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Spectre623

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    Bill
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    Near the Herk factory
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    Staying alive

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    USAF active duty 12 years, AF Reserves & Air Guard 11 years and Air Reserve Tech (ART) 18 years
    1962-2003 (41yrs total service)
    A burned out AF C-130 crew chief, scanner, flight chief, line chief, senior controller, pro super, C-141A FE, now just a plain old retired "Chief"...and loving it!
    Worked and flew on C-130 A,B,E,H, HC-H,P&N models
    Worked C-133A,RF-4C,F-105D and UH-1H Huey
    Built C-130H and L-100's for 2 years at Lockheed
    Caretaker for AC-130A 54-1623 Ghost Rider, for 7 years
    Units- (314thOMS-4442ndOMS- 4445thCCTS,Sewart AFB Tn.)-(464TAW,777thTAS Pope AFB NC)-(463rd OMS Clark AB P.I.)-(436th OMS Dover AFB Dl )-(1550th ATTW "Rescue", Hill AFB Ut)-(437MAW,20th MAS Charleston AFB SC)-(117thTRW B'ham IAP Al)-(508thTFW Hill AFB Ut)-(321st MED Det. SLC IAP Ut)-(94th AW Dobbins ARB Ga)
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    Near the Herk factory
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    Enjoying life and traveling

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  1. Don I belive that was the Robins AFB museum. Ours is off the north west corner of the Lockheed plant in Mariette,Ga. Dobbins AFB. Google earth it.😁
  2. Also Don check out the Aviation Wing, Marietta onthe net and facebook which has pics of Ghost Rider our gunship and the C-141 and others.
  3. Don, I can't remember what CRS is.....ha ha. Saw your bio where you were on C-141's. We are about finished restoring 0186 the first 141 to be streached. It's at the museum just out the back gate at Dobbins air base. Go to C-141heaven on the web and check it out. Bill
  4. Those were the days , huh Don? Whatever anybody thought of the war it was the adventure of my life as a young kid. Bill
  5. Didn't know him but I was stationed at Clark as a C-130 crew chief in 1969-70's and know the routine of the flight crews as the crew chief went with his aircraft. Standard rotation of the 40 some odd C-130's and crews were as follows: Bag drag to aircraft and take off around 0600 hrs. Stopped at Subic Bay Navel base P.I. and onload pax and cargo. Flew into Vietnam and stopped at several bases to off load pax and cargo. Flew on to Cam Ranh Bay AB which was the home base while in Vietnam. Crew debriefed and went into crew rest. Crew chief inspected acft. ( BPO/Preflight). Refuel and reconfigure acft., climb up on crew bunk and sleep till 0400 when new air crew arrives. Officers file flight plan FE pulls -1 preflight with crew chief. Loadmaster waits for cargo and waits and waits. Cargo is loaded and officers arrive. Engine start and aircraft backs out of revetment. Crew chief gets sand blasted marshalling aircraft out. Sometims crew chief goes with aircraft but most times not. Crew chief and asst. split up for rest/ work schedule. Airctaft returns around 1700 hrs. Crew boards crew van goes to maint. debrief then to squadron operations debriefs then into crew rest. This routine was for a standard 15-21 day rotation to Vietnam. Some maint. support troops had a 55 day rotation to CRB also. There would be trips to other countries and some R&R but the main function of the C-130's and air crew/ maint. crews was in support of Vietnam. Normal tour of duty to Clark was 18 months but was shortened to 15 months in 1970. 24 months if you took your family to Clark. This gives you a thumbnail shot of life as an aircrew at Clark.
  6. Looks mean for sure, just wondering how long it would take to open the main radome or better yet, to change it.
  7. Pallet loaders are used mainly because a full aircraft load of pallets can be weighed and C/G of the load can be worked out and can be loaded on the K loader(AF lingo) and brought to the aircraft in one trip. Saves a huge amount of time loading the aircraft. K loaders have vertical movement and power rollers to move the pallets onto the aircraft. One at a time forklift loading and unloading is for small bases or airfields that don't have large cargo handling facilities. Bill
  8. We in the AF Reserves started using Mil-83282 around 1997-98 time frame. Everything that used hyd. fluid on our 81-84 H model C-130's was serviced with 83282 fluid. Serviced all landing gear struts with 83282. Never saw anymore 5606 after that. Retired in 2003 and were still using it then. Bill
  9. Hi Larry, good to hear you are doing pretty well. Lots of guys our age aren't. Keep posting and good health on ya , friend.✈️
  10. Hi Larry, how you been doing? That hyd. panel would be off a B model or newer as the A models didn't have an AUX pump. I remember having to hand pump the ramp and door open the 3 years on A models at Sewart AFB TN. UGH!!! Thought I was in Herky heaven when I went on B's at Clark AB P.I.
  11. Thanks Metalbasher☺️
  12. Sounds like a good time was had by all Sonny. Did you get to shoot the .50 ? That would have been icing on the cake.
  13. Anyone have the Lockheed serial number of the new L-100J demo bird?
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