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    Retired USAFR Mar 7 2009
    Last duty station Pope AFB 440th MXG Avionics Branch Chief
    Willow Grove ARS 1984- 2007 913th AW Avionics Comm/Nav supervisor2003-2007, 1999-2003 Pro - Super, 1990- 1999 Avionics AGCS supervisor, 1986- 1990 WG-13 AGCS Technician, 1984-1986- WG08 AGE Technician--- 1968-1970 C-130A electrician Naha AB Okinawa- 1971-1972 8th TFW Ubon RTAFB-
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    Alburtis Pa. 18011
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  1. We had at one time 10 "E" models starting with serial # 637776, we also had 2 -"E" 621809 I think was 1 of them anyway The E-4 Autopilot Amplifier was tubed and on long flights the crew would have to shut down the A/P because of tubes overheating and the axis's would spike, rolls, porpusing, etc etc. In 1991 after returning from desert mod teams came in and Satcom and GPS, along with NEW Autopilot which was all digital was installed in our Heres. We were lucky because back in the 80s all our Hercs had the wings and wing boxes replaced which extended their life. In 2005 Pope, Little Rock, and Dyess came up and took them all away as a result of the wing box inspection at these bases where non repairable cracks were found. CRS runs thru my brain at times . The inspection came about after the C-130A belonging to Coulson fighting fires in California crashed killing all 3 on board as the wings folded back after the aircraft pulled up after dispening its retardant.
  2. I arrived Naha on 30 Sept. 1968 and left in June of 1970. I was in Electric Shop 374th FMS with Tsgt Lucero as our shop chief and SSgt. Lawhon the night shift 7 level Supervisor I went TDY to TSN first time but dont have orders I went 2 more times lucky for me I have a set of orders showing I was in country when we moved to CRB from TSN after new Maintenance Bulding was built. Worked mostly Rebel Ramp left in Jun of 70 and back to states in Late July early August. I will try and copy and upload my orders cause there might be some people on them and could help. Fraulein spent many hours over in Eng. Conditioning Paralleling Generaters we probably ran into each other. Like they used to say over the radio on AFRVN "WE WENT TO DIFFERENT SCHOOLS TOGETHER"
  3. Ken going over this message I must ask was some of the information in your vast knowledge was it gathered "over the table or under the table or both"? Asking for a friend!
  4. TC , Ive seen this happen before in 63 year "E" models 637867 to be exact QEC on specified engine installed after returning from Texas solder job at cannon plug at Tach Generator not tinned and only held on by a couple strands of wire also look at cannon Plug by indicator in cockpit another area where a lot of hands get in there swapping indicators and pulling on the harness.
  5. Happy Birthday Ken! Hope you have a Great Day Today!
  6. Almost forgot Sgt Dennis Byrne who upon retirement would be Smsgt Dennis Byrne 42390!
  7. Thank you Ken and Sonny and a thank you to my Trainer at Naha okinawa circa Sep 68 to Jun 70 thanks for sharing with us 3-5 levels the things we would need to know when it became our time to go down country when you guys left! It saved my Butt many times in the Nam. Does anyone have a T-56-7engine speed switch jumper they can give up for awhile? Cant say when i will give it back!
  9. The website from above 005 or rather "BALLS 5" as we called her at Naha back in 68 to 70 before she joined the Vietnamese Air Force. Spent a lot of hours changing generators paralleling generators all kinds of electrical stuff. Im sure Sonny, Bill Goodall and Dennis Byrne and Ed Hubrich also have a lot of found memories of all the "BALLS" tail numbers we had 002-004-005-006 CRS stops me from remembering if I forgot any I do believe they were all 55 series "A" models but could have been 56, I know CRS- Great memories of Brothers from a place and a war so long ago and so far far away!
  10. Right down the road from where I live in Alburtis Pa. It is a nice ride on interstate 78. Not too far from Harrisburgh Airport where 193rd is located. The only unit of its kind in U.S. Air Force and a Air Guard unit to boot!
  11. Ken, Vinny corrected me on the C-130Es we had at the Grove. I missed 2 63 model E's 63-7823 and 63-7853 along with 62-1806 and 62-1852. Both 62;s went to Sheppard. 7853 was taken by Pope or Dyess and suffered a catastrophic left MLG fire on landing at Talil in Iraq and was stripped and sits there still today.
  12. To add to this story we at Willow Grove 913th A/W had 10 C-130Es -63-7776-7779 -7832-7833 -7834 -7848-7867-7892- and 2 (62)models 62-1804 and the other CRS has hit me but Vince A. would know Ken . Anyway after the "A" models wings folded fighting fires in California, the whole USAF started doing NDI inspections starting at wing boxes external tank pylons and enging pylons. We were lucky because all of the 63's just finished having wing boxes replaced in the 80's . the 62 models were flown to Sheppard to be used as trainers in the Tech Schools. Unfortunately for us at the Grove Dyess, Pope, and Little Rock came up and took our 63's. As I remember it Pope alone had 17 Hercs that were in such bad shape they had to be trucked to D.M. and the boneyard. If i am wrong i am sure Vince will fact check me and make corrections.
  13. Hey Ken, maybe they removed the externals to help 1804 stay close to an "A" model from Naha in a race! Ha Ha!
  14. Hey Ken another Naha Sparkchaser here. I do remember in late 69 early 70 we Naha and the "A"s moved from TSN to CRB right after Christmas when the CCK "E"s moved from CRB to TSN. I remember spendin many a night drinking beers at the Hooch I left CRB in March for Naha then DEROS'd to states in June. Was back over in 71-72 at Ubon chasing sparks on the F-4 and B-57G.during end of Linebacker I and going into Linebacker II.
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