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Airframe Details for C-130 #3818

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Aircraft: 3818 (62-1854)
LM Aero T/V 3818
Plant Lockheed Marietta Plant
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 62-854
Current USAF 62-854
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
Unknown [act] 62-854 C-130E
Unknown [act] 62-854 USAF 516 TCW C-130E
Unknown [act] 62-854 USAF 346 TAS C-130E
17 Nov 1969 [msh] 62-854 USAF 346 TAS C-130E

Struck by a 122mm rocket on the right wing and debris punched 266 holes in the aircraft. Loadmaster Norm Thomas was killed in attack. MSGT Bob Gabel, also a loadmaster onboard was laying on the ramp next to Norman during the attack was thrown into a tie down that severely injured his back. Shrapnel also severed his fermoal artery. With these significant injuries Bob carried his fellow loadmaster, who was unresponsive, to the crew door to escape the fire and where he collapsed and then was treated by awaiting medical staff. Bob received Silver Star for his heroic actions. Aircraft was taxiing at the end of the runway after landing to unload a cargo of TNT. Pilot was Captain Lou Hari of the 346th TAS.

Aircraft was repaired after several months of repair that was made difficult by constant mortar attacks. One mortar did damage the wing even further than the original impact of the rocket. So aircraft was moved after that to a location more interior to the airfield for further repair. During that repair time, the aircraft received the name Quan Loi Queen. Once repaired, crew often stated how the aircraft never flew quite as well, Was later destroyed May 23, 1972.
Unknown [act] 62-854 USAF 21 TAS C-130E " Quan Loi Queen"

Named Quan Loi Queen during its time wrecked at Quan Loi field in Vietnam. Name remained on the aircraft even after repair.
23 May 1972 [msh] 62-854 USAF 21 TAS C-130E
Destroyed by rocket while on ground at Kontum, South Vietnam. Some sources say this happened May 17th.
23 May 1972 [w/o] 62-854 USAF 21 TAS C-130E

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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