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LC-130H, What A (ski)bird!  
User currently offlineKALB From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 573 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1009 times:

Two evenings ago I participated in a clergy orientation (I am an airplane-loving hospital chaplain) flight on NY Air National Guard 109th Air Wing LC-130H. What a flight!

After several briefings, including an overview of the 109th's mission (Primarily serves the Arctic and Antarctic science and research stations), flight, and safety, we departed KSCH (Schenectedy County) and flew a two-hour round robin flight via BUF and JMT back to KSCH. We flew outbound at FL 18 and inbound at FL 19. While at cruise altitude we did 250 knots true airspeed, ground speed outbound was 234 kts, inbound we got a good tail wind and our ground speed was 324 kts.

I had several opportunities to visit the flight deck during the flight. WOW. LCDs for the HSI and Artificial Horizon. The visability from the flight deck of a C-130 is better than any other flight deck I have visited.

After our two hour flight (too short) we did a visual approch to runway 4 at KSCH, with moderate winds at 035.

I would love to do it again. Go 109th!

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User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 994 times:

Lucky you, reverend. What would I not do for a trip like that ........

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 944 times:

Years ago the Alaska National Guard had C-130D's which where the original ski birds.

The dew line support mission was transferred to the NY National Guard when the majority of the dew line sites in Alaska went to contractor maintenance, that is when they got their LC-130H's. This mission went there since the sites that where still USAF maintained, where mainly on the Greenland Ice cap. I know that is when the AKANG gave up their skis. I don't know if they also transferred their C-130D-6's which where D models with their skis removed.

Prior to the C-130D's the AKANG flew ski fitted Fairchild C-123B and J models.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineNZL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 939 times:

7 of the 109th LC-130's are currently based in Christchurch, New Zealand flying support flights to Antarctica for the Summer.


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User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 916 times:

I belong to that ANG unit, they are great aircraft to fly in!

User currently offlineKiwi dave From New Zealand, joined Aug 2000, 895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 908 times:

they make for some interesting movements at CHC but they are great to see them flying.

User currently offlineKALB From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 573 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 851 times:

Tedski,

What do you do with the 109th?


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