Higuera, John, CMSgt

Medical Services
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
90290-Medical Service Superintendent
Current/Last AFSC Group
Medical Services
Primary Unit
1988-1990, USAF Hospital/Medical Center - Mather
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
90230-Medical Service Specialist
90250A-Medical Service Specialist
90270A-Medical Service Technician
90299-Medical Service Manager
Service Years
1960 - 1990
Chief Master Sergeant

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 1964-1966, C-131 Samaritan
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 C-131 Samaritan Details

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The CV-240/340/440 series was used by the United States Air Force for medical evacuation and VIP transport and was designated as C-131 Samaritan. The first model Samaritan, the C-131A, was derived from the 240 model, and was delivered to the USAF in 1954. A trainer model, designated the T-29, was also based on the Convair 240 to instruct navigators and radio operators. The T-29 was eventually replaced by the T-43. A planned bomber training version of the T-29 (designated T-32) was never built. The 340 model was used for most C-131Ds.

The U.S. Navy used the Samaritan as the R4Y. Nearly all of the C-131s left the active inventory in the late 1970s, but Air National Guard units operated a few into the mid-1980s. The C-131 was eventually replaced by the C-9 Nightingale.

A Samaritan was the first aircraft used as a flying gunship testbed in mid-1963, in a program known as Project Tailchaser. A C-131B (#53-7820) was given a gunsight for the side window, but instead of guns it had cameras in the cargo area. Eventually the C-131 was ferried to Eglin AFB in Florida and a General Electric SUU-11A/A 7.62 mm Gatling-style Minigun was installed. Live ammunition was used and both over-water and over-land tests were successful.

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Last Updated: Apr 19, 2010
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  61 Also There at This Aircraft:
  • Alexander, Herman, MSgt, (1964-1985)
  • Bender, Robert, TSgt
  • Brown, Charles, Capt
  • Cahoon, John, Lt Col, (1955-1981)
  • Cusick, James, Sgt, (1965-1969)
  • Dudick, Kenneth, SMSgt, (1963-1994)
  • Eaton, Ernest, A1C, (1957-1962)
  • Finn, Shaun, MSgt, (1957-1980)
  • Fletcher, Richard, MSgt, (1963-1983)
  • Garcia, Efren, MSgt, (1962-1987)
  • Gerende, John R., MSgt, (1964-1985)
  • Gladfelter, Dennis, A1C, (1963-1967)
  • Greer, Harry, MSgt, (1961-1983)
  • Guratosky, Edward, Sgt, (1965-1969)
  • Hansen, Charles, TSgt, (1960-1980)
  • Haskett, Donald, MSgt, (1956-1978)
  • Johnson, Charles, MSgt, (1960-1981)
  • Kermish, John, A1C, (1966-1969)
  • Kiersznowski, David, MSgt, (1963-1983)
  • Leber, William, Maj
  • Leipf, David, A1C, (1961-1965)
  • Manoliu, Gary, TSgt, (1964-1984)
  • McNeal, Thom, A2C, (1964-1968)
  • Miller, Carl, Sgt, (1963-1969)
  • Miller, Louis, MSgt, (1957-1984)
  • Murello, Anthony, A1C, (1950-1954)
  • Mutsch, Peter, SSgt
  • Nawojski, Lawrence, A1C, (1962-1966)
  • Palmer, Charles, CMSgt, (1955-1986)
  • Patterson, Billy, Lt Col, (1953-1976)
  • Phipps, James E (Jim), SMSgt, (1960-1988)
  • Rittgers, Barton, SMSgt, (1959-1985)
  • Roberts, Al, Capt, (1957-1967)
  • Rogers, Rick, SMSgt, (1965-1992)
  • Roy, Paul, CMSgt, (1959-1989)
  • Scates, Joe, Capt
  • Swanson, Alan, Lt Col, (1959-1984)
  • Tantare, Richard, SMSgt, (1953-1973)
  • Taylor, Jerome, SMSgt, (1954-1975)
  • Van Inwegen, Earl, Brig Gen, (1956-1988)
  • VonGunten, William, Lt Col, (1965-1986)
  • Witherspoon, Stockard, SMSgt, (1941-1974)
  • Wright, Wayne, MSgt, (1969-1992)
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