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  •  C-17 (17+ / 0-)

    Is a damn good truck. I've seen several at Oshkosh over the years. I have to admit I am very impressed by its ability to reverse its self using pure jet thrust. The C-130 is a classic plane. Frankly I hope it never gets replaced. The J version I believe has an all new wing design and an all glass cockpit as well. The days of the old dials is coming to an end.

    •  The C-130 sound (24+ / 0-)

      Here on the west coast, the Coast Guard uses C-130s for its Pacific Ocean work. You can pick out that distinctive 4-turboprop sound 'way before you see one.  I crewed on USAF C-130s as a navigator, after a very long stint in B52s. In B52s, the nav had no windows, only radar and very dim light. In a C-130 I had real windows and daylight!  And no bombs, that was great, too. It was all such a luxury. On airdrops, the rear ramp opened, and when the drogue chutes hit the airstream, the cargo whooshed out so fast, the human eye could not keep up. One second it was chained to the floor; The next second, the jeep or whatever was swinging slowly in the sky, becoming smaller and smaller. Long may the Herky Bird fly.

      •  Definitely don't want that load lingering (1+ / 0-)
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        or hanging up in the back — a sustained aft center of gravity would render the plane unstable!

        Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

        by Simplify on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 08:49:22 AM PST

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      •  Ever been buzzed by one? (1+ / 0-)
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        While waiting in a hangar for my BIL to return from Iraq a few years ago, one of the returning C-130's buzzed the hangar from behind.

        What a roar!  It was great.

        Please stand by. I'm looking for a new sig line.

        by Betty Pinson on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 12:31:43 PM PST

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      •  Friendly, familiar sound (1+ / 0-)
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        Yeah, you can't mistake that sound. The 129 Air Rescue Wing of the California Air National Guard fly two variants of the C-130 here at Moffett Field, and other units send theirs for service here, too. Some coast guard planes have the six-blade propellers on them now, but it seems mostly the four-blade models here. Even the four-blade props seem to have a couple of different looks, but share all share the same sound. Wherever I travel overseas, every government seems to have a few of them flying in some branch of their military. It's funny hearing such a familiar sound from home in the middle of a trip.

        Could you imagine a car model lasting that long? Maybe the Ford F-150? They just got the thing right, and everyone keeps wanting them. I suppose they've got some kind of updated avionics in them now, but even the older-looking planes seem ridiculously stable. Coming home in choppy weather, or even right after a pallet pops out, they just keep on going like they were on rails.

        Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

        by chimpy on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:09:58 PM PST

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    •  And all those manuals in the pilots bags? (2+ / 0-)
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      They're being replaced by iPads.

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 06:18:09 AM PST

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