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C-130 Events from 1969





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January

1 Jan 1969 C-130E #454 of the Royal Saudi Air Force (4 Squadron), crashed at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France.
27 Jan 1969 C-130E #63-7780, c/n 3846, of the 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron, destroyed in night mortar attack at Tonie Cham, South Vietnam. Aircraft had been assigned as Thunderbirds demonstration team support craft, October 1966.

February

4 Feb 1969 HC-130H #65-0990, c/n 4151, of the 57th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, ditches off Taiwan while locating survivors from sunk freighter.

March

8 Mar 1969 C-130E #64-0545, c/n 4035, of the 50th Troop Carrier Squadron, crashed short of the runway at Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, Taiwan
24 Mar 1969 Hercules C.1 #XV180 of the Royal Air Force crashed shortly after take off at Fairford in Gloucestershire. The aircraft was on a routine training flight when it stalled on take-off and plunged into a ploughed field 300 yards from the end of the runway, six crew members died.

April

7 Apr 1969 C-130E #5-112 of the Imperial Iranian Air Force (5th Air Transport Squadron) crashed at Shiraz, Iran, while simulating two engines out.
29 Apr 1969 C-130B #61-2637, c/n 3673, of the 29th Tactical Airlift Squadron, hit in wheel well, crash landed at L?c Ninh, South Vietnam, burned.

May

18 May 1969 USMC KC-130F BuNo #149814, c/n 3723, of VMGR-152, collided head-on with F-4B BuNo 151001 of VMFA-542, MAG-13, from Chu Lai (both crew killed), while refuelling two F-4Bs of VMFA-314 over South Vietnam near Phu Bai. Two crew of F-4B BuNo 151450, survived after jettisoning bombs and ejecting, while the second F-4B recovered safely to Chu Lai. Olausson states that the KC-130F was from VMGR-352, while Hobson claims it was assigned to VMGR-152.
23 May 1969 A drunken U.S. Air Force assistant crew chief, Sgt. Paul Adams Meyer, 23, of Poquoson, Virginia, suffering anxiety over marital problems, started up a Lockheed C-130E Hercules, #63-7789, c/n 3856, of the 36th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 316th Tactical Airlift Wing, on hardstand 21 at RAF Mildenhall and took off in it at 0655 hrs. CET, headed for Langley AFB, Virginia. At least two North American F-100 Super Sabres of the 493d Tactical Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, a C-130 from Mildenhall, and two RAF English Electric Lightnings were sent aloft to try to make contact with the stolen aircraft. The Hercules flew over the Thames estuary and headed south toward Brighton. After flying over the English Channel, Meyer turned northwest. North of Cherbourg he changed direction, heading south to a point 30 miles north of Alderney. The Hercules crashed into the English Channel off Alderney (5000N, 0205W) ~90 minutes later. In the last transmission from Meyer, to his wife, in a link-up over the side-band radio, he stated 'Leave me alone for about five minutes, I've got trouble.' There was speculation whether the Hercules was shot down. Some wreckage was recovered but the pilot's body was never found. Meyer had been arrested for being drunk and disorderly earlier in the morning in the village of Freckenham and had been remanded to quarters, but sneaked out to steal the Hercules.
24 May 1969 AC-130A #54-1629, c/n 3016, of the 16th Special Operations Squadron, named 'The Arbitrator', suffered battle damage over Laos, crash landed at Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, burned. First Hercules gunship loss.
27 May 1969 C-130A #56-0472, c/n 3080, of the 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron, hit by ground fire while landing at Katum, South Vietnam, starboard wing burned off in post-landing fire.
30 May 1969 C-130E #62-1831, c/n 3794, of the 314th Tactical Airlift Wing, to Fairchild Maintenance Facility, St. Petersburg, Florida, written off in ground accident.

June

23 Jun 1969 C-130B #61-0965, c/n 3652, of the 773d Tactical Airlift Squadron, shot down on approach to Katum, South Vietnam.

July

8 Jul 1969 C-130B #24390 of the Pakistan Air Force burned out during refuelling at Islamabad
16 Jul 1969 L-100 CF-PWO of Pacific Western Airlines crashed Cayaya, Peru, wing hit ground during go-around in fog.

August

26 Aug 1969 C-130B #1002 of the Colombian Air Force crashed during landing at Bogot

October

6 Oct 1969 C-130B #58-0718, c/n 3513, of the 774th Tactical Airlift Squadron, suffered mid-air explosion near Chu Lai, South Vietnam, during flight to Da Nang

November

24 Nov 1969 C-130A #56-0533, c/n 3141, of the 41st Tactical Airlift Squadron, shot down at Ban Salou, Laos, during Blind Bat flare operation.

December

13 Dec 1969 C-130A #56-0499, c/n 3107, of the 41st Tactical Airlift Squadron, crashed during 3-engine take-off from B
15 Dec 1969 C-130E #62-1800, c/n 3754, of the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron, crashed, Taiwan, propeller reversed in flight.
21 Dec 1969 C-130E #2450 of the Brazilian Air Force (1 Esquadrão, 1 Grupo, Galeão, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), written off at Recife, Brazil.