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  1. Here is a literal translation of the caption from the article that SonnyJ posted. Of course, in Africa, nothing goes as planned.

    Don R.

    "The exceptional convoy C130 of the Gabonese army did not go as planned. Initiated Friday late night, the plane that was heading to the port of Owendo, has been blocked in Libreville Lalala exchanger until morning. Causing traffic problems and many onlookers rather stunned."


  2. I'll never understand why the African aviation community lets their airplanes detiorate in the heat and humidity for years and then move them to places like OGMA or Marshall's to be refurbished. After spending millions of dollars, TR-KKB will probably be flown back to Libreville, greeted by government and military dignitaries, flown for a time and then parked again.

    As a South African captain I flew with at Transafrik used to say when he'd see a derelict or crashed airplane, "AWA, Africa Wins Again."

    Don R.


  3. From my 1C-130H-1, dated 19 March 1985. A lot has changed since then, but I doubt if this has. My commercial Lockheed OM 382G, dated 12 October 1990 has the same illustration.

    Don R.


  4. 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.â€

    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.â€

    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!â€

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  5. Ken,

    I'm very ignorant about the VA benefits. I have never filed a claim with them, but after reading all the different threads about hearing loss, I'm tempted to do so. I know I have a hearing loss -- my girlfriend has a hard time watching TV with me because I keep the volume so loud, but even with that, I miss a lot of the dialogue/ I guess 23 years on mostly C-130's as a crew chief and FE would cause that.

    That $130.00 youreceive from the VA -- is that a check or some kind of credit?

    Thanks.

    Don R.


  6. "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.


  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. 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. 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.


  12. Magenta and International Orange are two totally different colors. Magenta is a violet-red.

    P3,

    What would you call the color in the photo above?

    Don R.

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