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Skip Davenport

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  1. You answered your own question -- remember TAS is always the same speed at any altitude. ie 150IAS at 5000ft might be 120 IAS at FL180.
  2. Well, you can bet it wasn't favoritism! :)
  3. I always thought the reason for the space was for Hyd foaming -- but what do I know I am only a pilot! :)
  4. Skip Davenport


    Tactical Air Directory -- a VFR version of IRF approach places. It was printed with brown ink and gave a TACAN DME/Radial to a LZ then a description of the runway and terrain in the area. :)
  5. There were only two "real" STAR's preformed in the movies that I know of. B-17 - "Thunderball" and MC-130E "The Green Berets". All the others are bits and parts or digitally implanted scenes. Next time you watch the one with "The Unit" the Herk changes into a C-123 and the Batman that all looks digital. FYI -- I have the vidios from all the first live STAR's given to me by Mr Fulton :)
  6. Aircraft used for STARs. P2V2 12 Aug 1958 1st live SSgt Woods USMC P2V7 B2V-5F B17 3 Jun 1962 Live (North Pole - Ice) Lt Leschack USNR Live #107 SSgt Thrower 24 Aug 1966 This is as Mr. Fulton's records went. There were others after this date. I know of sum a Snake School. I personally have 5 live pick-ups. The last was a two man back during Flintlock 81 in Liberia. This was the last "successful" live. Unfortunately the next one attempted resulted in a fatality.
  7. Dan this is all the information that has been released so far. Will ask some questions and let everyone know when I know.
  8. well actually over 100 live Surface To Air Recoveries (STAR) utilizing the Fulton Skyhook system that was on the C-130, B-17, and a couple Navy birds (don't remember the types right now too tired but by the morning I will) -- there was a different type system used in WWII
  9. An 8 SOS CV-22 aircraft went down, Friday, 2 Apr 2010, at approximately 1 a.m., about seven miles west of Qalat, the capital of Zabul province, in Afghanistan. It's reported that 3 US Military and one civilian were killed. Numerous injured were taken to a hospital. The CV-22 had been transporting U.S. service members. Please help pass ...the word: Memorial Service for Major Randy Voas and Senior Master Sergeant JB Lackey are scheduled for this Thursday, April 15th at 1000L in the Freedom Hangar. The Freedom Hangar is located directly next to the 8th SOS (formerly known as the 20th SOS). The reception will be at Helen Back restaurant/bar on Okaloosa Island from 1500 midnight (or later). If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. The unit is open 24 hrs from now until Friday. Contact numbers are 850-881-4475/4460/4455
  10. Best place to watch was from a boat in the bay with babes and beer!
  11. Skip Davenport


    snip sand file and I'm just a pilot LOL
  12. Skip It was low level wind shear. I had just checked out as an IP then and was somewhere back in the gaggle and dropped short too. After the drops, the IG wanted to go fly and drop and see what the matter was. They put together an all instructor crew. Gene Johnson as AC, me as CP and Bob "The Cobra" Jackson as Nav went up and flew with 2 TAC Colonels watching us. We dropped short again. Cobra called the drop using the winds from the DZ which were light and variable, but the doppler showed a 40 knot head wind. The Aerial port guys hid the fact that Crafts load was so far away. I don't remember whether we got away with it or if we had a retake on the night HE. I remember an ORI practice at Langley when I had to be an IP riding CP for Leroy, that was scary!! Bob Bob I was on the DZ when this drop happened. We (CCT and IG team member) were standing on the IP and watched the lead bird (flown by our SQ CC LTC Martin) fly over head and then the load come out. At the time we thought we were going to be hit so we ran like hell to the side of the DZ. To our surprise NONE of the loads landed on the DZ. I got in the Jeep and raced backed to the base and met LTC Matrin and told him that none of the loads hit the DZ -- he looked like a Ghost! But as I recall they went back and checked with the WX guys/gals and found a low level wind sheer and as all the drops were spont on were lead dropped we ended up with a PI and passed that ORI. I do have some pic's somewhere of the assualt landings -- by-the-by Martin landed long :)
  13. I remember the same thing happening at the DZ we flew to out of Langley back in 71/72 and I think it was a 37th bird then too :)
  14. As I recall at An Loc during the Easter Bunny drops we dropped at 10K due to the small arms ground threat. We flew a ground controlled (GCA) to the CARP. On the first run we tossed out a wind streamer. The second run was a 2 bundal drop based on the wind streamer. The third run was a full drop. As I recall over 80% of the loads landed inside the firebase.
  15. now that's a good one -- just wish I had thought of it :)
  16. 1 you will never get a wing or sq CC to day to buy off on it 2 $$
  17. Would have been nice to have something like that when I was flying Herks. Do have something like that for the Beechjet and working on the same for the Hawker 750 :)
  18. DFAS Retired Pay Newsletter: Learn More About Your Retired Pay Director's Corner Welcome to the new DFAS Retired and Annuitant Pay! On February 1, we completed a very exciting transition; we brought Retired and Annuitant Pay back in house after outsourcing the function to a contractor for nearly eight years. Our goal was to make this transition seamless for you and to continue providing excellent customer service and timely, accurate pay. Read more: http://www.dfas.mil/rna-news/march2010/directorscorner.html New and Improved Web Pages On Feb. 1, DFAS launched new and improved web pages for our retired military and annuitant customers. We reviewed all of the information we were providing you and removed outdated or irrelevant material, reducing the number of web pages in the Retired Pay section of the site from 88 to 26. Read more: http://www.dfas.mil/rna-news/march2010/newandimprovewebpage.html 2010 Tax Updates Two recent changes to the Internal Revenue Service tax tables have a lot of military retirees and annuitants asking questions. Find out how these changes may affect you. Read more: http://www.dfas.mil/rna-news/march2010/2010taxupdate.html International Direct Deposit Information Restored Many military retirees and annuitants who live overseas and receive their benefits through International Direct Deposit (IDD) have voiced concerns recently over missing information on their electronic fund transfers. International Treasury Services has restored this information to the electronic funds transfers. Read more: http://www.dfas.mil/rna-news/march2010/iddinforestored.html myPay Puts You in Control Imagine it's March 30 and your appointment with the tax preparer is only 30 minutes away. You open the folder containing your financial information for the last year and discover that your retired pay 1099R is missing. What do you do? Read this article to find out: http://www.dfas.mil/rna-news/march2010/mypayputsyouincontrol.html Retiree Seminars Want to talk to an expert about your retirement benefits or annuity? DFAS representatives will be available at several retiree seminars in March and April. Find out more: http://www.dfas.mil/rna-news/march2010/retireeseminars.html Questions or Comments? Do you have a question or feedback for us? Please call our Customer Contact Center toll free at 1-800-321-1080 or submit an inquiry online at https://ca.dtic.mil/dfas/s-retired/ret-pay.htm.
  19. Unfortunately, Medicare and TRICARE payments were cut 21% on Thursday April 1. The Senate is considering corrective legislation (H.R. 4851) but is hung up over technical details. Please enter your ZIP code in the box and urge your senators to get this legislation passed and find a long-term fix upon return from the impending two-week congressional recess. http://capwiz.com/moaa/issues/alert/?alertid=14865961 Thanks Bonnie
  20. Now Rattle Snake is very very good no matter what sex you eat! :)
  21. You Might Be An Aircraft Mechanic If... You've ever slept on the concrete under a wing. You've ever said "Oh yes sir, its supposed to look like that". You know what JP4 or 145 octane tastes like. You've ever used a black grease pencil to fix an overworked tire. You have a better bench-stock in the pockets of your coveralls then the supply system. You've ever used a piece of safety wire as a toothpick. You've ever been told to go get "some prop wash and a yard of flight-line." You've ever worked a 14 hour shift on a aircraft that isn't flying the next day. You can sleep anywhere, anytime, but as soon as the engines shut down you are wide-awake. You've ever stood on wheel chocks to keep your feet dry. Used dikes to trim fingernails. Wiped leaks immediately prior to crew show. Wondered where they keep finding the idiots that keep making up stupid rules. You've ever had to de-fuel an aircraft an hour after refueling it. You've used a wheel chock as a hammer. You know more about your coworkers than your own family. You ever wished the pilot would say "Great Airplane". You've ever wondered why it takes a college degree to break an airplane but only a high school diploma to fix one. You have used a wooden chock as a pillow while sleeping on a pushback tug. You have scuba dived a lav tank to remove everything under the sun. You have had a pilot ask you why the valve stems on all the tires are not the same size. You have had a steering bypass pin fall out during a blinding snowstorm while in a near red-line turn.....BOOM!!! You have had a starter hang while performing a manual start on a RC-130!!!! You just screwed up something really expensive.....D'OH!!!! You have seen the "northern lights" inside the cabin while being shocked by a ballast (200v). You have had fire lick the back of your neck after getting that inop APU FINALLY started (tub removed). You have told someone that you are an aircraft mechanic only to have them say, "But not on the engines...right?" You have been blamed by management for looking where you were NOT SUPPOSED TO BE LOOKING. You have wanted to put your foot up a pilot's butt on many occasions. You have wished that you had chosen a different career.
  22. May sound to easy but I remember one I had and it was the NTS plunger --
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