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Anyone here on the board serve at Clark with a navigator names William Simon III ?  I am guessing during the 70's but possibly earlier...

I recently came into possession of one of his flight suits and hoping to learn a little more about him and his time in the C-130 at Clark. 

 

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Didn't know him but I was stationed at Clark as a C-130 crew chief in 1969-70's and know the routine of the flight crews as the crew chief went with his aircraft. Standard rotation of the 40 some odd C-130's and crews were as follows: Bag drag to aircraft and take off around 0600 hrs. Stopped at Subic Bay Navel base P.I. and onload pax and cargo. Flew into Vietnam and stopped at several bases to off load pax and cargo. Flew on to Cam Ranh Bay AB which was the home base while in Vietnam. Crew debriefed and went into crew rest. Crew chief inspected acft. ( BPO/Preflight). Refuel and reconfigure acft., climb up on crew bunk and sleep till 0400 when new air crew arrives. Officers file flight plan FE pulls -1 preflight with crew chief. Loadmaster waits for cargo and waits and waits. Cargo is loaded and officers arrive. Engine start and aircraft backs out of revetment. Crew chief gets sand blasted marshalling aircraft out. Sometims crew chief goes with aircraft but most times not. Crew chief and asst. split up for rest/ work schedule. Airctaft returns around 1700 hrs. Crew boards crew van goes to maint. debrief then to squadron operations debriefs then into crew rest. This routine was for a standard 15-21 day rotation to Vietnam. Some maint. support troops  had a 55 day rotation to CRB also. There would be trips to other countries and some R&R but the main function of the C-130's and air crew/ maint. crews was in support of Vietnam. Normal tour of duty to Clark was 18 months but was shortened to 15 months in 1970. 24 months if you took your family to Clark. This gives you a thumbnail shot of life as an aircrew at Clark.

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Bill, when I was at Clark (1965 - 1967), our rotation to Vietnam was to Saigon.  Other than that, you pretty much covered it all.  

Don R.

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Those were the days , huh Don? Whatever anybody thought of the war it was the adventure of my life as a young kid. Bill

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16 hours ago, Spectre623 said:

Those were the days , huh Don? 

Yep, it was the first, but not the last time I'd been shot at.  I wish I could remember more of my adventures in both Angeles and Vietnam.  CRS.

Don R.

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Don, I can't remember what CRS is.....ha ha. Saw your bio where you were on C-141's. We are about finished restoring 0186 the first 141 to be streached. It's at the museum just out the back gate at Dobbins air base. Go to C-141heaven on the web and check it out. Bill

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Also Don check out the Aviation Wing, Marietta onthe net and facebook which has pics of Ghost Rider our gunship and the C-141 and others.

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Thanks, Bill.  I'll have to check it out.  I visited that museum many, many years ago -- back in the early 1990's.  I remember looking inside the C-141 that was there at the time -- it still had all the 780 equipment in it.  The Credible Sport C-130 was there, too.

Don R.

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Don I belive that was the Robins AFB museum. Ours is off the north west corner of the Lockheed plant in Mariette,Ga. Dobbins AFB. Google earth it.😁

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You're correct!  Thanks.  

Once I get on Google Earth, I'm usually stuck there for hours.  Very addictive.

 

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Credible Sport C-130 was at Robins but has since been moved to a location up in New England somewhere (forget).  There is a thread on this board about the flatbed journey though.

 

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