AFSC-ASD JC-131B CC & FM, worked on various recips including C-121, and packed a C-130A fuel tanks in '69. Probably the first test (WPAFB) , 483rd OMS C-7A (CRB, RVN), 2754(?) CLSS B-52/C-5A/T-37/T-38 depot and RAM team, also F-5A pack up in Iran in '72 to ship to RVN (KAFB, TX), 2750 LSQ VC-118A CC & FM, VT-29B/C/D FM (WPAFB), 32 TAS FE (LRF), 16 TATS IFE (LRF), 6594th TG FE (HAFB), 16 TATS IFE (LRF), 17th TAS IFE/SEFE (EDF).
While at Kelly, 2 sheet metal guys and me (I was a recip APG) were sent to Laughlin AFB to repair a T-38 that had hand-grenaded it's engines and boat-tail on takeoff and had been sitting on the ground for a year. We were told to get it flying. Cleaned it out from firewall back. I rebuilt the systems from firewall on and sheetmetal guys fixed the structure. We removed the shredded vertical stab and replaced it with one from the base boneyard. We were told that that was the first time that had ever been done. Finally got it back airborne. Only problem was that it needed a little rudder trim. They "shot" it and couldn't find anything wrong until they performed a closer inspection and found a fuel vent on the aft edge of the tail slightly bent. Straightened it out and flew like a champ. Got a thank you and that was it. A month TDY to Laughlin was sure as hell worth more than that!
Also while at Kelly, in '72, was sent on a no-notice TDY in a C-5A, without knowing where to. Landed in Iran on an Iran AFB. We removed the wings from the Shaw's F-5A fighters and boxed them up for shipment to RVN. Spent 9 days there, working 12 hour days to get the job done. Other than work nothing else to do. Couldn't go anywhere except for the IAF Officer's Club to eat, drink, and use the snooker table. All of us went from constipation to the runs and back the whole time there. Might have been the food or the Tuborg beer! Taking pills for the constipation and then pills for the runs. Flew home of a C-141. Their latrine sure got a lot of work from all of us.
While in the 16th TATS completed the FE Performance School in '79 as part of the initial cadre of 34 C-130 Instructor FE's to certify the school for C-130 FE's (had to use the frigging slide-rule to boot). Was part of the 7 man IFE crew from LRF that went to the school that was tasked to consolidate the 8 week course into a 2 week course to be taught to Herc FEs so they'd be up to speed with the "C" guys. Took us a year working on the project in between flying, TDYs, etc., to get it done, books, etc., printed, and start teaching it.
Was part of 4 crews sent to pick up DC-130E and bring them back to LRF to be used as PP birds. Told not to screw with the fuel transfer system on the way to LRF. Took some of the fun out of it! Still modded as DCs but we flew them on PPs.
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