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  1. https://airfactsjournal.com/2019/04/how-to-unload-a-boeing-by-hand/?trk_msg=N7K6MD74LOMKJ95MMB4B2GL6TO&trk_contact=AMKIHH0JVN1BUCQTIUCUP1CED0&trk_sid=JPQ6CQ14J6UVNC3DQMGC0V97DC&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=How+To+Unload+A+Boeing+–+By+Hand&utm_campaign=F19044A&utm_content=Are+Low+Passes+Safe%3f+Join+The+Discussion.
  2. I was the FE on the bird that give the QLQ the buddy start and then followed it to TSN. I took these photos and a couple of others in this thread.
  3. The Modular Airborne Firefighting System, also known by its acronym MAFFS, is self-sufficient technical equipment which can be used on board a cargo aircraft, such as a Lockheed C-130 Hercules.
  4. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/20/world/asia/access-to-bay-adds-enticement-as-us-weighs-lifting-vietnam-embargo.html?_r=0 Wonder if Herky Hill is still there?
  5. You might be thinking of Ban Me Thout. That was the airfield I left the GTC running on takeoff when the mortars started landing around us during an engine running offload. Didn't realize it until the GTC door warning light came on at touchdown at TSN. LOL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban_Me_Thuot_East_Airfield
  6. Google shows Special Weather personnel might require jump training. Any other AFSC require it?
  7. "Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division ready their gear prior to jumping from Air Force C-130J Hercules during a Joint Operation Access exercise June 24, 2013, at Pope Field, N.C. A total of 2,426 paratroopers jumped out of C-130Js assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, during the 12-day exercise. JOAX is a combined military training exercise designed to prepare Airmen and Soldiers to respond to worldwide crises and contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Damon Kasberg)"
  8. The B-36J was a state of the art airplane in its day. The Engineer was responsible for starting, maintaining and shutting down the 6 Radial Engines and 4 Jet Engines required to make it fly and mission completed. No modern "Fly by Wire" or "Computer controlled Aircraft" involved here. Just straight old manpower, brainpower and the guts to get it done. This is absolutely mind boggling to think about. http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/062/B-36J%20Engineer.html
  9. Jim, the article link was sent to me by a ham radio friend in England so I don't have any details. I see you were in the 346th; me too in the late '60s at Langley. And I am also spending the winter in FL but on the west coast. Bob
  10. [ATTACH=CONFIG]3813[/ATTACH] © Tom Gibbons – Global Aviation Resource Having made their last operational flights on 25 October, the final two of 66 Hercules C-130K transport aircraft delivered to the RAF – Hercules C3As XV177, callsign “Reynard 1†and XV214 “Reynard 2†– touched down at MOD St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, on Tuesday 29 October 2013 for storage and potential onward sale. The arrival of these aircraft brought to an end an exceptional 46 years of RAF C-130K service and the two aircraft joined a further six examples that had earlier entered storage. Notable amongst the eight aircraft is XV177 which, despite being the second aircraft in the initial batch of aircraft ordered, was the first of 66 examples to be delivered to the RAF, being handed over on 19 December 1966, and as such, it is fitting that she was one of the last pair to be retired. The numbers of C-130Ks in RAF service had slowly dwindled over the last 12 years with early disposals to Lockheed Martin in part exchange for new C-130Js being some of the first to leave the RAF; a small number of these subsequently saw service with the Mexican Air Force, whilst later disposals entered service with the Air Forces of Austria and Sri Lanka.The eight stored aircraft (XV177, 188, 196, 200, 209, 214, 295 and 303) comprise a selection of C1s, 3s and 3As, a number of which had been modified for a range of special operations with provision for an array of defensive aids, sensor systems and Enhanced Vision System modifications evident on the airframes. Whether these airframe modifications will have an effect on the viability of a future operator adding any of the ex-RAF examples to their fleets, or whether they are subsequently broken down for spares use, remains to be seen. In addition to the aircraft stored at St Athan, XV208, ex-converted Met Research Flight W2 and latterly test airframe for the A400M’s EuroProp TP400 turboprop engine at Cambridge and C3 XV202 are the only remaining C-130Ks in the UK. XV202 was accepted by the RAF Museum, Cosford on the 19th September 2013 and is now on external display. Clearly the task of maintaining an aircraft of this size is a substantial one and as such it is doubtful that any others of the marque will be preserved in the UK. See the original story and additional images at GlobalAviationResource.com
  11. Sonny, looks like some of your photos are a little washed out, perhaps due to the l o n g time since they were taken. I can clean them up a bit in PhotoShop if you like. Doesn't take long. Here are a couple of examples: [ATTACH=CONFIG]2419[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]2420[/ATTACH]
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