C-130 Airlift in Vietnam
We just flew in (how else?) from Dalat where we picked up a whole passle of Vietnamese brass for Hue. Dalat is a pretty little resort town with a 5000' elevation. Its 60'-wide runway made it interesting to land our 132'-wingspan Lockheed Whisperjet there.
Next stop will be Hue where the weather is 300' broken, 600' overcast with one mile visibility, rain and fog. Fun. Those guys probably haven't seen the sun for a month.
Hue was as forecast but I made a pretty good GCA and landing there. Our next destination was "home" (Tan Son Nhut). But as we taxied out our frag was changed to Danang then Quinhon then Nha Trang then Tan Son Nhut. Our crew day was almost used up but the duty officer assured us that they'd have everything set up at the extra 3 stops to minimize ground time.
Taxiing out at Quinhon the whole crew went into hysterics when ALCE called us up and said that both they and Hilda considered our (vanishing) crew duty time as paramount. After all the delay we thought it was amazing that the controller could tell us that with a straight face. I must've been getting punchy--I laughed for about 10 minutes!
At Nha Trang our #4 engine-driven hydraulic pump failed. That was 4 hours ago and it's 3 ayem and we're waiting for a bird to take us back to TSN. Nil illegitimus carborundum.Loosely translated from the Latin, that means "Don't let the bastards grind you down."