As I recall it was in the 41st TCS not 40th in 69-70 while at Naha Okinawa AB Attached to the 374th TAW. She was my first Aircraft. Shortly after I was assigned to the ground crew it was shot up pretty bad in Vietnam and went to I.R.A.N. for repairs. She came back perhaps a year after going for repairs.
Mar 19, 2019 - 03:40 PM
55-0026 Damaged at Bu Dop November 1969
I was part of the maintenance recovery team from Tan Son Nhut that volunteered to go to Bu Dop to repair a C-130A in November of '69. The call had come in to Det 1, 834th AD that an aircraft had been mortared. She took some mortar hits after landing that destroyed the left main landing gear tires and left nose tire. Flak also destroyed the number 2 engine and the hydraulics for the elevators and cargo ramp. There were shrapnel hits all over the left side of the aft fuselage and tail. Most of the flight crew had departed on another aircraft prior to our arrival but the aircraft commander remained. The Army discussed destroying the aircraft, since it had been "quiet" at their camp for a while, and this C-130 was now a "mortar magnet", and but the A/C wouldn't hear of it. After our team arrived we replaced the damaged tires and wheels, removed the torn up outer gear door, scavenged some tubing and hoses from the cargo ramp hydraulics to get the elevators working again, closed the ramp with a forklift, and stripped out all the extra weight from the cargo compartment to lighten her up. Then we got in, filled the other crew seats, and took off on 3 engines. I've got some pictures from Bu Dop and some slides I took after return to Tan Son Nhut. I labeled the slides as tail number 5026, but after reviewing the production list it must have been 55-0026. My photos show an angle view of the vertical stab with "YP". I hope this helps fill in a few gaps.
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