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Airframe Details for C-130 #3540

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Aircraft: 3540 (58-0743)
LM Aero T/V 3540
Plant Lockheed Marietta Plant
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 58-743
Current USAF 58-743
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
Unknown [act] 58-743 C-130B
Unknown [act] 58-743 USAF 772 TAS C-130B
18 Feb 1968 [msh] 58-743 USAF 772 TAS C-130B
Destroyed in 122mm rocket attack at Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam. A lucky shot put the mortar down the top hatch. A fuel truck was just ready to make the connection at the time of the explosion. Because of the intense heat and lack of access to the cockpit, the fire was almost impossible to fight. The largest tow-tug on base was used to repeatedly hit the nose of the plane from the side until the heat-stressed aluminum gave way. This opened up the aircraft forward of the wing allowing access to extinguish the fire.
18 Feb 1968 [w/o] 58-743 USAF 772 TAS C-130B

Abbreviations and symbols:
[act] Active [i/a] Instructional Airframe [sto] Stored (e.g. at AMARG)
[cld] Cancelled Order [msh] Involved in Mishap [w/o] Write-off
[con] Converted [o/o] On Order
[des] Destroyed (drone) [pre] Preserved (museum, gateguard) T/V LM Aero Type/Version (Construction) number
[emb] Embargoed [scr] Scrapped Photo Available
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