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    • Investigation: Corroded Propeller Blade Caused KC-130T Crash
      The Marine Corps determined that a corroded propeller blade that came off mid-flight was the cause of the July 10, 2017, crash of a KC-130T transport plane.

      That propeller did not go through proper maintenance the last time it was sent to an Air Force repair depot, which may have led to the damaged propeller remaining on the airplane that ultimately crashed and killed all 16 personnel onboard.
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      One Marine has died, another is in fair condition and five are still missing after a collision between a fighter and a refueling plane off the coast of Japan, U.S. and Japanese officials said Thursday.

      The incident, which involved an F/A-18 Hornet and a KC-130 Hercules aerial tanker that took off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, happened at about 2 a.m. during “regularly scheduled training,” a Marine Corps statement said.

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    • C-130 aircraft crash lands at Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi
      A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) C-130 cargo aircraft crash landed at Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi on Friday.

      The aircraft caught fire after the hard landing and the pilot and the trainee pilot were reported safe by authorities.

      The PAF C-130 was on a routine training flight, said a spokesman for the service and added that the fire was extinguished and all crew members are safe.

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    • Government’s “smart pledge” of RCAF aircraft for UN still not met
      A little more than nine months ago the Canadian government announced its “first smart pledge” as part of its renewed emphasis on helping the United Nations. It would station a C-130 Hercules aircraft to provide tactical airlift support for the UN’s Regional Support Centre in Entebbe Uganda
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    • C-130 with rich heritage enhances training and readiness
      SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – In late March 2018, an MC-130P Combat Shadow out of Moffett Federal Field, California, took its final flight to Sheppard AFB, where it would continue its legacy of supporting the Air Force as a maintenance trainer for Airmen in Training.

      This particular MC-130, which has been in combat in Vietnam, the Cold War and was even deployed to catch falling satellites, now serves as a part of the 82nd Training Wing’s Special Missions Aircraft Armament Apprentice Course and the C-130 Aerospace Maintenance Apprentice Course.

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    • Dobbins flies tactical airlift training mission at Youngstown
      DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. – Rays of sunshine pierce through the cargo bay windows of a C-130H3 Hercules. The monotonous rumble of the engines make the plane’s flight almost peaceful. Suddenly the aircraft goes into a hard left bank. The gravity inside the aircraft seems to triple as the g-force takes effect, pinning everyone to their seats.

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    • US to boost nuke sniffing with modified C-130s
      When the Air Force dispatches aircraft to the Asia-Pacific to monitor the atmosphere for signs of nuclear activity from North Korea, it relies on its WC-135 Constant Phoenix nuke-sniffing planes. But with only two of those in the service’s inventory, it’s possible the WC-135s might not be able to respond to every contingency.

      Enter the ever-versatile C-130 Hercules, which now can be equipped with a modular kit that allows it to detect nuclear particles in the atmosphere.

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    • 8 injured in Algeria as military plane overshoots the runway
      Algerian television channels say eight crew members have been injured after a military aircraft overshot the runway upon landing at Biskra Airport.

      Private news channels Ennahar and Dzair News are showing images of the plane, a C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft, cut in half near the airport, which is 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Algiers, the capital.

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    • C-130 News: StandardAero Awarded $600 Million Multi-Year U.S. Air Force T56 Engine MRO Contract
      The United States Air Force (USAF) has awarded its Rolls-Royce T56 Engine Depot Overhaul contract to StandardAero, allowing the company to continue its support of the USAF fleet of C-130H aircraft for an additional 8 ½ years, as an exclusive provider.

      The United States Air Force (USAF) has awarded its Rolls-Royce T56 Engine Depot Overhaul contract to StandardAero, allowing the company to continue its support of the USAF fleet of C-130H aircraft for an additional 8 ½ years, as an exclusive provider.  The total contract value is more than $600M and work will be performed at StandardAero’s facilities in San Antonio, Texas and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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    • C-130 News: Iraqi Air Force graduates first craftsman maintenance technicians
      The Iraqi Air Force certified their first 7-level craftsman C-130 Hercules maintenance technicians in a ceremony, December 27, 2017.

      The occasion represents a landmark in the Iraqi Air Force’s goal of achieving self-sufficiency through the development of its own skilled technical workforce. Currently they rely on C-130J contract logistics support teams to provide the same skills, at a cost of approximately $140 million per year.
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    • Trim indicators
      By n1dp · Posted
      https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi23IKRjrrgAhWDNd8KHVvlAMEQjRx6BAgBEAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flight-mechanic.com%2Fremote-sensing-and-indication%2F&psig=AOvVaw3i8Doffa4eA2ef_NGe1i3I&ust=1550195346892974 It is a DC Selsyn System  
    • Trim indicators
      By bobgardner · Posted
      Thanks for the feedback folks. I see the C130J model has a panel on the center console with the 4 trim indicators in an edge lit panel, rather than 4 2" gauges like the older models. Still a little confused about the 3 signals from the transmitter to the indicator. If it was a synchro, those might be s1 s2 s3 400hz ac. If it was just a meter movement, I could see gnd and 0-5V or something. We were trying to respond to a request for quote for the new style 4 indicators in a panel (spare parts for foreign sales or ??), and thats why I was wondering what the signal from the position transmitter was.  
    • Disability Appeals and RAMP
      By BRlang · Posted
      I have had a hearing appeal filed since December of 2014. Back in the spring I got a letter inviting me to move my appeal out of the black hole to the RAMP program. With some hesitation I returned the form and moved into RAMP. It did speed some things up. On August 6th I got a notification that I was being reviewed. They sent me to a civilian Audiologist for a second opinion. Something told me to grab a few documents. I took my entry flight physical test with perfect 19 year old hearing and my last flight physical right before I got out. The last hearing test showed a large drop in my hearing. I also brought information of an explosion on board that killed 3 Cambodians and blew me off the ramp. I think that is when the ringing started. I had included all these documents with my original claim. They sent him a file but none of this was included. After doing my hearing test and seeing the stuff I brought he said I can't believe they made you appeal.  Well in late January a bunch of money showed up in my bank account and I got a letter awarding me 10%. Had I left my file at home I am not sure I would have won......But the RAMP program did get my appeal back in the works. Had I not made the move it could have bee a few more years before it could be reviewed. The RAMP program was part of the VA overhaul. They can actually fire people for screwing up or poor performance..  
    • Trim indicators
      By tinyclark · Posted
      5P3-3-26-4 is the tech order the IPB calls out, which is a parts breakdown. There is probably a 5P3-3-26-3, depot level book.  
    • Paint and Lettering Diagram
      By BWS · Posted
    • Trim indicators
      By 314FMS · Posted
      It's been a long time since I worked on a C-130, but have some info on the trim tab indicators for an E Model. According to the TO 1C-130E-4 (an IPB I do believe), there were three trim indicators on the pilot's main instrument panel: Elevator Trim Tab, Figure 83 - Index 26, P/N 8DJ49GBV2                              Aileron Trim Tab, Figure 83 - Index 27, P/N 8DJ49GAW2                              Rudder Trim Tab, Figure 83 - Index 28, P/N 8DJ49GAY2 Hope this is some of the info you were looking to find.
    • Happy Birthday Mt.crewchief
      By 314FMS · Posted
      Must be that time of the year again. Have a great day for your birthday and hope you have many more to come!
    • Trim indicators
      By tinyclark · Posted
      They have been there since day 1. They do work with DC. They are a 3 wire input directly from the transmitter.
    • N prefix on the 54H60 blades
      By hehe · Posted
      Contact the engineer on the last page of TCTO.  I forget his name but he can tell you what it is and if it matters.
    • Happy Birthday 314 FMS
      By Mt.crewchief · Posted
      Leland, I'm hoping that you have a good birthday and more to come! Ken      
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    • Ballerina
      By Sonny · Posted
      A large woman, wearing a sleeveless sun dress, walked into a bar in London. She raised her right arm, revealing a huge, hairy armpit as she pointed to all the people sitting at the bar and asked, What man here will buy a lady a drink? The bar went silent as the patrons tried to ignore her. But down at the end of the bar, an owly-eyed drunk slammed his hand down on the counter and bellowed, Give the ballerina a drink! The bartender poured the drink and the woman chugged it down. She turned to the patrons and again pointed around at all of them, revealing the same hairy armpit, and asked, What man here will buy a lady a drink? Once again, the same little drunk slapped his money down on the bar and said, Give the ballerina another drink!   The bartender approached the little drunk and said, I say, old chap, it's your business if you want to buy the lady a drink, but why do you keep calling her the ballerina? As far as I'm concerned, the drunk replied, any woman who can lift her leg that high has got to be a ballerina!
    • Ya Might be a Redneck If:
      By Sonny · Posted
      Ya Might be a Redneck If:   Jack Daniel's makes your list of "most admired people."   You wonder how service stations keep their restrooms so clean.   The blue book value of your truck goes up and down, depending on how much gas is in it.   You think loading a dishwasher means getting your wife drunk.   You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos.   You've been married three times and still have the same in-laws.   The Halloween pumpkin on your porch has more teeth than your spouse.   Your wife's hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.   You think the last words of the Star Spangled Banner are, "Gentlemen start your engines."   You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.   You think a woman who is "out of your league" bowls on a different night.   Anyone in your family ever died right after saying, "Hey watch this."   You have to go outside to get something from the fridge.   Your toilet paper has page numbers on it.   You come home from the garbage dump with more than you went with.   More than one living relative is named after a southern civil war general.     You think that potted meat on a saltine is an hors d'ouerve   Fewer than half of your cars run.   There is a stuffed possum anywhere in your house.   Your mother doesn't remove the Marlboro from her lips before telling the State Trooper to kiss her ass.   The primary color of your car is "bondo".   You consider a six-pack and a bug-zapper quality entertainment.   Your family tree doesn't fork.   Your mother has been involved in a fistfight at a high school sports event.   You've ever barbecued Spam on the grill.   The rear tires on your car are at least twice as wide as the front ones.   You prominently display a gift you bought at Graceland.   You use the term `over yonder' more than once a month.   The diploma hanging in your den contains the words "Trucking Institute".   Your father encourages you to quit school because Larry has an opening on the lube rack.   You've been too drunk to fish.   You think that the Styrofoam cooler is the greatest invention of all time.   You look upon a family reunion as a chance to meet `Ms. Right'   You had to remove a toothpick for wedding pictures   You've ever financed a tattoo.   You have spray painted your girlfriend's name on an overpass.   Someone asks to see your ID and you show them your belt buckle.   The directions to your house include "turn off the paved road".   Your dog and your wallet are both on chains.   Your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.   You have lost at least one tooth opening a beer bottle.
    • Frank
      By Sonny · Posted
      A man walks out to the street and catches a cab just going by. He gets into the cab, and the cabbie says, "Perfect timing. You're just like Frank."

      Passenger: "Who?"

      Cabbie: "Frank Feldman... he's a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time."

      Passenger: "There are always a few clouds over everybody."

      Cabbie: "Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand-Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone, and danced like a Broadway star. And you should have heard him play the piano! He was an amazing guy."

      Passenger: "Sounds like he was something really special."

      Cabbie: "There's more. He had a memory like a computer. He remembered everybody's birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order, and which fork to eat them with. And he could fix anything. Not like me - I change a fuse, and the whole street blacks out. But Frank Feldman, he could do everything right."

      Passenger: "Wow, some guy then."

      Cabbie: "He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Frank, he never made a mistake, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He would never answer her back, even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too. He was the perfect man! He never made a mistake. No one could ever measure up to Frank Feldman."

      Passenger: "An amazing man. How did you meet him?"

      Cabbie: "Well... I never actually met Frank. He died, and I married his friggin widow.....
    • A funny thought for the day from the movies:
      By Sonny · Posted
      A funny thought for the day from the movies...

      "It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces."
      ~ Renee Zellweger, Bridget Jone's Diary ~

      [talking about his new wife] "Ignore her. She's drunk. At least I hope she is. Otherwise I'm in real trouble."
      ~ Timothy Walker, Four Weddings and a Funeral ~ `

      "Relax Luther, it's much worse than you think."
      ~ Ethan Hunt, Mission: Impossible ~

      "All I've ever wanted was an honest week's pay for an honest day's work."
      ~ Steve Martin, Bilko ~

      "You know what the trouble about real life is? There's no danger music."
      ~ The Cable Guy ~

      "The key here, I think, is to not think of death as an end. But, but, think of it more as a very effective way of cutting down on your expenses."
      ~ Woody Allen, Love and Death ~
    • Neighbors
      By Sonny · Posted
      Worried because they hadn't heard anything for days from the widow in the neighboring apartment, Mrs. Silver said to her son, "Timmy, would you go next door and see how old Mrs. Kirkland is?"

      A few minutes later, Timmy returned.

      "Well," asked Mrs. Silver, "is she all right?"

      "She's fine, except that she's angry at you."

      "At me?" the woman exclaimed. "Whatever for?"

      "She said 'It's none of your business how old she is,'" snickered Timmy.