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    According to Lars' book, it was originally assigned to the West Virginia ANG. I never heard of it being haunted, but I've been out of the loop for quite a while, having retired in 1985. Don R.
  2. A pilot friend of mine told me the airplane was a Delta 757-300. They have overwing slides stored in compartments outside the pressurized fuselage that deploy for egress down the wing's trailing edge. Don R.
  3. Every airplane I've ever been on, as a passenger or crew member had the slides on the inside of the doors. An evacuation slide fell off a plane and landed in man's yard | CNN Travel
  4. I stole this photo from another group. Don R.
  5. I believe that is N119TG (msn 3227). The last I had heard, it was parked at Coolidge, AZ with no wings. That was back in 2011 according to Lars' book. Don R.
  6. Gomer Pyle (loadmaster) passed away earlier this month in Niceville, FL. He was 78 years old. I knew him from our days in the 463rd TCW in the mid-1960's at Clark AB. I flew with him again from the late 1990's to mid-2003 on the DC-10 at Gemini Air Cargo. RIP. my good friend. Don R.
  7. I just finished reading The Peacemakers by Richard Herman. Besides the outrageous story line (it is a novel), it was nice to read about the C-130 by someone who has a working knowledge of the airplane. I did find a few mistakes, but I'm a flight engineer. The author must have been a navigator because he never calls a map a map. It's always a chart. Don R.
  8. If you want some photos, got to "Gallery," select "Bob Daley's Production Number Gallery and go to page 11 and scroll down to 3942. There, you will find 9 photos of 63-7872. Don R.
  9. Does anyone know if this is this a FY 2018 airplane, as in 18-5863? Thanks in advance. Don R.
  10. Larry, you're thinking of Johnny's, just past the railroad tracks on the right. I just about lived at that place during my first assignment there (1967 -- 1970). He was Austrian and had a girlfriend named Liz, I think. About a quarter mile past that was a restaurant that served the best jager schnitzel. You were on the A-models there, right? It's a long shot, but did you ever know an FE in your unit named William (Bill) Cord? On my second assignment there (1977 -- 1983), he was our first sergeant in the 37th TAS. Don R.
  11. Hi Jim, Mitteldick's sounds very familiar, but like you said. I doubt if that's the name. I think it was in Zepplinheim. Have you checked out the air base on Google Earth? The only familiar sights are the hotel and the star-shaped buildings where the mail room used to be. Even the building where the American Legion used to be in Waldorf is an empty field now! Have fun and get some pictures. Don R.
  12. Yes, it was an interesting article. Thanks for sharing. I'm glad he didn't publish the location. As usual, I found some mistakes in it. For one, there are/were no fighters based at Mildenhall. I've read that the fighters scrambled were from Lakenheath. Don R.
  13. OK, In my opinion, you've both beat up this subject enough. Just let it go; it's getting pretty old now. Merry Christmas, Don R.
  14. You might be able to if the locking mechanism on the military version window lines up with the commercial version locking device on the window frame. Don R.
  15. Search "Surfin' South Sudan" on YouTube. That's how they do it in the commercial world. That reporter would've gone nuts over that! Don R.
  16. To get FAA certification, it was required that the civil version had to have 3 positive locking devices on each swing window, whereas the military version has just one locking device. The NESA systems are identical. Don R.
  17. From what I've been told, Lynden bought all of Safair's Hercs, but kept the Safair name and infrastructure with the exception of ZS-JIZ. It had to do with some South African political problems. Don R.
  18. Did anyone else watch the pilot episode of "Manifest?" I don't now if they had a technical adviser or not; probably not. The first 737 scene in flight is a -300 series or higher because of the flattened lower engine nacelles. In subsequent scenes on the ground, it's an older model. Then in the inflight cockpit scene, it shows a 3-engined airplane instrument panel. I don't think it was a 727 -- didn't notice any fire handles. And finally when ATC asks the captain how many passengers he has on board, he replies, "191." Puleeze, give me a break. The normal passenger configuration for a 737 is around 130, more or less, unless it's a stretches model. Interesting show otherwise. My girlfriend hates to watch aviation oriented movies or TV shows with me for obvious reasons. Don R.
  19. It's been 51 years since I've been on the B-model, but I don't think that's a B-model with the Rosemount pitot system and the LOX service door. Just picking a nit here. Nice pic, though. Don R.
  20. Yep, Larry, that was my first thought -- a flying crch, but all the B-66's at Korat took off and landed back at the same base. Also, these planes were flying over North Vietnam. Don't think they'd allow a crew chief to tag along. When you mentioned your duties as an A/3C, you omitted the wash rack. Spent a lot of time washing the bellies of a lot of B-models. Don R.
  21. I don't remember where I saw this, but it's interesting. Displayed at the USAF Museum. Check out the rank of the first FE.
  22. I flew with an old A-model captain when I was an FE with Transafrik in Angola. He enjoyed telling the story of departing somewhere in the very cold icy north. The funny thing is that he departed with the parking brake set and when he landed at Pope AFB (I think), he blew all 4 mains! Before you ask about the anti-skid light, I also asked that question. He said the early A-models had no anti-skid inoperative light. Some of you old heads may remember Bonzo Von Haven -- a legend in the Herc world. Don R.
  23. I saw another photo of this Algerian Herc on some other web site. It showed the forward fuselage laying on the copilot's side with the NLG extended. Does anyone know where I saw that photo? Thanks, Don R.
  24. I have a very old MAC Manual 66-4 dated 17 November 1965 titled Aircraft Markings and Insignia. I don't know if it's still published or not. I scanned a couple of pages from it -- maybe they will help. Don R.
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