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SUN VALLEY II

RC-130-BII

A/C 59-1533 Yokota AB, Japan

TDY Cam Ranh Bay RVN

The Following Provided by:

Joseph "Skip" Sarnelli

jasarnelli@adelphia.net

HISTORY OF RC-130B AIRCRAFT

ASSIGNED TO 6091ST RS & 556TH RS

58-0711 (C/N 3506): BECAME C-130B-II, C1963., 6091ST RS, 1965-67; 556TH RS, 1967-68. RETURNED TO C-130B, 1969; 7406TH CSS, 1970-71; 337TH TAS, 1972-73; 815TH TAS, 1973- 75; 115TH TAS, CALIFORNIA ANG, 1976-80; 135TH TAS, MARYLAND ANG, 1980-81.

58-0721 (C/N 3516): 463 TCW MAY-1964; 314 TCW JUL-1964; 313 TCW OCT 1964 to FEB 1967; 773TCS "QG" JUL 1968 to NOV 1969; CLARK AB, PHILIPPINES, 556th RS, YOKOTA AB, JAPAN, "GT" SEP 1971; 756TH TAS, "QA" JUN 1972; 706TH TAS, NOV 1974 to FEB 1975; CRASHED & WRITTEN OFF, NEW ORLEANS, FEB 1st 1975. ( I CREWED THIS AIRCRAFT AFTER 59-1531 WENT FOR IRAN AT E-SYSTEMS . (This was the only trash hauler we had, we used it for flare drops and repair equipment along the Ho- chi Min Trail. And other things..- Skip.

58-0723 (C/N 3518): 773D TAS, CLARK AB, 1961. BECAME C-130B-II; 556TH RS, YOKOTA AB, 1971-72. RETURNED TO C-130B, 1972; 756TH TAS, 1972-75; 337TH TAS, 1975-80. ( I CREWED THIS AIRCRAFT ALSO.-SKIP)

59-1524 (C/N 3560): BECAME C-130B-II; 556TH RS, 347TH TFW, YOKOTA AB, 1967; 7406TH CSS, 1971-73. RETURNED TO C-130B; 711TH, 1974; 337TH TAS, 1976; 704TH TAS, 1977-81.

59-1525 (C/N 3561) : BECAME C-130B-II; 556TH RS, ~968- 71. RETURNED TO C-130B; 336TH TAS, 1972; 815TH TAS, 1973-; 164TH TAS, OHIO ANG, 1977-81.

59-1526 (C/N 3563}: BECAME C-130B-II; 556th 1968-71; 7406TH CSS, 1971-73. RETurned to c-130b 68TH tas, 1974-81.

59-1527 (C/N 356E): BECAME C-130B-II; 556th RS 1967; 7406TH CSS, 1971-73. RETURNED TO C-130B; 68TH TAS, 1975-81.

59-1528 (C/N 3571) : 315TH AD, 1967. BECAME C-130B-II; 556TH RS, 1969, 7406TH CSS, 1971- 73. RETURNED TO C-130B; 314TH TAS, 1974; 67TH TAS, 1975; 156TH TAS, NORTH CAROLINA ANG, 1976-81.

59-1530 (C/N 3576): BECAME C-130B-II; 556TH R~! 1967-69; 7406TH CSS,1971-73. RETURNED TO C-130B; 337TH TAS, 1974-75; 68TH TAS, 1977-81.

59-1531 (C/N 3579): BECAME C-130B-II; 556TH RS, 1969;7406TH CSS, 1971-73. RETURNED TO C-130B; TESTS WITH E-SYSTEMS INC. GREENVILLE, TX, 1977-80. (MY FIRST AIRPLANE I WAS ASSIGNED TO) SKIP

59-1532 (C/N 3581): BECAME C-130B-II; 556TH RS, 1970-71; 7406TH CSS, 1971-73. RETURNED TO C-130B; 706TH TAS, 1975-76; 442ND TAW, 1977-81.

59-1533 (C/N 3586): BECAME C-130B-II; 556TH RS, 1970; 7406TH CSS, 1971-73. RETURNED TO C-130B; 187TH TAS, WYOMING ANG, 1976-80; DAMAGED IN TORNADO AT CHEYENNE, WYOMING, 7-16-79, BUT REPAIRED).

59-1535 (C/N 3585): BECAME C-130B-II; 556TH RS,.1967-70; 7406TH CSS, 1971-73. RETURNED TO C-130B;706TH TAS, 1974-76; 442D TAW, 1977-81.

59-1537 (C/N 3589): BECAME C-130B-II; 556TH RS, 1969; 7406TH CSS, 1971-73. RETURNED I, TO C-130B; 67TH TAS, 1975; 68TH TAS, 1975-81. ,

REF: "LOCKHEED HERCULES" BY FRANCIS K. MASON, 1984. I

LARS OLAUSSON LOCKHEED HERCULES PRODUCTION LIST 1954 -1999 Pg. 20, Pg. 23, & Pg. 25

The RC-130-BII was a very High-Tech A/C for its day.

Bat 1 was the AMS Airborne Mission Supervisor.

Most of the time, he was a senior NCO; however in Vietnam he was sometimes a junior Officer.

Bat 2 was the communications position who had the Crypto system with Voice and Digital Capabilities.

The digital system was the AN/ARC-106.

Bat 9 was the Operator Charged with plotting our position with info that he intercepted from the "Target"!

We had VHF/UHF intercept operators as well as a UHF/SHF intercept position.

HF Receiver: G-133F Band 100KHz to 30MHz

VHF Receiver: G-175F "A" Band 30MHz to 90MHz

VHF Receiver: G-175F "B" Band 90MHz to 250MHz

VHF Receiver: G-175F "C" Band 250MHz to 500MHz

VHF Receiver: G-175F "D" Band 500MHz to 1000MHz

UHF/SHF Receiver: AN/APR-17

The Wing "Tanks" actually contained a well with Fuel, but the reality was that the "Tanks" actually contained VHF & UHF Preamps with antennas mounted on the outside of the "Tank".

The Direction Finders were removed from the "Tanks" and were called "Washing Machines" due to the action of the Mechanical Wipers which were large delay lines.

There was also a few A/C which had a DF system that was lowered out of the bottom of the A/C. I believe that Tail Number 527 was one of these.

All of the above DF systems were removed.

There were Low Speed recorders called G-176 (15ips) and there was a High Speed recorder called the G-1171 (120ips).

The SHF antenna for the AN/APR-17 was located on top with matching TWT Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers (one active and one spare).

I was BAT Maintenance and stayed mostly in the area on the ramp. We were capable of monitoring the digital frequency system and timing system. We had the Master Clock on our station and I sat it by using the spare G-133F receiver which I tuned to WWVH or WWV.

We had our service manulas in a safe in that area and we could test the antenna system from there.

One of my duties as BAT Maintenance I was to check out and be responsible for the KY-8 Crpto units. I had to carry a .38 and had orders to shoot to kill anyone who attempted to intercept the KY-8's. C130 Variants