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  • core_pfield_11
    24 years of Marine Aviation, 16 years in Herks as an FE, all while working in maintenance. Still flying as a contractor. Life is good.
  • core_pfield_12
    NAS Pax River
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    Flight Engineer....still

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  1. Bob/Casey USMC BUNO 160628 (c/n 382-4776) now the property of Fuerza Aerea De Chile. On its way to Santiago this morning. v/r Tony V
  2. The new CO had maintenance put BOB back as the MODEX for 808. Did I mention that the new CO is a Marine? A/C 627 also has US Marines on the side vice US Navy. When we pick up 626 from Hill this fall it will also sport US Marines on the side. One of the things I know about 808 is that sometime in the late 80's it had a pod fire that necessitated an immediate landing. The aircraft exceeded 350 knots in the dive and landed at MCAS Beaufort. After that the wing was never right. I know it (the wing) was changed sometime in the 97/98 timeframe. During Desert Storm it was a hangar queen. Appoximately a year later when we finally got everything put back together, myself, Bill Sculley and Mike Hersperger took it out for it's initial high power runs. Bill was driving, I was in the copilot seat and Mike was in the center seat. As we came to the hold short of 14L at Cherry Point (we were headed to run-up area 4), Bill realized that the emergency brakes weren't working anymore, said "uh-oh" and before he could say anything else I switched over to normal brakes while Bill still standing on the pedals. As you might guess we immediately stopped...which in turn sent Mike into the center windscreen. On of my adventures on the plane was while doing hose checks in the W-122. As I pressurized the hoses I noticed that I was only getting about 50 psi of refuel manifold pressure with both AR pumps on. Right about that time Manny Guttierez tells me we have a leak on the right side. After I shut everything off, manny says it's still leaking. Turns out the manifold had ruptured between 3 and 4 in the flapwell. We were at 23,000 feet so the leak never stopped until we were able to de-pressurize. The AC tried to tell me that we needed to shut down both engines on the right side. I convinced him that shutting down #3 was good enough. Quite frankly I didn't know if shutting down either one would have made a difference, I just didn't want to land with 2 shut down on one side. Turns out someone else did just that with this same airplane about a year or so later in 29 Palms. They didn't crash, but it wasn't pretty. Good times...:D
  3. This was taken 7 April 2010 @ Pax River, MD. Whaddaya wanna know?
  4. We have the Marine version here at Pax. If I didn't know any better I'd think that you two have been sitting in on some of our meetings...
  5. A tanker is good to 460 knots. That's what 106 did when it rolled over back in 2004 with IFR pods. http://safetycenter.navy.mil/media/approach/issues/sepoct06/The_Wild_Ride_of_106.htm
  6. We had a crew pick it up and take it to Alabama for "de-paint". We have 627 now and will be picking up 625 eventually.
  7. Yes, the J's have this ramp.
  8. http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2010/02/22/338666/pictures-poland-grounds-hercules-fleet-after-afghan.html
  9. Marines were trained to use them up until 2006. Don't need them with the J. We still have them on the planes in Pax. They are nice conversation pieces.
  10. Looking for an overhaul manual as well as an IPB for the AC gen for the ATM. I believe the part number of the gen is 2CM85D1B. If anyone can point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated. Thanks, Tony V
  11. The United States Marine Corps is 234 years of romping, stomping, hell, death and destruction. The finest fighting machine the world has ever seen. We were born in a Bomb Crater, Our Mother was an M-16 and Our Father was the Devil. Each moment that I live is an additional threat upon your life. I an a rough looking, roving soldier of the sea. I am cocky, self-centered, overbearing, and do not know the meaning of fear, for I am fear itself. I am a green amphibious monster, made of blood and guts, who arose from the sea, feasting on anti-Americans throughout the globe. Whenever it may arise, and when my time comes, I will die a glorious death on the battlefield, giving my life for Mom, the Corps, and the American Flag. We stole the eagle from the Air Force, the anchor from the Navy, and the rope from the Army. On the seventh day, while God rested, we over-ran his perimeter and stole the globe, and we've been running the show ever since. We live like soldiers and talk like sailors and slap the Hell out of both of them. Warrior by day, lover by night, drunkard by choice, Marine by God! Oorah
  12. That could be. I imagine that the basics would need to be taught in a more structured environment. I didn't get into the Herk community until the late 80's. By then the FE Ground Course was taught at MCAS El Toro.
  13. Marine FE's used to come from the ranks of the Herk maintenance department exclusively. One had to be a CDI (collateral duty inspector) prior to entering flight training as a FM. Once qualified you could follow on to be an engineer after a couple of years of experience. As the need for FE's grew the MOS became open to other platforms as the F-4's, A-4's and OV-10's were retired. The MOS manual was changed to reflect that the qualified candidate had to have an aviation MOS as a prerequisite. Eventually it was opened up even further to basically anyone that could breathe. We were inundated with grunts and truck drivers for a while. Very few (less than 10%) made it through training. All FE training was conducted in house until around 1986 when the schoolhouse was opened at MCAS Cherry Point. Pilots, Navigators, and Radio Operators (LM) were trained there as well. In 1993 a new MOS was created in order to become a feeder for the FE MOS. We would take brand new Marines fresh from aviation maintenance training at Memphis/Pensacola and put them through FM training. What was supposed to happen was that we'd have this pool of qualified fliers to pick from for FE training. As with almost all first term enlistee's, most of them got out, so the pool wasn't so big afterall. The introduction of the KC-130J changed all that. Some of the FE's left for the reserve units in TX and NY. The ones that didn't (or couldn't) were converted to crew chiefs. Quite a few got out or retired. The schoolhouse has since been decommissioned and all initial training is conducted at Little Rock for the "J". The two reserve units train there own FM's and FE's now. And most of thier students come from the Herk maintenance department. Someone said it earlier, what goes around comes around...
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