C-130 Crash

#2
tomahawk6 said:
http://www.strategypage.com/gallery/articles/military_photos_20051623.asp

Seems that someone forgot to announce that the runway was closed.
My god, and there was me looking forward to having a future career in Air Despatch........eek
 
#4
This plane has a curious nose (pic2) and something bolted onto it (pic5). Is this some sort of SigInt aircraft?

msr
 
#9
lynxeffectLOL! said:
Air despatch don't do it bunch of knobbers!!
Lol, that's about 6 different people who have said that to me now!!

Ha Ha Ha, why are they Nobbers then? :?
 
#10
VB you are correct its an MC-130 Block 30 Combat Talon II. It is not a classified pic but its considered FOUO[for official use only]. Strategypage got ahold of a pic's of an Abram's in 2003 that had been hit by an unidentified ATW. The picture was quickly pulled at the request of the Pentagon.
 
#12
I notice that the Bicycle carriers and ski-box had been hastily removed though...

:lol:
 
#13
The same pics are in Flt International this week which states that the incident occured in 'Northern Iraq'. Nothing classified regarding the roof apendages, and all the following is from open sources. The 'towel rail' aerials aft of the wing are HF antennas whilst the dishes forward of the wing are SATCOM aerials.

The MC-130H is a heavily modified variant of the venerable 'Albert' used by the USAF Special Ops Command as a Pathfinder asset and for the insertion and resupply of SF. Aside from a flt crew of 2 x pilots, a nav and a loadie, the Combat Talon II also has an EWO on the flt deck and additional loadies down the back. The ac often carry USAF 'Combat Controller' teams used for the securing and subsequent control of air traffic at LZs or DZs (I guess basically like the Para Pathfinders but with more toys).

The whacky radar is to accommodate the APQ-170 terrain following radar and an IR turret.

I'll get my jacket!!

Regards,
M2
 
#14
Magic_Mushroom said:
The same pics are in Flt International this week which states that the incident occured in 'Northern Iraq'. Nothing classified regarding the roof apendages, and all the following is from open sources. The 'towel rail' aerials aft of the wing are HF antennas whilst the dishes forward of the wing are SATCOM aerials.

The MC-130H is a heavily modified variant of the venerable 'Albert' used by the USAF Special Ops Command as a Pathfinder asset and for the insertion and resupply of SF. Aside from a flt crew of 2 x pilots, a nav and a loadie, the Combat Talon II also has an EWO on the flt deck and additional loadies down the back. The ac often carry USAF 'Combat Controller' teams used for the securing and subsequent control of air traffic at LZs or DZs (I guess basically like the Para Pathfinders but with more toys).

The whacky radar is to accommodate the APQ-170 terrain following radar and an IR turret.

I'll get my jacket!!

Regards,
M2
Could this be connected with revelation that hit squads will be inserted to do mafia style work on the head terrs?
 
#15
ORC,
This would hardly be the forum to comment on such rumours 8O.

Anyway, the presence of USAF SOC fixed wing and RW assets is fairly routine in a number of theatres despite their punchy title. Perhaps I should have explained that they are also used for more mundane duties aside from those mentioned previously.

Incidentally, according to Flt International, a previous aircraft had previously filed a safety hazard report after almost getting caught by the hole in the taxiway that caught this MC-130 out. It appears that nothing was done and the poor old MC-130H go bent on a night landing, injuring 10 of the 11 personnel on board. Let's hope they all get well soon!

Regards,
M2
 
#16
Magic_Mushroom said:
ORC,
This would hardly be the forum to comment on such rumours 8O.

Anyway, the presence of USAF SOC fixed wing and RW assets is fairly routine in a number of theatres despite their punchy title. Perhaps I should have explained that they are also used for more mundane duties aside from those mentioned previously.

Incidentally, according to Flt International, a previous aircraft had previously filed a safety hazard report after almost getting caught by the hole in the taxiway that caught this MC-130 out. It appears that nothing was done and the poor old MC-130H go bent on a night landing, injuring 10 of the 11 personnel on board. Let's hope they all get well soon!

Regards,
M2
I have no special access to the info ref assassination squads. I found it in the public domain and find myself unable to know what you are on about re rumours and posting in this forum.
Perhaps you should have explained ... OK. But the thread mentions the specialist potential of the bolt-on extras for special ops. (This surely more worthy of your comment about opsec?) If they are also used for more mundane duties aside from those mentioned previously, surely it is insecure at source for them to operate with all goodies on display.
 
#17
ORC,
We may be talking at cross purposes here old boy. I interpreted your comments regarding 'hit squads' that the US SF were sending in chaps to quietly dispense with the leading aggro makers. If that was not the case, then I apologise! :oops:

The MC-130H has no 'bolt on extras' for Spec Ops; it is designed from the outset to be capable of such work. The fact that any of the systems visible in the photographs (APQ-170, HF and SATCOM aerials or DIRCM turrets) is fitted to the ac is not classified, nor can they be removed anyway. These ac are displayed at airshows with all this kit on show and - most likely - a convenient board to explain what all the bits are.
Regards,
M2
 
#18
Magic_Mushroom said:
ORC,
We may be talking at cross purposes here old boy. I interpreted your comments regarding 'hit squads' that the US SF were sending in chaps to quietly dispense with the leading aggro makers. If that was not the case, then I apologise! :oops:

The MC-130H has no 'bolt on extras' for Spec Ops; it is designed from the outset to be capable of such work. The fact that any of the systems visible in the photographs (APQ-170, HF and SATCOM aerials or DIRCM turrets) is fitted to the ac is not classified, nor can they be removed anyway. These ac are displayed at airshows with all this kit on show and - most likely - a convenient board to explain what all the bits are.
Regards,
M2
I agree 100%
 
#19
Fantastic. So this is the C130BLX fitted with the Ultrasonic Digital Insurgent Descanner, has been loaded with the latest Terrorist Remote Assassination firmware, is controlled from Langley by the Special Operations Deniable Assets Director and is a testbed for the Random Electron Focal Destabiliser.

And it doesn't see a fcuk off ten metre square hole in the runway???????? :D
 
#20
More importantly AWOL, where did you get such a FANTASTIC Avatar (the piccy under your name!) from? :lol:
Regards,
M2
 

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