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herkfixer

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    Rex
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    Blaine
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    Lewistown, MT.
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    Joined the AF in 1978, first duty station was Rhein-Main AB, Germany (79-81) was 1st "wiper" on 70-1260, then 68-0943, worked on the Combat Talons and the 1800 series birds. Went tdy with Combat Talons/1800 series birds a few times.
    PSC'd to Hickam AFB, HI to the 6594th Test Group and was Ass't Crew Chief on 65-0992 HC-130P, then got my own "B" model as an E-4 (buck Sgt), 58-0716 a JC-130B. PSC'd to Pope AFB, NC in March of '83 and got an early out in July '83.
    Joined the 901st TAG (AFRES)
    in Oct. '84, Peterson AFB, CO. In April '85 the Unit became the 302 TAW, was hired as an ART in April '85, Crew Chief on 59-1531 C-130B, 62-1789 C-130E, and picked up my new H-3 from Lockheed in August of '95, 94-7315, also picked up 94-7316 which was the 2100th herk built by Lockheed.
    Was Engine Run Instructor/Certifier with the 302nd and taught numerous systems classes on the herk. BTW my "B" model was one of the "SCNS" Self Contained Navigation System" prototypes.
    Retired in May 2000, let my wife continue her career in Acft Maint until Oct. 2002.
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  1. The aircraft tail number was 62-1838. The crew was experiencing high fuel flow to #2 engine, on climb out the #2 engine turbine departed up thru the “horse collar” area, #2 engine separated from the wing, left wing failure at approximately 18,000 feet.
  2. 25 years ago today Sumit 38 crashed near Bliss, Idaho. It was returning to Peterson AFB, CO. after dropping off personnel from the 302nd Airlift Wing (AFRES) for the annual MAFFS training in Boise, Idaho. Lost , but not forgotten: Lt. Col Bob Buckhout Major Geoffrey Boyd 2nd Lt. Lance Dougherty CMSgt Jimmie Vail MSgt Jay Kemp SSgt Michael Scheideman Rest In Peace My Friends!
  3. If you feel the hydraulic fluid is contaminated, why not just change it out. Especially since it is in the Propeller System! This would probably avert future problems. Just my 2 cents worth. Rex
  4. 789 was my bird at Peterson AFB (AFRES) (302 AW) from 1991 till 1995 sent her to Little Rock to the training squadron. What a great flying airplane. From the time I had her she spent lots of time in the "sandbox". I picked her up from the Reserve Unit at Selfridge, Michigan. Glad to see that she is still around to provide history and able for some of us to still "kick the tires". Great pictures of the new paint job. Thanks for sharing! 73, Rex
  5. Have been trying to find C-130 decals for over a year now. Was able to "score 3" from my old unit at a recent retirement. One of my "Reservist", now ART for many years now was able to get them made and sent to me! I placed them on the back window of my topper installed on my '13 Toyota Tundra. Enjoy, Rex.
  6. Since Colorado and Washington States both past new "Recreational Marijuana Usage" this past year. It really was a "Superbowl" if you know what I mean! 73, Rex
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    I don't remember them being referred to as "JHC-130H" just "HC-130H" the MDS for ordering parts was always "HC-130H". The HC-130P's were part of the "surface recovery group" HH-53's for rotary wing support. When I got to the Test Group they were removing all of the Fulton Recovery Equipment from the "P's". 73, Rex
  8. herkfixer

    64-14854

    Yes, but the crews did not like to use them as "primary" birds. The "B" models were used the most. They did not have the external tanks and allowed for "slipping" them easier for the "catch". Kind of a sports car versus a van. On a true mission the aircraft would line up for the catch usually all the "B" models first, then the "HC's" next. If an "HC" caught the package then ALL the "B's" missed, not likely to happen! 73, Rex
  9. Back in 2001 they were busting up the runways at Malmstrom. The only air traffic is the helo's. I believe the C-130 Unit will still be at the International Airport. I remember reading about the F-15 leaving and the ANG building new ramp space. Airnav.com only show 2 helo pads! http://www.airnav.com/airport/KGFA Google Maps and Bing Maps show what appears to be ramp and runways, these might be old. The last line on Airnav.com in the "additional remarks" shows "OTHER AREAS OF OLD AFLD LITTERED WITH OBST AND ACT NOT AUTHORIZED FOR LDG OR DEP." 73, Rex
  10. Recently purchased a new topper for my truck, I had a 16 inch vinyl C-130 sticker on the back window of my old topper. I can no longer find the vendor. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Suggestions always welcome. 73, Rex
  11. I don't know how many tach generators I change TDY, or at dirt airstrips from the aircraft ladder with tools in every pocket, and the FE or LM throwing other tools up as needed. 73, Rex
  12. 901st/302nd Airlift Wing Peterson AFB Colorado is having another reunion Sept 20th, 21st and 22nd at the Air Force Academy. Friday night at 1700 Social Hour. Sat morn 0730 Golf Tournament at Peterson Golf Course Sat evening 1700 Western Buffet at USAFA Falcon Club Sun morn Breakfast For more info PM me or contact Ann McCann 73, Rex
  13. The other units are flying C-130H-3's!
  14. The US Forest Service actually owns the MAFFS units, they only bought 8 of the MAFFS II platforms. The company that built them is now out of business. The Air Force lends them the airframes. The Units flying the MAFFS missions are Air Force Reserve (1 unit, 302 AW) and Air National Guard (3 units) one from Wyoming 153 AW, one from North Carolina 145 AW, one from Channel Islands, California 146 AW. 73, Rex
  15. Most of you have probably seen or heard about the "Black Forest Fire" The final figures were 511 houses destroyed and 13 outbuildings destroyed, this is now the most destructive fire in Colorado History! The "Waldo Canyon" fire last year held the record for less than 1 year until this the "Black Forest" beat it. Unless the monsoons rains come in July its going to be a hot and very active fire season in Colorado. Temps the next few days in the mid 90's. 73, Rex
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