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  1. I just read through the incident report and note that the transcription of the radio communications are not included. I have read it and I thought I had it. Meyer's last words to his wife were, i.e. "It looks like I've got a problem. I'll be right back after I take care of it." What I posted goes back several computers. Someone, I forgot who, sent me the report back in late 2000 or early 2001 and I downloaded it onto my Compaq desk top. I replaced that computer with a DELL three or four years ago. The transcript may be on it. If I can find it, I'll upload it. If anyone else has it, perhaps the
  2. I may have already posted this link, but if I did, here it is again. Several years ago someone sent me the accident report of the Meyer incident. A couple of years ago I uploaded it to the Internet. Here is the link - www.sammcgowan.com/meyers.html. If you've never read it, read it. Remember one thing about the military - it is the most massive rumor mill in the world, ever.
  3. I thought I would include this photo. Charlie Armistead and Ralph Bemis were telling me what happened at An Loc. In the photo , Charlie is telling how he was sitting against the CDS bufferboard and holding to tiedowns but the impact was so hard that he was picked up and thrown over the bufferboard and against the 245 bulkhead. Ralph was sitting with his back to the wall under the ladder and holding on to the stanchion. He was thrown across the cargo compartment and into the right side of the 245 bulkhead where he was trapped. Charlie and Robert Kirkpatrick, the nav. worked for half an hour - i
  4. There were oodles of them there a year ago. They're parked behind other types but there are several rows of them and are a number of columns across. There are also a bunch of C-5s.
  5. The daughter of the copilot on the October '67 crash is a friend of mine. I also recently learned that her dad, Earl Bjorke, took the place of my AC at Clark, Steve Finch, either for that mission or for the shuttle. Steve went from CCK to Clark on a consecutive tour. I don't know what Bob means by "blown on the ground." The Marine KC-130B was hit while on approach with a load of fuel bladders and set on fire. It blew up on the runway. Some of the crew got out but their passengers perished. It was one of two Marine KC-130s lost in the Vietnam War. The other collided with a fighter during a ref
  6. There were quite a few Herks there last October, mostly from Little Rock. One road goes right by them but I was on the wrong side of the bus to get a decent shot up close. The only way to get in there is on a tour bus. They are being used mostly for parts according to what we were told.
  7. Here are some photos from the 2012 TCTAA meeting in Warner Robins, GA. Stony Burk and Don Short in front of C-124. They were both in Shakies before they went to Herks, Stony at Evreux then at Clark, Orlando and Langley. Next is Don Short, Jim Tomlinson and Sam McGowan, all 35th TCS LMs. Memorial Service in C-130A, Sam McGowan and Stony Burk in C-130A,(Stony is stricking the SEA LM pose - in the left troop door.) Ralph emis and Charlie Armistead (2), Ralph Bemis, Bob Patterson, Major Award They caught me completely by surprise when they presented that glass sculpture to me. It is
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    A year ago the TCTAA was in Tucson. One of our trips was to Pima. Here are a few pictures. The people standing next to the A-model are me and Bob Steele, who was in the 35th with me at Naha 66-67. (That airplane needs paint!) Bob Steele is in the first photo in the preceding post. Here are some more photos from Pima. The individual is Mike Schmid, 35th TCS LM, the second is Jim Tomlinson and Bob Steele, 35th LMs and the third is Steel and Schmid with Bill Goodall, 374th FMS, in the middle. More TCTAA at Pima - Mike Welch and Ray Snedegar; Steele, Tomlinson and Sch
  9. We went to AMARC a year ago when the TCTAA was there for our members meeting. Here are some C-130 pics.
  10. The earliest pictures of camouflaged airplanes in the AIRLIFTER collection I have are in the May 16, 1966 issue. There's a picture of a camouflaged B-model in an article on Operation BIRMINGHAM. There's also one of the nose of A-model 476 in camo. If you look at my Flareships page, it shows all (or most) of the C-130As at Ubon at the time and they are all camouflaged. I was at Ubon May-July 1966 and took the picture during that time. I think it was in early June when all of the kickers were called out to the flight line for a demonstration by the AMS people on the dangers presented by flares a
  11. No one seems to have mentioned it yet but Ralph Krach, who was once active on the old C-130 forum, passed away back in July. Here is his obituary. http://www.riemannfamily.com/obituaries/Ralph-Krach/ My first encounter with Ralph was in the fall of 1965 and TDY to Mactan and flying the new Bangkok Shuttle. Early one evening around sundown we went into Taklhi, Thailand with a load of hazardous cargo and were parked on the hazardous cargo ramp. The aerial port ramp tramp told me there was going to be a delay for our outbound load because of a high priority mission. A few minutes later, an unmar
  12. TRASH HAULERS is the same book that was published originally in 1988 as The C-130 Hercules, Tactical Airlift Missions, 1956-1975 (I hated that title!) by TAB/Aero. I put out a revision in 2011 but it didn't have pictures. This is the third revision and is in large format with a bunch of pictures, some that were in the original and some that weren't.
  13. I was TDY to Mactan when the 463rd came in. The 464th from Pope had a squadron at Mactan and the 463rd had a squadron at Clark. There was one 463rd crew we used to see a lot. The loadmaster had flown with my AC, Capt. Marve (Gene) Shoupe in C-123s at Tan Son Nhut. One day they were telling us that we were going to stay at Mactan PCS. Well, before we went to Mactan, the entire squadron (779th) was briefed that we were going to transition into special operations and we already had brand new C-130E(Is) on the ramp at Pope but we couldn't tell them that. A few weeks later the Langley crews started
  14. Chris, if I said '66, it was a typo. All of the TAC C-130 squadrons went too PACAF in late '65 except, perhaps, for the 29th, which may have left Forbes after the first of the year. The 50th went to Clark, the 345th to Naha and the 776th to Tachikawa until sometime in early '66 when the 314th transferred to CCK and the three squadrons joined it. I hope you'll come join us in Little Rock in May. We've got a lot of Pope vets in the TCTAA and are getting more from CCK. Sam Are you 100% certain about the camouflage? There were camouflaged airplanes on the ramp at Pope when I left for Naha in J
  15. I am going to make a deal. I will sell TRASH HAULERS and ANYTHING, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE for the same prices that I sold them to attendees at the TCTAA convention in Tucson last year - $25.00 for TRASH HAULERS, $28.00 for ANYTHING,, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE or $50.00 for both. However, because these books are HEAVY, I have to charge $5.00 for shipping. I'll take checks or money orders. Send your order to: Sam McGowan 3737 Hill Family Lane Missouri City, TX 77459 My Email is [email protected] if anyone has any questions. These are revisions of the original books but in a larger format and with picture
  16. See my post about Little Rock. By the way, we are up to Member 285 now. Thanks to Bill Kehler, we're about even between officers and enlisted. Some of them are (were) heavy hitters.
  17. I'm not sure what happened to the 775th. It may have gone to Sewart with C-123s. There was only airfield at Tuy Hoa in 1965, an old French field. The Air Force built a new base there in 1966 and called it Tuy Hoa. When I got to Naha in early 1966, Tuy Hoa was the old field. My first trip in-country from Naha was in February 1966 to shuttle between Cam Ranh, Tuy Hoa and Ban Me Thout. John Butterfield had a prop reversal problem at Tuy Hoa a few weeks later and went off the runway. The Army Class 26ed the airplane when they tried to move with a tank. It seems to me the new field opened later
  18. I suspect the one in the museum is one of those given to the VNAF during the final days of the war. I've got a history of the mission (CHECO Report) on my page www.sammcgowan.com/bomber.html.
  19. We got this straightened out. Becky got in contact with me. It turns out that Ben had what he needed all along but was focusing on his Blind Bat time when he should have been focusing on his TDY to Cam Ranh Bay. She sent me a copy of an APR that mentioned so many days TDY but said "Southeast Asia." She also sent me excerpts from the 374th history. I wrote a letter to the VA and pointed out that during the time frame mentioned the only place the Naha wing was TDY other than Ubon, which was mentioned elsewhere, was Cam Ranh. At first they turned him down (again) but then they realized the APR wa
  20. Dave Horn sent me the same thing. I talked to my good buddy Stony Burk who was in ARRS at Clark at the time and he says its bullshit. There was a Blind Bat C-130A crew that tangled with a pair of MiGs over northern Laos one night when they were diverted to flare for ground personnel. They were about 120 miles west of Hanoi when they were alerted that two MiGs had taken off and were headed for them. They had no maps because they were out of their area but they dropped down below the ridges and used their radar to stay away from them. Jack Blewitt was the nav. Jack taped intercom and radio trans
  21. I don't know if I've said anything on here or not but three years ago Bob Patterson (as in MG Bob Patterson) was with us in Warner Robins for the TCTAA convention. After breakfast on Sunday morning I was sitting with him, George Dockery and a couple of others when he brought up the Meyer incident. Bob was a major at the time and was in Germany as a TAC representative. He briefed TAC commander Gen. William Momyer on the incident. Bob says that all of the crap about him being shot down, etc. and etc. is all bullshit. (I've seen the incident report - I've got it somewhere and it says the same thi
  22. First, I don't remember an airfield like that. Most of them were fairly level. As for films, the John Wayne film was a TAC production. There is a much better film called Anything, Anywhere, Anytime made by photographers from Clark in late 1970/early 1971. It's available from Traditions Military Video on their C-130 Vietnam DVD. I know the story about how it came about but don't feel like typing it all out right now. Let's just say that Howie Seaboldt was behind it.
  23. I still have my 35th cap but its worn too badly to wear. They were simple Kelly Green baseball caps with the number 35 embroidered in front in white letters. Some people added other things but most of us didn't. I have thought about having some made up but never followed up on it. I don't know when they started wearing them. I knew some 35th people in 1965 and they were wearing them then. We didn't wear them in country due to Seventh AF regulations but wore them around the base when we were at Naha. I can't remember if we wore them in Thailand after the rules changed or not. We didn't wear the
  24. This is not exactly right. Lowes and Home Depot will give discounts to active duty, retirees and DISABLED vets with proper ID all the time. They give discounts to all vets with proper ID on certain holidays
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