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Douglas C-117D 'Skytrooper'

Description
Notes: Low wing transport (3 CREW, 35 TROOPS, OR 27 LITTERS) .
  Manufacturer:Douglas
  Base model:C-117
  Designation:C-117
  Version:D
  Nickname:Skytrooper
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport
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Examples of this type may be found at
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National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona

C-117D on display

Pima Air & Space Museum
    


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Peter Kareski
 Front Royal, VA
I was just looking at the picture of #801 claiming it was out of NAS Atsugi Japan. The bird was station in MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. The name on the bird is "Sugar" . We had to put that name of the aircraft because the pilot's Navy girlfriend out of Atsugi was nickname Sugar, what her real name was we never found out. She made a flight suit look great!! All of us envied that pilot.
02/15/2014 @ 11:29 [ref: 68347]
 Thomas J Besancenez
 , MO
I was in MWHS-1 in 1973-1974.SGT. TJ. I worked with Hollingsworth,Barnhart,Ellmer,Birnham and a bunch more. Iam in one of the pics with Saxton.Hope everyone is doing good. Iam still kicking. Would like to know whos up to what and see some more pics.
10/31/2013 @ 11:53 [ref: 68139]
 Thomas J Besancenez
 , MO
I was in MWHS-1 in 1973-1974.SGT. TJ. I worked with Hollingsworth,Barnhart,Ellmer,Birnham and a bunch more. Iam in one of the pics with Saxton.Hope everyone is doing good. Iam still kicking. Would like to know whos up to what and see some more pics.
10/31/2013 @ 11:53 [ref: 68140]
 Thomas J Besancenez
 , MO
I was in MWHS-1 in 1973-1974.SGT. TJ. I worked with Hollingsworth,Barnhart,Ellmer,Birnham and a bunch more. Iam in one of the pics with Saxton.Hope everyone is doing good. Iam still kicking. Would like to know whos up to what and see some more pics.
10/31/2013 @ 11:53 [ref: 68138]
 Thomas J besancenez
 , MO
I was in MWHS-1 in 1973-1974.SGT. TJ. I worked with Hollingsworth,Barnhart,Ellmer,Birnham and a bunch more. Iam in one of the pics with Saxton.Hope everyone is doing good. Iam still kicking. Would like to know whos up to what and see some more pics.
10/31/2013 @ 11:53 [ref: 68137]
 Thomas J besancenez
 , MO
I was in MWHS-1 in 1973-1974.SGT. TJ. I worked with Hollingsworth,Barnhart,Ellmer,Birnham and a bunch more. Iam in one of the pics with Saxton.Hope everyone is doing good. Iam still kicking. Would like to know whos up to what and see some more pics.
10/31/2013 @ 11:52 [ref: 68136]
 Steve parsons
 Canby, OR
We had 017253 in H&MS 24 flight-line during my tour at MCAS Kaneohe Bay, 1971-1974. As I recall, Gary Gates and Dick Falls were the crew chiefs. Lots of flower runs to the big island, and an occasional resupply of French Frigate Shoals. The later is a trip that I never made, but would have loved to take.

It seemed like a great old A/C.
09/01/2013 @ 17:06 [ref: 68043]
 Peter Kareski
 Front Royal, VA
I was with SOES Cherry Point from 1972 to 1974 working with the last two enlisted pilots. Work on the C-117, T-39, and -28. Then shipped to Iwakuni, Japan to MWHS-1 working on the C-117. Best birds that flew. I still have a painting of 242 in flight. We had a crazy Gunny with his mind still in Viet Nam. He would go to the head in the middle of the work compound and kick stuff around and scream to the top of his lungs trying to get rid of the hurt. Did a lot of work on the birds and was training in them to become crew then transferred out. I was the only one who could change a auto pilot flight solenoid motor without removing the flight control cables. At time the dam flap indicator wire always broke because the pilots never trusted the indicator trying to make it go further then it should. I developed a easy turn around repair taking only 30 minutes. One time I got off the bird from R&R in Korea and the Maintenance Chief snatch me up, told me to put on coveralls and fix the flap indicator, the bird has been sitting for two days waiting for me. Just gotta love it.
06/21/2013 @ 05:58 [ref: 67900]
 Mac McGrath
 Staunton., VA
Was assigned to H&MS-17 Flare Crew in Da Nang, 1969. Crosstrained as 1st Mech. and logged a lot of hours on (SZ)834 and 122. A great aircraft for its age. Would love to hear from anyone there at that time.
s/f
Mac
06/12/2013 @ 11:19 [ref: 67881]
 Mark Colebrook
 Glastonbury, CT
In 1975 I moved from the T-28 engine shop at SOES Quantico and spent a short time crewing on B/N 140 and I think 122. 122 had the VIP interior. Gysgt, Soesbee,Sgt Block (later famous for borrowing a C117D and flying from Iwakuni to Okinowa with soon to be LCpl Destefano) and Sgt Greiss helped break me in on the Hummer. I got orders to H&MS 31, Beaufort when they closed down SOES. I made Crew Chief under the watchful eye of the great Top T.A. Brown (shown below in black & white photo with leather flight helmet). Gysgt TC Thompson, Sgt Dale Benton, Gysgt Thorn, Sgt Lucas rounded out a great crew of people. Our planes are shown in the group photo, B/N 420 & 081..
That photo had to be taken some time before 11/78. I think I'm in the photo but can only my left leg!!. I got out that Nov and recall the day the transport pilots came to fly the birds to the desert.
It has to be noted that one of our Pilot in Command was young Marine Captain James Amos, now Commandant. Semper Fi

04/10/2013 @ 15:40 [ref: 67725]

 

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