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Old 12-15-2011, 05:27 PM   #2356
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:00 PM   #2357
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Spring of 2013? How am I supposed to wait that long?!? Looks like it has potential!
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:04 PM   #2358
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I know a ex-co worker/boss who was in another countries AF and as part of his A4 check-out it was three 100nm triangular legs at 300 agl and 300 knots. Personally, I preferred breaking out on top of a stratus with some minor build-ups in the vicinity, leveling off right on top and motoring along at 280-320 knots. All the fun with none of the risks - you can put it on autopilot, sip your coffee, and enjoy.
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:11 AM   #2359
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:07 AM   #2360
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Man, that looks like fun!
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:11 AM   #2361
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The plane was pretty ungainly, with a pig-like snout - Super-pig!

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Old 12-16-2011, 08:00 AM   #2362
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That's the one. Can you imagine flying 500 ft above a road in Laos, at night, 37mm AA guns on both sides of the road, dropping cluster bombs as you travel over a truck?
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:33 AM   #2363
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That's the one. Can you imagine flying 500 ft above a road in Laos, at night, 37mm AA guns on both sides of the road, dropping cluster bombs as you travel over a truck?
Probably still safer than my morning commute.
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:51 AM   #2364
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There's a pretty good non-fiction book about just that, :" Flying Through Midnight" - an account of flying C-123's over the Ho Chi Minh trail.
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:57 AM   #2365
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One of my co-workers flew with the 15th Special Ops...all black -123's in the 1st Flight Det.
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:25 AM   #2366
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Being non-military, I did fly with a number of ex Vietnam era pilots in the 70's and 80's. UH1's, A6's, that Bronco thing, etc. I wouldn't call them overly wound-up, but rather interesting personalities. Myself, having been all over to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, & Thailand it must have just been a real contrast, incredibly beautiful geography, but then there's the job at hand...
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:22 AM   #2367
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:51 PM   #2368
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There's a pretty good non-fiction book about just that, :" Flying Through Midnight" - an account of flying C-123's over the Ho Chi Minh trail.
What a great book. Hard to put down. Also "The Rescue of Streetcar 304", A7 driver shot down in Laos.
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Old 12-16-2011, 04:35 PM   #2369
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One of my co-workers flew with the 15th Special Ops...all black -123's in the 1st Flight Det.
The 123's at Ubon were in the 16th SOS. I'd sure like to find that book. Two of my roomies at Ubon were 123-ers. The 4th, Juan Pena, finally succumbed to ALS a couple years ago. He earned 7 DFC's while there. He was in the 490 product development group, Pave somethingorother, and was quite a guy. His dad was a legal Mexican immigrant, and all his brothers and sisters entered the armed services. He retired a Lt Col, and the VA took pretty good care of him up till the end. His son graduated from the AF Academy and is flying C-130's, and his daughter married a C-130 pilot after 2 years at the Academy.

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Old 12-16-2011, 07:59 PM   #2370
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My co-worker said the 1st Flight Det was his first squadron. He ended up being some of the initial cadre on the C-5 when it came out, and has been with it ever since. In fact, he was MY instructor when I came through the initial qualification course for the C-5 about 20 years ago, and he's still going strong.

They made you bastards tough back in the day.

What an amazing world aviation is, that so many can cross paths in so many different ways!
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