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  1. I am a proud former Lockheed C130 Hercules Flight Engineer. I joined the RAAF the same year the C130A entered service with the RAAF. (1958). I operatd as Flight Engineer on three models, the A, E and H. In civilian employment I also operated another fine Lockheed aircraft, the L1011 Tristar. The C130 has been a wonderful asset tothe RAAF, which has operated four models. The C130A, the C130E, the C130H and now the C130J-30. 12 of each model have, for varying periods, served our country over the past 59 years. The RAAF has an enviable record with the C130, having never lost an aircraft nor suffered any significant accident with it. I think that record says a great deal about the aircraft, the crews whom have flown her and the maintainers who keep the aircraft in such exceptional condition. I am very proud of my experience with the C130 and those with whom I shared her. Sincerely Tony Ryan
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  2. Fritz Wester

    Passing of Richard Zimmerman

    SMsgt Richard Zimmerman of Frackville Pennsylvania passed at the age of 83 on Monday February 27. "Zimmy" was the former Chief Flight Engineer at the 913th at Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove Pennsylvania. Zimmy continued to fly after his AFRES retirement as a 747 FE for Flying Tigers and as a C-130 FE in the aerial firefighting industry for International Air Response for years 1993, 1994 and 1995 in France. Zimmy was born in Ringtown the son of the late Maurice "Hap" and Mabel Hodgert Zimmerman. He was a graduate of Frackville High School, Frackville Pennsylvania. He was a member of the American Legion Post 398, Masonic Lodge 737 and the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1533 all of Frackville and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Zimmy started his Air Force career as a B-36 Crew Chief at Carswell and was on board a B-36 aircraft that flew through the Hydrogen Bomb cloud immediately after the H-Bomb test at Bikini Atoll (Operation Castle 1954). He was at Carswell during the filming of "Strategic Air Command" starring Jimmy Stewart, June Allison and Harry Morgan. In a flight line sequence vehicles can be seen driving behind the actors. Zimmy drove one of those vehicles for the movie. He said they would drive one way, turn around and dive the other over and over to make the flight line look like a busy place. Zimmy was also a C-119 Crew Chief who eventually transitioned to Flight Engineer. Zimmy was preceded in death by his first wife Leona Zimmerman and his brother Donald W. "Tex" Zimmerman. He is survived by his second wife Pauline Kopey Searls Zimmerman who resides at their home in Frackville Pennsylvania; Sister Nancy Maglowsky of Frackville daughter Dana Zimmerman Goodman, her husband Robert both of Tampa Florida; a son David Zimmerman, Davids wife Danielle both of Allentown; stepdaughter Lynne Searls Napoli her husband Thomas both of Charlotte North Carolina; stepson Richard Searls and his wife Diane and 8 grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation from 2 to 4 P.M. Saturday March 4 at Albert L. Gricoski Funeral Home in Frackville. Internment with Military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville Zimmy was one of two mentors who trained me to be a Flight Engineer. While not intolerant of mistakes, Zimmy did not expect a trainee to make the same mistake twice. His kind understanding and patient teaching method are always with me when I fly. I owe to him a debt of eternal gratitude for his patience, care, understanding and outstanding knowledge of the C-130 and those flight operations. Tailwinds my Dear Friend Fritz
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  3. Sonny

    Roe Vs. Wade

    Bambi, a blonde in her fourth year as a UCLA freshman, sat in her US government class. The professor asked Bambi if she knew what Roe vs. Wade was about. Bambi pondered the question then finally said, "That was the decision George Washington had to make before he crossed the Delaware."
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  4. Fritz Wester

    Herk Moves

    Eisenhowers farewell address is as relevant today as when he gave it. The speech was "a solemn moment in a decidedly unsolemn time", warning a nation "giddy with prosperity, infatuated with youth and glamour, and aiming increasingly for the easy life." "As we peer into society's future, we – you and I, and our government – must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow. "But we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense. We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security alone more than the net income of all United States corporations. Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." Without putting too fine a point on it, Eisenhower was telling us it was up to us as citizens to stay involved in the governmental process. How many of us attend our local caucuses to ensure our direct involvement in the political process. Your political allegiance matters not, being involved in the democratic process is the key to our survival as a nation. Without it, we might just as well hand the whole thing to our enemies, domestic as well as foreign.
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  5. Sonny

    Acft Tail Codes

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  6. MINHAS866

    flap asymetric switches

    Hi every one as we all know that there is asymmetric switches in Flap system .switches are installed 120 degree apart no of switches are 3 .asymmetric condition of 3 to 5 deg will stop the flap movement can any body tell plz if first switch is not working or is us then what will happen is the difference will be more and kindly plz any refferance book .
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  7. We exchanged ssv and the defect was resolved.
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  8. Robert Podboy

    how it will get there.jpg

    NOBODY KNOWS WHAT WE’LL NEED TOMORROW, BUT WE DO KNOW HOW IT WILL GET THERE. LOCKHEED MARTIN
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  9. Helmet? Yes. No sweep-on masks on the airplanes. Most guys had to carry the helmet every flight to have some way to don oxygen and have comm. Some former "big MAC" guys had a quick donning arrangement for oxygen mask, so they could have oxygen with a regular headset. As far as survival gear...I don't remember. I don't even know if the 54th maintained combat survival gear available. I was still a "new guy" in Herks, and weather recon was kind of an off-beat corner of the USAF Herk world.
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  10. bobdaley

    37th TAS 1972/73

    the aircraft i flew at CCK with the 37TAS in 72-73 were 62-1806, 1811,1821, 1823,1828,1830, 1834, 1848 1849, 1850, 1852, 63-7783, 7784, 7786, 7787, 7794, 7795, 7796, 7825, 7882, 7887, 7888, 7890 64-0503, 0520, 0557 These are from my form 5, we flew our airplanes and some from the 36 TAS, the 38TAS, and the 374TAW. Bob
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  11. Happy Birthday snowyday!!!
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  12. I resemble those remarks!
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  13. Ha Ha great ones Sonny...that's us. Bill
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  14. Casey

    C-130J: One Aircraft, Many Missions

    C-130J: One Aircraft, Many Missions
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  15. Don't know about trash haulers, but 54th WRS (MAC) launched us toward the (secret) dispersal? location. Made it as far as Makapu Beach. My first visit to the lovely Hawaiian Isles courtesy of Uncle Sam. Then they turned us around. October, as i recall, 1973.
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  16. Jcapsparkchaser

    Passing of Richard Zimmerman

    Fritz, I was a C/C at WGARS and learned many things while holding the gear doors for Zimmy as he did his pre=flights!
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  17. Robert Podboy

    Simultaneous loading unloading.jpg

    No other commercial cargo transport Can perform all these 8 Feats of HERCULES 1. Load / unload simultaneously through rear cargo door (9 feet x 10 feet) and forward cargo door (6 feet x 6 ½ feet) at truck and dock level height. 2. Provide efficient straight-in loading, drastically cutting cargo-dock to cargo-dock time – also readily adaptable to mechanical loading systems. 3. Refuel at 600 U.S. gallons per minute with single-point refueling system (while cargo is being loaded / unloaded). 4. Take off from short (4700-foot) runways at maximum take off weight. 5. Climb 1760 feet per minute, and attain service ceiling of 26,400 feet, at normal power. 6. Lift more than 44,000 pounds of cargo non-stop 1,750 miles with normal fuel reserve (or lift more than 32,000 pounds over 3,000 miles non-stop). 7. Cruise at 350 miles per hour. 8. Land fully loaded and stop within 3,050 feet. Powered by four 4050 h. p. Allison (General Motors) 501-D22 engines, the mighty new 70-ton Hercules commercial cargo transport is America’s first propjet aircraft designed to carry the goods of the world in the Jet Age – and generate extra profits for airline operators. LOCKHEED means leadership GEROGIA DIVISION, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Marietta, Georgia, U. S. A. Reference publication: Flight November 15th 1957 Thanks to Dave Robinson for this Hi Res ad http://www.aviationancestry.co.uk/?advert/&advertId=38547
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  18. bobdaley

    Israel / Egypt Yom Kippur War 73

    I remember that 12 E's were sent to the Israelis. Some from Langley. Bob 62-1796, 63-7774, 7810, 7843,7844,7855,7862,7870,7873, 64-0509,0516,0528
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  19. bobdaley

    37th TAS 1972/73

    I have a list at home. In Orlando now. Home Saturday. I'll look them up. Bob
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  20. larry myers

    Israel / Egypt Yom Kippur War 73

    No to the best of my recollection. There were, however, a couple of exceptional happenings. TAC quickly transferred a squadron of C-130Es and F-4Es to the Israel AF. Daily there several El Al B747s on the Langley ramp loading munitions from Yorktown Naval Weapons Station.
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  21. bobdaley

    Yokota AB J's

    Just a rumor but I heard there are problems with the windshields installed at Marietta and after leaving Marietta, they are going to Greenville for repairs. Bob
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  22. HercMX

    What the hell is that?

    Some one please answer the man's question!! Jack..........
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  23. larry myers

    37th TAS 1972/73

    Wore this one also at Langley for a couple of years (66 on).
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  24. Knew SRA Pam Meyers. She was my crew chief during rotation to Europe in 1981 while on runs in and out of Berlin for a week. She was a great person and knew her job. All of enlisted were put into one large room there in Berlin so we all hug out together when off duty. She held her own. Was very sad when I heard of her crash and I wasn't a very happen person when the cause was released. Totally unnecessary.
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