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Skip Davenport

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  1. From Max Combat Talon I aircraft going to Bone Yard: 1) Four Aircraft will be flown from Gowen Field, Boise ID. a) Thee will go to Davis Monthan AFB, AZ. One will go to Hurlburt AFB, FL. 63-7785, 64-0555 (Ol' Shakey), 64-0572 to the Bone Yard and 64-0567 down to Hurbie (this tail # is historically significant) c) Flying around spring time This will be a said day for us old SOF Talon I crewmembers
  2. We did the mission --- unfortunatly we didn't complete the mission
  3. The aircraft was on the ground. There were 5 other Herks + the Helos there that night all with engines running blowing sand, minum visability and the burning bus. I as a Talon pilot knowing this crew think they were initially momentary, stunned, surprised by the explosion and confused by what was happening to them. There was most likely a few seconds delay before deciding to shut down/feathering the engines. Also, it takes a few rotations before they actually feather. If I recall from the photos in the book "The Guts to Try" the props appear to be feathered. Just my 2 cents.
  4. most drivers drive with one hand on the horn and one foot on the brake! -- didn't see that one :)
  5. most of us are still here -- and some have long memories
  6. http://tinyurl.com/yjjuhhn DEADLY PARASITE FROM VIETNAM NOW WIDOW'S BATTLE Cholangiocarcinoma is a rare cancer of the bile ducts caused by parasites found in some drinking water Veteran's widow battles killer parasite from Vietnam Horseheads woman raises alert about cancer-causing disease by Roger Neumann In the cruel way that war sometimes works, Vietnam killed Pete Harrison nearly 36 years after he came home. Elusive as they were, Pete thought he knew his enemies over there. The Viet Cong. The North Vietnamese. Their sympathizers. Nobody ever warned him about parasites in the water he drank, but they were there. Nobody ever mentioned the parasites could cause cancer, but they could. Nobody ever told him that cholangiocarcinoma might kill him some day, but it did. Now his widow, Sheila Harrison of Horseheads, is fighting her own war -- against the disease that took her husband's life. She does it by alerting other Vietnam veterans, and the health care workers who treat them, to check for this deadly disease. Early and often. Cholangiocarcinoma is a rare cancer of the bile ducts, which drain bile from the liver to the gallbladder and into the small intestine. Symptoms don't usually develop in the early stages, so the cancer often is well advanced by the time it's discovered. "It's a miserable, miserable disease," Sheila said. Edward "Pete" Harrison was 58 when he died four years ago next Wednesday -- on Jan. 20, 2006. The following year, the Department of Veterans Affairs ruled that his death was service-connected. Sheila was awarded widows' benefits -- small consolation. She said it was the VA's first such ruling related to that disease and service in Vietnam. The department has now issued a total of six, she said, "with many more in the works." Pete survived wounds from multiple shell fragments in Vietnam, where he served from 1969 to 1970 with the 1st Infantry Division. But after he was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma in 2005, he was dead within six months. Now, Sheila urges other vets not to wait until it's too late. If you Google cholangiocarcinoma and Sheila Harrison, you'll find her write-up about her husband and the disease under the heading "Vietnam Veterans" and, below that in larger type, "Parasite Warning." The warning is this: "Have your bile ducts checked before any symptoms occur." People everywhere have read the page. Many have contacted Sheila, some with stories similar to hers. She offers words of comfort and advice, sometimes helping people maneuver through the VA claims process. "A lot of people don't know anything about it until somebody's diagnosed with it," she said of the disease. She and Pete were like that, once. She said doctors "are not looking for it in our guys, especially 30 or 40 years after they got out of Vietnam." When he got out, Pete, who was a sergeant in the Big Red One, counseled veterans at the Labor Department's office in Corning. He would have been proud of his widow and the work she's doing today. "My husband spent his whole working life working for veterans. He said, 'This isn't right; we've got to let veterans know about this,'" Sheila said. "He thought it was really important to get the word out, which is why I'm doing what I'm doing."
  7. Trev A beatiful little girl. You are a lucky man she looks like her mommie vs her daddie :)
  8. All I quoted was Talon history -- OK -- Talon lineage: 14 aircraft (C-130E(I)) assigned under the name Stray Goose later renamed Combat Talon. The project name for the 3 different configurations was Combat Arrow, Knife, & Spear.
  9. The short of it is: Combat Arrow = USAFE Talons 7SOS Combat Knife = CONUS Talons 8SOS Combat Spear = PACAF Talons 1SOS
  10. Col Ben S. "Benwa" McMullen (7 SOS 2008, 1993-98) during a live interview with FOX News and Bill Hemmer. Your just the right guy to manage our operations in Haiti. SOF Rocks.
  11. It's been a long time since I have flown a Herk. BUT my memory says like everyone else the Aux tanks have no effect on weather one is full or one empty
  12. yea but if you would have stopped carrying that damn pig around with you all the time we would have had it much better :)
  13. that's what they are for and I have actually climbed one :)
  14. no we went to the paint shop got some white paint and made a bunch of serial number stencils one of us would go in to fill out the paper work and say we lost the cc and just put the fake serial number on the ticket :)
  15. CL "Chief" a Warrior, Comrade-in-Arms & friend has joined his Talon brothers on the wings of God.
  16. OK I will give ya that one I am also trying to see if Russ Darden might have a picture as he flew Talons in Nam
  17. FYI -- go back an read all the posts on this -- Casey had to start and stop somewhere. A Black and Green Talon with a white bottom -- I have never seen. Please post.
  18. I agree but keep the sq patchs also
  19. Being a furloughed pilot from a company in Union Negotiations for the past three years I am sending this to our leadership. :)
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