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Old 09-13-2019, 06:00 AM
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Old 09-14-2019, 04:46 PM
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Nice footage there Grumpa! Pretty countryside. I don't know what the other branches call it but we did something called Nap of the Earth (NOE). Of course in an RW we are talking less than 120kts and speed is dictated by a host of factors. Still coming back with branches and leaves lodged in the rocket pods, missile launchers and or landing gear was fairly common. And now for some real fun...Nighthawk (night unaided). So far the scariest thing I have ever done in this life. We thanked everything a human could believe in when ANVIS came on line. The Battalion Hemispherical Illumination Officer was an unenviable extra duty. A very particular skill set that thankfully we didn't often employ.
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Old 09-14-2019, 06:51 PM
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I think the ANVIS 5 or 6 visual acuity was something like 20/50.I didn't fly much ANVIS but was sure happy when we went to FLIR.
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Old 09-14-2019, 08:38 PM
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Funny story for yall. When my dad was stationed at Zaragoza AB, Spain (72-75) they had a "Bird" strike on a F-4. The pilot was incapacitated and the rear seater landed it. The base veterinarian clinic took samples to ID the bird. Some time later the results came back, it wasn't a bird it was a rabbit.

The theory is a bird of prey dropped the rabbit when the first Phantom went by and it went through the windscreen of one of the subsequent Phantoms. Sort of like the "Golden BB" rule.

The Commander notified higher HQ of the report and was greeted by laughter on the other end of the phone line. The response was just how high can a Spanish rabbit jump?

My dad was aircraft maintenance, they painted a silhouette of a rabbit on the splinter plate.

I've had the privilege of getting rides in our MC-130E's, low levels (Day and night with NVGs), HALO drops, equipment drops. While stationed in Germany I got to witness the Fulton Recovery operation (Dummy) from the cockpit and from the ramp. Low level coming out of the US Virgin Islands, Threat Pen? upon going feet wet out of the FRY back to Italy. Combat assault landing, low level over the desert, mountains and canyons, seeing IFR from the cockpit (What a view).

I was fortunate that my unit knew I loved flying, and let me bag flights when we were TDY, whenever they could. For that I have always and will always be grateful to my aircrews.

I remember when my crews were using PVS-5s, then we upgraded to the ANVIS-6s, followed by the ANVIS-9s. Remember getting to play with the Panoramic NVGs before I retired. Always amazed how much the flight equipment we provided to our aircrews evolved during my time in, but also how some equipment stayed the same.
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Old 09-14-2019, 09:26 PM
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Typical C-130 flying is done at 500 feet stateside and a few places overseas are at 300. In addition, typical day formations are at 500 feet in trail and same altitude. These birds seem to have their own rules.
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:39 AM
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Typical C-130 flying is done at 500 feet stateside and a few places overseas are at 300. In addition, typical day formations are at 500 feet in trail and same altitude. These birds seem to have their own rules.
Hi grumpa72. Low-level work does tend to raise your pulse a bit. Thanks for posting.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:40 AM
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Amazing how some military equipment is obsolete before it arrives, while the good stuff (C-130, B-52, Chinook, 1911, M2 Browning, 40mm Bofors, MG 42/M3, etc.) can be upgraded, but apparently never superseded.

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Old 09-15-2019, 10:14 AM
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Amazing how some military equipment is obsolete before it arrives, while the good stuff (C-130, B-52, Chinook, 1911, M2 Browning, 40mm Bofors, MG 42/M3, etc.) can be upgraded, but apparently never superseded.

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Tinpig,
The C-130 first entered service in 1956 and is still in production today, looking almost identical to the original. Lockheed got it right on this one!
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Old 09-15-2019, 03:33 PM
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Tinpig,
The C-130 first entered service in 1956 and is still in production today, looking almost identical to the original. Lockheed got it right on this one!
How many hours have you logged in the C-130?
Is the C-123 on the air show circuit?
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:21 PM
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I have a bit over 5000 in the C-130 and 1.1 in the C-123. I flew it to Maryland last weekend (first time ever at the controls) and got the leg out. So, yes it is on the circuit this weekend in Dover DE being the last of the year. Now it's maintenance, cleaningn and "prettying "it up for next spring.
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