66-0224 heading for the boneyard. in C-130 General Posted December 23, 2011 I worked 224 as an assistant crew chief in the Ca. Air Guard from 1983 until Patrick got her in 2000 when we got the MC's. While I was there, she had Dave Cantrell, Wayne Watt and Rommel Struckus her crew chiefs. Took her on numerous SARs and trips, good airplane. 224 has the distinction of assisting in the longest (at that time) over water SAR involving a help. 1986, an ocean going tug, midway between Hawaii and Seattle had an engine room explosion. 224 launched, arrivived on scene, and after dropping a 4 man PJ team, dropped all of the emergency water jugs in the back. After coming home, she sat for a day, then escorted one of our HH-3's out to the USS Ranger(about 1000 miles) that had changed her heading to meet with a Japanese freighter that had changed course to meet the tug. The following day, 224 escorted a Navy C-2 carrying the victims back to the burn center at Stanford hospital. Once the Ranger got to 500 miles out, 224 again went out and escorted the H-3 back. I understand she had to get a new vert stab due o corrosion, and was having center wing issues, and it sure is sad to see her go away.