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1963 - Tech School, Amarillo AFB, TX (B-47)
1963 - 1965 C-130B 4th wiper, Langley AFB, VA
1965 - 1967 C-130B crew chief, Clark AB, PI
1967 - 1967 discharged; worked for Eastern Airlines on Connies & Electras in Boston
1967 - reenlisted in USAF (got out as an E-4 A/1C; back in as an E-4 Sgt!)
1967 - 1970 C-118A flt mech, Rhein Main AB, West Germany
1970 - 1971 T-29 flt mech/B-52H crew chief, KI Sawyer AFB, MI
1971 - 1972 C-141A crew chief/Transient Alert, Norton AFB, CA
1972 - 1973 HC-130P crew chief/QC, Korat RTAFB, Thailand
1974 - 1977 C-130E crew chief/C-130E/H FE, Dyess AFB, TX
1977 - 1983 C-130E FEFE, Rhein Main AB, West Germany
1983 - 1985 C-130H FEFE, Dyess AFB, TX (retired 12/85)
1985 - 1986 L-100 PFE, St. Lucia Airways (Sudan, Central America)
1986 - 1986 L-188 PFE, Galaxy Airlines (very short time; it sucked - the company, not the airplane)
1986 - 1988 L-100 PFE, St. Lucia Airways (Sudan, Zaire, Angola)
1988 - 1988 L-100 PFE, Tepper Aviation (very short time; it sucked - again, the company, not the airplane)
1989 - 1991 L-100 PFE, Transafrik (Angola)
1991 - 1992 L-100 PFE, Frameair (Angola, Namibia)
1992 - 1995 L-100/727 PFE, Transafrik (Angola, Cambodia, Kenya, Somalia, Rwanda)
1996 - 2003 DC-10-30F PFE, Gemini Air Cargo (retired again 8/03)
Total time: 24,700+ hours
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C-130 News: Cameroon Air Force C-130 Suffers Runway ExcursionOne of the instructor pilots is a friend of a friend of mine. It goes back to my Transafrik days. Don R.
C-130 News: Cameroon Air Force C-130 Suffers Runway ExcursionIf anyone is interested, the C-130H registration is TJ-XCF (msn 4747). Don R.
DC10FE posted a topic in C-130 TechnicalI thought I had posted this question before, but I can't find it now. For you old-timers. What is the service ceiling for the C-130A? Thanks, Don R.
L-100 flight manual (-9)
DC10FE replied to hehe's topic in C-130 GeneralActually, some commercial Hercs have paratroop doors. I was an FE on a brand new one in 1991 in Angola. They're called "aft entry doors." Don R.
DC10FE posted a topic in C-130 TechnicalHere's a simple question for you old timers. What's the service ceiling for the C-130A. Thanks in advance. Don R.
End of the line - 74-1660 Makes Final Trip by Road
DC10FE replied to Metalbasher's topic in 2020I have quite a few hours on it when it was brand new at Dyess AFB, TX. Don R.
You're correct! Thanks. Once I get on Google Earth, I'm usually stuck there for hours. Very addictive.
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.
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.
I was back with Transafrik, but the shrapnel may have been from when the Angolan AF requisitioned that airplane and crews for their civil war -- registered as T-312. It was on the ramp at Catumbela AB when a soldier accidentally detonated a grenade in the cargo compartment. It was ferried back to Luanda where it sat for a very long time and then ferried to Sogerma for repairs in Bordeaux where it sat again for a very long time. I think when you guys got it, it only had about 6,000 hours on it. The Lockheed tech rep that came with the airplane said it was originally ordered by the Yugoslavian military, but the order was canceled. (Say hi to Chris Lockhart when you see him. We were at Transafrik together for a few years.) Don R.
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.
A friend pointed out to me that the date we showed up in Luanda was not 1999, but it was 1991. Sorry. Don R.
Thanks for the clarification, AA. I was under the assumption that Lynden bought them out. Can I assume you're a pilot for Lynden? Have you flown P4-LAE? I was an FE on it back in 1999 when we showed up in Luanda with it in Angola Air Charter colors. It had only 60 hours on the airframe! It was registered in Curacao with Frameair as PJ-TAC. It was a real sweetheart of an airplane. Don R.
DC10FE replied to Inlimits's topic in C-130 HistoricalAccording to Lars' book, it was originally assigned to the West Virginia ANG. I never heard of it being haunted, but I've been out of the loop for quite a while, having retired in 1985. Don R.
DC10FE replied to DC10FE's topic in Aviation Discussion (non-c130)A pilot friend of mine told me the airplane was a Delta 757-300. They have overwing slides stored in compartments outside the pressurized fuselage that deploy for egress down the wing's trailing edge. Don R.