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    Jeff
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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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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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, a
  5. Hey Ken, maybe they removed the externals to help 1804 stay close to an "A" model from Naha in a race! Ha Ha!
  6. 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.
  7. I remember we had "BAT" planes at TSN, this would be spring 1970 timeframe they also had Red lettering if I remember right. The "BB" mission had just ended so we used them down country assigned to 834th Air /Det. then moved us "A"s down to be with the "B" guys from Clatk and moved the "CCK" "E" guys to the newer buildings they just finished for us at TSN. I myself enjoyed CRB and "Herky Hill" better'
  8. Also a Welcome Home to you Ken! Being a Naha guy it was always fun being with you CCK Guys!
  9. Tyrus have you done a check of the flux valve? sounds like 1 is lagging? We didnt have a rose at the Grove so everytime I changesd a flux valve, I made sure I scribed the old and new with a sharp point (ETCH) then have aircraft towed N-S-E-W and check how both sides sync. I also had Bear Kramer fly FCF and check it over the Grove. Good Luck Ty! I know you'll fix it! I know it was a pain working the C-12 when we went to Desert in 90-91 cause we had 5 WC-130s (Es) from Kessler with us at Thumb Rat!
  10. Since I was assigned to the 374th FMS "Sparkchaser" shop I got to work on All 21st, 40worst, "E" flt, 35th, 815th they just handed me the work orders! Throughout my career I started with "A"s, Then "B"s and "E"s in country, back to "E"s in the states to "WC"s converted for the Desert and then finished at Pope in 2009 with 87 and 88 model "H"s except for a year on F-4s and B57Gs at Ubon The Herc was and still is my favorite. Been in a couple flaming engine shutdowns but the Herc always got me on the ground again!
  11. Happy Birthday Ken! Always will have a warm spot in my heart for you CCK guys who came down to Naha and helped us new guys get up to speed on the "A" models! I myself got to enjoy working on "E"S whens I became an ART in 85 we had 8 (63) "E"s until the "A" model crash in 2000 fighten fires in Calf. Then active duty came and took ours.I did go to Pope and was able to hook onto Milwaukees "H"s which were built in late 88's by then I was the Branch Chief of Avionics but I know you will forgive me for that! Happy Birthday again "BROTHER BAT"!
  12. Sonny do you remember an instrument techat Naha by the name of Jim Ovary? He was at Willow Grove when I got there in 85. Then he moved on to General Electric last time I saw him was 2 years ago at our annual luncheon but sadly he passed away from A.O. related illness I gave him the Blind Bat hat I sent to you and he displayed it with his beret.
  13. I started working on "A"s in 68 Naha Okinawa 55-56-57 year serial #s ( 815th, 41st, 35th, and 21st) which had 3 bladed props which were converted to 4 blades in late 70's The "B"s are 4 bladed but no external tanks between 1-2 & 3-4 engines. Worked them in country with the boys from Clark in the P.I. In 85 I joined a reserve unit in P.A. Willow Grove 913th A/W 327th flying Squadron we had "E"s built in 63, they had external tanks between 1-2 & 3-4, the "E"s had HF antennas running from top of fuselage just above crew compartment to below top of rudder. Although some early "H"s had the
  14. Naminoue sounds better makes me think of my second home when back at Naha and not in country. Have you Ken or Sonny heard of or read Sam McGowans "Jacks Steakhouse" ? Of the books he has written finally us "maintenance pukes" getting some recognition !! I am sure 2 Crew/Chiefs as yourselves will identify with the characters involved. As a rebuttal I apologise for using the "Maintenance Pukes"
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