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Posted January 18, 2015
Bob, do you have an msn for CG2007?
Posted January 13, 2015
I remember a rote in the summer of 1976, it did not rain one day while I was there -- although I wasn't there that much. That's the rote I spent celebrating America's bicentennial drinking Heniken beer at the US Consulate in Dharahran, Saudi Arabia. If I remember correctly, the next day, we loaded up the airplane with all the empties (there were a lot) and dropped them in the middle of the desert.
Posted January 11, 2015
Here I go hijacking my own thread. A few years ago, I learned that members of the USAF bands enter the Air Force as TSgts and bypass the usual basic training. Check out some UTube videos of the band -- they're almost all Top 3. WTF?
OK, back to Moldyhole. I wonder if the RAF will move in? I'm sure Brize Norton is pretty crowded with the C-130's & C-17's based there.
Posted January 9, 2015
I passed through there in my DC-10 a few times on AMC trips out of Charleston and McGuire. Even thoough I'm not flying anymore, I'm really gonna miss that place.
Posted January 8, 2015
The ned of an era. Many fond memories. Too many rotes to count. The Bird in the Hand, Mickey's Tea Room, Top 3 Club, Sherwood Forest.
Click here: Huge US airbase to close - ITV News
in Aviation Discussion (non-c130)
Posted December 30, 2014
A very rare photo of the FE panel on the prototype DC-8.
Posted December 25, 2014
Found another today, now 52!
Any info on when and where? No engines -- not a good sign.
Posted December 23, 2014
Edited December 24, 2014 by bobdaley
Could you contact the photographer, or is he the one requesting help?
The only thing I can say is that it's an A-model by the cabin window configuration.
Don I e mailed him, no answer yet. Bob
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Posted December 19, 2014
Thanks, Helsie. A great tribute to Fred, a true legend in the commercial Herc world.
BTW, for those reading this thread, Fred got out of the USAF as a 2-striper instrument specialist. I really can't picture that!
Still trying to send you some photos of the St. Lucia days.
Posted December 18, 2014
Are you sure those photos weren't taken on the highway outside of Bob Sykes Airport? Those blue flash lines down the bodyline look mighty familiar.
Yep, pretty similar to Tepper.
Posted December 16, 2014
Here is a literal translation of the caption from the article that SonnyJ posted. Of course, in Africa, nothing goes as planned.
"The exceptional convoy C130 of the Gabonese army did not go as planned. Initiated Friday late night, the plane that was heading to the port of Owendo, has been blocked in Libreville Lalala exchanger until morning. Causing traffic problems and many onlookers rather stunned."
Posted December 14, 2014
I'll never understand why the African aviation community lets their airplanes detiorate in the heat and humidity for years and then move them to places like OGMA or Marshall's to be refurbished. After spending millions of dollars, TR-KKB will probably be flown back to Libreville, greeted by government and military dignitaries, flown for a time and then parked again.
As a South African captain I flew with at Transafrik used to say when he'd see a derelict or crashed airplane, "AWA, Africa Wins Again."
in C-130 Historical
Posted December 13, 2014
There seem to be an awful lot available for display at AMARG. Some things never change -- we'll always be "Little MAC."
in C-130 Technical
Posted December 12, 2014
Edited December 12, 2014 by DC10FE
From my 1C-130H-1, dated 19 March 1985. A lot has changed since then, but I doubt if this has. My commercial Lockheed OM 382G, dated 12 October 1990 has the same illustration.
Posted December 2, 2014
I can't verify the accuracy of this article, although I have read in other forums that the WWP is not what it appears to be.
I recently pointed out in an article that I thought it was obscene that the executive director of Wounded Warriors is paid well over $300,000-a-year. I also wondered how the group could afford to advertise as extensively as it does on Fox News.
But, I recently received an email from Dr. Richard Stiso that exposed exactly how the charity spends the money it receives from patriotic Americans. According to Guidestar, a group that investigates charities, the Wounded Warrior Project might as well be run by the Mafia. In 2012, the WWP received an astronomical $154,958,901, with a measly $4,857,084 going out in grants to veteransâ€™ organizations and $671,194 to individuals. That means that the group only used 3.5% of the money it received for the purpose intended.
In the meantime, the Officers, Directors and Trustees hauled in $15,415,666 million, with Employee Benefits ($2,226,457), Office Expenses ($12,451,303), Travel ($4,086,509), Promotional Items ($4,055, 567) and something called Outside Services ($20,915,404) accounting for roughly50% of whatâ€™s listed as â€œOverhead Expenses.â€
So just in case you thought it was just the V.A. that was filled with back-stabbing traitors ripping off military veterans, you didnâ€™t know the half of it.
Finally, novelist Margaret Atwood once observed that â€œWanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pate.â€
Itâ€™s a cute line and I have no doubt it applies to Ms. Atwood, as I know it does to most writers. But Iâ€™m the exception. I know that to be a fact because every time Iâ€™ve had occasion to rhetorically ask: â€œWhat am I, chopped liver?â€ the answer I invariably get is a resounding â€œYes!â€
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Posted November 26, 2014
Edited November 26, 2014 by DC10FE
I'm very ignorant about the VA benefits. I have never filed a claim with them, but after reading all the different threads about hearing loss, I'm tempted to do so. I know I have a hearing loss -- my girlfriend has a hard time watching TV with me because I keep the volume so loud, but even with that, I miss a lot of the dialogue/ I guess 23 years on mostly C-130's as a crew chief and FE would cause that.
That $130.00 youreceive from the VA -- is that a check or some kind of credit?
Posted November 16, 2014
A friend suggested I post this photo. It was taken in December 1985 at the end of our contract flying famine relief flights in the Sudan. Fred is on the far right with the sun glasses. BTW, I'm toward the left with the Lockheed ball cap & the moustache (long gone).
Posted November 15, 2014
Knowing how airplanes fare in 3rd world countries, I'm pretty sure their C-130's will wind up derelict in some remote area of the airport.
Posted November 14, 2014
"Non-Sked Fred" Kreppein, an icon in the commercial Herc community passed away early this morning after a long fight with cancer. He was the first captain I flew with as a commercial FE.
Fred started his aviation career as a Connie FE flying on the North Slope of Alaska. He was also an Electra FE with Saturn Airways. He then moved to a window seat with them. For a time, he also flew USAF C-130E's for Byrd Air into Phnom Penh, Camodia. He then went to fly Khadaffi's C-130's back a forth between Libya and Nicaragua. From there, he flew for Southern Air Transport and Transamerica. I flew with him at St. Lucia Airways, Transafrik and Frameair. His last flying job was flying C-130B's for the Botswanan AF.
Posted November 13, 2014
I heard it's a lease...might be 404
That's some pretty major structural work for a lease. I emailed Chris L. about it, but he's notorious for not replying.
Wonder how long it'll be before it winds up again in some remote part of the air base rotting away in the African heat and humidity? When I was in Lagos in early 2000, the Nigerian AF had all but one of their C-130's parked in random places on the base with engines and flight controls missing.
Posted October 31, 2014
Yep, 25,000 hours on a T-56 is pretty amazing.
Bob, 62-1820 was a mere baby compared to a lot of commercial Hercs. Before it crashed, S9-BAT (msn 4134) was just a few hundred hours short of 100,000 hours. Actually, it most likely had a lot more than that the way Transfrik used to "cook the books" to save money by delaying C-checks.
Posted October 26, 2014
Bob, I know it's still pretty early out there in Texas, but it does have external tanks. The IFR pods have been removed.
I wonder if the IFR panel was also removed from over the FE's head. I hope so. Knowing the FE, he'd be playing with that panel and probably get himself in trouble.
Posted October 24, 2014
I remember the first desert camo I saw. It was in 1980 & I was living in the barracks at Rhein Main (marital problems). My room faced the flightline & I looked out the window & there was 63-9810 out there. Looked weird surrounded by all the jungle camo airplanes. (Note that I was living in the barracks -- not in a dorm.)
I also remember seeing my first jungle camo C-130. It was an A-model at Hickham in 1963 or 1964. We were on our way from Langley to Clark for a 90 day rote.
Thanks, Bob. Although you made me feel old, at least some of mine are still flying. I can remember parking next to an old C-130B/E with my brand new H-model and the crews coming over to gawk at the APU & the new AC inlets.