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Fritz Wester

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  1. Thanks for posting that link to the MAC Flyer. I have looked around the internet for years trying to find an archive for it. Spent many a winter grave shift on the LRAFB flight line driving MIKE 3 and reading the MAC Flyer when I could catch my breath.
  2. Very impressive troubleshooting. Congrats, well done!
  3. My friend Lt. Col "Bill" Hatfield passed yesterday at the age of 90. Bill was at the forefront of the newly introduced C-130 Hercules at Ardmore and later flew in the "slot" position as Horeseman #4 in the C-130 flight demonstration team "Hercules and the Four Horseman" flying C-130A 56-0473, which is the last surviving four horseman C-130 and is now with the Castle Air Museum. Fly safe my friend. Fritz http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/djournal/obituary-print.aspx?n=lt-col-william-hatfield&pid=188716184
  4. All, please keep Bill Hatfield in your thoughts and prayers. Bill has been in the hospital and in and out of ICU for the past couple of weeks. I spoke with him yesterday and let him know we are pulling for him. Bill was Horseman #4 and flew C-130A 56-0473 (now at Castle Air Museum), in the "slot" position on the demonstration team and in the film "Hercules and the Four Horseman" Bill was "the kid", and at the end of the film hops into a Triumph convertible (or was it an MG?). I think he told me it was the Wing Commanders secretary in the car with him. Ahh the good old
  5. I am both shocked and saddened by the loss of Bob. He was a friend and a major contributor to not only this site but to the legacy of the C-130. He tirelessly worked to ensure the latest photo's of individual aircraft remained current. I had many conversations with Bob over the years and always enjoyed our discussions immensely. Bob, I will miss you my friend. My prayers and best wishes are with you and your family always.
  6. Great tips! Even after 36 years on the old Herkadactyl I appreciate what I can pick up from "Old Hands". Thanks for the post!
  7. Moffet does have a Son Tay Raider still flying. The aircraft is 66-0212 Call Sign was Lime-01, lead tanker.
  8. Eisenhowers farewell address is as relevant today as when he gave it. The speech was "a solemn moment in a decidedly unsolemn time", warning a nation "giddy with prosperity, infatuated with youth and glamour, and aiming increasingly for the easy life." "As we peer into society's future, we – you and I, and our government – must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want d
  9. How can 1985 H's be going to the bone yard? Hell those airplanes were built 4 years after I joined the Air Force and I started working on 1963 E's. I AM NOT THAT DAMN OLD! Yes you are. As I understand it all the H2's are going to the Boneyard, followed by the H1's. Not only that to keep them from falling into the hands of unscrupulous civilian operators and to help Lockgreed sell J's they are not going into storage but all are going into the scrapping areas. I bet the Boneyard could get a pretty good price for H models with less than 12000 hours on them. Big waste of taxp
  10. Zimmy always spoke very fondly of all the personnel he worked with at "The Grove".
  11. SMsgt Richard Zimmerman of Frackville Pennsylvania passed at the age of 83 on Monday February 27. "Zimmy" was the former Chief Flight Engineer at the 913th at Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove Pennsylvania. Zimmy continued to fly after his AFRES retirement as a 747 FE for Flying Tigers and as a C-130 FE in the aerial firefighting industry for International Air Response for years 1993, 1994 and 1995 in France. Zimmy was born in Ringtown the son of the late Maurice "Hap" and Mabel Hodgert Zimmerman. He was a graduate of Frackville High School, Frackville Pennsylvania. He was a member of t
  12. The C-130 on display at the front gate of LRAFB is C-130A 56-0518 and it's history is well documented including its brief stint in the VNAF. 57-0461 is at China Lake, but is not a display aircraft. It is parked just off the aircraft parking ramp of Armitage Field. It was scheduled to be used for weapons testing.
  13. The engines are -9's from an A Model or at least they were two years ago.
  14. 35 continuous non stop uninterrupted years of C-130 maintenance. Its the only damn thing I can do minimally well. I can't decide if I love it or if I'm just terminally stupid
  15. Four years ago and again two years ago I offered C-130A 56-0473 to the NMUSAF at W-P. I gave them a verified providence that the aircraft had been flown by Bill Hatfield as Horseman #4 in Hercules and the Four Horseman. The response was, "what's a Four Horseman" and "why would anyone care?" Even after lobbying by several high profile personnel the museum decided it was just another C-130 and there were hundreds available to choose from anytime they wanted one. Nada, zero interest. So, we donated the airplane to the Castle Air Museum in Atwater/Merced California. The museum is a priva
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