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  1. My thoughts. When I first started on recips years ago, I asked an old line chief about the start procedure. Which happened to be on C-131Bs with the crew door on the LH sde.

    Anyway. First start the engines on the side opposite the entrance door. That was in the evert of a stack fire, etc, the passengers, crew, etc., had a safer exit to leave.

  2. I was at the VA Clinic on JBER the other day and they had a vender displaying wares like they usually do. Some pretty neat pictures and I'm prertty sure that they could do custom work as well. I just picked this one up as an example.

    It doesn't rotate like you might expect it to but it just sits there and gives you different looks at the 2 different pictures,

    I "liked" them on my facebook page so so you don't have to like to them.

  3. Not if I've ever seen such and animal. Maybe have but just don't remember. Without an AC source of power couldn't do much of a preflight., other than the visual, and whatever DC parts. No surer I've even check the inverters. Just get everything done up to starting engines. Inverteres ON during start, then OFF once an indication of start and engine rolling up.

    Seems odd not having any AC power for start.

  4. Ah, the days. Been a lot of years and can't remember everything. But I'm not too sure about the 17th and wind stuff. It was during Brim Frost '85. If I remember correctly, high cross wind, light GW, icy runway. Should have aborted the approach, but AC wanted to get in to pickup some Alaska Scouts and bring home. Recovered bird to parking ramp area for decision. AF was going to write it off but Lockheed said they could fix it for $6 mil, while a new one was $16 mil. Forgive an old memory. So they replaced some engines and props, and outer wing I believe, bolted down the gear and off they went.

  5. I think combat weights were somewhat higher. I remember the "E" had a 175,000 ETO and that was used during the resupply to the Dominican Republic in 1965/66. We were loading at Pope and came awfully close to the tree tops on take off heading down to the DR.

    The 175K was for Emergency War Planning or whenever the head shed decided that a mission was deemed a high enough priority to warrant the additional hazard. During the Guatamalia Earthquake relief we had and E model and we were told to load up with max aircraft fuel and max fuel bladders in the back and get them to the relief center in Mexico. Filled up with fuel at Kelly then struggled our way into air heading south. Don't remember what we weighed, but we were heavy, 80K OW, 63K fuel, and max fuel in the bladders. There were no higher "combat weights." Just the 175K as deemed by the head shed when needed.

  6. With the difference in part numbers and LAC numbers you can never be sure. There must be some kind of difference since there's a small difference in the numbers. Might be better just to ask Lockheed for an explanation.

  7. Not sure about using the Fulton system to recover the satillites. Not to sure where the parachute would end up going or where it might catch on the plane. Lots of antennas there to get hung up on.

  8. Yes, Yes and Yes... The question is; Why is there a 3 second min retraction speed... The flow regulator is a two way so it should regulate the speed in both directions...

    Maybe to limit the speed at which the NG hits the uplock? Seems that the MLG has a reduction in speed for the last few moments, 3/4"?

  9. "A defective glad nut failed and was part of a refurbished strut assembly. Failure occured on takeoff from Red Devil Dirt LZ in CO. Crash Landed it at Colorado Springs in April 2011. Here is what she looked like after that takeoff from the LZ."

  10. So far this seems like the convoluted combination of every aviation disaster film I've seen.

    If the pilots are down and the passengers are civilian? Say what? Almost would have to be a foreign national Herc. Then I can't see chutes, etc., on board. And if you're just talking pilots it's either a L-100 model or a J model.

    If U.S. Herc, a civilian Herc. Again no chutes. A U.S. military Herc, then passengers are probably retired military or military dependents.

    Safety valve is located aft rear left of cargo door. Maybe 8" diameter with a butterfly valve. Safety prevents over pressurization. Opens with pressurization exceeds a certain limits, 15.8" hg if I remember correctly. Also, depressurizing opens the valve once you go to A/C no pressurization or emergency depressurization.

    Three overhead hatches. But I don't think anyone wants to be sticking any body part out an open hatch while in flight.

    Liferaft in wings, near wing root. Definitely need someone flying the plane if these are deployed. Possibility of one hanging up on the horizontal stabilizer.

    Maybe a little more Herc research needs to be down before you think about using a Herc.

  11. Getting a bit cold up there in Anchorage eh SEFEGeorge?

    Somewhat, 22 right now. Looking like 40 and rain on Wed. Was near zero a couple days ago, but so far seems like a mild winter for us temp wise. So can't really complain about this winter. We've got a fair amount of snow for ground cover.

  12. Watching their commercials about an erection that lasts more than 4 hours, better call a doctor. Hell with that I'm calling every female I know and inviting them over. Then calling the ex and laugh in her ear.

  13. Too much info missing, like addressed previous. Everybody on board a "friendly"? Bad guys flying the bird? "Friendlies" free to roam in back? All electrical out? How about IFF? Rock wings and put gear down.

    Executive Decision - used nav lights as Morse code

    Air Force One - fax machine

    All else fails, open ramp and door and moon them! Or if hot chick on board, get her naked and standing on the ramp. Fighter pukes will forget what they're up there for.

  14. Considering how many radios the Herc had when I flew (2 UHF, VHF, FM, 2 HF), I can only imagine that they have even more now. But that being said, if they carry parachutes, there's a possibility that there are emergency radios with the chutes, etc. Hell, for that matter beat the crap out of the ELT in hopes that it goes off.

  15. I was reading up on Operation Frequent Wind and came across a word or two from the Crew of the C-130E that had been taken out at Tan Son Nhut prior to the evacuation. They had just dropped off a BLU-82 there at the ammo dump before the mortars took their plane out. I wonder how many BLU-82's the NVA ended up with at the end captured?

    Also of note during the USS Mayaguez ordeal shortly after the Fall of Saigon the AF (on request from the on scene Marine Commander) dropped two BLU-82's on the Cambodia division on the Island. This was after President Ford had ordered him to stand down and cease hostilities since the crew had be released from the Mayaguez. The Marine Colonel claimed he never got the word...

    Pussy presidents. Good opportunity to demonstrate them to everyone who might get similar ideas. Carter pissed me off when he didn't demonstrate just what would happen to Tehran if hostages weren't released.

  16. A Catholic Priest, a Baptist Preacher and a Rabbi all served as Chaplains to the students of Northern Michigan University. They would get together two or three times a week for coffee and to talk shop.

    One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn't really all that hard; a real challenge would be to preach to a bear. One thing led to another, and they decided to do an experiment. They would all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it, and attempt to convert it to their religion.

    Seven days later, they all came together to discuss their experiences.

    Father Flannery, who had his arm in a sling, was on crutches, and had various bandages on his body, went first.

    'Well,' he said, 'I went into the woods to find me a bear. I found him, I began to read to him from the Catechism. Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with me and began to slap me around. So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and, Holy Mary Mother of God, he became as gentle as a lamb. The Bishop is coming out next week to give him first communion and confirmation.'

    Rev. Billy Bob the Baptist, spoke next. He was in a wheelchair, had one arm

    and both legs in casts, and an IV drip.

    In his best fire-and-brimstone oratory, he exclaimed, 'WELL, brothers, you KNOW that we Baptists don't sprinkle! I went out and I FOUND me a bear. And then I began to read to my bear from God's HOLY WORD! But that bear wanted nothing to do with me. So I took HOLD of him and we wrestled down one hill, UP another and DOWN another until we came to a creek. So I quickly DUNKED and BAPTIZED his hairy soul. Just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb. We spent the rest of the day praising Jesus. Hallelujah!

    The Priest and the Reverend both looked down at the Rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed. He was in a body cast and traction with IVs and monitors running in and out of him. He was in really bad shape.

    The Rabbi looked up and said: "Looking back on it, circumcision may not have been the best way to start."

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