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  1. TalonIIVito, I wouldn\'t give up all hope of finding a PFE job 6 years from now. The re-engined & re-skinned DC-8-73\'s that UPS flies were zero timed (I\'m told) so they\'ll be around for a while as will some of the other DC-8\'s & 10\'s. The 727 will also be around for a while, although you\'ll probably be flying it in some 3rd world country. The commercial Hercs will also be around for a long time to come. There\'s nothing that will economically replace them. You\'re right, though -- an FE ticket & and A&P license are basic requirements for employment as a PFE. Don R.
  2. Thanks for the reply, Greg. Yeah, I remember those were some nasty times between the pilots & the FE\'s. The first time I got out of the Air Force in 1967, I went to work for Eastern at Logan in Boston as a Connie & Electra mechanic. The two groups would hardly speak to each other. Eastern offered to train the FE\'s so they could get all their necessary certificates, but most of the FE\'s refused. I don\'t know when it was finally resolved -- I was only there for 6 months & then went back in the USAF. Don R.
  3. Greg, I\'ve noticed in that very handsome photo of yourself that you\'re wearing only two stripes on your epauletts. In all the companies I\'ve ever worked for, the PFE wore three bars whilst the load & ground engineer wore two. Do you remember what airplane you were on or who you worked for when you took that photo? Just curious. Don R.
  4. Bob, Planecrashinfo.com says that there were 7 crew & 0 pax on board. Of the 7 crew there were 5 fatalities. It reported that the pilot & copilot survived. Don R.
  5. George, We had that flushable crapper on PJ-TAC (5225) in Angola back in 1991. I can see where it would be quite an assett in the \"real world,\" but in the 3rd world countries, we had to put chains around it to keep the pax from using it because we could never get it serviced. Wow, $180,000 -- what a deal!! Don R.
  6. Pauline\'s -- wasn\'t that the club on MacArthur just before the bridge? Don R.
  7. Mr. cfisher, I think you need to thicken up your skin a little if you want to survive on this board. As I read Dan Wilson\'s & herkhealer\'s posts, I got the distinct impression that they seemed to be poking fun at themselves & not you & your checklist expertise. I\'ve never met Dan Wilson in person, but from reading his posts -- a PRIMA DONNA he ain\'t!! I\'m impressed with your credentials, but, even after my 24,000+ hours, I still embarrassed myself at times. Usually, when you do something that embarrasses you, you do it only once (or maybe a second time). I\'m living proof of that!!! Don Rogers
  8. I agree with dagebow. In my 7 years with Transafrik in Angola & other s**t-holes of the world, I can\'t remember ever draining the SPR manifold -- & we blew A LOT of tires. (Of course, the tire always seemed to blow on a rainy night on a dirt runwway.) Don R.
  9. Gary, I also sent you a private message with my email address. I may be able to help you out too. Don R.
  10. I haven\'t been near a J-model, but from the photos I\'ve seen, the cockpit windows are the same no matter whether it\'s an A-model through the J-model. Is Lt. Col Oliver correct in that ststement? I don\'t want this taken as criticism, I\'m just curious. Don R.
  11. Having no experience on the AC-130\'s, this may seem like a stupid question to the Spectre guys. The other night, I watched the movie \"Transformers\" & in one scene, an AC-130H is blowing away some bad guys (Decepticons). There is a brief shot of the cockpit showing what looks like an FE\'s panel on a jet. Who\'s position is it, the nav? It\'s actually a pretty good flick & it\'s the first time since \"Black Hawk Down\" that the DoD has supported a movie. Don R.
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    Hey Hush! Welcome aboard. I can think of a few 3-letter codes for the Legion, but quite a few more 4-letter ones; especially the morning after. If you Google Earth Waldorf, you can find the building there. I don\'t know if it\'s still open or not, though. The last time I was there was in 1995 when I made a detour on my way home from Kigali. So how\'s the retired life? Don R.
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    Thanks, Bob I never thought to check the Landings.com web site. Lots of good stuff there. Don R.
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    Was the 3-letter code (the IATA code) for Rhein Main AB FRA or FRF? One is for the air base & the other is for the flughaven, but I can\'t remember which is which. I remember the ICAO code for the air base was EDAF. Thanks, Don R.
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    Casey, Great job! It\'s a good thing you got the changes in early in the ife of this site. At my age, I\'m very resistant to changes. Don R.
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