DiDia, Frank, MSgt

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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43170C-Helicopter Technician
Current/Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1976-1978, 4502nd Support Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
24150-Safety Specialist
1A7X1-Aerial Gunner
1A1X1-Flight Engineer
3E6X1-Operations Management
Service Years
1957 - 1978
Master Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Strategic Command (Pre 2002) Transport Command Combat Crew Air Force Retired

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 Missileman (Senior)


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Catholic War Veterans of the USAAmerican LegionVietnam Veterans of America (VVA)Chapter 15
  2008, Catholic War Veterans of the USA [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 15 (Milford, Connecticut) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Retired aeronautical engineer from Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Ct.
   
Other Comments:
Actively involved in the New Haven Ct. Veteran's Hospital Center where I receive counseling, art therapy, and attend a spirituality group. 
   

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 1974-1975, C-130 Hercules
From Year
1974
To Year
1975
   
Personal Memories
C-130s were used to launch drones. Drones provided strategic information for combat missions.
   
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 C-130 Hercules Details
 


Aircraft/Missile Information

The C-130 series began as a 1951 requirement for a military transport with Short Take-Off and Landing capabilities. The series was born as the YC-130 and performed well in the latter part of 1954 with its Allison three-bladed turboprop engines. With successes encountered throughout the war in Vietnam and furthermore in peacetime, the C-130 Hercules spawned a plethora of variants that would include special forces insertion, arctic patrol, meteorological research, communications, close-support and modernized variants of the base transport.

Model Lockheed C-130H Hercules
Length 97.77 ft | 29.80 m
Width 132.55 ft | 40.40 m
Height 37.40 ft | 11.40 m
Engine(s) 4 x Allison T56-A-15LFE turboprop engines generating 4,508hp each.
Empty Weight 76,505 lbs | 34,702 kg
MTOW 175,003 lbs | 79,380 kg
Max Speed 386 mph | 621 km/h | 335 kts
Max Range 2,237 miles | 3,600 km
Ceiling 33,005 ft | 10,060 m | 6.3 miles
Climb Rate Not Available
Hardpoints 0
Armament None. Internal payload of up to 42,637lbs of supplies, personnel and vehicles.
Accommodations 4 + 92
Operators Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States of America among others (about 60 in all).

   
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Last Updated: Mar 28, 2009
   
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