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  1. Casey, I'm not sure if I like this new format.  Like a lot of other members here, I'm an old fart and was very comfortable wandering around the old format.  I'll probably get used to it over time.  It's still the best aviation site on the Internet.

    Maybe I'm missing it, but one of my favorite things to do just before logging out was to check any new member's profile, if there was one.  Also, no more signature?

    Don R.

  2. This subject may have been discussed on this forum before, but my CRS has been getting worse, so here it is again. What's the difference between the USAF T56-15 engine and the USN T56-16 engine?

    Don R.

  3. DC10FE: Your last is ironic as while you were on Bravo Rote during the Summer 76 I was across the Channel on Delta Rote at RM. However, I spent 4 July (the Bicentennial) at MHZ on a 24 hour layover (which funnily enough describes the activities that took place). I'd been at MHZ the autumn prior (Sep - Nov 75) on Bravo and was on the first MAC Herk that went down to Dharan SA to replace the USMTM-SA C-118 operation and assume the callsign of Bat 60.

    I got back to LRAFB from Rote 76 at the end of Aug and immediately began out-processing to go to HC-130 School at Kirkland, prior to PCSing to the 67th ARRS at Woodbridge in Nov.

    Interesting, Mark. I went to Rescue school at Hill in 1973 or 74 with orders back to Korat. They got canceled, though.

    Really enjoyed the Bat 60 trips. All daytime flying to all paved runways. When the 37th opened up at RM, they tied up that USMTM mini-rote.

    Don R.

  4. In the summer to fall of 66 we started operation cross-switch rotations to first Evereaux France and then when Charlie kicked NATO out, we moved over to Mildenhall.

    I've been out for quite some time, but I've never heard the phrase "cross-switch rotations." Was I living under a rock all those years?

    Don R.

  5. Thanks Fritz. I was in Transient Alert when I was there. Had my paperwork in to go to the 1198th when I got orders for Korat RTAFB, Thailand. The 1198th was no more by the time I got back.

    Did you happen to make it to the Jet Bar by the main gate? A real dump.

    Don R.

  6. I know this is pretty hard to believe, but it's true. Flying from Jedda to Dhahran in a brand new 1974 H-model, we got almost to 44,000 feet when a turbine overheat light came on. I must've gulped down a liter of LOX. I can't remember the AC's name, but, after getting out, he built a cement boat and sailed it to Hawaii.

    Don R.

  7. Fritz, just out of curiousity, are you referring to the far east end of the main ramp or the east end of the ramp by the end of runway 24? The reason I ask is because the east ramp by rwy 24 is where the Heavy Chain C-130's were parked when I was stationed there in 1971.

    Don R.

  8. I may have missed something in one of the above replies, but wasn't there a video narrated by John Wayne about flying out of CCK and Vietnam? I remember watching it during commander's call back in the 1960's. In it, there was a C-130 taking off and disappearing from sight and then reappearing zooming overhead. Also, a crew was interviewed after landing long and having to back out of a minefield, if I remember correctly. CRS, ya know.

    Don R.

  9. As a retired FE (military & commercial), I have a lot of time on my hands & am easily amused. One of my daily rituals is to come visit this forum. The last thing I do before signing off is to check any new member's profile. If I'm the first there, I feel I've accomplished something for that day. For those of you who don't check members' profiles, you probably have no idea what I'm talking about. For those of you that do (Larry, Sonny, Mt crewchief, etc), you know exactly what I'm talking about, right?

    Don R.

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