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Old Talon 1 F/E

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  1. That acft. was one of the first ones I worked on out of tech school. The Photo mapping wing, first at Turner AFB then at Forbes.
  2. I think you meant to say 0566. I don't think there never a Talon 1 with a tail # 0556.
  3. Have you tried to flex the wings on the ground. In the 80's all the E's had wing cracks some of which would only show up in flight because of wing flex. On the ground the leak would stop because wing weight would close the crack. Just a thought. At the time most of the acft. were only 20/25 yrs. old.
  4. Helo refueling is done at 70% flaps. Warning horn then would be a distraction.
  5. The dedication at the Air Park for 567 will take place on 6 May at 1100. It's informal. There will be a static at the 15th SOS with a T-I and T-II. There is a cookout to follow at 1200.
  6. Hey Eng. can you go back and check that? Oh yeah!
  7. "Into the mountains at night for testing". What happened to the daylight testing? Even on a proven T1 system the FCF's on the radar were done during day light.
  8. Great Video. It brought alot of good memories. I was there in 68-69 before most of the fancy stuff was there.
  9. On 551 the radome originally had a deflector on the front. The thinking was if deflected to either side there would be less stress. That was proven wrong and it ended that phase until a new, stronger radome was built for 551 and all other T-1's.
  10. 32K in a Talon 1 in 84/85. Did a HALO from there. Although Thigpen's book said it was 30K I remember the altimeter said 32K at the green light, whatever. The worst flight of my flying career.
  11. The Talon 1 -1's from 1981 to the present all state 6.22 or 6.2 gallons depending on who you talk to. Do you mean they have been wrong all these years?
  12. Reservior size had nothing to do with high speed ramp and door. That was the result of the installation of the Sargent Fletcher pods. They use a large volume of hyd fluid for operation. Prior to that mod the aux reservior size was the standard 3.4 gal, Fulton or non Fulton equipped.
  13. Strange............My LTM 1MC-130E basic date 1 Oct. 81 change 3 dated 1 Dec 83 states and I quote; "Buffer Boards Buffer boards are installed on each side of the ramp. The buffer boards are designed to deflect the air around the ramp area during aerial recoveries and recovery kit drops." This doesn't sound like a by-product of hsllds. The same -1 also states the airspeed limit is 250 kias for ramp and door. It may have been tested at something higher but the limit stated in numerous places is 250 kias.
  14. If I remember correctly the buffer boards had nothing to do with the High speed ramp and door. Their purpose was to keep the air flow to a minimum to keep the lift line, bomb line and saftey harness' from getting tangled up. They were flimsy and had nothing to do with stability.
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