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C-130A forward cargo doors

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Been a long time but I flew a few of the 61's going through Sewart.The pump for the cargo door, the doors were all sealed, was also used to emergency extend the nose gear and so the pumps were kept operational.

Bob

 

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All A's, B's and the first 16 or 18 E's had the FWD cargo door.  The E's because they were actually ordered as B's and were converted to E's while still on the production line.

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Fritz is right, the first 16 E models all 1961. The Marine Herk with the open cargo door was a KC-130F which was a version of the B and they all had forward cargo doors.

bob

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21 hours ago, edlmann said:

We had 61-2367  (3712) and 61-2372 (3717) at CCK in '71 to '73.  Both had sealed forward cargo doors, but the hand pumps were still in place.  Come to think of it, i think other early "E" models had the pumps installed, although the door had never been installed.  Aircraft assembled by a committee?

The forward cargo door hyd pump was also used to hydraulically extend the nose landing gear in case of utility failure, that's why we always checked the fluid level, even though the door had been sealed for decades.  I'm not sure when the alternate NLG extension system was changed (maybe with the '62 series?), but I could see them deleting the door prior to redesigning that system.  I was always told the reservoir didn't hold enough to get the nose gear extended fully, that you had to have a can or two handy.

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My very first TDY as a one-striper in 1963 was from Langley AFB to Sewart AFB to have a B-model's door sealed.  I didn't even know that I had to file a travel voucher when I got back!

Don R.

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