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Received email: First flight of HC-130J scheduled for about 0900L tomorrow (7/30/10). Eric Thompson is one of the pilots. We think 7 USG guests led by Lt Col Martin O’Grady (Recapitalization Program Manager) and Mr Jeff Stanley (Deputy Director, SOF and Personnel Recovery) plus Lt Col Sean Farrell from SAF AQQU will observe the flight. ACC reps Vanik and Borowski will also attend.

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Received email: First flight of HC-130J scheduled for about 0900L tomorrow (7/30/10). Eric Thompson is one of the pilots. We think 7 USG guests led by Lt Col Martin O’Grady (Recapitalization Program Manager) and Mr Jeff Stanley (Deputy Director, SOF and Personnel Recovery) plus Lt Col Sean Farrell from SAF AQQU will observe the flight. ACC reps Vanik and Borowski will also attend.

Eric is an old Talon I driver

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We logged 4+42 on her today for a 1st production and "green" software flight regression. Hopefully will finish her tomorrow. Fine airplane!

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Completed company production flight certification today. Will be turned over to DCMA for next flight. Logged 3+50 hours.

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Jim, I was up at Dobbins today around 3:30 PM and I guess it was you in that beautiful new gray bird flying downwind...congrats on providing great airframe to the AF.

Muff

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Jim, I was up at Dobbins today around 3:30 PM and I guess it was you in that beautiful new gray bird flying downwind...congrats on providing great airframe to the AF.

Muff

Muff,

That was most likely us, we were coming into MGE about that time. I don't think another Herc was in the pattern. Pretty good looking airplane, I think.

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Jim, I was up at Dobbins today around 3:30 PM and I guess it was you in that beautiful new gray bird flying downwind...congrats on providing great airframe to the AF.

Muff

Here is a better picture

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I was under the impression Lockheed was not building any more 'short' 130s; am I mistaken, or is the HC-J based on a short herk?

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Yea, it was you as I recognized the black patch at the lower front of the vertical stab...is that some sort of antenna? The real C-130s did not have that {:-))

Muff

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Yea, it was you as I recognized the black patch at the lower front of the vertical stab...is that some sort of antenna? The real C-130s did not have that {:-))

Muff

That black patch is the vertical stab de-icing boot, it inflates with bleed air and balloons up to break up any ice on the stab.

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That black patch is the vertical stab de-icing boot, it inflates with bleed air and balloons up to break up any ice on the stab.

Get off the wacky weed, this is the HF Antenna, been on the 130 since mid 80's.

RZ

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I was under the impression Lockheed was not building any more 'short' 130s; am I mistaken, or is the HC-J based on a short herk?

AFSOC is buying short J's:)

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Get off the wacky weed, this is the HF Antenna, been on the 130 since mid 80's.

RZ

HF antenna or not, there is a pneumatic de-icing boot at the base of the vertical on the outside surface of the black patch. Result of ice shape testing during FAA certification.

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When I was in the Air Force we were not alloyed to take pictures of the New C-130A models. I guess that is the reason you don't see many pictures of C-130s with three bladed props and smooth noses.

Snowyday

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HF antenna or not, there is a pneumatic de-icing boot at the base of the vertical on the outside surface of the black patch. Result of ice shape testing during FAA certification.

Sure wasn't on our 88's and we had the antenna

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OEO,

Could you post large picture of your avitar?

Would like to see it close up.

Thanks.

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Dutch, I will post it in the humor forum; it off the web if you go to google image and search crew chief air force.

Bob, I'm doing fine, was medical retired about two years ago. I'm currently just another unproductive member of society as viewed by our overseers ;-) It been great concidering what I was putting up with the since 2006 at Charleston, the BSing, dishonesty, and lack of courage to do the right thing in some of the leadership there. Honesty I'm not bitter, really, really because I don't have deal with the Barney Fifes of AMC every time they shoot themselves in the foot any more. Glad to hear you doing fine.

Owen

Now back to your regularly schedule post "HC-130J First Flight"

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