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  1. North Caralina Air Guard 145th. Normally the host unit runs the show or at least provides the spot. The USFS really who runs it and watches over safety standards both ground and air. Our unit has been outfitted with the latest MAFFS II unit that sequential, rather than the all in one dump. The new system dumps out the left paratroop door instead out the ramp. http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/aviation/fixed_wing/maffs/system.html http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/aviation/fixed_wing/maffs_II/index.html The glory part about the system is hardly any clean up after flights . With the old system it would just cover the tail section , beaver tail, elevators and mist inside the ramp doors. All of our birds after so many hours had to be sent to depot to have the aft end of the aircraft removed and stripped and painted. After MAFFS during the fire season it would come home for aircraft wash, the ramps floor deck would all have to come out along with D/Rails to be cleaned.
  2. South Carolina . Starts in a couple of weeks.
  3. Well the Flight Physical went off without a hitch so it's off to AFRC to sit on somebodies desk until signed. Only crap part was they dialated my eyes for which it took until later this morning to return to normal. Guess I'll crack open a beer and hurry up and wait.:cool:
  4. Tried USAjobs yet? Might be a few available at the 302nd if you are willing .
  5. Was the same load control Tstat used while on test cell? Or was it removed to use the Tcells tstat?
  6. That would be the first place to look is to shoot the wiring harness , while you are doing this move the cannon plug wires around . I replaced one once for the exact problem . What had happened was the wires inside the box itself had broke due to vibration and shorted . 80 rich on a fuel control is about at it's end of life too. You can also test the Geneva Loc with three 9 volt batteries hooked in series , this will give you a good indication if the thing is hanging.:cool:
  7. I'm sure that through training at The Rock the frames are olders , but I'm no stranger to working on them . I started on B's then the unit got E's for a short period of time. 93 we started getting our H3's , most of ours where the last of the H's before Marietta retooled for J's . J's are nice but most of the piolts I talked to from Baltimore said at times they where task overloaded and wished they kept the Eng. on those models. Mixed feelings I guess. Most of my physical has been accomplished , finish the rest on the 10th of APR.:cool:
  8. There is no doubt in my mind that I will thoroughly enjoy it. I just got done banging through the AFM 51-9 and about to go through it again. I was amazed however how some of it related to my A&P courses .
  9. My Condolences. Flying has always been in my blood , dad would take me all the time in a Mooney or Beech Bananza or various others.
  10. Funny you say that my father and I where just having that discussion yesterday. He was an ENG. on 119's 124's and a little time on 130's. He used to say "touch my throttles and I'll pull you arms out a beat you with them":D Realistically my current pitfall is the memory dump of quite a bit of math . I have an old AFM 51-9 that I have been studying for awhile now.
  11. Yes thats right I'm 19+ year engine guy always been on 130's. At 42 I think if I keep my nose clean I can go until 60 tell they decide to DNF me. I have worked B,E and H's so I have a pretty good appreciation for them. The J's are nice but I'm a bit old school .
  12. That would be cool to have a framed copy.
  13. I have had the best of times in the engine shop , by far the best is TDY . I have a map with pins in it every place that I have been in the world . And really never had a dull moment. Panama rotations where the best in my book fishing on the canal , fly into Bogota to Fast Freddy's and pick up coffee and emeralds. Then hopscotch around South America. The best ever R.O.N was St John's NewFoundland loved that place, George Street in August during the Regatta Races was a good time. Loved Germany because I have family there so it was easy to get away from the ratt race at Rhein Main or Ramstein. :cool:
  14. Well after 19+ years as an engine mechanic on C-130's in the US AirForce it is time to move on . I am very grateful for the people that have made this possible for me . For the last year or so I have been avidly seeking a position as a Flight Engineer on C-130's and I can finally say I GOT THE JOB! :cool: I know most of you don't know me at all, but I'm sure I'll be picking some brains here . I have offcially became an idiot again. Now it's time to shut up and color.:D

    New ride

    Forgot the toilet paper roll.:D
  16. Provide Promise: The violent disintegration of Yugoslavia prompted the United Nations (UN) to deploy peacekeeping forces and begin humanitarian relief operations. Operation Provide Promise (July 1992-March 1996) was a joint operation with the US Navy and Air Force involving both naval carrier aircraft and land-based air protected humanitarian relief efforts in the besieged cities of the former Yugoslavia. USAFE's 435th Airlift Wing flew as many as six C-130 sorties per day from Rhein-Main to Sarajevo. Cease-fire violations, including firing at relief aircraft approaching Sarajevo, frequently forced UN officials to suspend operations at the airport. Participating crews reported 279 incidents, but the only deaths occurred when an Italian G-222 was shot down in September 1992, killing the four crewmen. Three C-130s from the 435th conducted the first night airdrops over Bosnia, releasing 16 tons of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs) on 28 Feb 93. French participation in the air drops began 27 March 1993, and the Germans flew their first air-drop mission a day later. The last air drop occurred 19 August 1994. By the end of the operation, aircraft from 21 countries had flown 12,886 sorties into Sarajevo, delivering 159,622 tons of food, medicine, and supplies and evacuating over 1,300 wounded people. The US flew 3,951 C-130, 236 C-141, and 10 C-17 airland sorties (delivering 62,801.5 tons), as well as 2,222 C-130 air-drop sorties (28,748 Container Delivery System bundles and 1185 tri-wall aerial delivery system [TRIADS] bundles). Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, a Marine aerial refueling squadron, a military police unit, a Navy fleet hospital manned with both active and reserve personnel, and on-call Marines from the European theater's amphibious ready group (ARG) and Marine expeditionary unit (special-operations capable) (MEU [SOC]) supplied support to UN forces.
  17. Restore Hope was Somalia. Provide Hope: Operation Provide Hope, coordinated by U.S. Naval Forces, Europe, is a continuing humanitarian operation to provide excess medical equipment to the former Soviet republics during their transition to democratic and free market states. Sixty-five C-5 and C-141 missions flew 2,363 tons of food and medical supplies to 24 locations in the Commonwealth of Independent States during Operation Provide Hope I. USAFE established three project teams (Rhein-Main AB, Germany, and Ankara and Incirlik ABs, Turkey) to support the operation. Operation Provide Hope II, a long-term effort to aid cities in the former Soviet Union, began. Sea and land transport were the primary means of shipping excess food stocks from Luxembourg and Pisa, Italy, and excess medical stocks from Pirmasens, Germany. Airlift missions began on 24 April to deliver relief supplies where surface transportation was impractical (Minsk, for example). By the end of the operation, US European Command transferred a total of 25,000 short tons of food and medicine from European stockpiles to 33 cities in the former Soviet Union, most of it by commercial freight. USAFE shipped and helped install hospital equipment at Minsk, Belarus, under Operation Provide Hope IV. Medical technicians from the 608th Contingency Hospital, RAF Upwood, UK, conducted a site survey and technical assessment in January; inventoried, packed, and shipped the materiel to Minsk in February; and installed the equipment and provided technical training and assistance during July and August. Supporting Provide Hope IV, 41 US Army, Air Force, and Navy medical technicians delivered and installed medical equipment and supplies at two cities in Moldova. The team installed materiel worth $10 million -- enough to support a 602-bed hospital -- at 10 facilities in Chisinau and two in Beltsi, then trained Moldovan medical personnel to use and maintain the equipment. The 86th Medical Group, Ramstein AB, Germany, provided the Air Force contingent. Forty-three US Army, Air Force, and Navy technicians installed $12.5 million of supplies and equipment (equivalent to an 800-bed field hospital) in six medical facilities at Almaty, Kazakhstan Provide Comfort: Following Desert Storm, the entire Kurdish population of Iraq attempted to flee the country to the north out of fear that Saddam Hussein would attempt to exterminate their entire population. Because of political concerns, Turkish officials refused to allow these desperate people permission to cross the border into Turkey. The result was that hundreds of thousands of Kurds were essentially trapped on barren and rocky hillsides, vulnerable to not only Hussein’s forces, but to the harsh elements as well. Without basic necessities, to include access to water, food and medical supplies, hundreds of Kurds were dying each week. In April of 1991, President George Bush made the decision to provide relief and protection for these beleaguered people. Smith was given the task of rapidly establishing and deploying a Joint Force whose mission was to “stop the dying.†Literally overnight, Operation “Provide Comfort†was born. In less than 48 hours from receiving the order to “do somethingâ€, cargo and fighter aircraft were re-deployed to bases in southern Turkey where they began delivering humanitarian supplies. Over a period of a few weeks a US led coalition force was deployed into northern Iraq, resettlement areas constructed and a de-militarized zone established for the protection of the Kurds. The massive defeat of the Iraqi military machine tempted the Iraqi Kurds to revolt against the Baghdad regime. Encouraged by American radio broadcasts to rise up against their ‘dictator’, the Kurds of northern Iraq rebelled against a nominally defeated and certainly weakened Saddam Hussein in March of 1991. Shortly after the war ended, Kurdish rebels attacked disorganized Iraqi units and seized control of several towns in northern Iraq. From the town of Rania, this sedition spread quickly through the Kurdish north. Fear of being drawn into an Iraqi civil war and possible diplomatic repercussions precluded President Bush from committing US forces to support the Kurds. Within days Iraqi forces recovered and launched a ruthless counteroffensive including napalm and chemical attacks from helicopters. They quickly reclaimed lost territory and crushed the rebellion. Knowing the possible repercussions of further actions by Iraq, more than one million refugees headed toward the mountains of Iran and Turkey. Conditions deteriorated rapidly as crowds grew by the hour. There was no food, shelter, or water. It was still winter in the mountains, with temperatures plunging far below freezing each night. Press reports indicated as many as 3 million people fleeing, with the Iraqi Army still in pursuit. By April 2nd over a million Kurds had fled Iraq (approx. 800,000 Kurds in Iran, 300,000 in southeastern Turkey and another 100,000 along the Turkish/Iraq border. By the first week of April, 800 to 1,000 people, mostly the very young and the very old, were dying each day. On 3 April 1991, the Security Council passed United Nations Resolution 687. This document reaffirmed the need to be assured of Iraq’s peaceful intentions in the light of its unlawful invasion and occupation of Kuwait, and prohibited Iraq from manufacturing or using weapons of mass destruction. The United Nations then passed resolution 688 on 5 April 1991. This document condemned Iraqi repression and asked member states to assist the Kurds and other refugees in northern Iraq with a demand for Iraq to cooperate with these relief efforts. The dilapidated conditions of some 500,000 refugees in the freezing remote mountains in southeastern Turkey prompted President Bush to order the United States European Forces to direct immediate relief assistance. Joint Task Force Provide Comfort was formed on 6 April 1991 and deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to conduct humanitarian operations in northern Iraq. Maj Gen James L. Jamerson, the USAFE deputy chief of staff for operations, commanded the effort. After British and French cargo aircraft arrived the next day, he redesignated the organization as a Combined Task Force. The task force dropped its first supplies to Kurdish refugees on 7 April. The result of President Bush’s order and UN resolution 688, culminated in a coalition of 13 nations with material contributions from 30 countries working under the command and control of the Coalition Task Force. Although many nations ultimately contributed to the operation, the primary countries involved were the US, the United Kingdom, France, and Turkey. On 16 April 1991, the President of the US, authorized by UN resolution 688, expanded Operation Provide Comfort to include multinational forces with the additional mission of establishing temporary refuge camps in northern Iraq. This unit was first labeled "Express Care." On 17 April, when it had become apparent that a ground presence in northern Iraq was necessary, Lt Gen John M. Shalikashvili, US Army, replaced General Jamerson as commander. Two subordinate joint task forces (JTFs) were also established to facilitate the mission. JTF ‘Alpha’ spread throughout the mountains of southeast Turkey, headquartered in Silopi, was responsible for alleviating the dying and suffering while stabilizing the situation. Commanded by BG Richard Potter, USA, JTF Alpha was composed primarily of the 10th Special Forces (SF) Group. The second component, JTF ‘Bravo’, centered on the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) commanded by MG Jay Garner, USA. Its mission was to prepare the town of Zakho, in northern Iraq, for the incoming Kurds and facilitate their eventual transfer back to their homes. An important part of this mission was the ‘seamless’ transfer of responsibility over to NGOs. Task Force Encourage Hope (later renamed Joint Task Force Bravo), was formed to construct a series of resettlement camps where dislocated civilians could find food and shelter and a secure environment. Encourage Hope was designed to integrate civilian relief agencies into the support, organization, and administration of the camps. The Kurds were expected to assist in the planning, construction, administration, and sustainment of these camps. The camps each held about 25,000 people and were initially supplied by the military. They eventually-became self-sustaining and were transferred to Kurdish or non-government agency control as soon as possible. It was hoped that Joint Task Force Encourage Hope could be dissolved after about a month. Task force members on the ground built refugee camps and maintained a security zone in northern Iraq to protect the Kurds from the Iraqi military. Air units operating from Incirlik enforced a no-fly zone above the 36th parallel while providing air cover for friendly forces on the ground. Aircraft from Incirlik and other bases in eastern Turkey dropped desperately needed supplies to the Kurds. No one knew what Iraq's reaction to this "invasion" would be. Therefore, the task force left nothing to chance during the airdrop missions. Flights of A-10s preceded the cargo planes, looking for any sign of resistance on the ground. Meanwhile, F-15s and F-16s patrolled the skies above to negate any threat from the air. An E-3 orbited the area to observe the situation and control the fighters, while KC-135s provided aerial refueling. Once a forward airstrip opened in late April, however, airdrops were no longer necessary. Operation PROVIDE COMFORT (OPC) sought the achievement of two goals: To provide relief to the refugees, and to enforce the security of the refugees and the humanitarian effort. These two goals were maintained from April to September 1991 by the CTF. During this time it flew over 40,000 sorties, relocated over 7000,000 refugees, and restored 70-80 percent villages destroyed by the Iraqis. In addition to these achievements, the aircraft participating faced many dangers. Combined Task Force (CTF) Provide Comfort would oversee the building of shelters and distribution of supplies, ensure order, and provide security throughout this area. The provision of security was essential to get the Kurds to move from the mountains back to their homes and transfer the responsibility for them from the military to international agencies. The camps were designed to reflect the cultural realities of the Kurds. They were built around five-person tents, a 66-person tent neighborhood (Zozan); a 1,056-person tent village (Gund); a 2,500-person tent community (Bajeer) and in the center, the community center and administration area. Two disparate types of operations were being conducted simultaneously during Operation Provide Comfort. One was the humanitarian effort and the other the security operation. In many ways they competed and conflicted with one another. The staff ran these as concurrent operations and often had to set aside specific times to focus totally on one operation or the other. Because of conflicting priorities, movement of relief supplies and humanitarian forces competed with the movement of security equipment, ammunition, materiel, and forces. Security operations had to precede humanitarian operations to dear areas of mines and potential hostile forces. While most civilian relief agendas grew more comfortable working alongside military forces performing humanitarian tasks, they were not comfortable around gun-toting security forces. As Operation Provide Comfort matured, many GO, IO, NGO and PVO participating independently in the relief/humanitarian efforts eventually, if somewhat reluctantly, demanded access to the JTF CMOC so they could coordinate their efforts and thus reduce redundancy within their area of responsibility (AOR). Their access to the JTF commander was unobstructed; the CMOC, located across the street from the JTF HQ at Incirlik Air Base, facilitated 24-hour access. The CMOC comprised an augmentation element of USAR CA personnel from the 353rd CA Command which operated under the staff supervision of the JTF Civil-Military Operations officer, BG Don Campbell (commanding general of USEUCOM aligned 353rd CA Command). This JTF CMOC received data from the JTF Joint Operations Center, GO, IO, NGO, and PVO, and developed CMO-related plans in support of the JTF objectives. By mid-July, the task force pulled out of Iraq but left a residual force in southeastern Turkey to keep the Iraqis in check. A military coordination center remained in Iraq to liaise between the armed forces and civilian relief workers. The UN had assumed responsibility for the refugee camps. Operation PROVIDE COMFORT I ended on 24 July 1991, and PROVIDE COMFORT II began. Up until this point the task force airdropped 6,154 short tons of supplies, flown in another 6,251 by helicopter, and delivered a further 4,416 tons by truck


    Most often over looked is th ignitor , even though it looks good sometimes they get so erroded that the spark is way too weak to promote combustion . Four things to check. Ignitor ASD relay FHR relay Crack pressure set per 49 job guide at 60 psi.
  19. If it was me I would look at the missions/assignments that each unit does and decide from there. As a engine troop from Peterson AFB we have all but seen it all . I can't speak for any other units but here at Pete we have Desert rotations , MAFFS assignments when the states are burning up , Coronet Oak and so on. The 302ND now along with others is a joint unit with active duty (52ND) working along side the Reserve/ART force. So far it has been a clean transition and we have some stellar active duty guys come in . The 302ND flies the very last of the H3 models off of the Marietta line. The maintenance is top notch and the people care about our rides. The 731ST that flies the birds are a great group of guys and gals. The FE section along with the LOADs are a great group . Besides you can't beat this view. http://www.302aw.afrc.af.mil/
  20. Welcome , The 130 world IMO is great place. Doing for it 19 years I would have not done it any other way. C-130 and the T56 are very reliable but I have found this is based on maintenance practices . It's what you do inshop and in ISO that makes all the difference on flightline . If you have good people that care about the plane and the motors it will be a good time. I can tell this the C-130 especially the motors will always make a liar out of you , it's famous for it. Follow the JG , use your eyes and chances are that if it looks broke or wore out fix it . For the most part mechanically it is a sound motor and prop assembly , focus on learning as much as you can about the TD system and the Valve Housing and how it affects certain characteristics both on the ground and inflight.:cool:
  21. Not to get side tracked ... Fenmonster, when where you at Zegreb Croatia? 93, 94 time frame?
  22. Everything mechanically good IE brakes themselves?
  23. Still happens this way Rex , if sitting on ice at Pete we will move the the ACFT to a spot that has had the ice removed with deicing fluid . Common sense is all it is. In the pilot world it's GET HOME IDIS gets you killed. In the MXS world it's GET IT DONE IDIS gets the plane torn up . NO JG is a subtitute for common sense.
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