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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by HollowHead, Oct 20, 2020.
Probably. I'm a little off my feed tonight.
Happens to the best of us !
I'm not flying on anything named that
I flew them on FedEx feeder routes years ago before the switch to various ATR models.
The Army originally leased them directly from Fokker, then bought them outright.
One of them is at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson.
That is one cute little Fokker.
The Army does not/cannot operate C-130s. The army can only operate helicopters and light support fixed wing aircraft. Anything larger is operated by the Air Force. (This arrangement was hammered out during the creation of the USAF)
Hey I also flew FedEx feeder (Empire Airlines) for 11 years, 1990-2001. Two years in C-208 Caravan and 9 years in the F-27.
I have over 7000 hours in Fokker F-27-600. I left the company just when the ATRs were coming in.
When I got my type rating for captain, my simulator was a FH227 sim (US Air), my type ride was in the airplane Fairchild F-27 and all my time was in Fokker F-27. I don't even know how I passed that check ride because Fairchild F-27/FH227and Fokker F-27 were completely different airplane from the inside.
That is true, but the 82nd Airborne certainly jumps out of C-130s and C-17s. They belong to and are flown by the Air Force, but they haul the troops up to jump. My son was in the 82nd Airborne for six years. He really liked the C-17 because it was more comfortable to ride in and got to where they they needed to go very quickly. He also jumped out of CH-47 Chinooks and UH-60 Blackhawks. Inter-service rivalry is amazing. When the Air Force was created, claimed that the Army shouldn't have any aircraft at all. Then they claimed that the Army should not have any armed aircraft. When the Army started putting guns on helicopters, the Air Force was livid. When the Army got OV-1 Mohawks, the Air Force cried foul. Even before WW2, the Army and Navy argued that there was no need for Army bombers to attack targets at sea while the Army argued that the Navy had no business attacking inland targets.
And for some strange reason they let the Marines fly the Blue Angles Fat Albert; not Navy pilots.
How embarrassing is that ?
Don’t the Marines own FA?
It is operated by the USMC and is crewed solely by USMC personnel. The last C-130T "Fat Albert" was retired last year and a new one is being readied for service. I have read the new one is a C-130J from the Royal Air Force.