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    Billy
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    Fason
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    Fishing, RVing, photography, computers, and woodworking

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    Originally from Tyler, Texas, served USAF from 1970-1993, retired and live in Arkansas. Was crew chief and worked on C-130, OV-10s, UH-1H, UH-P, HH-1H, H-53, H-3, and anything else they let me get my hands on. Married, four grown kids, and nine grandkids. One hundred percent service connected disabled Veteran. I've kept in touch with a few of the guys over the years. Spent a fantastic tour at CCK, Taiwan, 71-72. Best tour of duty I ever had and sure I'm not the only one to be able to say that either. haha Only had three stateside bases and those were Hill AFB, Utah, McClellan AFB, CA, and Little Rock AFB, AR. Spent several tours overseas and loved it. Where I was lean and mean, now just fat and grey.ha I still love to fish, photography, and this new fangled thing called a computer. Would love to hear from some folks in the past that I have lost track of.
    Msgt Walters, later CMsgt Walters from McClellan AFB, CA. If anyone knows how to reach him I would so appreciate it. Also Tsgt Jerry ????, in charge of the Pre and Post Phase crew at CCK in 71. Ron Williams or Steve Carmichael from the Dual Rail and AGE shop at CCK.
    Oops, back to me, I have a little place in the country and we also enjoy RVing. Yep, got my own lake here and lots of fish to catch when I feel like fish. Grandkids love it.
    Still love a good joke and great laugh.
    For anyone that might remember me, please, let me hear from you. Always great to hook up with old friends.
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  1. We had this problem on an acft at Little Rock and, I could be wrong but I believe it was acft 63-7775. After the fourth time the DCM decided to have the engine removed and replaced. This ended the problem. The engine was high hours and maintenance kept CNDing the problem, but like you changed many parts. Test stand finally duplicated the problem, rebuilt the engine, including a complete new electrical harness. Never found what the problem was but the engine was put back into the system, never heard of it recurring. Hope this helps.
  2. Every time my plane would call in an IFE, my mind would be going over every inch of my preflight and I would start praying to God to get my crew down safe and not let it be my fault. Most CCs cared more for "their" crews than they let on and prayed never to miss something that would cause harm. I couldn't imagine being the CC on one of these planes that went down.
  3. All the pics of CCK and Taichung really bring back some special memories for me. Don't know why I loved this assignment so much more than any other, but it was special. My pics were taken and destroyed by an ex-wife, so all your pics are extra special to me. Thank you for taking the time to post them and keep them coming.....please. CCK 71-72 Bill
  4. I was there 1971-1972 and loved it. Would love to see more pics. Thank you.
  5. Wondering if some of the old crews are reading this and surprised at what happened between the times they left the plane and then returned to fly. How we were as proud a breed as the Fighter Jocks. There were those that called us janitors and maintenance pukes.....but little did they know...we smiled and took pride in those terms, knowing they were in safe hands. But what better feeling than the FE coming out, asking if the aircraft was ready to fly, you telling him yes and then he says to you good, I'm going in for breakfast. Yes, that is the ultimate confidence in his crew chief. The load shows up and you assist him in loading and tying down the load. That hand shake and the thank you from the load. Yes sir, the best job in the world......crew chief
  6. Hey Wayne, I live off Hwy 5 and watch and listen to our beloved Herky daily. Wouldn't trade it for the world. Being and old crew chief myself, I share those same memories. Bill Fason
  7. Crew Chiefs are a competitive lot, wanting their aircraft to be the flight crew favorite of the fleet. So guys, tell us what you did to make your aircraft special. Maybe will give some ideas to the new generation. I've seen little extras over the years that made the flight crews more comfortable. Everything from instant coffee, sugar, creamer, hot cocoa in the galley, extra padding in the seat cushions. Pencil sharpener at the Nav's station, signs on the T.O. cabinet that said, "Welcome to my aircraft, have a nice flight. Your Crew Chief. " Aircraft cooled or heated prior to the crew showing up. Extra flashlight bulbs and batteries in the galley drawer. And on and on. I know, most of the time there were no comments or thank you, but on those occasions when the crew came out smiling, called you by your first name, and said thanks for the extras. Tell us how that made you feel........... Maybe some comments from the flight crews about the extras.......
  8. PACAF

    Write ups

    At Little Rock AFB we had a plane landed by our, then Wing Commander, with write up for a "firm landing". This landing was on the one acft that had experimental glued together wings. The landing was "firm" enough that this plane went over a year no fly for maintenance. Now the funny part was the write up following the firm landing write up was, "Pilot's seat cushioned soiled and stained". No relation between the two but it gave a great laugh to maintenance. Yes the seat was replaced but the story was around for a long time.
  9. PACAF

    Write ups

    Plane landed at McClellan with write up in 781A, "Sqeeking sound in flight deck, suspect mouse." Corrective action: "Interragated mouse, mouse confessed, mouse now incarcerated for annoying flight crew." I thought I would throw up when I read this.... Emptomology troop was reprimanded but he said it was still worth it.
  10. Funny, a few years ago, looking through some of my stuff I actually found my hammmock from Nam. Showing it to my grown son, we took it to the back yard for me to show him how well it worked. After finally getting it stretched out and tied to a couple of trees, I, in my smart a.. way, hoped right into it. It seems my hammock didn't age any better than I did, because as I settled in, it broke out. There I was laying on the ground, my son doubed over laughing, saying,......"so that's how you survived Vietnam?".
  11. PACAF

    What a loser

    Ok, I might bet flamed for this, but the reason I retired in 1993 was the simple reason that I did not want to serve under a Commander in Chief, (Clinton), that had dodged the draft and protested me as a Vietnam Vet. Maybe I'm old school, but military mindset is to fight wars. Ugly as that is, it is the way wars have been won since the dawn of time. A leader like this sounds like he has less concern for his troops than the enemy and looking good for the man in charge. I take it as quite a slap in the face for all that have worn the uniform. (I have a son in the Army at this time)
  12. PACAF

    What a loser

    This guy seems to be more concerned for the enemy than his own soldiers. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't it sound as though he refers to his troops as nothing more than cannon fodder? His mission is to conquer the enemy, not worry about what is best for THEM. Let the politicians work on the peace, he is supposed to be fighting a war. I agree with you Dan, this guy should be strung up and used for bayonet practice. We need another Gen. Patton, not this guy. You want to win a war, you so over power the enemy that they no longer want to fight, ever. I guess we served in a different time.
  13. As I said, a different time. I can assure you my home station knew about it, and they had no problem with it. My acft was ready for any mission should one have come down. Wow, you are really coming off in attack mode there. Back in those days, military helped military.......sometimes we put our rears on the line for another GI, not sure if today's guys will understand that. Supervisors protected their troops, Commnanders too. The whole crew was ok with it and I called back to McClellan and told our NCOIC what was going on. Many times I have worked a straight 72 or 84 hours, no break, not left the acft, just to get it back in commission. In those days, a CC did it all, very seldom did a specialist come out to the acft and if they did , yep, CC was right there the whole time. 41st ARRS maintained one of th highest realiability rates in the Air Force. Too many times to count did the CC work 36 hours straight then climbed on the aircraft and acted as a scanner for a twelve hour mission, RTB, and worked another ten hours getting the acft to go on the next mission......We didn't get off the acft and say my twelve hours is over, going to get rest and be back later. Like I said, a different time, a different military way of life. I did my duty above and beyond and do not appreciate you attacking me in this matter. There is no sense in it. Relax, please, you are serving now, so it looks like the old timers did ok before you came along to take up the reins for us. Again, congrats on making Tsgt. Have a nice day.
  14. Well....everyone was in on it, and as for me, the maint. guy, was just a few extra inspecitions and a LOX service. Didn't mind though, not after seeing that Nav's face when he came back from seeing his kids. You're correct about the frustrations of bogus write ups. CND a write up just never set well with me and I worried about the crew on the flights after that. Pretty stressful to say the least. I was one of those CCs that was always afraid of missing something and having someone's life on my conscience for the rest of my life. Always hated putting something in the "K", but had to on some things. One thing I always did and that was to brief the next crew if I had to CND a write up. Ok, call me corny, but I was never afraid to ride on my acft for sure.........
  15. Thank you Skip, almost thought I was on the wrong board for a sec there. Thank you again.
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