21st Airlift Squadron (USAF AMC)

"Bee Liners" 

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21 AS "Bee Liners" (USAF AMC)
Status:
Converted
Version: C-130H
Role:Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Motto: N/A
Badge: N/A
Flew C-130s from 1958 to 1993 before converting to the C-5 Galaxy. Originally formed as the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron and re-designated: as the 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron on August 1, 1967. Just before conversion to the C-5, was re-designated as 21st Airlift Squadron on April 1, 1992.

C-130 Airframe Inventory

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Feb 05, 2020 - 06:57 PM
21st

crewed c-130a tail number 56-517 from May 1968 to Oct. 1969 at Naha Okinawa. The aircraft flew Blind Bat flare missions out of Ubon, Thailand. When I first arrived at Naha, the aircraft bottom was black and had red insignias [tail numbers and letters. It had red YD on the tail. We flew to Ubon making several stops on the way in the Philippines, Nam and Thailand. There, aircraft would be rigged with flack curtains, cockpit floor armor, flare trough, large night scope and "Black Crow" that was manned by Lockheed Techs when on mission. Each squadron at Naha had 2 or 3 bids dedicated to the Blind Bat mission. Each Squadron also had a silver 130 with small insignias that flew classified missions. The crews had to possess passports. Bind Bat also flew a mission called Frantic Goat that dropped leaflets up North. My aircraft also flew a resupply mission to Korea hauling missiles to a base there. Blind Bat was a worth mission. Buddy Rogers




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