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#19 Robert Noblitt USAF Msgt retired   2012-03-24 00:00
Rick Curiel and I where working on her the nite she bellied in. We had blocked her in from the early local and put I think about 175000 pounds of fuel on her, and where getting her ready for the late nite local which was easy because 8216 was one the good ones. As I remenber it had two or three crews on her for flight time ( end of the month ). We blocked her out and headed off for chow, when we got back our expeditor Tsgt J. W. Morre said for us to get our tool box together and that we may have to take a piss test. I said whys that? and he said because your aircraft is laying out on the runway. I remenber hammering long copper rods into the ground so the aircraft could be grounded.As I was crawling though the foam to put the ground wires on I remenber thinking how much more could it be grounded. We defueled her and A/R shop lifted her with air bags to get the gear down. We towed her to hangar 818. The aircraft was in there for long time getting it ready for the flight down to Georgia.She came back without a troop compartment and new aft doors. Never was same, 8216 was a great aircraft.
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#18 Jon Bridges bridgesj@lanecc.edu  2011-12-18 00:00
I was aboard the C5A (#68-0216) that made the gear-up landing at Travis AFB in the early "80's". I was a flight engineer with the 312th at the time and was sitting back in the crew compartment with a flight engineer instructor. Another flight engineer was "at the panel" in the cockpit. I still have very vivid memories of that night in November.As part of this training sortie, the pilots were making a no-flap landing for the final landing of the night. I knew as soon as we HIT the runway that we made a gear-up landing. I immediately looked out the left side window and saw an orange glow reflecting from the bottom of the wing. I jumped out of my seat and ran up to the cockpit. I stared straight ahead through the windshield as we slid (scraping) down the center line of the runway for a mile and then glided off into the grass along the right side.When we finally stopped moving, everyone in the cockpit set in shock at what had just happened and all I wanted was out! I flew down the crew ladder and and had to kick the crew door for it to open. It was an easy jump to the ground since the landing gear was not extended. I watched the firetrucks approaching and waited for the rest of the crew to come out.We went back the next day to survey all the damage and I still have a small piece of some part of the aircraft wreckage with embedded scrape marks.
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#17 GRACE jgrace3527@sbcglobal.net  2009-07-10 00:00
when the c5 first landed at altus afb we had a lot of problems with it because it was computerized and we were not. we knelted the acft in the hanger and thenfound out we could not use the apu to bring it up.one external apu was not strong enought so with luck we found a oldb52 T valve and we used 2 and got it up. I have seen daylight around all rear pressure door and it was about to fall out. with pure luck I pushed the right pressure valve and it locked up. while the acft was on jacks in the hanger I had a runaway electric engine stand and it was pushing onthe bottom of the engine.after the electric motor cooled off I lowered it. WE built the first complete c5 hanger pull in stands,they worked out well but had a lot of problems getting them set up. I know you have a lot of problems with new acft and in the end I thought very highly of the acft and feel it was the high lite of my career. THE acft that crashed in CLINTON OK had been shooting touch and goes and on the last one he bought ahot brake up inside the wheel well,It caught fire and had the inside of the scft on fire before it was seed . no onewas hurt in the crash. we had acft 174 also,I will tell next time.
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#16 Al Davis  Allen. Davis@wpafb.af.mil and soapfm@prodigy.net  2009-06-08 00:00
I was at Travis in A/R shop when the crew layed her down (Tail#68-0216). .. gear up... I headed up a lot of the work replacing, gear doors, center door and ramp. It was a lot of work that should have never been. Travis provided me with a great amount of experience that is still helping me today. We worked extremely hard, played hard, great people who weren't afraid to "make it happen."
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#15 Wesley Stair   2009-01-29 00:00
I currently work in the Isochronal Inspection Dock at Dover AFB, Delaware. I used to work the Home Station Check team, and remember aircraft 67-0174 coming into Dover and having a fuel leak. I maintained the jet for 3 days while repairs were being made.
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