posted on Aug, 20 2013 @ 01:14 AM
reply to post by iwan2ski
When I was younger, we had the 6594th Test Group (C-130s, KC-130s [later HC-130s], and HH-53s with refueling probes). They would catch satellites on
reentry near Hawaii and bring them back to process the film.
There was a ship in the area (carrying rocket fuel of all things), that had a sick crew member (it appeared to be his appendix) that the doctors
wanted airlifted out. The Coast Guard couldn't do it (they had Pelicans at the time, couldn't range out that far), so they asked Test Group if
they'd be willing to help. They agreed, and launched two -53s, and a KC-130 (the ship was 3-400 miles out, heading to Honolulu Harbor). Once they
arrived, 355, which was primary, moved over the deck and began ops to get him off the deck. While lowering the PJ to the deck, they went in, with no
It took less than an hour before the entire base just stopped. That's how fast word got around, and everyone was waiting to see who it was, and
getting ready to support the families of the crew that wouldn't be home that night.