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  1. Bob, I heard after we left in 1975 that there were warehouses full of T-56 engines in sealed containers not to mention Props and other parts. A friend of mine a while back told me that in the late 1990's some folks went over there to buy some of those engines. Apparently the VN stopped flying them they still had a huge collection of parts. I do not know if they were successful in their purchasing. I know Boeing sent a team to TSN to look at the CH-47 that was stored with the Herks and was going to make a bid on it but it was to corroded I was told. Anyways in the picture above the aircraft looks in good shape. I wonder if it was the last one they had flying before they stopped? Do you know when they officially stopped flying the C-130?
  2. I was reading up on Operation Frequent Wind and came across a word or two from the Crew of the C-130E that had been taken out at Tan Son Nhut prior to the evacuation. They had just dropped off a BLU-82 there at the ammo dump before the mortars took their plane out. I wonder how many BLU-82's the NVA ended up with at the end captured? Also of note during the USS Mayaguez ordeal shortly after the Fall of Saigon the AF (on request from the on scene Marine Commander) dropped two BLU-82's on the Cambodia division on the Island. This was after President Ford had ordered him to stand down and cease hostilities since the crew had be released from the Mayaguez. The Marine Colonel claimed he never got the word...
  3. Oh and the thought process at Lockheed was with the H's and the -15's and extra power you would not use JATO...
  4. The physical mounts were not on the H-2's on the air deflector doors but all the wiring for the bottles was installed. All the way thru to the Flight Deck just no control box or control panel. The wiring is there and the same with the H-3's... Done that way in case you wanted to mount them you just had to install the boxes and the replace the Air Deflector doors.
  5. Good for you. Yes the E&E career field is a good choice in Maintenance. As a former E&E troop later a Flight Engineer you will learn most of all the systems in the C-130 in that career field. You touch everything just about with a wire attached to it or a bleed air line, and also to include Oxygen systems and Air conditioning and pressurization. You will also learn the Engine systems, to include the Propeller systems. You pretty much work on everything even the landing gear. I had no problems when I cross trained into Flight Engineer during the systems portion of the school. I had worked on everything on the Airplane pretty much. If you go in with an attitude to learn you will do great. Great choice...
  6. I bet the AD still has Nav and FE folks in school for the Herk. Sad... It would be a better idea to ask for already trained FE's and Nav's to return to AD until the H's retire. Would save some money and the hassle...
  7. Surf70


    1297 Copilot I have been studying Operation Frequent Wind lately and I enjoyed the telling of your experience. As a FE from that entered the AF in the early 1980's the lessons and experience you guys shared with me on the Herk gave more knowledge than I ever would have received from a book or manual. Personally I want to say thank you. I could have never done what I had done without the knowledge you guys shared on the operation of the C- 130. So from another veteran, thank you Sir... I would enjoy hearing more of your take on things about Operation Frequent Wind. I wonder what the traffic was like on the inbound/outbound legs into TSN? Did you see much over Saigon? I bet the radio's were busy. Also did you see any of the SVN Huey's departing and heading out to the carriers? Also, were you guys really going to acquire if it was a VNAF C-130? Did you guys really think you could fly that A model? I guess you would have found out... Brave...
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK6_FJyb2Ho
  9. Great video of how the crew performs on the C-130J during a formation flight and an Engine problem. Enjoy...
  10. Yeah all of Nashville engines went bad. Flying around all the time at 1010 TIT will do that, so they found out...
  11. I forgot you guys did not have SKE. I guess they came and modded you guys later. I remember that about the Mortar fire. It was mostly Guard and Reserves doing the airlift. I know there were some active units there but mostly Guard and Reserve made up Delta Squadron...
  12. Dave in WV do you remember who were the first to show up at Rhein Mein in 1992? Was it you guys at Charlie West and Nashville? Also Spectre623 that was a great story about them hanging a dash 7 on a H it doesn't surprise me. Every prop I got from them leaked like a Sift... From the Dome seal no less...
  13. http://books.google.com/books?id=5dRReVHz4QMC&pg=PA25&lpg=PA25&dq=Bosnia+Airlift+Air+National+GUard&source=bl&ots=ylHYlar-hw&sig=LVogDZhnWFhJDBtxyAfs6aknvNY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rin7Uc3zKMO9qgHN-ICgAg&ved=0CEYQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=Bosnia%20Airlift%20Air%20National%20GUard&f=false
  14. You would have been hearing "Go Around" for sure if they had an FE.
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