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  1. Bill. Interesting to note that the APU could be run inflight (except on commercial Hercs), but not serviced inflight while the GTC could be serviced inflight but not run inflight. Anyone else see the irony here? Don R.
  2. Bob, My neighbor across the street moved here from Patrick last year. He told me that Patrick was getting C-27's. Of course, he's in the Comm Squadron -- what does he know? Don R.
  3. Peter, This is an inflight check. When the dump pump pressure drops in an outboard tank, the level will be at 2,100 lbs, the standpipe level and 1,800 (I think) lbs in the inboards. If I remember correctly, you had to use the dump pumps because the boost pumps will pump the tanks empty. Like I said before, it's been a very long time, so I could be full of BS about this. Don R.
  4. When I flew the Herc with Transafrik, most of the airplanes had at least 3 or 4 fuel gauges inop or unreliable. There was a procedure called a standpipe check to see how much fuel was actually in the tank. It's been since December 1995 (21+ years) that I've been in the cockpit of a Herc. Does anyone remember how the check went? I know it had to do with using the dump pumps as boost pumps. Thanks, Don R.
  5. I'm not sure, but weren't the MC-130E Blackbirds at Nah Trang PCS, too? Don R.
  6. The only two Dyess FY 1974 airplanes lost at Pope were 74-1681 (msn 4654) that crashed in 1989 dropping a Sheridan tank when the load hung up. A LAPES, I think. The other was 74-1693 (msn 4693) w/o after a ground fire. Don R.
  7. My very first TDY as a one-striper in 1963 was from Langley AFB to Sewart AFB to have a B-model's door sealed. I didn't even know that I had to file a travel voucher when I got back! Don R.
  8. I went their website, but it's not there anymore. Back when I was DC-10 FE with Gemini Air Cargo, I bought a KC-10 AOM from them because the civilian version was written more for pilots than FE's. Much more technical data. OK, I may have exaggerated a bit when I said the SR-71, but you could've bought the XB-70 AOM. Don R.
  9. There's a company in Colorado that sells everything from the B-17 to the SR-71 AOM. Very pricey, but available. Lots of engine manuals, too. Don R.
  10. I was never with SAT although I knew a LOT of the crewmembers from my days with Transafrik in Angola (1989 -- 1995). Don R.
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    Tail flash

    HA! An old Dyess bird. I remember when they still had that new car smell to them. That didn't last very long. I think it went to The Rock in 2012. Don R.
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    Tail flash

    I have mild dyslexia, so I can understand. I had to triple check my TOLD cards after filling them out.
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    Tail flash

    Casey, it's actually 80-0322 (msn 4903). My guess is the yellow tail flash is that of the 118th AS of the Connecticut ANG. Their patch is also mainly yellow. That photo was taken by my friend Sean O'Brien in 7/28/16 @ Shannon. The photo below is the Georgia ANG's tail flash, also from my friend Sean on 5/07 @ SNN. OK, I think we've beat this to death! Thanks for all your help. Don R.
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    Tail flash

    Does anyone know What unit displays this tail flash? Thanks. Don R.
  15. Perfman, please check your messages. Don R.
  16. Haven't heard much, Bob. They did send a Herc to Juba in the Sudan to evacuate some NGO's because of the civil war there. Don't know if they still have any airplanes at AIROD. I'll check & let you know. Don R.
  17. PJ, I know it's disappointing getting no responses for a week, but with no licenses, not many companies are going to hire you. You can try Transafrik, but they're about 99% Filipinos. Great guys to work with, though. Good luck, Don R.
  18. Does it still have the NP2000 props? Don R.
  19. Yep, Hay Street & the Prince Charles Hotel. Wonder if the hotel is still there? "City of Impact." The only place off base to buy beer in Taylor County back then.! Don R.
  20. Sorry, didn't see Larry's post. Don R.
  21. A great loss to the C-130 community. He will be missed. Don R.
  22. Just a bit off the subject, but when I was an FE with Gemini Air Cargo on the DC-10, we were at Charleston AFB back in the early 2000's with a cracked cockpit window. A Transient Alert guy came by and said the C-17 cockpit windows were interchangeable with the DC-10. We couldn't use it, though because of some sort of FAA crap. Had to ferry to JFK to change it. Don R.
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    Back in the mid-1970's, while flying empty from Jeddah to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in a spanking new 1974 H-model, we got to 44,000'. We were trying for 45,000, but at 1,000' short, a turbine overheat light blinked. I must've gulped down a liter of LOX! The airplane was literally hanging on the props. I can't remember the AC's name, but he was really cool. He got out some time later, built a cement boat and sailed to Honolulu. Don R.
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