KALB
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LC-130H, What A (ski)bird!

Sat Oct 26, 2002 2:51 am

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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RE: LC-130H, What A (ski)bird!

Sat Oct 26, 2002 3:16 am

Lucky you, reverend. What would I not do for a trip like that ........
 
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RE: LC-130H, What A (ski)bird!

Sat Oct 26, 2002 2:17 pm

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.
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RE: LC-130H, What A (ski)bird!

Sat Oct 26, 2002 2:48 pm

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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RE: LC-130H, What A (ski)bird!

Sat Oct 26, 2002 4:40 pm

I belong to that ANG unit, they are great aircraft to fly in!
 
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RE: LC-130H, What A (ski)bird!

Sat Oct 26, 2002 5:30 pm

they make for some interesting movements at CHC but they are great to see them flying.
 
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RE: LC-130H, What A (ski)bird!

Mon Oct 28, 2002 7:04 am

Tedski,

What do you do with the 109th?

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