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    I crewed C-130's starting in July 68 with the ABCCC at Udorn, then onto Naha where I worked out of D flight and spent most of my time at Cam Rahn or TSN--maybe one or two side trips to the PI or Korea--I left Naha and went to the 38th at Langley in May of 71--I did all kinds of rotes out of there to England, Germany and of course back to CCK in 72 where I spent the whole rote at TSN except coming back for phase insp--the acft I had on the rote 62-1808 was shot all to hell coming out of Danang--no one hurt thank goodness--the crew was from the 50th TAS--I left Langley and went to the Rock --left in 78 to go to Yokota and left there in 81--had to leave maintenance because of my hearing--I never quite got over leaving C130's--the only job I ever loved
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    Bonaire Ga
  1. Bobby, Send me a e-mail at ccrr.smith Bobby, Send me a e-mail at ccrr.smith@cox.net. Smitty
  2. Tiny, Is the door not locking when you free fall it in flight or on the ground? I don't remember any time we would free fall the door in flight, the engineer would close it up front. I don't know anywhere it is written that the door has to free fall but all ways did on the ground. Of course it has been many a year since I had the pleasure of working on the plane. The only job that I ever loved. Smitty
  3. The last thing I checked before getting on or launching my plane was look in the NLG area to make sure the pin was out--out of all the times I did this I only found one pin and it was on a student engineer with an instructor on board--the plane was flying a local and the FE instructor knew the student had forgot the pin--I pulled the pin and stuck it in my hip pocket and went out front to block out the acft--the instructor didn't say anything until they had done eng run-up and then told the pilot about--the student ran outside to discover the pin missing--that caused some confusion but the crew went on an took off and flew their mission--I blocked in the acft on return and put the pin back in--the pilot didn't know whether to chew my butt or leave it along--we just left it along and went on our merry way Smitty
  4. I'm like DC10, I'm old and definitely don't know a thing about the J model but why would the gear handle be up on the ground and if its not classified what the devil is a soft panel--I thought the NLG pin was the first thing the FE installed once on the ground Smitty
  5. Bob, Thanks, I knew if any one had an idea it would be you. Smitty
  6. I blocked an A model in at TSN in 72 when I was there with the 38th TAS from Langley--I don't remember all the details but I think it was one of the 1st A models that the VNAF got --Bob wasn't 56-0482 assigned to Naha in the 60's--seems like I worked on it an 476 when I was there Smitty
  7. Gerry, Good deal--I'll try and locate some guys Smitty
  8. Great pics and they bring back a lot of memories--I was stationed at Naha from May 69 to May of 71--I was looking thru some old paperwork and found a copy of my last tdy to TSN in April of 71--like you gained a lot of weight and wonder where time went to Smitty
  9. When I was stationed at Langley we took 63-7838 to 36000 on a trip out to Hill AFB Utah--Capt Thyssen (sp)(I think) was the pilot and he wanted to see how high we could go since the ceiling was 36 thou on the E model--Needless to say we where hanging on the props--a united flight wanted to know if we where trying to resupply sky-lab when the controller ask what kind of plane we where on-- I believe our cabin altitude was at something like 8500 to 9000--had plenty of pressurization Smitty
  10. When I was stationed at Langley we took 63-7838 to 36000 on a trip out to Hill AFB Utah--Capt Thyssen (sp)(I think) was the pilot and he wanted to see how high we could go since the ceiling was 36 thou on the E model--Needless to say we where hanging on the props--a united flight wanted to know if we where trying to resupply sky-lab when the controller ask what kind of plane we where on-- I believe our cabin pressure was at something like 8500 to 9000--had plenty of pressurization Smitty
  11. Tiny, You and your family have my deepest condolences for y'all's lost--y'all are in my prayers and thoughts Smitty
  12. Skip, I don't remember anything that hazardous when we moved munitions around--do you? Smitty
  13. This is a little my wife sent to me about AF bases and your knowledge--I don't know how to start a new thread so I'm tying it to this one. The web site is http://www.mcmguides.com/Know Where/know where.php if this doesn't work let me know and I'll try to add it again--it is quite a bit of fun trying to remember where all of the bases are but most of the old heads will probably know Smitty
  14. I don't know about now as I'm an old fart but most of the pilots that gave recert rides at Langley would let you taxi the acft--how would you get a feel for it if you don't do it--I use to try and win beer by taxing from the right seat but if a pilot loses he lets the other guys know real quick--I never could quit turning the yoke when in the right seat had to do something with my right hand--they all laughed at me for that Smitty
  15. Thanks a lot Casey--I really enjoy this site Smitty
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