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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. 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.
  2. 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'
  3. Also a Welcome Home to you Ken! Being a Naha guy it was always fun being with you CCK Guys!
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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"!
  7. Happy Birthday TINWHISTLE!
  8. 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.
  9. 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 antenna but they had T-56-15s (Dyess AFB) compared to the "E"s which had T56-7s. Worked on newer "H"s at C-Springs, Pittsburgh, Niagara, Maxwell, Dobbins etc etc and the best way I could tell difference was no wired HF antenna running length of upper fuselage. And od course they were newer looking. But as a Pro Super late in my career I always just checked the forms! Al Udeid 05-06 we had 63 model "E"S and "H"s built in the late 80s early 90s retired Pope 09 we had 87-88 model "H"s.
  10. 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"
  11. I have to agree with Ken, Hope all you Herc guys a happy Thanksgiving and many more! November 1968 Chow Hall in Monsoon weather Naha Okinawa the first of what my calender was telling me 2 more to goafter this one. Little did I know the next year and a half would be spent in places like Ubon, Soc Trang, Bien How, Pleiku, Phu Cat ! Would do it all over again just to hang with all the magnificent Band Of Brothers I met along the way! Feb 68 -Mar 09!
  12. Sonny , you must be the reason all Reserve C-130's had pad locks for Crew entrance door bench when work was done locker up! some very interesting stories of places like Pope, Lil Rock, and Dyess thru the eyes of a Herc Technician 1984 to 2009 we must must !
  13. Ken forgets while he was at Naha he was TDY from CCK, so Sonny is 1 up on him here! Ha Ha!
  14. Sonny I have a copy of the paper and will somehow get it to you!
  15. Sonny, got back from Eglin cant sleep thought I'd get back to you about the Ubon Reunion. Only ran into 1 Blind Bat person just as we were assembling for outside picture by the SR-71. We talked a bit he saw my7 BB pin told him i would see him and give him 1 on return from Hurlburt, this was Wednesday did not see him rest of reunion did not get his name. I will post and see if he responds. A lot of Spectre people in fack the local newspaper did an interview with Spectre guys who crewed First Lady which sits outside munitions museum by Eglin. Hurlburt was pretty cool. We walked around MC - 130 and were let insiude AC-130U with sensor operators to answer questions later we were given brief on the new AC-130J. I think I surprised the Flight Engineer with the Questions I asked but I finally found out what the bubble or protrusion is just forward of the right wing root up top. I dont think I can talk about it on thgis website for its classified. Hey Ken you still look young in the photos!
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