mayor Posted October 23, 2007 Share Posted October 23, 2007 Just thinking back to my first real experience with Herkys. I think it was in December of 1970. Some of us from the Aerial Delivery section at Travis went on a mobility to Ft. Greeley, AK. It was a joint operation between the Air Force, U.S. Army and the Canadian Forces. They moved the Army guys out of the huts and into tents to make room for us spoiled air force guys. At one point, the wind chill was 116F BELOW zero. Ft. Greeley\'s ramp could only hold about 2 large aircraft and we were trying to run an operation with Canadian 130\'s and our 141\'s. One time one of our 130 crews asked to have something unloaded from their a/c. I went out there with one of those large, diesel, adverse terrain forklifts and started to unload. I asked if they wanted the milkstool under the ramp and they said it wasn\'t necessary. The offload only weighed about 200 lbs. This Herky still had the skatewheel rollers on it and the piece was sitting on the rollers. While I was trying to get under it, I was moving the blades down and this forklift would exert pressure down, also, unlike with most forklifts. All of a sudden, the loadmaster yelled at me to stop because the nose was rising into the air. I\'m still not sure if that was possible but he was certainly panicking. One other note on the Canadian Herkys.........they certainly were clean and spotless. They looked like they just rolled out of the factory. I\'m sure they never got the use that ours did. Anyway, anyone on here old enough to remember any of this besides me? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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