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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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  1. We had 10 Rescue birds at Hill AFB Ut. in 1971 when we stood up The 1550 ATTW. Had H. N and P models and all of them had the ODS rails. And as stated before we used the winch on the ODS to lift the end of the 1800gal. tanks and drag them to the end of the ramp. We also removed the Fulton booms on the nose at Hill as they made too much noise and no one was qualified on the system anymore. Some tails, 971 and 851 and 224 I think. Been so many years ago. We crew chiefs were trained on the IFR pods also, what a mess when the hose unwound inside the pod. Max hacksaw time.
  2. I was stationed at Sewart from 63 to 66. Was assigned to either the 61st or 62nd ,don't remember which,for about 2 months on B models then the 18th was formed with A models and I being a newbe was transferred to the 18th. Didn't take me but a day to realize the A models were a baaaaad deal. I survived 18 months and 2, 60 day rotes to Clark and TDY in country to VN on the A models. Found out about Scanner openings on brand new E models in the 4442/4446 CCTW down the flight line and jumped at the chance to be a crew member and a full time flying job. Did that till I left Sewart in Nov.66. Great job. Anybody know Joe Tidwell or Clyde Cook at Sewart? 61st or 62nd. Worked with Clyde as an ART for many years.
  3. Up until about 5 years ago you could still see the outline of the barracks foundation on Herky Hill CRB, on google earth. Seems like a million years ago I was there...oh wait it was. Ha ha.
  4. Good reason Ken. Just thought it odd as that was the only "E" I ever saw in Vietnam with the tanks off.
  5. Ken if he went to Hill in the spring of 1971 he was with us but I don't remember him. He may have been in the phase dock in Hgr. 1. I do remember the dock chief shot and killed himself. A really nice guy(RIP). Hill was the most fun base I was ever stationed at, hunting, skiing, fishing, Jeeping and camping...you know since you live in Montana ha ha. Were you in the hanger at Dover when we hoisted one of the guys up on the overhead crane and the sq. commander came in and stood there talking to us and never looked up to see the guy on the hook above us. Man we thought we were toast! Lots of goof off time there as we were junking out the 133's.
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