Older C-130 Hercules Aircraft Problematic

We have certainly seen around the world many Lockheed C-130 Aircraft, which have had problems over the last five years. Many of these aircraft have in excess of 100,000 total time airframe hours on them. The British lost on in Iraq, one crashed in Germany. Several have been lost fighting fires. The USMC lost one and the USAF lost one. Many of the older A, B and C models have been committed to moth balls, but many are still being flown as we need them, they are superb work horses and capable of unbelievable feats. The newest versions of the C-130 are hardly the same aircraft with many new features, engines, airframe enhancements fan blade style props and a completely redesigned wing; thanks to NASA and Lockheed research and development. Luckily my brother is a USMC pilot in command on a C-130 and he is able to fly the newer versions.

It is the older aircraft that are the problem. After reviewing the NTSB data on Fire Aircraft, I am concerned as many with the older aircraft fighting fires with these birds and the brave men who love to fly them for actually very little money. Here is some interesting information on this matter, which tells about plane crashes. If you will remember the Forestry C-130 plane crashes, those were older C-130s and they had been modified. Here is the C-130 NTSB report:

http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=2...621X00954&key=1

Here is the information about the C-130 that went down.

http://www.ruudleeuw.com/tanker130.htm

It happened once before in 1994

http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief2.asp?ev_id=...X94FA323&akey=1

and the NTSB knows there can be a problem this aircraft had over 20,000 flight hours total time on it and Borate which use to be used before phoschek and now the newest firefighting chemicals are very corrosive. In 2000 it happened again in France.

http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=2...212X21996&key=1

In 1984 there was another similar crash;

http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=2...214X41356&key=1

Then again in 1985.

http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=2...214X37289&key=1 .

I felt this was of concern and visited the GreyBull, WY Airport personally;

http://www.carwashguys.com/072302_5.shtml

These older C-130s and the older fire fighting aircraft have super high time airframe hours on them and recently it was discovered that the wing spar boxes on these aircraft with high time airframe hours were the weak component bringing them down. The British C-130 was claimed to have been insurgents although no one knows for sure. The issue now is when can we retire all these older C-130s and replace them with the newer redesigned versions with all the state of the art components developed by NASA and Lockheed? The answer is probably not this year or the next as we are cutting back expenditures in military budgets presently. How do you feel about our aging fleet of older C-130s and their great service to our Nation? Isn't it time to say thanks and retire them, they have done their duty, they'll get their check, it is the new generations turn to start paying into the system. Think about it.

"Lance Winslow" - If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance; www.WorldThinkTank.net/wttbbs

In The News:

This Week in Science  Science Magazine
Finding my online voice  Science Magazine
Editors' Choice  Science Magazine
New Products  Science Magazine
AI empires  Science Magazine
Climate Media vs. Climate Science  The Wall Street Journal

Locusts To Help Make Energy From Bio Waste, part I

Plagues of Locusts through out history are well documented. In... Read More

Army Mobile Command Center for UAV Launch

After visiting the Denver RC Modeler Club one day as... Read More

Where Do Insects Go When It Rains?

Have you ever wondered where insects go when it rains?... Read More

Predictions of Mayan Calendar Followers? 2012 is Just Around the Corner

Well have you heard the latest of the newest Doom... Read More

DNA Testing Has Changed Everything

Since its discovery 20 years ago, the use of DNA... Read More

How Did DNA Testing Children Begin?

The landmark immigration case Sarbah vs. Home Office (1985) was... Read More

Ultra Thin Space Suits, just a concept

The space suits we saw on the first Moon visit... Read More

The As Have it

ALTERNATE AND PARALLEL UNIVERSES: - The modern science of physics... Read More

Glyco Nutrients & Stem Cell Production

During the speach, Dr. Reg McDaniel talked about first seeing... Read More

Controls - The Building Blocks of Automation

As man learns to make machines that no longer rely... Read More

Active Aerial Minefields

Is it possible to build an active aerial minefield to... Read More

Military Convoy Artificial Tubes for Safe Travel

There appears to be a way to control the safety... Read More

The Harmonic

The HarmonicIn a good history book by a leading light... Read More

The Ecology of Environmentalism

The concept of "nature" is a romantic invention. It was... Read More

MP Apprehension of High Strung or Drunken Soldiers

Recently scientists have discovered the hydrogen sulfide gas caused mice... Read More

Aerospace Design Thoughts, The Bionic Man, and The Future of Design

Not all aircraft have wings, for instance NASA's Steve Austin... Read More

Environmental Eco-Terrorists Must Be Stopped

Eco-terrorists assume some how they are helping the environment, by... Read More

Earthquake and Disaster Delays in Scientific Innovation

In our present period we are continually reminded that we... Read More

Mars is not hollow; is it?

Is Mars Hollow? We are pretty sure it is not,... Read More

Tactile Pressure Sensors for Future Robotics

Scientists and Robotic Researchers are attempting to design human type... Read More

Underground Cities, Save the Humans

Perhaps we should design tunneling robots, which can dig out... Read More

There is a Core at the Center of the Earth; Right?

There are some who would like to discuss why they... Read More

Travertine Information

Travertine is a compacted form of limestone that forms in... Read More

Free Energy from Space

Tesla was always looking for a way to harvest electromagnetic... Read More

Smart Dust and Virtual Keyboards

Using Smart Dust which is sprinkled onto a rock it... Read More