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DC10FE

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  1. 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.

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  2. 19 hours ago, larry myers said:

    The biergarten I remember most was a place on the road to Zeppeinhiem at the railroad crossing.  If memory serves, we called it Freddy's as an older man whose name was Freddy was always there working. 

    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.


  3. 12 hours ago, jsummers said:

    anyone stationed at RM remember the name of a good german restaurant pretty near base; I have it recorded as Middledicks but i really doubt that's the right name.

    we're headed back to Germany & I'd like to retrace some good memories. Thnx

    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.


  4. On 12/13/2018 at 10:56 AM, munirabbasi said:

    Can we replace the swing window of civil version with military version

    Munir abbasi

    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.


  5. 23 hours ago, munirabbasi said:

    Hello World Expertise 

    .Please describe limitation of NESA swing window and Difference of Military version and civil version hing window 

    Munir Abbasi

    Home of hercules Pakistan  

    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.


  6. 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.


  7. On 9/24/2018 at 7:23 AM, munirabbasi said:

    What beautiful picture of B model aircraft 

    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.


  8. On 8/2/2018 at 11:03 AM, larry myers said:

    An A/3c fe?    Guessing the position more resembling a flying crch

     

    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.

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  9. 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.

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  10. From 1967 to 1970, I was on the C-118's at Rhein Main.  The fuel boost pumps were in the MLG wheel wells.  To clean the engine exhaust tracks, we'd disconnect the output fuel line and attach a small hose and nozzle and turn on the pump and wash down the exhaust with 115/145 avgas.  

    Then, when I got out, I worked for Eastern Airlines in Boston.  I started out washing the Connies and Electras there.  We washed them with Varsol which was in a tank on a small trailer with a pump.  To service that tank, a fuel truck would pull up and fill the tank.  Can't remember whether it was 115/145 or Jet A-1.

    Don R.

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