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  1. About right. Nowadays it seems to be unit dependent but its mostly aux ground loading ramps, some extra straps, seatbelts, TPRS, Y cables, and other small stuff. Not much big stuff gets chucked up there anymore and I think most birds have the truck loading ramps removed (from the ramp area sidewall) CONUS for weight/fuel savings. Those things are HEAVY.
  2. Per the -5, and -9, with 10 seat belts (no limit on number stowed, 1.5lb/piece), y-cables at 3lb (no published weight), the ramp and door guard assembly at 5lb (no published weight) and TPRS at 10lb (no published weight), I read right around 335lb total. Mind you, there were two weights for the ground loading ramps (124/84lb a pair), and troop ladders (32/27lb a pair) in which I used the heavier weights.
  3. Rest In Peace Dan. Never had the privilege of meeting you in person, but as taken from your help on here, I know you were one heck of a guy and will be missed sorely. "And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God"
  4. Very interesting. So familiar, yet not. Thanks for the info!
  5. Okay, help me out here. Why are the sidewalls on this bird so slick?
  6. So far as I know, 211 RQS has HC-130's...
  7. 164AS/179AW no longer operates herks...changed to C-27J's
  8. Yessir! BL 0 is centerline, so "BL 15L" is 15" left of centerline. The treadways take you to BL 50L/R
  9. If it looks questionable, I'd measure just to be sure. Double checking only takes a few seconds. Treadways are 35" wide starting from BL 15L and BL 15R from the buttline 0 (center).
  10. Thought I recognized that number. I got a flight on her when I was in the schoolhouse earlier this year. I had heard some not-so-positive comments on it but it flew just fine for us. Loud, dirty, and slow just like any other self-respecting Herk.:cool:
  11. Does 1855 have the commander's tail flash?
  12. Our aircraft all carry their own milk stools. The old E's down at the rock I flew on all had their own too, however I remember theirs being much lighter-wood drying out over time possibly? Anyway it does take a little time and effort to lug the thing over and around even just training airdrop loads...especially alone. Tripping over lashings, alternate forward barriers, BSA's, under static lines, etc.
  13. Well, I'm just an FNG but since you asked for input ( )...I would want two buttons-one for plane interphone and another to activate just the PA system so we could talk amongst ourselves in the back. Buttons would need to be very different or in different positions so you could talk to who you want without having to check which button you got ahold of every time. A small box with the PTT switches to clip onto flight suits would be nice and the smaller/slimmer (or lack thereof if possible) of the extra Tx/Rx box would be nice. But like I said, take my input with a grain of salt. Glad to see somebody is asking though. :)
  14. :eek: I literally just walked off that bird for a night profile HE/CDS. Has Pope/Bragg on the tail now but apparently it now "belongs" to the rock for good. Rec ride-complete :D
  15. Keep up the good fight. Best of luck with those bastards.
  16. Whoa look at those roller conveyors Can anybody fill me in on those? ...end thread hijack :/
  17. Yeow. Down here at the schoolhouse they make sure we're out of the way of pallets when we're loading. "Don't ever try to stop that pallet!!!"
  18. Can't be 108...pallets are 108" wide and the dual rails cover part of the pallet flanges. Maybe 104"-106"? Edit: Can't find it in my -9 (C-130A)...cargo compartment general width is 10'3" but it doesn't say how much the dual rails cover. Late models have 35" treadways with a 30" gap between them though...so 105" ish?
  19. Thanks all! Currently plowing my way through SERE right now...what a trip!
  20. Thanks all! Seems the standards have changed over the years...but hey I'm just proud to have those babies on. :cool: And no, the "alignment" marks aren't exactly kosher anymore...well for instructors anyway. Anyone else can sock you a good one. :D
  21. Well, it's a few days late, but better late than never right? Got those shiny things put on Sep 22 upon completion of the Basic Loadmaster course at the Career Enlisted Aviator Center of Excellence, Lackland AFB. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't prouder than hell of those things. And yes, I graduated a day early in ABU's so I could chamber the next day (class grad date) and not screw up my training dates. Ended up having a week holding over at Lackland anyway. Who knew? Anyone on Facebook can add the "BLM - Basic Loadmaster" page and see pictures of many of the recent classes' graduations. Here's a couple of mine. Let's just say Momma made sure they stuck! :D
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