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  1. Wow! Do they still preach that? I always thought that was a holdover from the recip days. I used to get jacked up all the time for that felony!! Don R.
  2. Bob, I\'m sure you just overlooked it, but 57-0462 (3169) is still wingless & tailless & being used as a fuels trainer at MacDill. I just saw it last month while doing my bi-annual trip out there. Don R. Don, He just asked about Sheppard. Bob Oops. I misread it. Don R.
  3. OK, thanks for the explanation Don R.
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    POTW 2/11/08

    And the engine shop. Real shade tree mechanics. [img size=600]http://herkybirds.com/images/fbfiles/images/Sudan_engine_shop.JPG
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    POTW 2/11/08

    Southern Sudan prop shop -- where they put the prop together. Don R. [img size=530]http://herkybirds.com/images/fbfiles/images/Sudan_prop_shop.JPG
  6. Casey,I\'m confused. The other day, we celebrated our 500th member & the name was mhlarsen from Denmark. I just checked this morning & we\'re now at 505 members with the latest member to join still being listed as mhlarsen. Don R.
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    POTW 2/11/08

    Scott, I hope I\'m not stealing any of Casey\'s thunder, but here\'s a photo of the over the wing sling. That\'s Joe Holt on the left. He\'s the one who sent me these photos. I have some more photos, but I\'ll wait & see what Casey posts first. Don R. [img size=531]http://herkybirds.com/images/fbfiles/images/engine_change_facility.jpg
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    POTW 2/11/08

    Oops, forgot the second photo. Here it is. Don R. [img size=600]http://herkybirds.com/images/fbfiles/images/ThietMud_001.jpg
  9. Here are a couple more photos of the Southern Herc, N907SJ, in the dirt in the Southern Sudan. I got them from Joe Holt, who supervised the prop & engine change. Don R. [img size=600]http://herkybirds.com/images/fbfiles/images/ThietHercAngle_01.jpg
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    For anyone interested in working for a Herc operator in the Middle East & being based in Dubai, a Canadian loadmaster friend of mine sent me this website. Maximus, a new start-up flying two -30\'s, is looking for Captains, FO\'s, FE\'s & Loads. http://www.localjobsearch.co.uk/Jobs/Results.aspx?CompanyID=23463 Looks pretty lucrative, but I\'m way too retired to check it out. Hell, I haven\'t held a medical since 2003 & my passport finally expired last year. Don R.
  11. Depending on when that photo was taken, I would imagine that most of the C-130\'s stored there at Greenville are the ex-RAF & ex-RAAF C-130\'s that were slated to go to the Polish & Pakistan AF\'s. That -30 is a mystery. Can anyone tell me if the USAF uses the Greenville/Lockheed facility for any heavy maintenance? Don R.
  12. Yep, it\'s a -30, although I doubt that one of those spook Hercs would be parked out there amongst all the common-use C-130\'s. I\'m sure it heads straight for a hanger when it lands. The way some of them are parked, it looks as if it would take a bit of jockeying to get them out. Don R.
  13. Joe Mayo & I tipped many a beer at Moldyhole years ago when Little Rock was replacing us (Dyess) on rote. He was quite a guy! Don R.
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    Mike, Check your private messages. I just tried to email you @ngc.com & it came back. Don R.
  15. Mortarbait, Check your private messages. When were you with Transafrik? Don R.
  16. Mortarbait, At the risk of being accused of honking my own horn (I am a retired FE, I\'m allowed to), here\'s a letter I wrote and had published in Airways magazine a few years ago. It pretty much explains the difference between an SO and a PFE. The 727 guys will know what the title \"Check Essential\" means. Don R. “CHECK ESSENTIAL!†John, Please thank Mac af Uhr for his extremely enjoyable article \"Back Seat Drivers\" in your July issue. As a fairly recently retired professional flight engineer (PFE) with the DC-6, Hercules, Electra, B-727 and, finally, the DC-10-30F in my log books, the article brought back some very pleasant memories. Since the article was written from a Second Officer’s (SO) perspective, I’d like to make some observations from the perspective of the PFE. The SO is a pilot who is dreaming of the day he will be upgraded to a window seat. On the other hand, a true PFE (or “oilerâ€) is, the majority of the time, an A & P licensed mechanic who is happier than a pig in …; well, he’s very happy to be sitting directly in the center of the cockpit on his Hercules or riding side-saddle on his jet. He does the best job he can in that capacity and isn’t looking for another seat. In flight, the flight engineer is usually thought of as just along for the ride, making sure his fuel is balanced, his generators are generating, his hydraulics are pumping and that the arrival and departure messages are sent. It’s when an in-flight emergency pops up that he comes into his own. When that happens, as he looks up, all he sees are two faces full of deer-in-the-headlights eyes looking at him. I remember many times in the DC-10 simulator handling multiple in-flight emergencies, my desk covered in emergency checklists I’m trying to orchestrate concurrently while also completing the normal checklists. All this taking place with minimal emergency lighting, a flashlight with dying batteries, a face full of oxygen mask and the two pilots struggling to make sure we all don’t crash and burn. One final observation. Last week I was corresponding with a very good friend of mine, a retired DC-10 captain. We were reminiscing about his days as a very young C-130A aircraft commander in Vietnam. Here is an excerpt from that email: “the comfort of wearing a flight suit, headsets, pallets, ALCE’s, a 781 in my hands and, for your benefit, but with truth more real than you know, the confidence of looking over my right shoulder at some of the finest flight engineers in the world.†Thanks, Roy. Best Regards, Don Rogers Valrico, FL
  17. When I was with Transafrik, I had an Angolan captain (Luis Cardoso Paiva) that loved to control the cockpit temperature himself. Every time he\'d toggle it to cool, I\'d reach up behind him & run it to full cold. When he\'d try to warm it up a bit, I\'d run it to full hot. In the 7 years I flew with him, he never did figure it out! I never did really mind the the pilots messing with the overhead panel -- just ask first. It\'s sorta like being a bartender -- you don\'t want someone else behind the bar with you mixing their own drinks. I can\'t count the number of times I started engines while the pilots were programming the INS -- or was it the other way around; were they starting the engines while I was programming the INS? Don R.
  18. It was common practice on the C-118\'s at Rhein Main in the 1970\'s to hook up a line from the fuel boost pump in the main wheel well & wash down the exhaust tracks on the flaps. Never had one blow up -- I guess we were lucky! My favorite sound was an old Shakey (C-124 for the youngsters) taxiing by at a rumbling idle with the brakes just screaming. Don R.
  19. Now that\'s just not right!! I started my Air Force career in the 463rd Troop Carrier (Assault) Wing in 1963 at Langley & finished it in the 463rd TAW in 1985 at Dyess. Don R. [img size=472]http://herkybirds.com/images/fbfiles/images/463_TCW_1.jpg
  20. Well, since we\'re raggin\' on FO\'s (co-pilots), do you know how to make the 727 a 2-man (person) cockpit? Put the gear handle on the FE\'s panel!!! Don R.
  21. I have a couple of friends flying for Lynden, too & they love it. If I wasn\'t so friggin\' old, I go to work for them in a second. Of course, this retired life is pretty good, too. Don R.
  22. Bob, Yep, that\'s the same airplane that burned the nose off back in 1974. I was stationed at Dyess at the time -- in fact I was driving down the flightline road with my wife & kids (pre 9/11 security) & saw smoke coming out of 815\'s forward escape hatch. This was in the pre-cell phone days (prehistoric), so I had to hunt down a land line. Colonel Ferrier was a really nice guy, but a victim of circumstances. I think he was also the wing king when we flunked 2 ORI\'s in a row, but one of the problems there was that we were just getting the \"brand-new\" 1974 H-models & trying to integrate them into the E-model fleet. The Pope people were pissed because they had to pull back to back Mildenhall rotes. Aaah, the good old days -- Bravo & Delta Squadrons! OK, I\'ll sit down now. Don R.
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    Dan, OK, I\'ll bite. Having been away from the Air Force for more than 20 years, what the hell is FARP? Don R.
  24. Does anyone else see the irony in the MRS serial number 4567 in item It\'s actually a Saudi H-model, RSAF 1627! Don R.
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