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  1. 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.



  2. 1 hour ago, pinball said:

    Hey Don,

    Took this at the Chicago Air and Water Show a couple of weeks ago . . . recognize the tail number?  From the Connecticut Guard.  They were dropping the Leapfrogs (the Golden Knights were using their own airplane, because the rumor is the 'Frogs and Knights can't jump the same airframe anymore after the fatality last year).



    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.

  3. 21 hours ago, Casey said:

    Indeed it is 0332.  I flip numbers like that all the time.  I really need to get in the habit of double checking.


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

  4. 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.

    4902z -- 80 0320 -- Georgia ANG.jpg

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Are you Rorey Nugent?

    I agree, you don't mix "Skipper" with "Major."

    The crew was Major Bill Gunkel (aircraft commander), 1st Lt. Ed Gallagher (co-pilot), Capt Charles Gaetze (navigator), SSgt Carl L. Thomas (flight engineer) & SSgt Richard McClure (loadmaster).  

    The airplane was the 37th TAS' first desert camouflaged C-130, but I don't remember the tail number.  The airplane was never based at a special ops base in Egypt.

    Don R. 

  8. The Internet has drastically shortened my attention span, but I sat through all 24 minutes of this video and enjoyed every minute of it.  I was never in Special Operations, but I spent my 2nd tour at Rhein Main in the 37 TAS (1977 -- 1983) flying with the 7th SOS a lot.  Went on quite a few Flintlock's at RAF Sculthorpe with them.  Knew a lot of the 7th guys and gals.  They really knew how to party!  Great video, although Rhein Main was spelled wrong in the captions.

    Don R.

  9. Oh, also 68-10946 was a hard landing at Giebelstadt AAF, West Germany in 1984.  If I remember correctly, it was during an ORI with a mostly stan/eval crew.  I think this photo was taken by the loadmaster.

    Don That is the one I listed above, Thanks, Bob

    4326c -- 68-10946 -- USAF.jpg

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