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About casey

  • Birthday 11/20/1972

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    Http://www.c-130Hercules..net

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    Casey
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    Comer
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    Aircraft Maintenance Manager

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  1. casey

    Birthdays?

    You're welcome. I retire 1 Oct. I certainly miss Bob he was a good friend and a member of the C-130 community. --Casey
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    Birthdays?

    @Mt.crewchief Ken, I have added birthdays to the main page just below the member stats. --Casey
  3. After the database failure and having to rebuild the site, the URLs for some, probably most, pages changed. Fortunately, I was able to recover the majority of the site content which I am still working to restore. Unfortunately, the process to restore the content is a bit complex and it is taking me longer than I would like to straighten everything up. Sorry for the inconvenience. --Casey
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    The old Site!!

    I have been working to restore the member profile field titles and data. I have made some progress but I have hit a roadblock. The following fields were not populated on my profile and there fore I do not know what their original titles were: core_pfield_2 core_pfield_4 core_pfield_8 core_pfield_9 core_pfield_10 core_pfield_11 core_pfield_12 core_pfield_13 If anyone has those fields complete and can determine what the title should be based on the data they contain, please let me know. In the meantime, I will see about restoring the profile cover photos. Thanks for bearing with me, I will get things back to normal soon. --Casey
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    The old Site!!

    I have all the site content saved including the gallery images. The production number gallery and the members gallery have been restored. I will try to get the rest of the galleries taken care of this weekend. If there is something specific you are looking for, let me know and I'll take care of it first. It is a slow process but I will get it all restored in time. --Casey
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    Our #3 Engine Failed to Air Start

    That's just it. Asking where someone is from based on their use of a word that is not common where you live is not derogatory. I did read Larry's comment (I think tiny's curiosity was aroused as you used a word much different than what we use to describe a system malfunction) and again, there is nothing derogatory about being curious about someone (where they are from.) The rest of his comments are clearly an attempt to placate you . I also understand that English is not everyone's native tongue and that underscores my point that we should not assume intent. Trust me, if I it appeared that Tiny was being derogatory toward you, I would have given him the same type of warning. We are happy to have you here, to have you contribute to the community and to help you where we can. With that said, please keep in mind that we all have the responsibility to keep our emotions in check and to not assume mistreatment when there is no objective evidence to support our stance. --Casey
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    Our #3 Engine Failed to Air Start

    @tinyclark has been a member of this site since its inception and based on more than 10 years of history, it is a safe bet that he did not intend to insult you. I am sure that he knows the meaning of the word "snag" and does not need to look it up in the Oxford Dictionary. Furthermore, I am quite certain that one cannot find the answer to what he was curious about (Where are you from?) in a dictionary. Assuming the intent of another is never a good practice, neither is causing drama in our forums. You have been warned... --Casey
  8. 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. The Air Force spent $10.1 million in fiscal year 2016 for two “Harvester Particulate Airborne Collection System” kits that can be strapped onto C-130H/Js and collect microscopic nuclear solids in the event that the service can’t make its WC-135 aircraft available, said Susan Romano, a spokeswoman for the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC), which is responsible for conducting nuclear surveillance for the Defense Department. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein has said that the current WC-135 planes are too old and too few in number to meet all of the Defense Department’s demands. “Our mission capable rates, and more importantly our aircraft availability rates to go do this mission, are much lower than not only the secretary of defense but the combatant commander’s requirements for that mission,” he told Congress in April. While the Harvester kits won’t give the C-130 the full capability of the Constant Phoenix, it gives the U.S. Air Force a needed boost in capacity at a time when its more focused than ever on the nuclear activities of Russia, North Korea, China and Iran. Defense News first learned about these specially-outfitted Hercules thanks to a series of tweets by Quinton McGuire, a former C-130 loadmaster who participated in 2015 tests of the Harvester system aboard a Super Hercules flying out of Hurlburt Field, Florida. McGuire’s photos show a C-130J with the rear paratrooper doors outfitted with a podded sensor hanging from the exterior of the door. During the demonstration, a WC-135 crew operated the sensor pod and conducted onboard analysis, McGuire said in a series of tweets. Also present during the flight were representatives from Sandia National Laboratory, one of the nation’s largest research labs for nuclear weaponry, which developed the Harvester pods. “The door was really cool. It allowed the Loadmaster or system operator to get a better view of the equipment (and also take kick ass pictures at high altitude),” McGuire tweeted. “And it’s more cost effective to develop more flexibility without dedicating 2 high value assets to that mission.” The Harvester kit was also tested on Customs and Border Protection MQ-9 Reaper drones before technical demonstrations wrapped up in 2015, Romano said. Since then, the Air Force decided to procure two kits, which are currently going through the acceptance process and will fully operational and mission-ready in fiscal year 2019. Each Harvester suite includes two sampling pods that collect radioactive particles and a gamma radiation sensor that helps guide the aircraft to a radioactive plume, according to a Sandia news release on a 2013 test aboard an MQ-9. It also includes radiation protection gear and other equipment needed to sample and analyze nuclear particles in air and on the ground, Romano said. During a mission, Air Mobility Command would provide C-130s and the pilots and crew needed to operate the aircraft itself, while the 21st would provide the personnel needed to use the Harvester equipment and do the nuclear forensics onboard. The C-130 would first use the gamma radiation sensor to find a hot spot of nuclear activity, and then flying through the plume, passing air rapidly through the sampling pod. That action rams microscopic nuclear particles into the filter paper in the pods much the way that a vaccum uses a filter to collect dirt. “A separate radiation sensor analyzes the filter in real time to estimate the type and quantity of radioactive particles collected,” said a Sandia news release that explained the Harvester capability. “More extensive examination of the filters occurs after the aircraft has landed.” So if nuclear particles can be detected by a C-130, why does the Air Force still need the WC-135? A “rapid, medium altitude, manned, refuel-capable aircraft” is currently required to do the nuclear treaty monitoring mission, said Romano, and the C-130 doesn’t fit the bill. For one, it can’t refuel other aircraft. But even more importantly, the modular Harvester kits only give the C-130 the ability to collect particles, while the WC-135 has a collection system for nuclear gases, as well as other equipment like internal filtration that allows the crews to conduct longer missions, Romano said. Additionally, the C-130 flies slow and low. While the C-130J may be able to hit a higher top speed than a WC-135, its 28,000-foot ceiling is significantly lower than the WC-135’s 40,000-foot maximum altitude, according to Air Force fact sheets. Meanwhile, the WC-135 outperforms the C-130H variant in both areas. Although the nuclear treaty monitoring mission isn’t often discussed by the Air Force due for classification reasons, it’s clear that the service is putting more money into ensuring that it can rapidly respond when an adversary tests nuclear weapons. In September 2019, L3 Technologies will begin transforming three KC-135R tankers into WC-135s. Those three new Constant Phoenix planes will allow the Air Force to retire its current two WC-135s — and increase the number of nuke sniffers by one aircraft. The Air Force is requesting $208 million in FY19 for the Constant Phoenix upgrade effort, with an additional $8 million planned in FY20. Source: https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/06/12/us-to-boost-nuke-sniffing-with-modified-c-130s/
  9. Welcome to C-130Hercules.net!  We are currently restoring content to the site following a database failure.  Please check back regularly to see what's "new."  If there is anything that I can assist you with or if you have suggested site improvements, please let me know.

    Cheers!

    Casey

    1. Shola

      Shola

      Thanks 

    2. Sonny

      Sonny

      Welcome!!!

  10. 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. No other details have been disclosed about Sunday's accident. In April, an Algerian military transport plane crashed just after takeoff in Boufarik, south of Algiers, killing 257 people in the North African nation's worst-ever aviation disaster. http://www.tampabay.com/-injured-in-algeria-as-military-plane-overshoots-the-runway-ap_world520c55ce2a614cfeba0219b5b62bf899 Aviation Safety Network reports one fatality. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20180603-0
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  12. The Savannah Professional Firefighters Association says it is a C-130 Hercules military airplane that crashed. A massive number of emergency responders are on the scene of a military plane crash on GA-21 at Gulfstream Road in Port Wentworth. The call went out for a reported "plane down" just before noon Wednesday. Witnesses called WTOC and reported actually seeing the plane go down. The Savannah Professional Firefighters Association says it is a C-130 Hercules military airplane that crashed. View full article
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