Driving northward past Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and coming straight at
us on final southerly approach, a C-130. Unknown if just a cargo carrier,
or a Spooky, but one big fat slow beautiful airplane. My wife saw it first
and quipped, "What the hell is that?" It takes a lot to get her attention.
I just said it was a weapons platform that you would not want looking for
Brings back memory during days in 'Nam in late '60s. Once I was sitting
on top of fully loaded ammunition cargo pile going on a TDY in a hurry.
Guess what? looking out one engine on the starboard side was smoking but
no flame. Pilot cut out the engine and landed at destination
w/o a hitch. At the time I was a bit scared and did not feel good until
I stood on the ground. C-130 went thru a lot of evolution over the
years. One of best flying workhorse around. I used to fly around in
Caribou twin engine job too which can take off on short runway.
And Huey chopper.
Yep. I was in USAF as a firefighter. Used to have runway standby
duty and watch those Hercs and Caribous shoot touch n' goes all day
Those damn Hercs are one of the greatest planes ever designed. Still
in production after 50 yrs! "Over 40 models and variants of the
Hercules serve with more than 60 nations."
I was stationed at Kelly AFB, Tx in...umm... 1954 at an intelligence
outfit on a hill just above the start of the runway. Used to watch
the B-36s landing They would touch down just past our location, pop
chutes and roll for what seemed forever. Dunno how long that runway
was but they would disappear over a slight rise in the middle of it
still rolling with the chutes still out.
That one was known as "The Aluminum Overcast" and also "a collection
of parts flying in loose formation". The only modern bomber that
never saw action.
We used to live under one of the landing patterns to Stuart Airforce Base. You
want see a slow bird fly, the C5A looks like it's almost stopped in mid air.
It's still going a couple of hundred MPH, but it's huge.
On 3/27/2011 12:14 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Back in '88 I was on the island of Kwajalein when an Air force Reserve
C-5A buzzed the runway. It sounded like 10,000 vacuum cleaners coming
in low over the strip and since it was empty, the pilot pulled up into
a surprisingly step and fast climb then that monster disappeared into
a cloud bank with what I could swear was a loud "POOF!". ^_^
On 3/27/2011 10:51 AM, email@example.com wrote:
I believe I meant to write "steep climb" but anyway, if you ever get a
chance to be near a C-5 on takeoff you will hear that unique sound of
those high-bypass turbofan engines when they're max power. The older
C-141 planes that came through there, screamed like banshies because the
engines are older design turbofans. I got to ride a C-141 to Hawaii
from Kwajalein and got my Air Force white box lunch too. The crew let me
say hello to the pilots who were laid back in their seats with their
feet on the dash and the plane on cruse control. They were Air Force
Reserve pilots out of California getting in flight hours. ^_^
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On Mon, 28 Mar 2011 20:09:51 -0500, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
B-36? (6 engine "pusher")
I saw one in the fifties that landed at Bolling Field in DC for Armed
Forces Day. They actually had to link the runway at Bolling with the
Runway at the NAS to get it long enough. They had "paved" about a
quarter mile of the grass with that metal plate with the 3 holes in
it. They also had to take a fence down.
We went up to "overlook" the hill East of Bolling to watch it take
off. Quite a bird.
I was walking around a C-5 at Andrews at another AF day in the 70s.
They also had a B-52, one big ugly sombitch that looks like it means
They also did a demo "mass drop" with the 82d Airborne. These guys
jumped from what looked like a few hundred feet. It was spooky. I sure
wouldn't want to be sitting in a fox hole watching that happen.
It was about 90 seconds after the plane went over that they had run,
screaming at us and mustered in front of the grandstand in full battle
gear. All I can say is the bad guys better know a short prayer.
On Tue, 29 Mar 2011 18:28:48 -0500, " email@example.com"
That was the thing that was so impressive. These guys were so low, the
chute opened and they were on the ground. By the time the last stick
was off the ramp the first stick was running at us.
I don't know how they would have handled a malfunction.
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