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#11 Michael W. Knapp  2011-05-15 00:00
I was assigned to Davis-Monthan AFB from 1975-1979. first to the 355th OMS, and then the 432nd OMS. I worked 5 DC-130A's, 6 DC-130E (converted B's I was told), and 1 lonely deconfiguered RC-130A. I enjoyed my time there. the tail numbers I remember are: DC-130A: 461, 496, 497, 514, 527. DC-130E: 361, 362, 363, 368, 369, 371. and the lone RC-130A: 523.
#10 Greg Dodge  2009-08-29 00:00
I flew on 55-0022, 56-0527 & 56-0461 while stationed at Wright-Patterso n in the 4950 Test wing / 4953 Test Squadron. 56-0527 was known for its fuel leaks that could never be fixed. 56-0461 was known for its electrical problems. 55-0022 was by far the best acft. of the lot: it was selected for a 15 yr. program called ASET and went to Eglin AFB.
#9 Densel K. (Denny)Acheson  2009-07-10 00:00
I was stationed at DM with the 350th SRS and 100th SRW from August 1967 to July 1972. My AF Form 5 ( flight time log) shows we flew a DC-130 A , tail number 57527 during those years. My last trip to U-Tapeo RTNB was a ferry flight in August 1971, taking 57527 over to UT and bringing back 57461 to DM. My Form 5 doesn't show a DC-130 with the tail number shown in this picture.
#8 James A Brockway   2009-02-11 00:00
wow this brings back some of what i did many yrs ago. I was in Okinawa in in 1968 was to have worked on C-130 cargo troop carrier Sq's but was assigned into Corossion control well Finally got orders and was assigned to Davis Monthan AFB Tucson Az or DM as most of us called it . I got tere in January of 1969 assigned to the 100 OMS to work on this bird and the new "E" models we were getting . Most of my work was preflights and BPO's and some times actually got to fly this bird (go for the ride) In was in May of 1969 we were requested to ferry this acft 527 if i remember correctly to vietnam and pick up another and fly home . we took off from Tucsom flew to Travis where they loaded up up with some cargo no drones tho . we were grossed out weight wise and the flt engineer was a bit up set but they needed it flown so we took off headed that night to Hickham HI about 1/2 to 3/4 the way across the pacific # 3 eng blew a dc generator so we declaired a IFE in flight emergency feathered the # 3 and flew in to HI landed with no problems on 3 engines replaced the eng dc generatot tested it out and was good to go we also refuled the benson tank in the cargo hold & Flew to Wake Is. refuled there and discovered the Lt main gear brake was leaking fluid we flew to Anderson in Guam and there removed and replaced the brake assy. then the following day went to the PI and the Acft Commander said we were to get three days crew rest at Clark AB so we did several days later we flew in to what was called " OL-20 Bumpy Action" base at Bien Hoa , Vietnan after a week or so there it was discovered this acft did not have a secure radio for our operations there and so we could not use it in country. now the crew that took care of these dc-130 spent 4 months in Nam and 4 months in Az stateside and usually a 2 or thre day trip to Thailand Utapo to wash the acft. any way with out the proper radio config we ferried it back home to tucson Az non stop to Guam then to Hi were we ran across a fuel control valve sensor went doen on us and we spent the next day working on that. then it was a 13 hr flight back to Tucson non stop . by this time it was due phase inspection and acft 527 had a crack in the wing that was 3 ft long up near the wingroot spar area that was repaired and i went back to Vietnam for my 4 months tour October 69 -Jan 1970 after arriving back in Tucson I recived orders to go to Europe with the 7406 support SQ Rhein main Frankfort GE where in Feb of 70 i departed the 100 OMS 100 srw to europe for 2 yrs That was my short stay in the 100 OMS/SRW In 1974 i was stationed with the 56 special ops sq but got to see the 99 SRS fly into NKP thailand there northern base in the NE of Thailand .
#7 Jack Wagner  2008-07-20 00:00
I had her gutted of numerous parts & wiring harness's to rebuild O461 back to a operational DC Acft. in 1989 . After inspecting both Acft at D.M. I picked 0461 as the better airframe to be rebuilt . Other than bringing her up to current standards , we also mounted all the comand & control , with 1200 gal. fuel tank on pallets to a dual rail system . We ( Locheed , USAF with Navy money ) flew & launched old Fire Bee's drones for the next 4 + years before giving the acft. back to the Navy . When not working it as a DC. we would download the equipment and haul cargo & let the young flt. test guys at Edwards learn to fly something that was older than they were .

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