursuing the technology for fighters and bombers. Harris says the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle has “power to spare” and a testbed aircraft is available for experimentation. He says the air force is looking for airborne lasers for integration into a standard pod or conformal tank for laser demonstrations. “It’s past the time to test these in the labs; we need it in the field,” he says. Harris says laser weapons probably won’t find their way onto the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter any time soon, but might be integrated in the future beyond the Block 4 rollout, which is due to add new capabilities to the fifth-generation jet from 2019 to 2025.   By: James Drew Washington DC Source: Flightglobal.com
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    • C-130 Refurb Workcards
      By Metalbasher · Posted
      AMC has workcards listed in AMCI 21-118, refurb cards for E/H models.  LR has something locally for J and the contractor at Hurlburt works off something local.  At one time there were official Refurb Workcards, similar to HSC and ISO workcards, that's what I'm looking for.  I believe they went away in the early 90s after Desert Shield/Desert Storm when the ops tempo increased due to the long standing efforts in PSAB and other locations.     
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  • ABOUT THE C-130

    Proposals were received from Boeing, Douglas, Fairchild and Lockheed. Lockheed won the competition and was awarded a contract to produce two prototype YC-130 aircraft on July 2, 1951. The first flight of the YC-130 took place on Aug. 23, 1954, at Lockheed's Burbank, Calif., plant. The airplane's performance was exceptional and far exceeded both the USAF’s and even some of Lockheed’s own engineer’s expectations. Its four turbo-prop engines enabled YC-130 to take-off in only 800 feet. In addition to its tremendous lift capability, the aircraft also proved to be far more maneuverable than expected while meeting or exceeding all of the other USAF performance requirements.
    As for early challenges, one of the major obstacles was foregoing the urge to incorporate new technologies. At the time, Lockheed was designing and producing the most advanced aircraft in the world. To many within the company the YC-130 was ungainly and represented a step backwards in aircraft engineering. For perspective, in the 1950s, aviation design had moved into the jet-age with sleek airframes with swept-back wings being the norm. In contrast, the YC-130 used an un-swept, high-wing design that placed the fuselage on the ground and was powered by four turbo-prop engines
    The first production C-130A had its first flight at Marietta, Ga., on April 7, 1955. It was similar to the prototypes but featured a revised nose, four powerful Allison T56-A-lA turbo-prop engines, each delivering 3,750 horsepower and driving a three-bladed Curtiss-Wright electric-reversible propeller.
    An early problem developed with the propeller pitch-changing mechanism that was corrected by adopting a hydraulic model, and eventually, a four-bladed Hamilton Standard propeller was adopted.
    The C-130 was not a giant-sized aircraft by the standards of its time, but it featured a large unobstructed, fully-pressurized cargo hold which could rapidly be reconfigured for the carriage of troops, stretchers or passengers box. Coupled with its tremendous lift capacity, long-range, and austere landing field capabilities, it gave the air forces of the world something that had not previously existed: a tactical airlifter. The C-130’s high-wing design places the cargo floor at truck-bed height above the ground. The C-130 also features an integral "roll- on/roll-off" rear-loading ramp and the ability to be quickly reconfigured cargo, troop transport or airdrops of troops and/or equipment into battle zones. More impressively, it could fulfill the need for low landing speeds and short-field capability while still being able to maintain a cruising speed of 365 miles per hour at an altitude of ~35,000 feet.
    Moreover, the C-130 airframe immediately was recognized to have incredible versatility, prompting it to be quickly adapted for use in supporting special mission requirements. The first of some 70 different variants – a “drone launcher/director” or DC-130A – was built in 1959. As is the case with many of the special mission C-130s, all of the special equipment was removable, thus permitting the aircraft to be used as freighters, assault transports, or air ambulances.
    The first C-130A (#53-3129) flew on April 7, 1955, and deliveries began in December 1956. The “A” model featured four three-bladed Allison T56-A-9 turboprops. A total of 231 aircraft were produced.
    Deliveries of the C-130B began in June 1959. A total of 230 were produced. The “B” model introduced the four-bladed Allison T56-A-7 turboprops, carried additional fuel in the wings and had strengthened landing gear.
    Deliveries of the C-130E began in April 1962. The “E” was an extended-range development of the C-130B. The maximum ramp weight of the E-model increased to 155,000 pounds (70,307 kilograms), 20,000 pounds (9,072 kilograms) more than the B-model. Its fuel capacity was increased by over 17,000 pounds (7,711kilograms). More powerful Allison T-56-A-7A engines were used and a pair of 1,360-gallon under-wing external fuel tanks was added. A total of 491”E” models were produced.
    Deliveries of the C-130H began in July 1974. The “H” model was fitted with updated T56-A-T5 turboprops, a redesigned outer wing, updated avionics and other minor improvements. 1087 “H” models were produced.
    A commercial version of the C-130 designated the L-100 was also produced in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The L-100 evolved into the L-100-20 and the L-100-30. The -20’s fuselages were lengthened by some 100-inches and the -30s by some 180-inches. The “dash 30” (-30) configuration was eventually adopted for use on the C-130H. Compared to the “short” models of the C-130 with a 40-foot cargo compartment, the C-130H-30 has a 55-foot cargo compartment providing space for 30 percent more cargo or 40 percent more personnel.
    The C-130J is the newest-generation of the C-130. It is a military derivative of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics baseline model 382J-01G civil aircraft configuration. The “J” incorporates an integrated digital avionics suite with head-up displays, new propulsion system and other major systems upgrades that reduce operating costs and crew size while offering significant performance improvements.
    Adapted form Lockheed C-130 Programs Fast Facts dated 8 May 2012

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