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C130A w/4 bladed props

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Sometime in the late '60s - I don't know the exact date, sorry. The AF decided to convert the A models because they were having a lot of trouble with the 3 bladed props..

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There was talk of replacing the three bladed props back in the 60's but nothing was done about it until after Jul 1975 when they killed a crew from the 63 TAS on 57-0454 in Michigan when a prop failed. Then almost all the remaining USAF A's got 4 bladed props

Bob

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There was talk of replacing the three bladed props back in the 60's but nothing was donre about it until after Jul 1975 when they killed a crew from the 63 TAS on 57-0454 in Michigan when a prop failed. Then almost all the remaining USAF A's got 4 bladed props

Bob

When I was at Lockbourne in '69 there was two A models with 4 bladed props. I was told they were there for testing.

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When I left Lockbourne in '67 the first one to be modified was in the Jumbo hanger in work.

The flight deck was tore all to heck.

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After 8 years on E models, in 1976 I was assigned to the AMST (later C-17) program office at Wright-Patterson and attached to the 4450th Test Wing for flying. They had two A models, 55-0022 and 55-0024. I was dreading the thought of being pounded by those 3-bladed props. I almost fainted from relief when I got to the flight line and discovered 4-bladed props on both of them. Interestingly enough, they got other C-130 models in for specific test programs. In getting my required 4 hours a month I was also able to fly on C-130H, AC-130 and MC-130 types. Mostly testing new sensor systems. The bad news was we had to maintain multiple sets of pubs. Major pain for a part time flyer.

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