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  1. If you feel the hydraulic fluid is contaminated, why not just change it out. Especially since it is in the Propeller System! This would probably avert future problems. Just my 2 cents worth. Rex
  2. 789 was my bird at Peterson AFB (AFRES) (302 AW) from 1991 till 1995 sent her to Little Rock to the training squadron. What a great flying airplane. From the time I had her she spent lots of time in the "sandbox". I picked her up from the Reserve Unit at Selfridge, Michigan. Glad to see that she is still around to provide history and able for some of us to still "kick the tires". Great pictures of the new paint job. Thanks for sharing! 73, Rex
  3. Have been trying to find C-130 decals for over a year now. Was able to "score 3" from my old unit at a recent retirement. One of my "Reservist", now ART for many years now was able to get them made and sent to me! I placed them on the back window of my topper installed on my '13 Toyota Tundra. Enjoy, Rex.
  4. Since Colorado and Washington States both past new "Recreational Marijuana Usage" this past year. It really was a "Superbowl" if you know what I mean! 73, Rex
  5. herkfixer

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    I don't remember them being referred to as "JHC-130H" just "HC-130H" the MDS for ordering parts was always "HC-130H". The HC-130P's were part of the "surface recovery group" HH-53's for rotary wing support. When I got to the Test Group they were removing all of the Fulton Recovery Equipment from the "P's". 73, Rex
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    Yes, but the crews did not like to use them as "primary" birds. The "B" models were used the most. They did not have the external tanks and allowed for "slipping" them easier for the "catch". Kind of a sports car versus a van. On a true mission the aircraft would line up for the catch usually all the "B" models first, then the "HC's" next. If an "HC" caught the package then ALL the "B's" missed, not likely to happen! 73, Rex
  7. Back in 2001 they were busting up the runways at Malmstrom. The only air traffic is the helo's. I believe the C-130 Unit will still be at the International Airport. I remember reading about the F-15 leaving and the ANG building new ramp space. Airnav.com only show 2 helo pads! http://www.airnav.com/airport/KGFA Google Maps and Bing Maps show what appears to be ramp and runways, these might be old. The last line on Airnav.com in the "additional remarks" shows "OTHER AREAS OF OLD AFLD LITTERED WITH OBST AND ACT NOT AUTHORIZED FOR LDG OR DEP." 73, Rex
  8. Recently purchased a new topper for my truck, I had a 16 inch vinyl C-130 sticker on the back window of my old topper. I can no longer find the vendor. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Suggestions always welcome. 73, Rex
  9. I don't know how many tach generators I change TDY, or at dirt airstrips from the aircraft ladder with tools in every pocket, and the FE or LM throwing other tools up as needed. 73, Rex
  10. 901st/302nd Airlift Wing Peterson AFB Colorado is having another reunion Sept 20th, 21st and 22nd at the Air Force Academy. Friday night at 1700 Social Hour. Sat morn 0730 Golf Tournament at Peterson Golf Course Sat evening 1700 Western Buffet at USAFA Falcon Club Sun morn Breakfast For more info PM me or contact Ann McCann 73, Rex
  11. The other units are flying C-130H-3's!
  12. The US Forest Service actually owns the MAFFS units, they only bought 8 of the MAFFS II platforms. The company that built them is now out of business. The Air Force lends them the airframes. The Units flying the MAFFS missions are Air Force Reserve (1 unit, 302 AW) and Air National Guard (3 units) one from Wyoming 153 AW, one from North Carolina 145 AW, one from Channel Islands, California 146 AW. 73, Rex
  13. Most of you have probably seen or heard about the "Black Forest Fire" The final figures were 511 houses destroyed and 13 outbuildings destroyed, this is now the most destructive fire in Colorado History! The "Waldo Canyon" fire last year held the record for less than 1 year until this the "Black Forest" beat it. Unless the monsoons rains come in July its going to be a hot and very active fire season in Colorado. Temps the next few days in the mid 90's. 73, Rex
  14. The 146th AW was activated this week and flew to Peterson AFB, CO. to assist the 302nd AW with fires in Colorado. http://www.302aw.afrc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123353551 Thats 4 of the 8 MAFFS birds flying. 73, Rex
  15. With the recent outbreak of fires in Colorado the 302nd Airlift Wing was activated and will start flying missions against the "Black Forest" fire just north/northeast of Colorado Springs. As of this morning the fire was estimated at 8,500 acres and has destroyed 40 to 60 homes. Last year they were fighting the "Waldo Canyon" fire around the same time of year. Another one right in their own "backyard" Seems like fire season gets earlier and earlier each year in the West. There are currently 5 fires in Colorado this morning, with temps in the upper 90's to 100's, low humidity! 73, Rex
  16. Starter Duty Cycle was 1 minute ON, 1 minute OFF, 1 minute ON, 5 minutes OFF, 1 minute ON, 30 minutes OFF. Any engagement of the starter, no matter how long was considered 1 minute. 73, Rex
  17. herkfixer

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    Interesting George, this is what I was thinking while "launching my aircraft". After engine start and when the LM entered the aircraft and was closing the crew door part of my checks were to kneel down below the crew door and check the "jettison rod" to make sure it hadn't moved now that the crew door was closed, I would then scan the belly, both MLG areas to make sure no fluids were leaking out that shouldn't be leaking, go forward check the external power door, kneel down again and look in the Nose Wheel Well for leaks, make sure the FE had removed the NLG pin, go forward to the nose radome and give the ol' gal a couple of pats, and mumble " givem' a safe flight and we'll fix anything "they" break and get you ready for the next mission. Would proceed out to the marshallers area, waiting for the taxi lights. Those were my thoughts all the years that I crewed! 73, Rex
  18. Hopefully this will help out others also. What size large or small? What color? blue/white for the dress uniform or subdued green/w blue stripes? 73, Rex
  19. I also found this article doing some searching on the net: http://www.compositesworld.com/news/goodrich-begins-testing-of-c-130-carboncarbon-brakes 73, Rex
  20. Another upgrade that they are doing to the Herk's are carbon fiber mlg wheel brakes and new wheels that have better cooling for the brakes. The wheels are now split rim, with an internal snap ring holding the 2 rims together. 73, Rex
  21. Since the other pictures came out OK, I'll add a few others. The nozzle that sticks out thru the left paratroop door is the discharge valve, basically a hydraulic needle valve, the hydraulic system is self contained on the MAFFS unit. Also a pic of the operating positions for the loadmasters 2 each. 73, Rex
  22. Was in Colorado Springs on 4 August 2012 for the "Re-Dedication of the Sumit 38 Memorial" These photos were taken the night before. A very, very good ceremony by SMSgt David Carey and Lt Col. Rich Stout (retired). Lots of people in attendance from back in the day, lots of new folks their to pay their respects. Lots of family members. 73, Rex
  23. Was in Colorado Springs (Peterson AFB) a few weeks ago and stopped in at my old unit (302nd Airlift Wing -AFRES) to see old friends. I was lucky as they were having Family Day weekend and had set up a display of the the New MAFFS II units in the hanger. The new units are all stainlees steel, have one individual tank for the retardant ( the old MAFFS I had 5 individual tanks, connected together with rubber couplings) and 2 smaller tanks on the side for storage of the high pressure air, 2 high pressure reciprocating compressors for air, discharges out through the left paratroop door. This is alot better set-up as there are fewer places inside the cargo compartment to have leaks. It seemed like every year the rubber couplings would leak, or tear and retardant would leak all over in the cargo compartment. The new units have NO couplings and have only 1 connection and that is from the tank assembly to the discharge nozzle right near the left paratroop door. In the photos the large tank is for the retardant, can hold up to 4,000 gallons, typically goes out with 3,000. the smaller longer tanks on the side are for air, 2 compressors up front for high pressure air, high pressure air can also be serviced from ground compressors when they are servicing with retardant. 2 positions at the aft of the unit for the loadmasters, with a new control panel. These units can now make multiple drops with different coverage rates! Hopefully these pictures come out alright. 73, Rex
  24. Yes! I plan in being at the Re-Dedication on 4 August "hell or highwater"! Went to Cheyenne today for the AF Thunderbirds a good show as always! 73, Rex
  25. The C-130B model that got modified for SCNS was 59-1531 that was my bird when I was an ART at Peterson AFB, CO. with the 302nd Airlift Wing. I went out to Rickenbacker AFB, OH (Columbus) to put it back together and get it ready to return to Peterson. Since the "B" model was so different from the the E's & H's alot of the flight instruments did not work with SCNS. I had 2 factory technicians from LSI out for weeks going over prints and drawings figuring out the problems. Eventually they got all the bugs worked out of it and the system worked really well. Whenever our unit had a mission up near the "poles" or dewline they always requested my bird for the mission. Something about "grid" navigation was much easier, plus the dual inu's and gps. 73, Rex
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