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  1. It's my understanding that only special mission requirements dictate the external tanks on J models. The increased fuel efficiency with the J model engines/props provides for enough fuel to be contained within the wings...externals just increase drag.
  2. My two pix came from Talon II, 84-0476
  3. Here's a few...not the best quality as the overhead hatch was open and allowed a lot of sunlight in.
  4. Maybe a bit of a misnomer...these new wheels are still aluminum (2014-T6 aluminum) and not composite, just a completely different design...boltless. The brakes are carbon disc.
  5. Bob, don't by any chance have a configuration sheet for the H2.5 acft do you?
  6. The SPO references only 3 as H models...73-1582, 73-1597, 73-1598 also known as the "Super Es". They also list 24 H2.5 acft.
  7. Can you send me the pix too? spward@cox.net
  8. When was this acft seen at the airshow? The article doesn't have a date on it, but I know they were testing this prop out extensively on an H model out at Edwards in 2010. Just curious
  9. This is true...C-17s use a lav module (little box like on civilian airliners) which contains the toilet assembly. In the middle 1982, C-130s starting removing the urinals altogether and installed a self-contained lavatory, complete with blue fluid and 16 gal holding tank. J model has the same set up and in addition to that, the Js come equipped with two self contained urinals (basically a funnel and holding tank) placed at FS 245. Most I have seen are safety wired shut to prevent their use (and cleaning) thus forcing people to use the self contained system in the back.
  10. I know I changed a few FS 245 lower bulkhead caps due to extensive corrosion from those urinals mounted on FS 245.
  11. Metalbasher


    Will try...traveling all this week and due back on Tues, so will see if it is still there. Scott
  12. Metalbasher


    Correction...it was due to leave Robins in March 2012, still here but departing in the near future.
  13. Metalbasher


    Bob C-130E # 62-1792 was the acft that left LR going to the Jordan AF (stopped in Robins for removal of all US markings) in mid to late Mar 2012. Scott
  14. From Lockheed's March 2012 PROVEN Newsletter. A new Lynden company and Airline is born: LAC PNG takes flight This past year the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Papua New Guinea issued an Air Operator Certificate to Lynden Air Cargo (PNG) Ltd., creating the world’s newest airline. After nearly two years of hard work by Lynden Air Cargo employees, the company is operational. “The first run was crewed by Captain Steve Thompson, First Officer Craig Breitung, Flight Engineer Paul Krawchuck and Loadmaster Dan Marshall with support from Mechanics Ken Horwood and Stewart McArvail. There was no time wasted afterward in loading the aircraft for its first revenue flight under the P2 flag,†says Lynden Air Cargo President Judy McKenzie. Lynden’s presence in Papua New Guinea began with a project in 2010 to support a gas development project operating under another Papua New Guinea airline’s certificate. Lynden’s Hercules moved supplies into the jungle terrain. “On my first trip to Papua New Guinea in March 2010, I never imagined we would be starting a new airline there, nor that I would return there four times within 20 months,†says Vice President of Maintenance Paul Willing. “By late September 2010, with Greg Vaughan onboard as our PNG knowledge resource, it became clear we would need to start our own airline.†As one of the world’s most regulated industries, the challenge was huge. In the U.S. it can now take up to three years to certify an airline. Adding to the challenge was the requirement to learn an entirely new set of aviation regulations and develop a working relationship with a new regulatory agency. Opportunities in Papua New Guinea have been compared to those in the Alaska of 40 years ago. Paul, along with LAC PNG President Greg Vaughan, Captain and LAC PNG Director of Flight Operations Kevin Ruane and Manager of Technical Services Ethan Bradford was in Papua New Guinea during August finalizing the operating certificate. Lynden is still supporting the gas project on the island, but now has the potential for mining project support and other development projects plus outsized cargo service within Papua New Guinea. The new company has an office and maintenance base at Nadzab Airport in Lae, which was one of the major World War II battles. The Lae operation is supported by Greg, Kevin, Paul and Ethan, Jeff Pull, Director of Quality Control, Anthony Knapp, Director of Safety, and Chris Caden, Head of Training and Checking. “This is a significant achievement that came with great sacrifice over a long period of time, including long work hours due to different time zones and project needs, changing interpretations, application of regulations, and so much more,†Judy explains. “The creation of LAC PNG was a true team effort and a huge milestone for Lynden.†By Paul Willing and Judy McKenzie, Lynden Air Cargo LLC
  15. AC-130W STINGER Mission The AC-130W Stinger conducts infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of U.S. and allied special operations forces in direct support of unified and theater special operations commands and U. S. Special Operations Command contingencies. Collateral missions include refueling of special operations vertical lift assets, forward arming and refueling, specialized ordnance delivery, airdrops in support of psychological operations, and limited command and control capabilities. Its world-wide mission is performed primarily at night to reduce operational risk. Features The aircraft is a highly modified C-130H featuring improved navigation, threat detection and countermeasures, and communication suites. The aircraft was also recently modified with a Precision Strike Package to conduct close air support missions until additional special operations forces gunships are procured. The PSP includes a Bushmaster II GAU-23/A 30mm gun, sensors, communications systems, and precision-guided munitions. The navigation suite is a fully integrated Global Positioning System and Inertial Navigation System that interfaces with the AN/APN-241 Low Power Color Radar and AN/AAQ-38 Infrared Detection System. The improved threat detection and countermeasures systems include advanced radar and missile warning receivers, chaff and flare dispensers and active infrared countermeasures, protecting the aircraft from both radar and infrared-guided threats. The communication systems upgrades include dual satellite communications suite with data burst capability. The aircraft has both interior and exterior night vision goggle compatible lighting. Aircraft modified with the precision strike package will be equipped with sensors and weaponry. Structural improvements to the basic C-130H include the addition of the Universal Aerial Refueling Receptacle Slipway Installation or UARRSI, and a strengthened tail empennage. The UARRSI allows the aircraft to conduct in-flight refueling as a receiver, and strengthening of the tail will allow High Speed Low Level Aerial Delivery System airdrop operations. The AC-130W is equipped with Mk 32B-902E refueling pods. These pods are part of the most technologically advanced refueling system available, and provide the ability to refuel special operations helicopters and the CV-22 Osprey.
  16. According to what? Has there been an official name change?
  17. Metalbasher


    I don't know the tail #...will check on Monday but I do know we had a C-130E land here at Robins the other day (Wed or Thur) to be sanitized (US markings removed) prior to heading to Jordan with FMS. Scott
  18. It has bolt on stars and bars in the early 90s I know...it was at Yokota during that time...one of the 3 "Super Es". There were a few other anomalies associated with these acft as well.
  19. Sam Saw your Loadmaster Article in Air Force Magazine or Sergeant's Magazine (don't remember which one) but good article. Scott
  20. Got mine...thanks Bob...should come in handy. Scott
  21. I'd like a copy please. spward@cox.net Thanks in advance. Scott
  22. The engineer involved with the program at the beginning is still working at Robins...I'm traveling right now and don't have access to all my historical data...maybe I can hit you up next week with a name. Scott
  23. They are using it at Robins full time now but it was a long time coming. As with all the other software products they buy into, there were several delays to full implementation (I'm sure some cost overruns too). Like I said, being used at Robins but guards don't use it half the time and then it's not every one in the vehicle, just randomly to keep the terrorist on their toes. They said it would be faster for checking and decrease gate traffic...haven't seen that yet...don't think we will either.
  24. I had heard the same thing about the pilot. I also heard there was pressure from leadership that it was to happen on the first go...no "go arounds" or passover...it would come out on the first run. I knew Tony...good friend. I was on the Rote with him in Moldyhole when the roof opened. After that, I went to Yokota in 90 and he followed shortly there after, after he got his flying status back from the accident injuries. He flew for a year or two at Yokota and then came across a flight doc that felt sorry for him..."living through a crash as well as a mid air incident and had nothing to show for it except scars and trauma". So the doc recommended him for MEB (against his wishes). It went through and left as a Sgt. Last time I saw him, he was the Sgt at Arms at the Yokota NCO Club in 94...not a bad gig but it came with SOFA status.
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