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Old 12-12-2011, 08:20 AM   #2341
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Sorry I can't embed this one, but if you've ever thought of the C-130 as "just a cargo plane," this might change your mind

DAMN!! I knew the J-model could do some cool shit, but that....was....freaking....AWESOME!!!

Thanks for sharing that vid, Parrothead!
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:23 AM   #2342
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Bitchin' Betty didn't sound too happy about it
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:42 AM   #2343
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Oh dear.

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Old 12-12-2011, 12:23 PM   #2344
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Oh dear.

Especially with the green bombs with yellow markings on the wing
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:17 PM   #2345
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DAMN!! I knew the J-model could do some cool shit, but that....was....freaking....AWESOME!!!

Thanks for sharing that vid, Parrothead!
Actually the A-model was a pretty hot airplane. The B-and later E became heavy and not so much fun. They had an exhibition group - the four horsemen - that used to do air shows.



I flew with some of the guys who were around then when I was stationed in Nashville in '68-69. We were training crews headed to SEA. These were the best C-130 pilots around. I was in a 4-ship that flew into an open pit mine one time, where we looked up at the shovel operator. I also flew up the Grand Canyon, below the rim on my last Nav flight before transferring to the Gunship.

The J, though, with advanced props, is quite a performer.

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Old 12-12-2011, 09:37 PM   #2346
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Excellent video! Thanks Daniii!

I've read about the Four Horsemen. Definitely some damned good sticks. Not really up to speed on the C-130's so much. The unit I flew with had 'em up until '84 when the wing transitioned to the C-5. I came into the squadron in '91. Prior to that I worked with the C-141's. Couple of the guys there had been around long enough to have logged time on the C-119's and C-124's!
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:30 AM   #2347
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Excellent video! Thanks Daniii!

I've read about the Four Horsemen. Definitely some damned good sticks. Not really up to speed on the C-130's so much. The unit I flew with had 'em up until '84 when the wing transitioned to the C-5. I came into the squadron in '91. Prior to that I worked with the C-141's. Couple of the guys there had been around long enough to have logged time on the C-119's and C-124's!
After separating from the AF in'72, I joined the AFReserves in '74, out of Rickenbacker (Lockbourne) in 124's. What a piece of junk. Originally designed as a glider, it actually had fabric control surfaces.

On a flight down to Eglin, I noticed that a greyhound bus on the freeway below us was pulling away....(We had a pretty good headwind, but still...)
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:37 AM   #2348
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:14 AM   #2349
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After separating from the AF in'72, I joined the AFReserves in '74, out of Rickenbacker (Lockbourne) in 124's. What a piece of junk. Originally designed as a glider, it actually had fabric control surfaces.

On a flight down to Eglin, I noticed that a greyhound bus on the freeway below us was pulling away....(We had a pretty good headwind, but still...)
I was stationed at Lockbourne '63-'65. First EB-47E's KC-135's then C-130A's. It seems every time I took a trip in an A model we turned back because of prop issues. Heating was nonexistent in the cargo bay. It flew good on 3, even with a load. We envied the boys at Pope and their E models.......
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:32 AM   #2350
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I was stationed at Lockbourne '63-'65. First EB-47E's KC-135's then C-130A's. It seems every time I took a trip in an A model we turned back because of prop issues. Heating was nonexistent in the cargo bay. It flew good on 3, even with a load. We envied the boys at Pope and their E models.......
I guess they had the prop issues (3 bladed) worked out by '69. We never had a prop issue in the AC-130A's we flew out of Thailand. I trained in AC-119(D's?) at Lockbourne on my way to SEA. Apparently all the AC-130's were on duty. My first ride in an AC-130A was over Laos!

One of the AC's was the first C-130 delivered to the AF back in '53. Refitted with 4 bladed props sometime after I left, she is on display at Eglin:


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Old 12-14-2011, 09:35 AM   #2351
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I guess they had the prop issues (3 bladed) worked out by '69. We never had a prop issue in the AC-130A's we flew out of Thailand. I trained in AC-119(D's?) at Lockbourne on my way to SEA. Apparently all the AC-130's were on duty. My first ride in an AC-130A was over Laos!

One of the AC's was the first C-130 delivered to the AF back in '53. Refitted with 4 bladed props sometime after I left, she is on display at Eglin:


In '65 we ferried a wing of A models from Lockbourne to Naha. I took a TDY to Danang and our job was to drop flares in Laos and along the HCM Trail. Mission was called "Blind Bat". There was an earlier mission called "Candlestick" and they used C-123's out of Thailand. Rumors were that all of our A's were turned into AC's.
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:31 AM   #2352
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In '65 we ferried a wing of A models from Lockbourne to Naha. I took a TDY to Danang and our job was to drop flares in Laos and along the HCM Trail. Mission was called "Blind Bat". There was an earlier mission called "Candlestick" and they used C-123's out of Thailand. Rumors were that all of our A's were turned into AC's.
Yup. Blind Bat was operating while I was there, some out of Udorn. We had some black EC's at Ubon as well. They had a few 123's modified with a nose sensor ball and a bomb bay dropping cluster bomblets. That was a particularly bad idea. Flying low and slow down a road at night! They gave that up in the summer of '70, but miraculously never lost one.

We had about 10 A's that had been converted. We lost 2 to 37mm while I was there and a couple later, to Sam's I think. The E's started showing up as I was leaving, in '72. We had the 105 in the rear by then. I was an instructor at Eglin for my last tour, moving from Lockbourne in mid '71.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:36 PM   #2353
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One of the instructors I used to work with flew on the -123's over there. He had a certificate on his wall, showing him as a member of "The Order Of The Punctured Provider".
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:52 PM   #2354
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One of the instructors I used to work with flew on the -123's over there. He had a certificate on his wall, showing him as a member of "The Order Of The Punctured Provider".
The plane was pretty ungainly, with a pig-like snout - Super-pig!
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:34 PM   #2355
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I'm looking forward to that one too, just cause...
But 2013?? hurry up, already!!!
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