...we were flying along and King 26 (C-130 used as airborn rescue and
recovery command post) came up on guard asking a chopper about a downed
aircraft. After some discussion it was determined that it was a
C-123 that had made a bad landing at Djamap
and gone off the side of
the runway leaving part of a wing on the runway. Everybody got
out OK, but I guess the airplane was somewhat worse for the transaction.
Alert. We showed up at 4:30 and were told we'd be
flying an FCF (functional check flight) ASAP. Same airplane we
flew yesterday. The rudder trim was written up so when I flew
yesterday I checked it out--the trim was OK but the rudder was out of
rig. So they adjusted the rudder and the FCF is required before
any regular flying can be done.
You have to fly the airplane somewhere
on an FCF and I'd planned to
fly over to Djamap
and see what I
could see. But a flight examiner got
to fly the FCF instead.
About noon today Sgt. Bruno had a
little problem downtown in Saigon. He was
walking down the street alone when 4 kids jumped out. One tried
to get his watch while another went for his wallet. He did all
right for himself though--kicked one in the seat, gave another a cut
eye, the third a sprained or broken arm and the 4th got away. He
did keep his watch and wallet. Saigon's not a good place for a
stroll alone these days--even in broad daylight. I wonder how
many of those kids lived at the Street Boys' Barn.
On days off I volunteered at the Saigon Street Boys' Barn.