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Flying Machines

C-130 Hercules
The C-130 Hercules was a workhorse in Vietnam as long as it had a long enough runway. This photo, showing a C-130 in the midst of a "speed offload", was taken at An Thoi on the island of Dao Phu Quoc in the Gulf of Thailand. The runway here was M8A1 light-duty steel matting 60' wide and 3600' long and getting on the small side for a C-130. I guess this crew hadn't heard about the great Navy food and swimming, because they never even shut down. As soon as the offload was complete, they taxied right back to the runway and created a small sandstorm taking off.

Revised: 24 March 1999