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BRlang

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    Billy
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    Lang
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    Travel, play the guitar and fight the VA

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    Tupelo High school graduate 1968
    Joined USAF Dec 1968
    Sewart AFB 1969-April 1970
    CCK AFB 1970- 1971....118 combat missions
    LRAFB 1971- Dec 1972
    Joined Federal Express May 1st 1973...
    Opened MSY Ramp and transcend from Falcon Jet to first B-727
    to operate in New Orleans in Summer of 1981.
    transfered to Savannah and launched the last Falcon flight at FedEx and introduced the first B-727 to the Savannah market.
    Moved to Northwest Arkansas and managed three FedEx locations from 1985 til May 31st 2013 when I retired. I was the 4th most senior employee in FedEx at my retirement EE#518. Spent 40 years and a month and not only helped start a company but an industry.

    I might be one of the few that took loadmaster skills to my new job. Weight times arm always equals moment even in civilian life.
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    Northwest Arkansas
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    Retired after 40 years at FedEx

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  1. I wish I had a nickel for every time I said this
  2. This worked for me a few times...Have A/C hold brakes..throttle up a bit. Load unlocks the pallets. Release brakes and it all ends up on the ground and off you go..We didn't need no stinking loader
  3. I have had a hearing appeal filed since December of 2014. Back in the spring I got a letter inviting me to move my appeal out of the black hole to the RAMP program. With some hesitation I returned the form and moved into RAMP. It did speed some things up. On August 6th I got a notification that I was being reviewed. They sent me to a civilian Audiologist for a second opinion. Something told me to grab a few documents. I took my entry flight physical test with perfect 19 year old hearing and my last flight physical right before I got out. The last hearing test showed a large drop in my hearing.
  4. I once tried to pee off the ramp after a leaflet drop over Laos....It's cold as hell back there.. No parka or coat just a Nomex fit suit...
  5. When I arrived at CCK us newbies were not allowed to go to the dirty dozen strip without an "instructor". Had to make sure you knew the ropes
  6. While there was only 5 of us on the crew it took thousands to get is in and keep us in the air. I want to thank all the Crew Chiefs that made sure we had a good airplane each day. They stayed as log as it took to get the airplane back in the "Green". Thanks to all the MX guys that fixed the planes we "broke". The fuelers that topped us off. The list goes on forever. For ever one of us that had wings there was 50,000 to support us. I especially want to thank the great Pilots that brought me home every night. I was 19 and thought these guys were old men..Most were in their late 20s. Happy vetera
  7. Thanks, don't have appeal won yet but at least I got to someone that would look at all my stuff. He said the VA sent him my file to review but they did not include my Flight Physicals or info on the explosion... I guess they just overlooked the three most valuable pieces of my evidence. Don't know if they overlooked this stuff or didn't want a civilian Doctor to see it. Something told me to grab that file on the way to see him...
  8. I'm not sure where this post belongs as the VA claims threads are no longer on the site. Until a few months ago the word RAMP was where we parked the airplane or what I lowered to load rolling stock. I never parked on a Tarmac and never used that word until I heard it on CNN. At FedEx it was still a Ramp. I have had a hearing claim in the Black Hole since late 2014. No one could give me any information as to the progress or when I might get a decision. It was in the appeals process. In the Spring I got a letter from the VA inviting me to move my appeal out of the "legacy" appeals process and i
  9. That is an amazing story. I got out of SEA in late 1971. It was pretty calm at that time. Mostly flying MAX PAX and general runs. Very few dirt strips in our missions. I thought we had the war won. Actually we did until politics made us quit. Not long after I got back to LRAFB maybe early spring, I was asked to Crew a ferry flight back to CCK to deliver a plane from the 62nd. They need aircraft. I guess many were getting shot up then. Right after we got back from CCK they asked for volunteers to come back 90 day TDY to take a bunch of planes back and fly the line for a couple of months. It to
  10. That plane appears to be out of CG. Looks like the tail skid struck the runway. That could be the result of a load shift aft. Out of CG nose heavy is recoverable. Tail heavy is not usually recoverable. Looks like it rotated on its on and you cans see them struggle to make it fly. Nose heavy is recoverable to a certain point as long as you have a few thousand feet in front of you. I know as I loaded a 12% MAC right after I got checked out in Viet Nam. Dumbest thing I did in all my flights. Luckly we had another 2,000 feet in front of us. At rotate speed the nose wouldn't come up... I had a gre
  11. I got a call from Ken Rice. He was in the freight side of 2nd Aerial Port at Sewart. many of us Loadmasters did time in Aerial Port before PCS to SEA to fly the line. I was in 2APS before I went to CCK to the 345th. I returned to 2APS at LRAFB after CCK. Other than rigging loads they kept us Aerial Port Loadmaster so we could do the 10 Hr over water missions or 5 hours of touch and goes. 2 Aerial Port is having a reunion in Smyrna TN on Sept 14th-16th. If you know any old Aerial Port folks pass it along. Contact Ken Rice for information. Cel 563-343-5985.
  12. Thanks, I was trying to identify the unit that moved a buddy of mine off Duong Dong after they shut down the radar post there. I couldn't get the tail number. Heck, Sonny it might have been your bird. Here is one of our CCK birds landed long and stuck in the sand
  13. Can anyone recall which Squadron in SEA had YJ above the tail number
  14. On Christmas Night in 1968 there was a night C-130 Medi Vac of Villagers in Duong Dong. Many killed and more severely wounded by Friendly Fire. I have a Vet friend that set the smudge pots for the night landing. He is writing a book about the events. They had been hit that afternoon by a VC attack. They fought it off by small arms fire and mortar rounds at the white smoke that the FAC plane had sent in. The VC had set up in the edge of the village with rockets and artillery. They fought off the attack and the VC retreated however it left many South Vietnamese severely wounded. The commander ca
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