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  3. lI would have been more impressed if the hiway was two lane. 😃 Considering how long the Herk has been doing tactical airlift, especially in Viet Nam, on unimproved strips barely long enough for C-7s, surprised this operation had never been done before. Further, landing on hiway has long been done by numerous other air forces including the RAF who've landed a C-130J on a beach. Thinking this operation was a piece of cake for one of the many highly qualified Guard aircrews.
  4. The United States military made history yesterday when it landed a C-130 aircraft on Highway 287 north of Rawlins during a joint training exercise. Moments after sunrise, the cargo plane burst through storm clouds to the east of the roadway at about 240 miles per hour. 500 feet off each wingtip was an A10. Known also as “flying guns,” A10’s are the Air Force’s primary low-altitude close support aircraft. Until yesterday, the Air Force had never landed a C130 on an American highway, although two A10’s landed on a Michigan highway earlier this month. Prior to that, such a feat had only been done in Estonia during the Cold War. With a wingspan of more than 132 feet, the four-engine C130 is over 97 feet long and has a 42,000 pound payload. It’s manned by a five-person crew including two pilots, a navigator, flight engineer and loadmaster. The US military has used the C130 since 1956 as a troop, medevac and cargo transport aircraft. It is designed for landings and takeoffs on short, unprepared airstrips in combat zones. Despite gusty winds, a wet road surface, heavy cloud cover and a speed of 120 miles per hour, the pilots set the C130 down perfectly on the centerline of the highway -- making history. https://bigfoot99.com/bigfoot99-news/air-force-pilots-test-landing-skills-on-highway-287-during-military-exercise/?fbclid=IwAR0Y2NcaFh-9Udl1PAFRRYGFkFA2mOeZ6xrmGdc0VFsO5zsyFtf0f69DV3M
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  6. An elderly couple, Ray and Bessie, are "snowbirds" in Texas. Ray always wanted a pair of authentic cowboy boots. Seeing some on sale one day, he buys them, wears them home, walking proudly. He walks into the house and says to his wife: "Notice anything different about me?" Bessie looks him over and says, "Nope." Frustrated, Ray storms off into the bathroom; undresses and walks back into the room completely naked except for the boots. Again, he asks, a little louder this time, "Notice anything DIFFERENT NOW?" Bessie looks up and says, "Ray, what's different? It's hanging down today, it was hanging down yesterday, it'll be hanging down again tomorrow." Furious, Ray yells, "AND DO YOU KNOW WHY IT'S HANGING DOWN, BESSIE? IT'S HANGING DOWN BECAUSE IT'S LOOKING AT MY NEW BOOTS!!!!!" To which Bessie replies, "Shoulda bought a hat, Ray. Shoulda bought a hat."
  7. Teaching the Commando new tricks By Staff Sgt. Brandon Esau, AFSOC Public Affairs / Published September 14, 2021 HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The C-130J is an incredibly versatile aircraft, and since it’s creation, it’s landed on rough fields, in arctic locations and even an aircraft carrier Yet, it cannot land on water, which covers about 71% of the planet. As national strategic objectives shift focus to littoral regions, Air Force Special Operations Command is advancing new approaches to expand the multi-mission platform's runway independence and expeditionary capacity. In partnership with the Air Force Research Lab's Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation (AFRL-SDPE) directorate, AFSOC is developing an MC-130J Commando II Amphibious Capability (MAC) to improve the platform's support of seaborne special operations. "The development of the MAC capability is the culmination of multiple lines of effort," said Lt Col Josh Trantham, AFSOC Science, Systems, Technology, & Innovation (SST&I) Deputy Division Chief. "This capability allows the Air Force to increase placement and access for infiltration, exfiltration, and personnel recovery, as well as providing enhanced logistical capabilities for future competition and conflict." The development of a removable amphibious float modification for an MC-130J would enable "runway independent" operations, which, according to Trantham, would extend the global reach and survivability of the aircraft and Air Commandos. "Seaborne operations offer nearly unlimited water landing zones providing significant flexibility for the Joint Force," Trantham said. Utilizing the MAC capability may provide unlimited operational access to waterways to distribute forces if land assets are compromised. "MAC is vital to future success because it will allow for the dispersal of assets within a Joint Operations Area," said Maj Kristen Cepak, AFSOC Technology Transition Branch Chief. "This diaspora complicates targeting of the aircraft by our adversaries and limits aircraft vulnerability at fixed locations." A task force of industry partners are closely collaborating with AFSOC and AFRL-SDPE to bring the vision to life. A five-phase rapid prototyping schedule will lead to an operational capability demonstration in only 17 months while de-risking the concept for a future potential MAC program of record that could field MAC for MC-130Js but also potentially field a similar amphibious capability for other C-130 variants with only minor variations. AFSOC and private sector counterparts are currently testing MAC prototypes through digital design, virtual reality modeling (VR), and computer-aided designs (CAD) in a virtual setting known as the Digital Proving Ground (DPG), paving the way for digital simulation, testing, and the use of advanced manufacturing for rapid prototyping and physical prototype testing. According to Trantham and Cepak, the DPG can deliver mission review, aircraft system analysis, design ideation, engineering risk-reduction, virtual reality, concept imagery, feasibility studies, and other deliverables. "Being able to experiment with existing technology to evaluate design tradeoffs and test a new system before ever bending metal is a game-changer," Cepak said. "AFSOC is evolving and experimenting in a smart way to reduce technical risk and deliver capability to the field more rapidly and efficiently than before." According to Trantham, while the MAC project demonstrates rapid capability development for AFSOC, the Air Force and the Total Force will also benefit. "We believe MAC will be able to be used by our sister services, allies, and partners on various C-130 platforms," he said. "Further, expanding the operational use of an amphibious aircraft alongside other innovative tools will provide even more complex dilemmas in future battlespaces for our strategic competitors."
  8. Good luck, you could always find some domes and make the hole thing. These could easily be painted on the inside. https://www.cobeads.com/p-1824986-decorative-glass-dome-cloche-cover-bell-jar-clear.html?currency=USD&msclkid=72aedbcdb5e213e7c30bba8c99b571d1&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=EN-(US)Shopping Ads&utm_term=4582627042421697&utm_content=All Products
  9. "The efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of caution. "You don''t want to try these techniques at home." "Why not?" asked somebody from the audience.. "I watched my wife''s routine at breakfast for years," the expert explained. "She made lots of trips between the refrigerator, stove, table and cabinets,often carrying a single item at a time. One day I told her, ''Hon, why don''tyou try carrying several things at once?''". "Did it save time?" the guy in the audience asked.. "Actually, yes," replied the expert. "It used to take her 20 minutes to make breakfast. Now I do it in seven."
  10. I remember reading that this or a similar jig has been in use since the start of C-130 production. Is that correct? Thanks, Koen
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  12. Should be in a supplement to the 2J-T56 series T.O.s. If it is a commodity TCTO, it won't have a C-130 TCTO number.
  13. I couldn't anything in my info on that blade part number.
  14. Hi,I recently bought a few propeller blades and I was told they belonged to a three bladed C-130.Is any of you guys able to confirm this with the below data which is painted on one of the blades?BLADE SERIAL No.169448BLADE AND RET. ASSY. 6522969Would be great if I could find out to which aircraft/Air Force they belonged to.If I find out how to attach a picture to this message I will do so.Any info is much appreciated.Many thanks for your help.Greetings,JurgenNetherlands
  15. I seem to remember going over 100 deg C just resulted in pulling the mag plugs, and going over 150 is an oil change. Pulling the mag plugs is to check for damage, then put them back in. My guess is 100 deg C is the limit because that's the point when damage becomes much more likely. If I had to guess why this causes an engine shutdown event, I'd say only a malfunction could allow the oil temp to go above 100 while flying due to the robust amount of cooling air available. If the engine is shut down for oil temps, it is a good idea to get the engine restarted for landing for maximum controllability and go-around margin. As for a reference, my guess is whatever tech data the owner provides. For the US military, that would be the 1C-130H-2-70FI-00-1-2.
  16. The collapse can be cause by a pressurisation leak from the cargo compartment into the centre wing. I saw it happen on an RNZAF hers, was just a few empty bolt holes on the forward spar from a bracket or component which was no longer fitted I think? was a long time ago.
  17. When I go to casinos, the most ridiculous sign I see is the one that says: "If you have a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER." I thought about it for a moment and dialed the number. When they answered I said, "I have an ace and a six. The dealer has a seven. What do I do?"
  18. I am looking for a parachute signal / jump light / jump indicator from a C-130 or any Air Force plane that had it (C-141, C-5 or C-17). It does not need to be in working order....can be just the case with red / green lenses.
  19. After Afghanistan evacuation mission, UK air force still not reexamining plans to retire C-130 By Valerie Insinna Aug 30, 05:02 PM A British Royal Air Force Airbus A400M aircraft takes takes part in a flying display at the Farnborough Airshow, south west of London, on July 18, 2018. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) (AFP/Getty Images) WASHINGTON — The arduous airlift demands of the Afghanistan evacuation mission haven’t changed the U.K. Royal Air Force’s plans to retire its C-130s by 2030, its top officer said Aug. 27. “This is the first large-scale operation that we’ve done with our A400s, and it’s demonstrated that this is an aircraft with real potential and enormous capacity,” said RAF Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston in an interview with Defense News. “It flies much higher and much faster and carries a greater payload than the C-130. So as every month goes by, my confidence in that decision increases.” The RAF ultimately transported more than 15,000 people out of Kabul from Aug. 14 to Aug. 28, according to the U.K. ministry of defence. Wigston — who visited the United States last week to attend the Space Symposium — spoke to Defense News on Friday evening, during the last hours of the United Kingdom’s presence in Afghanistan. At that point, the Royal Air Force had evacuated about 8,500 Afghans, an estimated 4,500 U.K. passport or visa holders, and 1,500 people from other nations, Wigston said. About 500 to 1,000 others awaited the last RAF flights out of Kabul. “We have stopped taking in new people for processing,” he said. “Over the next few hours, those 500 to 1,000 [people] remaining will be taken out. At that stage, our evacuation operation will have come to an end, and we will just focus on getting our people out safely.” The RAF used about 15 aircraft during the evacuation mission, with half staged forward — transporting passengers from Kabul to other cities in the Middle East — and the other planes conducting flights from those cities to the United Kingdom, Wigston said. Over the two-week period, aircraft spotters frequently documented British C-17s, A400s and C-130s moving in and out of the airspace at Hamid Karzai International Airport. In March, the defence ministry announced as part of a command review it would retire the RAF’s remaining 14 C-130Js by 2023. “Twenty-two A400Ms, alongside the C17s, will provide a more capable and flexible transport fleet,” U.K. defence secretary Ben Wallace said then. Despite the C-130s offering additional airlift capacity, Wigston said there’s no need for the RAF to revisit its current retirement plans. “It will be with a heavy heart that we retire the C-130 in two years’ time because it’s been an absolute workhorse, but I have absolute confidence in the A400 and what that aircraft is able to do going forward,” he said. So far, Airbus has delivered 20 A400M Atlas aircraft to the RAF.
  20. Might be able to get some from RAF since they are divesting from C-130 and transitioning to A400M.
  21. These new, all digital TD Amplifiers Mfg by ABB Inc, replace all preceding part numbers on T56A-7, -15 and -16. Does anyone know the TCTO number under which USAF approved the installation of this TD Amp? DnD-ABB TD Amp Iginition Relay Upgrade sheet v1.4b.pdf
  22. Recommendation: Have the PGB inspected/repaired/tested/certified by a RR approved shop, including a warranty! and hold them accountable.
  23. A bit of a late response but we picked up a lot of Australian (ex-Qantas Defense) C-130 GSE, which is for sale. Email me if still interested. [email protected]
  24. the note about changing oil when it exceeds this temp is in the instrument limits area of the 00GV if I remember correctly. Completely random place but I did read it a few years back
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  26. Hi, I was browsing through the older posts and came across this. "Hey the book says between 100 and 150 deg C they just change the oil, that\'s a small work load for MX compaired to screwing up the touchdown." Does anyone have the reference for this? This seems like exceeding 100°C is no biggie, even though the book states that it is an engine shutdown condition. Also took a look at the engine oil specifications, works well beyond 100°C. Could someone explain this? Why is 100°C the limit? Thank you Quoted from:
  27. Sorry, don't have any experience on the J models, or any tech data. What base are you at? I don't know if there are any relays involved in the DC system on those birds, but if there are, swap two of them. I would also check the AC input connections to the TRs.
  28. The Ohio Air National Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing will be transitioning from its primary mission of flying C-130 transport planes to hosting the Air Force’s new Cyber Warfare Wing to combat cyber attacks. Dave Polcyn/News Journal WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base has been selected as the location for the Air Force’s new Cyber Warfare Mission, according to announcements by Gov. Mike DeWine and Sen. Sherrod Brown. "The Cyber Warfare Wing (CWW) will put Mansfield in the middle of the military’s cutting edge cyber capability and the fight against emerging cyber threats. The mission will also bring approximately 180 new jobs to the base," Brown, D-Ohio, said in a news release issued Wednesday. DeWine said he received "this outstanding news" on Wednesday directly from the Secretary of the Air Force. "Ohio is gaining a leading-edge mission that will strengthen the fabric of the military community and further solidify Ohio as a national leader in cybersecurity excellence," DeWine said.
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