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  1. Not trying to hijac the thread but on a C-141 air evac out of Yokota had a young man in a partal lung, (from neck to waist). He was on a dedicated electrical bus seperate from the other buses. They got into a bad thunder storm and lost power to the system buses because the engines were stalling from injesting hail.They were down to one generator at a time providing power but managed to keep his bus powered. I don't know who was scared the most, the flight crew or the people in the back. They went back to Yokota with a lot of damage to the aircraft.
  2. When we flew the Korean shuttle or the Klong Hopper shuttle we almost always used the left troop door to load and unload pax. I don't remember ever letting pax in the crew door, I think we wanted to keep them as far to the rear as we could. I remember a Korean Loadmaster getting pretty brutal with a Viet woman who would not take "no more people, we full" to mean she was not getting on the plane, his boot finally convinces her.
  3. I was on C-141s at Travis, the 86th MAS. We were dropping an old jeep on a DZ South of the base, the jeep had been dropped hundreds of time and looked it. When the droge chute was released from the shackle it opened but did not cut the strap, we climbed a little and headed back to Travis. The head loadmaster had edged by the jeep and was reaching out to cut the drogue away when the strap cut and the extraction chute opened. The jeep and pallet hit several high power lines and cut power for a a big part of the valley, i remember hearing that the paperwork on that one was extinsive.
  4. I had a yellow 1971 Colt and gave a friend in another sqdn (last name James) the money to buy a 1972 Datsun 240Z, I had two cars parked on the street and was the only enlisted GI. The wives of all the pilots and navs were sure curious as to how I had two cars and their husbands only had one. I sold the Colt for a shopping bag full of 100 NT notes and got the 240 in my name in time to ship it to Dover AFB. The guy who bought the Colt asked me if I was going to count the money, I thought that was funny, I took the bag to the base bank and two girls counted it real fast, every penny was there.
  5. We did a buddy start at a really small field with a short runway somewhere up north of Danang in late 71 or 72. The number 2 starter went out and I rembered an instructor at Little Rock explaning how a buddy start worked. I was the only one on the plane who had even heard of doing that to get an engine running. I asked the AC to get on the radio and see if there was a C-130 in the area that could come give us a blow start, we had a plane on the ground within 20 minutes. They backed up to us with our #2 engine between their #1 and #2, it worked great and we were out of there before dark.
  6. Bill Barnes

    B-52 MITO

    SAC had a C-124 squadron they called a SSS Sqdn (triple S), they delivered the pits in bird cages. They brought a bunch of the bird cages into Greenham Common AB while I was there 1956 to 1960, the B-47s would bring the bomb case when they came TDY for 21 days, they did it that way until a plane from Upper Hayford, AB dropped a concrete drop test bomb over Oxford and made a large (10000 lb bombs make big holes) in the town square. After that we got a large shipment of bombs that were stored in a place called dry gulch. I was a crew chief on KC-135s at KI Sawyer 1960 to 1964, we had a max effort launch of B-52s and KC-135s, they alternated BUFF and tanker at 15 second interval, I thought we were going to lose a tanker because the turbulance was terrible and the tankers did not have power rudders. The tankers had replaced the fuel air starters with shotgun starters and the gas from all the starters formed a big cloud that did not blow away, we had several ground crew members on the ground as the gas cloud replaced the oxygen in the air. They all ended up in the hospital for a few hours.
  7. We had a typical house in Taichung, high concrete walls with metal gates front and back. The landlord planted a bunch of trees and plants in the back yard, knowing that almost every snake it Taiwan is lethal, my wife hired a yard boy to take care of the the plants. The yard boy would use night soil on the plants at least once a month, with the heat and humidity the smell would make your eyes water. Our yard boy was female and a really hard worker, she washed both of cars every week plus cut the grass and cleaned and buffed the floors and walls.
  8. I was cleaning out some books and found the small book (Poo Poo Make Prant Glow) that my wife got in Taichung. In the book, folded, was a list of traffic hazards it Taiwan. We were given this list when we got there in 1971 and it is a true list of the traffic we fought going to the base or to the Navy commissary. EXSISTING TRAFFIC HAZARDS UPON THE ROADS OF TAIWAN 1. Pedestrians failing to utilize marked crosswalks and pedestrian underpasses. 2. Improper child supervision resulting in children running across streets and highways. 3. Motorcycles failing to use proper lanes while traveling on streets and highways. 4. Vehicles failing to yield to right-of-way traffic at intersections. 5. Vehicles failing to yield to traffic already in a traffic circle. 6. Vehicles changing lanes without proper signaling and failing to maintain proper clearance. 7. Class “B†traffic lane operators failing to yield to class “A†traffic making right or left turns. 8. Bicycles, pedicarts and motorcycles operating at night with dark clothing and not utilizing running lights or reflectors. 9. Pedestrians at night wearing dark clothing, no flashlights and during inclement weather, running across dark streets with an umbrella shielding the rain and blocking the view. 10. Poor road surfaces containing many ruts and during precipitation streetlights causing a very bad glare making visibility reduced. 11. Vehicles during the hours of darkness stop at red traffic signal and turn off all running lights. 12. Vehicles always starting from a red traffic signal when the corresponding light turns yellow. 13. Attitude of vehicle operators in very poor and road etiquette is hardly ever practiced. 14. Defensive driving is not practiced nor taught extensively on Taiwan. 15. Taxi operators are inexperienced and disobey almost all city ordinances and regulations. 16. Poor law enforcement effort increases law violators and causes poor traffic conditions. 17. Lanes, alleys and small side streets have no posted stop signs thus operators never stop and they enter the main flow of traffic without warning or yielding to traffic. 18. Pedestrians walking across thoroughfares against a red traffic signal. 19. Highway workers and street department employees while working on roads and repairs never utilize warning signs or devices during day or night. 20. Speed is the main cause of accidents on Taiwan, mainly due to poor safety conditions of vehicles. 21. The mechanics of vehicles are not known by most vehicle operators on the roadways. 22. While traveling on a roadway, pedestrians, bicycles, pedicarts, ox-carts, motorcycles and stray animals present a traffic condition that is not experienced in the United States while operating a motor vehicle. 23. Patience and observation are the two most important factors while operating a motor vehicle on the roads of Taiwan. 24. During rice harvest, piles of rice are placed alongside the roadway making traffic conditions very poor. 25. Buses, while leaving a bus stop, will never yield to through traffic and enter the main flow disregarding all traffic safety. 26. At bus stops containing many busses, traffic confusion should be expected due to buses overtaking other busses leaving the bus stop. 27. While stopped at railroad crossings, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians gather around vehicles (including the oncoming lane) making mass confusion when a train has passed. 28. Vehicles making sudden turns or legally making “U†turns without giving advance or proper warning. 29. Vehicles operating on a roadway at night without benefit of lighting. 30. In rural areas traffic laws are completely disregarded and rural populace is ignorant of the mechanics of vehicles on the roadway. 31. Vehicles in a large city tailgate extensively. 32. Vehicles in an attempt to overtake will fail to obtain proper clearance forcing traffic to take evasive action to avoid a collision. 33. Street vendors in alleys and streets, while selling produce, create many traffic problems. 34. Pedestrians fail to utilize sidewalks and walk along the roadway. 35. Many lanes and alleys are narrow and large American vehicles have a hard time operating on them with the vendors, bicycles, etc. 36. Large trucks are overloaded and unsafe as well as violate most of the traffic regulations. 37. Most accidents on traffic thoroughfares are never properly secured as to give warning to approaching motorists. 38. At intersections, when vehicles are turning left, vehicles will never follow on another. Possibly four or more will attempt to turn at the same time and enter one lane. 39. Bicycles are used quite extensively for commercial purposes and the operators of the bicycles carry an overload making balance difficult and operation of the bicycle very poor. 40. Most vehicle operators will fail to yield right-of-way to pedestrians causing a traffic hazard by having pedestrians standing in the middle of traffic ways. 41. On main highways, small, unmarked intersections will appear which bicycles and motorcycles utilize to cross main thoroughfares, failing to yield to through traffic. NOTE: Class “A†traffic lanes are defined as those lanes near the centermost part of a thoroughfare and utilized by fast moving traffic. Class “B†traffic lanes are defined as those lanes near the outer part of a thoroughfare; adjacent to the sidewalk and utilized by two wheeled vehicles and non-motorized vehicles.
  9. I was a flight engineer on C-141s at Travis, we lived off base under the flight path. The C-124s were noisy when loaded headed for Hickam but the C-133s would shake the ground and viberate your teeth when taking off loaded. I saw them load a gun barrel for the New Jersey, (Off Viet Nam) into a C-133 as it was too long for the C-141. They had a very nice flight deck with a lounge area with seats and tables behind the flight deck. When the Props for a C-124 were benig transported to the flight line they took up half of the road, when the props for the C-133 were being transported they took up the whole road, very big props. They would probably have stayed around longer if metal fatigue had not caused them to start cracking around the front cargo door. One of them started pealing apart at the forward door and the large piece curled out and impacted the # 2 engine causing the plane to go into a flat spin that ended in a wheat field in Western Nebraska. The people who investigated the accident stated that they thought one of the engineers had stood behind the pilots seat all the way down. I had nightmares about that for awhile.
  10. Thanks for the information and the great pictures, I first thought it might be spraying for mosquitos.
  11. From the right, LM Bill Nelson, FE Bill Barnes, AC Capt Whittrock. I also have CRS and can't remember the NAV or the short Co pilots names. We were from the 776th and made several drops at An loc in may of 72.
  12. The plane in the picture does not have any numbers on the tail or up front, it has no name or any identification numberas at all. The picture is labeled US Coast Guard HC-130 but I don't think it is.
  13. I have a calander from the Air Force Enlisted Village, on the May photo section it showes a Coast Guard C-130 flying with the ramp open and a boom sticking out each side of the opening, a thin film of liquid is spraying out of the length of the booms. Does anyone know what they are spraying?:confused:
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