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About Mt.crewchief

  • Birthday 02/09/1946

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  • First Name
    Ken
  • Last Name
    Carlson
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    Hunting,fishing,4-wheeling,etc.etc. anything outdoors

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    USAF 1/4/67--1/4/71 Naha AB Okinawa(Sept.1967-Mar.1969)--CCK AB Taiwan(Mar.1969-June 1970. Dover AFB Delaware(July 1970-Jan.1971
    Married 1972, (still married-same woman) 3 kids & 3grandchildren
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    Columbus Montana
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    Quality Control Director & Gunsmith Now retired

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  1. The mystery of the missing external fuel tank has been solved. My fellow CCK buddies both informed me that the tanks were removed due to cracks in either the mount, or the wing caused by too many hard landings in RVN. I kind of remember that now. Ken
  2. I kind of think the three bladed props were faster on the probably lighter A Model . But noisier for sure! I did quite a few Assault Landings & Take Offs on the A-model and 40 approx. 8 hr. Blind Bat missions, so I could tell the difference when cruising around in the Cadillac (E Model). I only was on my E Model for a few Assault landings etc. and they were just as fun as my A-model. I remember while at Naha, you could always tell when an E Model was on the ground being quieter and especially with Low Speed Ground Idle. You know, I have forgotten all of the not so fun times over there, but I don't think I have forgotten a minute of the good times. I wonder if it is the same these days? Ken Left to right ---Me . Paul, & Chris somewhere over Laos-------1968
  3. You know, I hadn't thought of or even paid any attention to the missing external tanks on 62-1804. Now, I am confused! All of the pics I have in my gallery show external tanks on my plane. Also they are on the plane later on in the pics of it at Little Rock. I think I remember the external tanks being removed from the A models at Naha due to bullet holes! I am going to have to check with Steve Mudge or Dennis Guinane who were good friends (and still are) while at CCK. I think they would know. 62-1804 was the only plane at CCK I ever flew with (lived on it), & you would think I would remember why it didn't have external tanks! That's going to drive me nuts until I can figure it out! I got out of the AF on Jan 4th, 1971 at Dover and went back to Montana. I made E-5 in Dec. and was planning on re-enlisting but when they wouldn't promise me a reprieve from another trip to South Viet Nam, I decided 33 months over there was enough. Bill were you at Hill with Larry Hinch? There were several guys from Dover that ended up there. Thanks for the reply, Ken PS I had a lot of fun at Dover----in spite of having to work on those C-133's!
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    Sitting on a table behind Bks. 336 CCKAB Taiwan 1969 Dennis Guinane, Ken Carlson. Peter McPheters & ??
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    1804 ready to go-----as usual
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    Nav. Table on 62-1804
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    1804 parked in with other birds.
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    My old bird 62-1804 at Little Rock
  9. Msgt Andrew Haskell 35th flight chief..Ssgt Bromley left and behind. Sgt Dan Lafferty right rear
  10. Jeff, I remember that big move well. I was at CRB with my plane and the big swap was going to take place in typical military order with a little class. All of our E's were getting ready to start up and leave in a controlled order. It might have been a cool thing, but I missed it! We were ready to go and I was on the ground cord and we were going through the checklist and when it came to checking the props neither my #2 or #3 would feather! Anyway, 62-1804, along with me and my assistant, John Chase got left behind. While we were waiting for new E-Model props, the A's had returned. It was like a home -coming in a way, because both John and I had gotten consecutive overseas tours from Naha to CCK. The guy running the dispatch truck took care of us was a former dispatch truck driver we both knew well at Naha. We had checked out of Herky Hill and basically were no longer attached to anybody! I think it was a little more than a week before new props came in from CCK. I think it was my last trip to Viet Nam due to my DEROS date and I never got to go to check out Saigon! I think the time was in maybe April or May 70. Oh, the dispatch driver was a good friend from Naha . Tsgt Ruffin ! He made sure John and I were well taken care of since technically we weren't there! I think there are pictures of 1804 missing two props in my gallery! Thanks for bringing up a good(?) memory. Ken
  11. Dennis, welcome to the forum. I kind of figured there were no new "old " guys left. Your dates kind of coincide with my idea when Herky Hill was built! Now, another question. I spent many days and nights living at Herky Hill through June 1970. First with A models from Naha and then with E models from CCK. For some reason, I can't remember when the Herky Hootch (the bar) was built. Also, how about the officers quarters and club? It seemed like almost every time I returned to CRB and the Hill, there was something new and different, Also, the chow hall appeared during my time there. I do remember the rest room at the Herky Hootch bar. Remember it was a 50 gal drum in the sand. (maybe some structure around it). I also remember a guy stepping in to where it was moved from previously. Of course it was unmarked, ---but very soft and wet----not water by the way.! Anyway, if you or any of you other guys still around, can add to this subject, it would be good for some memory jogging. Again Dennis , happy to have you, Ken
  12. I guess nobody noticed the rat running up the crew steps!😁 Just sayin, Ken
  13. Bill, I just experienced an "I didn't know that" moment. I didn't know that there were E-model gunships ever! I guess I just assumed they were all A's at Ubon until the war ended! The last time I was at Ubon was while I was stationed at CCK and was at Ubon for a "down & back" in 1970 . I had a good friend die when Warlord was shot down in 1970. That was an "A model wasn't it? Anyway, now I know something I didn't know before today! Thanks for the info, Ken
  14. Glad to hear you guys are doing well. So far my county in Montana hasn't had any cases, but my wife and I (both elderly)😃, are playing by the rules and getting to know each other! We are painting the whole interior of the house and getting ready for a new floor. I hope this virus is over by gardening season.Usually mid-May. Ken
  15. Just a short Welcome Home guys. Ken
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