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  1. I can't verify the accuracy of this article, although I have read in other forums that the WWP is not what it appears to be. Don R. Bernard Goldberg I recently pointed out in an article that I thought it was obscene that the executive director of Wounded Warriors is paid well over $300,000-a-year. I also wondered how the group could afford to advertise as extensively as it does on Fox News. But, I recently received an email from Dr. Richard Stiso that exposed exactly how the charity spends the money it receives from patriotic Americans. According to Guidestar, a group that investigates charities, the Wounded Warrior Project might as well be run by the Mafia. In 2012, the WWP received an astronomical $154,958,901, with a measly $4,857,084 going out in grants to veterans’ organizations and $671,194 to individuals. That means that the group only used 3.5% of the money it received for the purpose intended. In the meantime, the Officers, Directors and Trustees hauled in $15,415,666 million, with Employee Benefits ($2,226,457), Office Expenses ($12,451,303), Travel ($4,086,509), Promotional Items ($4,055, 567) and something called Outside Services ($20,915,404) accounting for roughly50% of what’s listed as “Overhead Expenses.†So just in case you thought it was just the V.A. that was filled with back-stabbing traitors ripping off military veterans, you didn’t know the half of it. Finally, novelist Margaret Atwood once observed that “Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pate.†It’s a cute line and I have no doubt it applies to Ms. Atwood, as I know it does to most writers. But I’m the exception. I know that to be a fact because every time I’ve had occasion to rhetorically ask: “What am I, chopped liver?†the answer I invariably get is a resounding “Yes!†- See more at: http://bernardgoldberg.com/template-87/#sthash.RHKEsPpd.dpuf
  2. A friend suggested I post this photo. It was taken in December 1985 at the end of our contract flying famine relief flights in the Sudan. Fred is on the far right with the sun glasses. BTW, I'm toward the left with the Lockheed ball cap & the moustache (long gone). Don R.
  3. Knowing how airplanes fare in 3rd world countries, I'm pretty sure their C-130's will wind up derelict in some remote area of the airport. Don R.
  4. "Non-Sked Fred" Kreppein, an icon in the commercial Herc community passed away early this morning after a long fight with cancer. He was the first captain I flew with as a commercial FE. Fred started his aviation career as a Connie FE flying on the North Slope of Alaska. He was also an Electra FE with Saturn Airways. He then moved to a window seat with them. For a time, he also flew USAF C-130E's for Byrd Air into Phnom Penh, Camodia. He then went to fly Khadaffi's C-130's back a forth between Libya and Nicaragua. From there, he flew for Southern Air Transport and Transamerica. I flew with him at St. Lucia Airways, Transafrik and Frameair. His last flying job was flying C-130B's for the Botswanan AF. Don R.
  5. Ernie, That's some pretty major structural work for a lease. I emailed Chris L. about it, but he's notorious for not replying. Don R.
  6. Wonder how long it'll be before it winds up again in some remote part of the air base rotting away in the African heat and humidity? When I was in Lagos in early 2000, the Nigerian AF had all but one of their C-130's parked in random places on the base with engines and flight controls missing. Don R.
  7. Yep, 25,000 hours on a T-56 is pretty amazing. Bob, 62-1820 was a mere baby compared to a lot of commercial Hercs. Before it crashed, S9-BAT (msn 4134) was just a few hundred hours short of 100,000 hours. Actually, it most likely had a lot more than that the way Transfrik used to "cook the books" to save money by delaying C-checks. Don R.
  8. DC10FE

    USMC/USN

    Bob, I know it's still pretty early out there in Texas, but it does have external tanks. The IFR pods have been removed. I wonder if the IFR panel was also removed from over the FE's head. I hope so. Knowing the FE, he'd be playing with that panel and probably get himself in trouble. Don R.
  9. I remember the first desert camo I saw. It was in 1980 & I was living in the barracks at Rhein Main (marital problems). My room faced the flightline & I looked out the window & there was 63-9810 out there. Looked weird surrounded by all the jungle camo airplanes. (Note that I was living in the barracks -- not in a dorm.) I also remember seeing my first jungle camo C-130. It was an A-model at Hickham in 1963 or 1964. We were on our way from Langley to Clark for a 90 day rote. Don R.
  10. Thanks, Bob. Although you made me feel old, at least some of mine are still flying. I can remember parking next to an old C-130B/E with my brand new H-model and the crews coming over to gawk at the APU & the new AC inlets. Don R.
  11. I picked up 74-2063 at the factory -- brand new. Even smelled like a new car. Don R.
  12. To add to Bob's mystery, the one at Harvey Point has no visible USAF markings on the wings or fuselage. As for 57-0483 at the Cheatham Annex, I have a question or two. How did they get it from NAS Norfork to Cheatham? The nearest runway is about 2 miles north or did they move it by barge? Either way, how did they get it to where it's parked now? Lots of obstacles along the roads. According to Lars' book, it was used as a loading trainer at Norfork until it was moved in 1999. Going to NAS Norfork via Google Earth and using the Historical Imagery option, you can see an engineless C-130 there on 4/90, but it's gone by 3/94. Check out 36 56 08.70N 76 17 44.34W Don R.
  13. If I remember correctly, the jump platforms were stowed on racks in the ceiling by the troop doors. Don R.
  14. I remember the enlisted Navy pilot at Mildenhall. Did he fly the C-47 or the C-131 there. I thought it was the Convair. Don R.
  15. If I remember correctly, Delta Squadron was at Rhein Main. Don R.
  16. DC10FE

    ABCCC

    P3, What would you call the color in the photo above? Don R.
  17. DC10FE

    ABCCC

    More commonly known as international orange. Don R.
  18. DC10FE

    ABCCC

    Well, Chris, you just had to get a silver C-130 in the pic, didn't ya. Probably has a TAC patch on the tail, too. Don R.
  19. The first time I ever saw a C-130 in my life was my first day at Langley AFB, VA in 1963. Still in love with the ugly bird. And, yeah Chris, it was SILVER. Don R.
  20. DC10FE

    RC 130

    Amen to that, Chris!!! Don R.
  21. Got a few hours on that airplane when it was brand new at Dyess. Don R.
  22. I noticed in the first link that SU-BPK is improperly identified as an L-100-30. Don R.
  23. No Casey, it's we who should be thanking you. Thank you. Don R.
  24. DC10FE

    WYO ANG

    Here's an excerpt from an email I got from the ex-Gemini Air Cargo captain about the Guppy. Don R. "I flew the Boeing 377MG mini guppy with Aero Union for a bit and really enjoyed the a/c. It had 4360 engines and we could not get full hp out of it because we couldn't get 115/145 fuel. It ran really great and was a helluva lot of fun to fly. The engineer was pretty busy. When I first was flying the plane, (I was copilot) and we had the tail swung open, I asked who checked he control cables when it was put back together. The answer was "We all do".
  25. DC10FE

    WYO ANG

    I flew with a captain at Gemini Air Cargo who was an FO on the Guppy with the recips; 4360's if I'm not mistaken. He had some pretty neat stories. Don R.
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