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  1. Bobby, Send me a e-mail at ccrr.smith Bobby, Send me a e-mail at [email protected] Smitty
  2. Tiny, Is the door not locking when you free fall it in flight or on the ground? I don't remember any time we would free fall the door in flight, the engineer would close it up front. I don't know anywhere it is written that the door has to free fall but all ways did on the ground. Of course it has been many a year since I had the pleasure of working on the plane. The only job that I ever loved. Smitty
  3. The last thing I checked before getting on or launching my plane was look in the NLG area to make sure the pin was out--out of all the times I did this I only found one pin and it was on a student engineer with an instructor on board--the plane was flying a local and the FE instructor knew the student had forgot the pin--I pulled the pin and stuck it in my hip pocket and went out front to block out the acft--the instructor didn't say anything until they had done eng run-up and then told the pilot about--the student ran outside to discover the pin missing--that caused some confusion but the crew went on an took off and flew their mission--I blocked in the acft on return and put the pin back in--the pilot didn't know whether to chew my butt or leave it along--we just left it along and went on our merry way Smitty
  4. I'm like DC10, I'm old and definitely don't know a thing about the J model but why would the gear handle be up on the ground and if its not classified what the devil is a soft panel--I thought the NLG pin was the first thing the FE installed once on the ground Smitty
  5. Bob, Thanks, I knew if any one had an idea it would be you. Smitty
  6. I blocked an A model in at TSN in 72 when I was there with the 38th TAS from Langley--I don't remember all the details but I think it was one of the 1st A models that the VNAF got --Bob wasn't 56-0482 assigned to Naha in the 60's--seems like I worked on it an 476 when I was there Smitty
  7. Great pics and they bring back a lot of memories--I was stationed at Naha from May 69 to May of 71--I was looking thru some old paperwork and found a copy of my last tdy to TSN in April of 71--like you gained a lot of weight and wonder where time went to Smitty
  8. When I was stationed at Langley we took 63-7838 to 36000 on a trip out to Hill AFB Utah--Capt Thyssen (sp)(I think) was the pilot and he wanted to see how high we could go since the ceiling was 36 thou on the E model--Needless to say we where hanging on the props--a united flight wanted to know if we where trying to resupply sky-lab when the controller ask what kind of plane we where on-- I believe our cabin altitude was at something like 8500 to 9000--had plenty of pressurization Smitty
  9. When I was stationed at Langley we took 63-7838 to 36000 on a trip out to Hill AFB Utah--Capt Thyssen (sp)(I think) was the pilot and he wanted to see how high we could go since the ceiling was 36 thou on the E model--Needless to say we where hanging on the props--a united flight wanted to know if we where trying to resupply sky-lab when the controller ask what kind of plane we where on-- I believe our cabin pressure was at something like 8500 to 9000--had plenty of pressurization Smitty
  10. Tiny, You and your family have my deepest condolences for y'all's lost--y'all are in my prayers and thoughts Smitty
  11. Skip, I don't remember anything that hazardous when we moved munitions around--do you? Smitty
  12. This is a little my wife sent to me about AF bases and your knowledge--I don't know how to start a new thread so I'm tying it to this one. The web site is http://www.mcmguides.com/Know Where/know where.php if this doesn't work let me know and I'll try to add it again--it is quite a bit of fun trying to remember where all of the bases are but most of the old heads will probably know Smitty
  13. I don't know about now as I'm an old fart but most of the pilots that gave recert rides at Langley would let you taxi the acft--how would you get a feel for it if you don't do it--I use to try and win beer by taxing from the right seat but if a pilot loses he lets the other guys know real quick--I never could quit turning the yoke when in the right seat had to do something with my right hand--they all laughed at me for that Smitty
  14. Thanks a lot Casey--I really enjoy this site Smitty
  15. Bob, Who was the stan eval Major from the 37th that gave eng certs to maint.--I remember quite well him kicking the brakes loose on me on my recert ride--1st I ever had a plane move that fast--scared the hell out of me and the other CC's on board--no one wanted to get in the seat after that. Was running a A model at Naha to full power when the center seat guy moved the flaps to 100%--that will give you a distinct feeling of leaving the chocks--balloons like crazy Smitty
  16. Skip, Hoo-rah--oh yeah--do you remember when delta force was called blue light--Col Beckwith commanded--those guys where something else to be around--no fear--just kick some butt now not later Smitty
  17. I arrived at Naha in May 69 and they already had the letters on them--I crewed 56-0504 as a green, brown and white whisper jet for a while and came back after a weekend off and found it had been painted black but I never did go on any blind bat missions--all my time was spent in TSN or Cam Rahn Bay--I can't remember exactly why they painted her black--to replace one we lost?--to many buds since then Smitty
  18. My heart goes out to these folks--damn the Air Force can screw up more stuff instead of taking care of its people--My hat is off to the AC and crew for their professionlism during a tough situation Smitty
  19. Jerry, Where did you go after Langley--I did the Rhein Mein rote with you, Mike Sunde, Charlie Fletcher, Don Eichenlaub etc--to many buds my memory isn't what it use to be I can't remember all the crew chiefs that where there--My asst cc Chuck Whiting and myself spent very little time at RM--good paying rote tho--if there ever is a reunion I would like to attend--did rotes with all the sqs but perfered the 37th--great crews Smitty
  20. RRSmith

    Arrrgggg

    Dan, I will come an back your camper in if you will let me play with one of the rifles on a tri-pod--haven't done that since way before I retired--my sons a cop and instructor and he can't even get me on the range Smitty
  21. Was in Cairo Egypt (sp) in 75 delivering navy divers to demine the canal when a egyptian troop ran a stand into my left aileron knocking a small hole in it--we where not allowed to stay there over night so a trusty tomato juice can, tin snips, fuel tank sealant, and philip screwdriver and a few screws and we were on our way--my pilot Capt Lumpkin got a kick out of the repair but thought it was good enough to buy the beer when we got to Souda Bay that night--always did like him a lot (lol)
  22. Congrats Casey--job well done
  23. Skip thanks for the great video--very heart warming
  24. That definitely looks like one of the old blind bat acft and like Grant said if it is Suppla\'s acft it would have been 533. Smitty
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