SamMcGowan Posted July 10, 2011 Share Posted July 10, 2011 I was looking through The Airlifter yesterday and came across a picture of an A-model taken at Naha of an airplane with a white upper fuselage. The photo is black and white so its hard to tell but I assume the fuselage was painted gray. I remember seeing this paint scheme on the White Whale C-123 but don't recall ever seeing a C-130 painted this way at that time. The caption says the airplane was undergoing an inspection by the new 374th FMS, which had just activated. In fact, the article was the occasion of the activation of the 374th Troop Carrier Wing. Anyone have any idea what airplane this was? The only thing I can think of would either be the 315th AD command airplane or an AWS WC-130A. It seems to me Col. Howe used an 815th airplane which would have been unpainted. The AWS might have sent their WC-130As to Naha for inspections but if they did, it wasn't common knowledge and they were from a different command. If anyone has a GOOD idea what it might have been, drop me an Email at [email protected] since I only come on here occasionally. (No, it doesn't show a number - if it did I'd look it up.) By the way, I also discovered that 53-0023 was at Naha and 53-3135 left for the States in either late '66 or early '67 because it was useless to the 315th AD mission. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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