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DC10FE   
DC10FE

I was just checking my bio to see if anything needed to be updated and I noticed something interesting. Of the 8 bases I have listed as being assigned to, 6 of them have closed. Another reason to make me feel old.

Don R.

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Spectre623   
Spectre623

Another reason Don...look in the mirror. Ha Ha We are old! Bill

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bobdaley   
bobdaley

I agree with the mirror thing!!

Reese, Sewart, AFRES Navy New Orleans, AFRES Kelly, ANG Hensley ANGB All Closed!

Only Langely left!!

Bob

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snowyday   
snowyday

I was stationed at Ardmore Air Force Base in Oklahoma from 1955 to 1959 and we shut it down. We sent everything to Sewart and I was released two months early to keep from sending me to to Sewart. My home town was Nashville, TN so they didn't want to send me there. Go figure.

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DC10FE   
DC10FE

The mirror thing appears almost unanimous. Thanks, guys.

If you haven't checked the bio, my list of closed bases are Amarillo, Clark, Rhein Main, KI Sawyer, Norton and Korat. All great places, well maybe not Sawyer. Only Langley and Dyess left.

Don R.

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Rayj   
Rayj

Let me add a few. Larson, CCK, Hamilton, Naha, Richards Gebaur, Ellington. Thats all I can remember now.

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jconner2   
jconner2

Besides Mactan and tons of TDY's bases no longer in existance. Too many to list. Some big ones, all of Vietnam, Wheelus, Evereaux and Clark.

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Railrunner130   
Railrunner130

Speaking of WGARS, I understand the Reserve training squadron at LRF will become the 327th.

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EFLTatCCK   
EFLTatCCK

Is this a reactivation of the 327AS that was at Willow Grove,Pa from the C-119 days to the C130A and E days? If so I have to inform the 913th alumni that have many former flight crews and maintenance about this venture.

Please keep me advised.

EFLTatCCK

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james   
james

Is this a reactivation of the 327AS that was at Willow Grove,Pa from the C-119 days to the C130A and E days? If so I have to inform the 913th alumni that have many former flight crews and maintenance about this venture.

Please keep me advised.

EFLTatCCK

Did Willow Grove have C-97s at one time?

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DC10FE   
DC10FE

Did Willow Grove have C-97s at one time?

According to Wikipedia (not a very reliable source), the C-97's arrived at Willow Grove in 1963 from Philadelphia Intnl. The unit flew them until they transitioned to the O-2A in 1969.

Don R.

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bobdaley   
bobdaley

The 0-2's were an ANG unit the 103FS. They moved to WG from Philly in C-97's and converted to O-2's. They later flew A-37's and A-10's. The 130A's came to 327 TAS AFRES in 1970. They had C-119's before that. They trained for Tac missions in the 130's with us at Langley.

Some of the Langley guys went up to Willow Grove as ARTs when the program started. I saw a few of them at the 316 Reunion.

Bob

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james   
james

The 0-2's were an ANG unit the 103FS. They moved to WG from Philly in C-97's and converted to O-2's. They later flew A-37's and A-10's. The 130A's came to 327 TAS AFRES in 1970. They had C-119's before that. They trained for Tac missions in the 130's with us at Langley.

Some of the Langley guys went up to Willow Grove as ARTs when the program started. I saw a few of them at the 316 Reunion.

Bob

Short story about a crew from WG. In 1967, I was a young 2 striper stationed at Dover, and contacted Hong Kong Flu while TDY to Hickam. When the hospital released me I went on convalescent leave to Tennessee. When returning to Dover, I was at the airport in Memphis and noticed a flight crew walking through the terminal, one of the guys ask where I was going, I told him Dover, he said cash in your ticket we're are going to Willow Grove and we'll give you a lift. Well we loaded on that old C-97 and departed Memphis, while enroute we all talked and told them I was on convasescent leave. Guess they felt sorry for me, landed at Dover and dropped me off - nobody knows how grateful I was for that act of kindness. I do know the AC flew C-133s at Dover and was released from active duty and went ANG. Going from 133s to 97s, in my mind, was a move up.

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EFLTatCCK   
EFLTatCCK

Bob,

You are correct. A few of my former co-worker ARTS flight crew and maintenance were from Active Duty at Langley. I have an close friend that I retired with at the "Grove" with who was originally maintenance and then a flt engineer and later back in maintenance like me. His name is Mark Wilby,and he was at Langley Active Duty in the early 70's. He was also at CCK when I was there.

EFLTatCCK/ Vince

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EFLTatCCK   
EFLTatCCK

Don,

That was the 103rd/111th TAS PA Air Guard that had C-97's then transitioned to U-3's and then O-2A/B's.

EFLTatCCK/Vince

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EFLTatCCK   
EFLTatCCK

James,

The "Grove" had "Snub-Nose" C-130A's. We had one 53-3135 and 5 "54 models" when I was an Flt Engineer there in the mid 70's.

Eflt at CCK/Vince

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Mt.crewchief   
Mt.crewchief

Dont forget Lowry. Thats where I got sworn in.

Yes, Lowry, how could I forget that place! I went there for Weapons & Munitions School and somehow ended up at Shepherd in Turbo Prop Acft. Maint.

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Railrunner130   
Railrunner130

That's what I've heard. I've seen nothing in writing on it though.

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mongo   
mongo

Yes, Lowry, how could I forget that place! I went there for Weapons & Munitions School and somehow ended up at Shepherd in Turbo Prop Acft. Maint.

I would call ending up in acft maint a good thing!

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Mt.crewchief   
Mt.crewchief

Yeh mongo, you are definitely right about that!

I knew I wanted to be a part of acft. maint. when I saw the trainer at Shepperd--"what a beauty"

Ken

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MsgtRock   
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On 5/12/2012 at 5:45 AM, DC10FE said:

I was just checking my bio to see if anything needed to be updated and I noticed something interesting. Of the 8 bases I have listed as being assigned to, 6 of them have closed. Another reason to make me feel old.

Don R.

I was stationed at both CCK and Sewart AFB, Ten, that have since been closed.

 

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jflimbach   
jflimbach
On 10/13/2012 at 9:00 PM, Mt.crewchief said:

 

 

Yes, Lowry, how could I forget that place! I went there for Weapons & Munitions School and somehow ended up at Shepherd in Turbo Prop Acft. Maint.

I went there for Weapons School in Jan of 1961 and worked as a weapons mechanic on an F-86H in the 102nd TFW, Mass ANG for three years.  Then I moved back to VA and was transferred to AFRes at Andrews 756th TCS who flew C-119Cs.  They didn't need weapons mechs in those pre-gunship days, so they cross-trained me to LM.  Went on active duty in Apr 66 and after brief sojourns in the C-124 and C-123, I wound up at Pope in C-130s in 1968 and still in them to this day.  Although I have regressed (progressed?) to A models for the past 15 years.

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