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C-130 Events from 1968





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February

10 Feb 1968 USMC KC-130F BuNo #149813, c/n 3719, of VMGR-152, crash landed on runway at Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, when ground fire set alight fuel bladder on board. Crash was documented in full color by cameramen at the Marine firebase.
18 Feb 1968 C-130B #58-0743, c/n 3540, of the 772nd Troop Carrier Squadron, destroyed in mortar attack at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam. Round entered through overhead escape hatch.
29 Feb 1968 C-130E #64-0522, c/n 4006, of the 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron, hit by ground fire on take-off from Song Ba, South Vietnam, returned, crash landed and burned. Crew of five and five passengers escaped. Pilot Major Leland R. Filmore awarded a Silver Star for his part in this event. Chris Hobson's Vietnam Air Losses gives the date as February 28, 1968, page 139.

March

2 Mar 1968 C-130A #56-0549, c/n 3157, of the 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron, crashed during night landing at Phu Bai/Hu?, South Vietnam.
3 Mar 1968 C-130E #62-1814, c/n 3776, of the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron, crashed at Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam

April

11 Apr 1968 L-100 #9J-RCY of Zambian Air Cargo was destroyed in ground collision with 9J-RBX at Ndola, when returning from Dar es Salaam
11 Apr 1968 L-100, 9J-RBX of Zambian Air Cargo was destroyed in ground collision when hit by 9J-RCY at Ndola.
13 Apr 1968 C-130B #61-0967, c/n 3654, of the 774th Tactical Airlift Squadron, crashed at Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, suffered engine failure on landing, slid off runway, burned.
16 Apr 1968 C-130A #56-0480, c/n 3088, of the 35th Tactical Airlift Squadron, crash landed at Special Forces Camp Bunard, 80 kilometers north of Bien Hoa, South Vietnam. Hull blown-up.
26 Apr 1968 C-130B #60-0298, c/n 3602, of the 773d Tactical Airlift Squadron, shot down dropping load at A Loui, South Vietnam. Crashed trying to land at A Loui. Manned by mixed crew from 29th and 772nd Tactical Airlift Squadrons.
30 Apr 1968 L-100 #64145 of the Pakistan Air Force, crashed when wing broke in turbulence near Chaklala, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

May

12 May 1968 C-130A #56-0548, c/n 3156, of the 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron, damaged by small arms fire at Kham Duc, South Vietnam
12 May 1968 C-130B #60-0297, c/n 3600, of the 773d Tactical Airlift Squadron, shot down on take-off from Kham Duc, South Vietnam. All 155 people on board were killed.
15 May 1968 C-130E #63-7875, c/n 3945, of the 29th Military Airlift Squadron, hard landing at Qu?ng Tr?, South Vietnam, port wing broke, written off.
16 May 1968 L-100 N9267R leased to A
22 May 1968 C-130A #56-0477, c/n 3085, of the 41st Tactical Airlift Squadron, shot down over Laos, during Blind Bat flare operation. First Hercules lost in/over Laos.

June

25 Jun 1968 C-130E #62-1861, c/n 3825, with the 50th Troop Carrier Squadron from December 1965, from Tuy Hoa departed Katum, took .50 calibre AAA fire which set number one (port outer) engine afire which spread along port wing. Crash landed at Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, with only nose and port landing gear extended, veered off runway, exploded and burned. Crew of five escaped through cockpit overhead hatch and survived.

July

29 Jul 1968 HC-130P #66-0214, c/n 4164, of the 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, destroyed by satchel charges at Tuy Hoa, South Vietnam.
29 Jul 1968 HC-130P #66-0218, c/n 4174, of the 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, destroyed by satchel charges at Tuy Hoa, South Vietnam.

September

6 Sep 1968 C-130E #62-1785, c/n 3730, of the 314th Tactical Airlift Wing, shot down at Tan Phat, near B?o L?c, South Vietnam.

October

19 Oct 1968 C-130E, #17949 of the Turkish Air Force) crashed into mountain on approach to Akhisar AB, Manisa, Turkey. Seven crew killed.

November

28 Nov 1968 C-130B #61-2644, c/n 3682, of the 772nd Troop Carrier Squadron, crashed when it overran runway during short field landing, Tonie Cham, South Vietnam.

December

24 Dec 1968 L-100 c/n #4229, delivered October 1967, to Airlift International, registered N760AL; leased to United States Department of the Interior, crashed at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska on go-around in a snowstorm.