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by JohnM
Wed Jul 04, 2001 9:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Washing Off Engine Oil.
Replies: 13
Views: 2444

RE: Washing Off Engine Oil.

Give up. Wear coveralls or clothing you don't care about too much. Or angle towards avionics, still get sloppy, but not very often.

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by JohnM
Mon Jul 02, 2001 9:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Joys Of Skydrol
Replies: 18
Views: 10753

RE: The Joys Of Skydrol

Yes, hydraulic fluid. Thank God Uncle Sam had the good sense not to spec that crap in his airplanes. I know the KC-10 uses that crap, but of course it came from the commercial world. Fire department Hurst hydraulic rescue tools use Skydrol type fluid, and that is more than enough for me. I don't kno...

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by JohnM
Sun Jul 01, 2001 2:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Keys For Planes?
Replies: 7
Views: 2258

RE: Keys For Planes?

Army helicopters do have door and ignition keys. The ignition key prevents voltage from getting to the ignitor box. C-5 aircraft can be locked by placing a padlock on the crew entry door hydraulic manifold access door. Not done very often however. More often a seal is placed there when the aircraft ...

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by JohnM
Thu Jun 28, 2001 3:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Upgrade The C-5 Or Buy Alot More C-17's?
Replies: 27
Views: 3579

RE: Upgrade The C-5 Or Buy Alot More C-17's?

I can't believe that. Maybe C-130's do that, but I don't think that is true with the 17's. What is your off station reliability rate? Can't be too good, the C-5's at Dover just picked up the Atlantic Express missions from the C-17's.

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by JohnM
Wed Jun 27, 2001 12:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Upgrade The C-5 Or Buy Alot More C-17's?
Replies: 27
Views: 3579

RE: Upgrade The C-5 Or Buy Alot More C-17's?

How long has the C-17 been flying? 8 years or so? For an airplane that was to be "off the shelf", I would say it is a failure. The C-5 was the first with many systems and features not flown before. No wonder the C-5 was so screwed up. It could be a good airplane if Uncle Sam come off some money for ...

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by JohnM
Sat Jun 23, 2001 9:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?
Replies: 17
Views: 23662

RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

I fly through Georgetown every now and then for fuel. I'll try to get a look at all the parked Hercs and see what the deal is. I know I won't be there in June, but July or Aug is possible. I'm not that motivated to drive there (40 miles or so). I know all of the 130's there are foreign airplanes wai...

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by JohnM
Thu Jun 07, 2001 10:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5 Galaxy Trivia
Replies: 11
Views: 4038

RE: C-5 Galaxy Trivia

You guys did real well. However the sextant mount was installed on B's. It was yanked out very soon after arrival at home station. I wish it had stayed, the cockpits came home much cleaner when the inflt vac system was still in service. Also the A's never had an auto spoiler system like the C-141. A...

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by JohnM
Thu Jun 07, 2001 10:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: British C-17
Replies: 32
Views: 33140

RE: British C-17

And when the center fuel tank thing happens, the C-17 will carry even LESS cargo than it does now. That thing is throwing good money after bad. I just love since the C-17 is so short legged, and has to make a pit stop to cross the Atlantic, C-5's have to do the same thing as not to make the 17 look ...

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by JohnM
Thu Jun 07, 2001 9:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Reversers In The Air
Replies: 12
Views: 2770

RE: Reversers In The Air

The C-5 both inbd engines can go to reverse idle in flt.

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by JohnM
Thu Jun 07, 2001 9:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: All Landing Gear Able To Be Turned On Crosswind?
Replies: 18
Views: 14451

RE: All Landing Gear Able To Be Turned On Crosswind?

The C-5A had the capability until the late 80's or so. When the B model was produced in the mid to late 80's they were not equipped with the system, and the crosswind system was removed from the older A's roughly about when the B model aircraft were in production. The X-wind system was a major pain ...

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by JohnM
Mon Jun 04, 2001 9:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5,short Takeoff-impressive
Replies: 25
Views: 8771

RE: C-5,short Takeoff-impressive

I'm with MikeN. The C-5 can do a lot of things, but is not a good off the hard surface airplane or STOL. If you fly around zero cargo and with 50K of fuel, it might do ok, but other than the airshow circuit, what have you got? Just MADAR printouts and a nice climb rate! If any of you guys have seen ...

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by JohnM
Sat Jun 02, 2001 6:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The Volume Of A B-52's Bomb Bay
Replies: 17
Views: 13813

RE: The Volume Of A B-52's Bomb Bay

I read an interesting article a couple years back in a fire service magazine. At the time the AF was thinking about getting rid of the A-10. I think that would be a big mistake, but the Forest Service was thinking about fitting the A-10 with a tank for water and/or retardant drops. I think it would ...

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by JohnM
Fri Jun 01, 2001 12:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5,short Takeoff-impressive
Replies: 25
Views: 8771

RE: C-5,short Takeoff-impressive

I liked the tire farm comment also. It does make for a crappy day when you get stuck with tire pressure checks, and end up servicing 15-20 tires. It takes FOREVER to do with the slow mil spec nitrogen carts! One trivia fact that many don't know is the original A model was equipped with an air compre...

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by JohnM
Sun May 27, 2001 2:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: British C-17
Replies: 32
Views: 33140

RE:Cobra27

Cobra27, what I was refering to was that I don't think the C-17 is a very good airplane, and our friends in the UK may not be pleased when the C-17 doesn't meet their expectations. It is not the airplane for hauling stuff for a long distance, the range/payload is not there. That is why they are now ...

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by JohnM
Sun May 27, 2001 2:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Fog In The Cockpit
Replies: 4
Views: 2318

RE: Fog In The Cockpit

Funny you guys talk about blowing ducts and that sort of thing. Many times while working in the boiler room, with the a/c cranking (of course hell is colder than the envir compt) I would sit with my back on the water separator as I worked. It helps you stay a little bit cooler back there as you are ...

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by JohnM
Sat May 26, 2001 8:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: British C-17
Replies: 32
Views: 33140

RE: British C-17

Once the Brits figure out what we have sent them, they will probably declare war on us.

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by JohnM
Wed May 23, 2001 11:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: British C-17
Replies: 32
Views: 33140

RE: British C-17

Yes, that was an interesting choice. I'd take a B747 freighter and do the work of about 4-5 C-17s per flight. Uncle Sam could haul the outsize stuff.

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by JohnM
Wed May 23, 2001 11:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5A's In The Boston Area
Replies: 4
Views: 2062

RE: C-5A's In The Boston Area

I agree 100% B747. My wife's family lives in Ludlow, very close to Westover, and MANY folks out that way are not big fans of Uncle Sam and/or the C-5. I imagine that they try to get out of the local pattern some, as not to get too many complaints. Some of the Bay Staters it seems don't enjoy the sou...

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by JohnM
Wed May 23, 2001 11:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jet Fuel
Replies: 43
Views: 12811

RE: Cost Of Jet Fuel

As far as JP-4 users are concerned. The USAF and Army have gone to JP-8. I'm not positive about the Navy/USMC but I thought they have been with JP-5 for quite a while. Maybe non USA military people are the current JP-4 users now? As far as I'm concerned, JP-8 is nasty stuff.

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by JohnM
Sat May 19, 2001 6:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Check This Out
Replies: 27
Views: 2644

RE: MikeN

Am I still in? I guess I have a life term here. Started off at Dover as a 1 striper in 1976. Then as an ART from 80-86. 86 to current an AMC civilian. Now an AGS avionics type. I got tired of fixing FRED on my days off in the USAFR, so in 87 when I was no longer required to be a member of the 512th,...

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by JohnM
Fri May 18, 2001 9:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Check This Out
Replies: 27
Views: 2644

RE: B747&MikeN

Good to hear from some fellow old C-5 guys. And I don't think the Altus all B model plan went through. I guess they thought Dover ought to have something left that could fly on a regualar basis. It seems those transient wrecks arrive at the worst times to steal our precious parts. Or a tail swap lik...

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by JohnM
Thu May 17, 2001 11:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Has The C5-A Ever Been Considered For Pax. Service
Replies: 23
Views: 3090

RE: Has The C5-A Ever Been Considered For Pax. Service

MikeN, wouldn't it be fun to do an in flight hydraulic system service with all the Airborne troopers watching in horror? I know that I've had some strange looks from pax when we crawl out of the flap pack area into the troop. They don't seem very confident in FRED if it needs work right before launch.

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by JohnM
Thu May 17, 2001 11:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Check This Out
Replies: 27
Views: 2644

RE: JohnM

B747, oh yeah, Reggie is still here doing his thing. What has changed is that 8217 is gone. I was traded with Altus for the lovely 9024. 8217 didn't do locals too well, but if you got it away from Dover, it seemed to do ok. Reggie is involved with the restoration of a KC-97 that the museum got about...

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by JohnM
Tue May 15, 2001 1:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Check This Out
Replies: 27
Views: 2644

RE: Check This Out

Hey B747, I used to be blue side also. However I have been here since dirt was invented, which for me is 1976. I'm an AFIN civ. 7035 is still a decent flyer as far a C-5's go. I have heard being a recuiter was difficult, but are you sure you want to get involved with FRED again?

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by JohnM
Tue May 15, 2001 1:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Check This Out! (for Galaxy)
Replies: 6
Views: 2570

RE: Check This Out! (for Galaxy)

Nose gear up landings happen every few years with C-5s. Not really a big deal. The NLG tires extend slightly out of the well with the doors open, and an antenna and some sheet metal damage is about all that happens. One thing that has not been done for about 10 years is runway foaming. I believe tha...

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by JohnM
Tue May 15, 2001 1:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Handheld GPS Receivers On Aircraft...
Replies: 30
Views: 3356

RE: Handheld GPS Receivers On Aircraft...

I bought a garmin e-trex a few months ago. I have used it in a UH-1 with zero problems. I just get the lat/long of where I'm going, and anything else of interest along the way, and it works great. It is really nice to get an accurate ground speed, and bearing to a way point. I have only gone to abou...

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by JohnM
Fri May 11, 2001 11:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Check This Out
Replies: 27
Views: 2644

RE: Check This Out

Galaxy5, I agree about maintenance problems but the top pic took 2 people to screw up, maint and the guy who panicked on the 12 something thousand ft runway. I was walking down the ramp when the 2 NLG tires came off of that airplane, and I was a real attention getter. They bounced what looked to me ...

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by JohnM
Wed May 09, 2001 9:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Check This Out
Replies: 27
Views: 2644

RE: Check This Out

Is this possibly selecting the brake supply switch to "emer" and standing on the brakes? Of course "emer" does not energize the anti-skid system. Was this the time 2 NLG tires had come off on a previous approach, and somebody got excited on landing? The reason I ask is that I have never heard of an ...

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by JohnM
Wed May 09, 2001 9:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Has The C5-A Ever Been Considered For Pax. Service
Replies: 23
Views: 3090

RE: Has The C5-A Ever Been Considered For Pax. Service

Marcus, you are correct. 75 seats. Also approx 15 pax seats forward, behind the cockpit.

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by JohnM
Tue May 08, 2001 12:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747 Center Fuel Tank Explosion
Replies: 17
Views: 11111

RE: 747 Center Fuel Tank Explosion

As far as the question about wiring running through tanks without conduit, the answer is yes, at least in the Lockheed product I deal with. It is fuel quanity wiring. Fuel level control valve wiring (115VAC) is enclosed in conduit however. Boost pump wiring (115VAC) is external of the tank. We have ...

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by JohnM
Mon May 07, 2001 3:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Check This Picture Out
Replies: 16
Views: 2744

RE: Check This Picture Out

A classic beauty and the beast pic. The -60's are the beauty if you were wondering.

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by JohnM
Sun May 06, 2001 12:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Has The C5-A Ever Been Considered For Pax. Service
Replies: 23
Views: 3090

RE: Has The C5-A Ever Been Considered For Pax. Service

The C-5 can be configured for pax service, called the airbus configuration. Groups of seats are placed on pallets, and then rolled into place on the cargo floor. There are provisions for emergency oxygen. It is a fair amout of work, and I have seen this configuration only a few times in my career. A...

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by JohnM
Wed Apr 25, 2001 4:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Manually Rotating Turboprops
Replies: 9
Views: 5422

RE: Manually Rotating Turboprops

A C-130 type told me that the reason that props are rotated after landing is to position the prop oil system drain plug "up", to avoid possible leakage. Any Herc guys out there to confirm this?

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by JohnM
Wed Apr 18, 2001 12:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Most Common Causes For Cabin Pressure Changes
Replies: 18
Views: 8484

RE: Most Common Causes For Cabin Pressure Changes

We sometimes have leaking door seals around pax doors and cargo doors. Also leaking ducts that were mentioned earlier. Rather than a decompression, I think a more common writeup is " Aircraft can't maintain cabin pressure" type of thing. When an aircraft comes back with rags sticking out of cracks i...

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by JohnM
Wed Apr 18, 2001 12:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Galaxy5, C-5 Details Please
Replies: 21
Views: 8524

RE: Galaxy5, C-5 Details Please

Sorry I don't have that answer. I see Westover guys frequently, but don't run into Stewart folks as much. I only see their "tramps" (transient C-5s from Stewart) every now and then here at Dover.

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by JohnM
Mon Apr 16, 2001 7:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Thrust Reversers
Replies: 13
Views: 3921

RE: Attn Blackened

One aircraft that does deploy thrust reversers in flight is the C-5. The inboard engines can be placed in reverse idle. It does a nice job of getting down without gaining a lot of airspeed. Lockout actuators will allow the inboard throttles to the reverse idle position only, and won't allow any addi...

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by JohnM
Sun Apr 15, 2001 11:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Galaxy5, C-5 Details Please
Replies: 21
Views: 8524

RE: Galaxy5, C-5 Details Please

This is called kneeling. The C-5 can forward kneel, which the cargo floor is angled towards the nose, level and aft kneel. For a forward kneel the main landing gears don't "kneel" as much as for the other kneel modes, and the nose gear goes further in the well than level and aft modes. The result is...

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by JohnM
Fri Apr 13, 2001 10:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Galaxy5, C-5 Details Please
Replies: 21
Views: 8524

RE: Galaxy5, C-5 Details Please

Don't have all your answers, I'm a maintainer, not aircrew, but I'll give you what I know. 1) Manageable, like other airlift/airliner aircraft. I think the C-130 is worse in my opinion. Maybe all the prop vibration. Probably louder than aircraft in current production, but not a problem wearing heads...

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by JohnM
Fri Apr 13, 2001 7:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "Right Seat" For Chopper Pilots! Why?
Replies: 12
Views: 7930

RE: "Right Seat" For Chopper Pilots! Why?

Some answers have been mostly correct. Yes it is much easier to move the pilot's hand from the collective for a short time to get to the center console to tune radios and such. Let go of the cyclic, and things get ugly very fast. So the right seater has a much easier time getting to the center conso...

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by JohnM
Tue Mar 13, 2001 12:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Magnetic Chip Detectors
Replies: 6
Views: 14292

RE: Magnetic Chip Detectors

Helicopters love chip detectors. Engine, transmission, tail rotor drive gearboxes, etc. A chip light in a helicopter is a land as soon as possible situation. We don't press on for 5 or 10 miles to an airport for example. UH-1's have a system to burn off small amounts of fuzz using 28VDC, to help eli...

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by JohnM
Tue Mar 13, 2001 12:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tank Rats
Replies: 5
Views: 4156

RE: Tank Rats

The first time in the tank is interesting. It gets old very quickly however. I would try to aim towards another part of aircraft maintenance if I was you!

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by JohnM
Sat Mar 03, 2001 1:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Helicopter Power Control
Replies: 10
Views: 1697

RE: Helicopter Power Control

Greetings again Aerotech. Dover AFB is my "real" job, I'm a civil service avionics type on the flightline. My Guard unit is located at the New Castle County airport, near Wilmington. It is about an hours drive north. And yes, all of our guys not flying for that long will cause havoc with our currenc...

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by JohnM
Thu Mar 01, 2001 11:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Smoky Turbofan Starts-why?
Replies: 34
Views: 5906

RE: Smoky Turbofan Starts-why?

Just to throw a monkey wrench in this thing, this is my reasoning. I believe that Jet A, having a relatively high flash point ( above 100 deg F) does not burn well as it is atomized in a very cold engine. All the interior surfaces are very cold, and efficent combustion does not occur until the burni...

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by JohnM
Thu Mar 01, 2001 10:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Helicopter Power Control
Replies: 10
Views: 1697

RE: Helicopter Power Control

Aerotech, I crew the good old UH-1 huey. The single engine Army version that is. I really enjoy working and flying on them. However, at present, our entire fleet of Hueys ( Delaware Guard) are grounded for mast problems. I guess I'm just a pedestrian until we can get some parts. I have heard we may ...

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by JohnM
Tue Feb 27, 2001 12:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Helicopter Power Control
Replies: 10
Views: 1697

RE: Helicopter Power Control

To increase airspeed the rotor disc tilts forward, dragging the airframe along for the ride. Rotor speed is constant give or take a few RPM. When a larger load is applied to the rotor system (take off for example) the RPM stays the same but it takes more torque (turning force) to maintain that RPM. ...

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