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Any aerial refueling vets (from VietNam era) on here?

Discussion in 'Military' started by oldnorske, May 7, 2017.

  1. May 7, 2017 at 5:52 PM
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    I was a boom operator in a previous life many years ago.

    Anyone here TDY to U Tapao, or Guam in '68/'69.

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  2. May 7, 2017 at 7:16 PM
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    Not from the same era, but she's still flying strong. 1 month into my first of many deployments as a 135 co-pirate.

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    My father inlaw was a Red River Valley Rat. Flew B52s. We go to the River Rats reunions almost every year. God Bless brother!
     
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    My old man came here to Guam with the Air Force in '68, got out in '71, made Guam his home and never left.
     
  5. May 8, 2017 at 11:33 AM
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    It is truly amazing that the old 135 is still in service (and the "BUFF") after all these years!
    God Bless you guys and fly safe!
     
  6. May 8, 2017 at 11:36 AM
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    I will attempt to load up some more pix from back in the day.

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  7. May 10, 2017 at 4:37 PM
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    I found a couple more pix.

    B-58 Hustler. F-111s coming in for refueling.

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    Not me, but I have a shit ton of respect for vets, especially (only because I have studied it extensively) Vietnam vets. Thanks very much for serving.
     
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    Cool Post Bro, Tell TJ Hunt To Update The Vlog!
    I may or may not have worked on 0313 during my time on active duty. Anyway you have the year of it? There are two 135's with the 0313 tail, 61-0313 and 60-0313. If it was 60-313 I more than likely worked on it.
     
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  10. May 10, 2017 at 4:56 PM
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    That was Summer of '69, U Tapao Royal Thai Naval Airfield, Thailand. 0313 was the only tanker I ever saw with a name painted on it. That crew chief must have loved that airplane.
     
  11. May 10, 2017 at 5:02 PM
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    Cool Post Bro, Tell TJ Hunt To Update The Vlog!
    69 was way before my time. During OEF, OIF I could possibly have turned wrenches on it. FYI both 61-0313 and 60-313 are still in use.
     
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  12. May 10, 2017 at 5:26 PM
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    Wow! Unbelievably tough air frames. I know the maintenance and upgrading are responsible to a certain extant... but the 135/B-52, designed and (many) built in the ''50s are just *great* airplanes.
     
  13. May 19, 2017 at 5:06 PM
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    If anyone is interested, Smithsonian HD channel has a 1 hour documentary on the Dash80/707/135 Sunday night 5/21/'17 at 8:00pm.

    I know I am probably going on with this theme too long. However, the 2+ years that I flew on that bird were the highlight of my young life at the time (I know I should have made a career of it, but ..."young and dumb and full of ....").
     
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  14. May 19, 2017 at 5:32 PM
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    Cool Post Bro, Tell TJ Hunt To Update The Vlog!
    Hey I know that guy in the middle!
     
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  15. Jun 18, 2017 at 5:37 PM
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    @Dixon Cider... I hope you and your fellow crew members are staying safe.

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