Herky Bird Cartoons

Unread postPosted: 26 Sep 2018, 19:01
by bogie102
Does anyone know how I can get copies of the "Herky Bird" Cartoons that Dave Davenport drew for Pope AFB in the 1970's-1980's and were often in the TAC Attack magazines or the MAC Safety magazines? I've tried browsing for Dave Davenport and all I come up with is a Gay Artist of the same name who has nothing to do with this man.

Re: Herky Bird Cartoons

Unread postPosted: 27 Sep 2018, 04:14
by c130kcf
https://www.pope.af.mil/News/Article-Di ... 1964-2006/


http://www.c-130hercules.net/index.php? ... davenport/

There's an old address for Dave in Spring Lake, N.C. but it is pretty old.

Re: Herky Bird Cartoons

Unread postPosted: 27 Sep 2018, 04:28
by c130kcf
http://www.c-130hercules.net/index.php? ... davenport/

See info at this addy from a couple years ago.

Re: Herky Bird Cartoons

Unread postPosted: 29 Sep 2018, 17:11
by foxhound_31
Looks like back in 2013, they already ran into the same issue with the gay artist :mrgreen: but still no news... Now I'm curious about how these cartoons looked like. I really enjoy these short comics/drawings coming from the guys doodling the kit they're operating every day, I remember finding one day a whole lot of drawings from a Soviet Tu-22M mechanic which was a fascinating insight into the guy's everyday life... and into the "life" of the planes themselves.

Re: Herky Bird Cartoons

Unread postPosted: 18 Oct 2018, 19:00
by bogie102
The airplanes had a kind of "face" with eyes and nose, and mouth. I remember one cartoon that showed the airplane at the end of a short strip (Assault Landing). The fuselage was all bunched up and the facial features were all scrunched up with bulging eyes. There was another cartoon with a Herk in flight airdropping multiple CDS bundles and the caption read something about taking laxatives before flight.

Most of the cartoons I remember, each highlighted a safety issue, like birdstrikes, or running into objects on the ground, or ice on the wings, etc.

In a separate, but related issue. When I was stationed in UK, (European Theater) the Stars and Stripes magazine had a cartoon called, "Lt Kadish" about a young Army Lt. and various mis-adventures. Several of those involved catching hops around the Theater on C-130's and the problems he had on those flights.