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Gary Hebbard

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    A lifelong aviation buff, I enjoy taking photos of all kinds of aircraft, researching aviation history and writing aviation articles for various publications, including the newspaper I work for - The Telegram (www.thetelegram.com).
    I have written numerous aviation related articles over the years for newspapers, magazines and web based publications. I am the author of "I'd Rather Be Flying - The Airborne Life & Times of Ted Pearcy (published 2000, Creative Book Publishing ISBN 1-894294-20-3), the biography of a celebrated local pilot here in Newfoundland, Canada.
    I have a particular affection for Hercs as I see many of them at the local airport (CYYT) as they transit to and from North America. I've flown in Canadian AF Hercs as well as USCG Hercs on ice patrol. At times I may have questions about specific planes or Hercules variants, hence my desire to belong to your site. I'll post some of my best Herc shots for the enjoyment (I hope) of other members and am always glad to hear from other aviation buffs, even those who aren't quite sure just what a "herc" is!
    best regards,
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    St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
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  1. I recently got a few close up shots of Herc 742134, a C130H-LM out of Dyess, assigned to AMC. As is visible in the attached photo, there are a number of pieces sticking out from the side of the a/c (possibly antennas of some kind?), including the landing gear doors. Can someone tell me what they are for. Also, does the suffix LM stand for Lockheed Martin or something else. Thanks Gary Hebbard
  2. I met Walter Cronkite at Goose Bay, Labrador in 1982 or 83 in the USAF officers mess (of which I was an associate member), not long after he retired from TV. He was with a film crew doing a documentary on the Northern Lights and had come Goose for filming (Goose was a great place to see the lights) and crew R&R. He was gracious enough to sign an autograph for my father, who was a big fan. He enjoyed a few drinks and chatted away pleasantly to everyone present. I was, at the time, a young TV newscaster and was more than a little intimidated to be talking to such a lion of the profession but he was the perfect gentleman and treated me as a colleague. One doersn't forget that kind of class, even if (or perhaps because) I am a Canadian. Gary Hebbard St. John's, Newfoundland Canada
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