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Leon Vaughan

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    I entered the USAF July 1961 and retired after 23 years July 1984. C-130 assignments included Sewart AFB, Tenn. , Lockborne AFB, Ohio, and Naha AB, Okinawa. I went to pilot training at Williams AFB, Arizona July 1961.
    I was assigned to the 21st TAS, Naha AB, Okinawa June 1966, and remained there until Dec 1969. The last year or so that I was at Naha, I was in E flight.
    We flew C-130As. I flew on frequent TDYs to Cam Ranh Bay, Tan Sun Nhut (Siagon), and Thailand. After a short period as a co-pilot, I was moved to the left seat and later back to the right seat as an IP. We flew a variety of missions which included airdrops of people and equipment, LAPEs, PLADs, and of course landings at airfields of all descriptions. Though it was older and didn't have as many creature comforts as later models, my opinion is that the A was better suited for the missions in Southeast Asia. The three bladed prop, though tempermental, was better for short field take offs and landings. Also, As were lighter which made a difference, as you folks know, on short fields. I'm interested in the aircraft that were flown by the 374TAW and especially the ones that were flown into Khe Sanh during the siege.
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  1. Dutch, did you reply to me saying that you had some info about the a/c numbers for C-130As? If you do and wouldn't mind sharing, I sure would appreciate it. It seems to me that I remember numbers 002, 005, and 513. I was at Naha between June '66 and Dec '69 in the 21st TAS. I think that we started out with squadron maintenance and silver a/c and painted them and went to wing maintenance. It seem like we were always going back and forth between sq and wing maintenance. I liked it better at the squadron level; how about you? My e-mail address is [email protected] Leon Vaughan (L. T. )
  2. I'm trying to get some info on A models that were from Naha Okinawa. Was that one, 56 0483 from there?
  3. I flew A models in Southeast Asia between June 1966 and December 1969. We were stationed at Naha Okinawa and flew to Cam Rhan Bay where we were TDY. From there we flew missions in South Viet Nam. I flew several missions into Kha Sanh during the siege. Does anyone remember any of the tail numbers of A models that flew there during that time? I'm trying to put together a paper and am interested in tail numbers and unit tail markings on aircraft from Okinawa.
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