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After 60 years, C-130 still
a ´magnificent machine´

Fox News, by Jonathan Serrie

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/19/2014 12:41:04 PM

ATLANTA – Tim Nguyen regards the C-130 “Hercules” as a “good friend.” The 60-year-old military aircraft has been the focus of his professional career, and quite possibly saved his life. During the 1975 Fall of Saigon, Nguyen -- then serving in the South Vietnamese air force -- escaped on the last C-130 out of Vietnam. During a lull in enemy fire, he emerged from a bunker at Tan Son Nhut Air Base to see the last flyable C-130 stopping and going on the taxiway. The aircraft’s rear ramp was still open, apparently weighed down by the crowd of people standing

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 8/19/2014 1:28:04 PM     (No. 9972046)

The Herk, with engines so powerful it almost didn´t need wings to fly. I loved that bird.

Many a time, the ski-equipped, JATO-powered (when necessary) Herks from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, safely carried my miserable carcass to/from Sondrestrom AFB to my DEWLine duty station (DYE-2) on the Greenland ice cap in the sixties. I´ve even stood on the flight deck when "Capt. Caribou" flew that magnificent bird down the fjords hunting - caribou. Helluvan air machine!!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 8/19/2014 1:39:44 PM     (No. 9972063)

Flew in the back of many C-141s in the eighties - cold, noisy, and impersonal. Catching a hop on a C-130 was always, by comparison, a most pleasant experience.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: namvet66, 8/19/2014 2:03:43 PM     (No. 9972102)

I served in the Air Force from 1964 to 1968 as an aircraft electrician on C-130 B and E models. There is a special place in my heart for the Herky. It will be in the Air Force inventory for a long time to come. It´s a can-do bird that fills many rolls from carrying cargo to carrying the wounded. A tip of the cap to Lockheed. It´s still one hellva bird!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: grampus, 8/19/2014 6:26:26 PM     (No. 9972491)

"Tailgating" a 130 was about as easy a jump as could be made. You just ran right out...no "vigorous exit" required.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kafir091101, 8/20/2014 1:19:33 AM     (No. 9972947)

A close AF buddy spent two tours in Vietnam as a Crew/Line chief on AC-47s. They also had a few AC-119s but that’s another story.

They had their own C-130 to run parts and repair teams around Vietnam and into Thailand and he’d sub as its crew chief once in a while.

The pilots often practiced their STOL maneuvers just to impress the ground crews and pizz-off the load masters because they also did double duty delivering ammo/water/plasma to Fire Support Bases when they were between a hard place and a rock and no one else was available.

They’d go in almost at stall and max turbine speed and then go full pitch and pull back on the yoke to slide the cargo off the ramp and hopefully onto the helipad.

Even though it was an ad-hoc operation, most C-130 drivers were capable of this type of flying and it was very necessary from time to time.

Old Mac said it was as good as any rollercoaster ride and they only occasionally took rounds from Mr. Charles.

After a few of those side trips, he swore he’d never go back on the wagon again!

He said the One-Thirty rode like a Caddy and was as solid as a rock. Another masterpiece by Lockheed!

Mac thought about getting into the AC-130 program but that would have meant a third tour in Vietnam and extension past 20 years total service time.

In a fit of sobriety, he chose Little Rock and a job with the state but stated many times that he wished he had gone with the AC-130 instead.

Just think. The AC-130 variant has been around for forty-five plus years and is a mainstay. I wish the AF would reverse its decision and do the same for the A-10.

Kafir


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