05 March 2009

What a ride

These type of C-130s were assigned to the 67th Air Rescue & Recovery Squadron at RAF Woodbridge. I never gave them much thought when I drove by their parking area when stationed at Woodbridge in the early 70s.

The official story was that they supported the space mission and were also used to retrieve weather balloons. Unofficial talk was they had been used to lift Special Forces folks out of the jungle in southeast Asia.

Whichever story was true satisfied any curiosity I might have had. It wasn't until some years later that I read about their real mission. I imagine that was some ride for the guy in the harness.


Fish-2 said...

I've seen video of these pick-ups. Very clever idea, and it served its purpose well. Six Flags doesn't have anything better.

A.G.T. said...

I don't know if I'd have the 'nads to try it. That looks like a one heck of a ride.