Looking for more info re: a C-130 in fil's Vietnam photo

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Unread post01 Dec 2020, 03:17

New here so I apologize if I'm in the wrong part of the forum . . .

After my father-in-law died, we found a stack of photos he'd taken in Vietnam between '68-'69. One of them featured a camo'd C-130(B?) loading up with people. I'm 90% sure the tail code is QG-957 (or perhaps 967 -- it's a little grainy). Best I can tell from research here is that it was a from the 773d TAS, based out of Clark. Is it possible to learn any more about this particular airframe? I can't seem to find a resource where I can look up individual tail code numbers. I'm interested in any data regarding its service time, locations, and its ultimate fate if it's not still around.

If not here, is there a more complete database elsewhere

Thank you for any help
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Here is a zoomed in view of the tail.
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Unread post01 Dec 2020, 04:44

It appears to have been scrapped in 2003:
http://www.c-130.net/aircraft-database/ ... file/6615/
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Unread post01 Dec 2020, 08:52

From Patrick Martins "Tail Code" Book.

QG - 773nd Airlift Squadron
463 Tactical Airlift Wing
Clark Air Base
C-130B
July 15,1968 to October 31, 1971
Re-activated in January 6,1972 with Tail Code DB at Dyess AFB.


https://www.c-130hercules.net/acftdb/LPNs/LPN.php?lpn=3637
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Unread post01 Dec 2020, 09:43

463d Tactical Airlift Wing 15 Dec 1965 – 31 December 1971

29th Tactical Airlift Squadron (C-130B, Tail Code: QB)
772d Tactical Airlift Squadron (C-130B, Tail Code: QF)
773d Tactical Airlift Squadron (C-130B, Tail Code: QG)
774th Tactical Airlift Squadron (C-130B, Tail Code: QW)
Most aircraft deployed on rotating basis to Tan Son Nhut and Cam Ranh Air Bases, South Vietnam
20th Operations Squadron (C-118, C-124) 1968-1971
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Unread post01 Dec 2020, 21:39

Wow, thank you all so much! This is a great page of notes to attach to my father-in-law's timeline in Vietnam. We are lucky that he'd taken so many pictures of daily life and military hardware from his tour.

If there are any databases needing a reference photo for this airframe, please let me know what I can do. Here's a picture of the original photo that I've tried to clean up.
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C-130B QG 957, South Vietnam 1968

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