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Air Tanker Drop Yosemite August 26, 2013

Posted by Retired Geezer in Man Laws, Science.

OK, this is cool. Listen to the radio traffic. These guys are professional.


1. Retired Geezer - August 26, 2013

When the computer voice repeatedly says “Landing Gear!”, was that because they were getting too close to the ground or going too slow?

2. phat - August 27, 2013


It was because the flaps were at 100%. Anything past an intermediate setting (not sure what it is on the C-130 maybe 70%), bitchin betty assumes you’re getting ready to land.

I know a few guys in that reserve unit (they’re out of C-Springs), always seemed like an awesome job.

3. Retired Geezer - August 28, 2013

Around 2:40 you can see a little puff of smoke from the lead spotter plane.

4. phat - August 29, 2013

Pointed head Nav working this shift tells me this is a C-130J from the CA ANG (Channel Islands).

He says on the older C-130H models the pre-drop checklist has you pull the gear warning circuit breaker.

On the new J models you can’t, so you get to hear the gear warning through the whole drop.

Now you know.

Feel free to kill the brain cell in charge of knowing that little bit of trivia at your earliest convenience.

5. Retired Geezer - August 29, 2013

Thanks, I just figured they had to listen to it the whole time. Disabling Bitching Betty across the board doesn’t seem like a good idea but if you can just kill one aspect, I guess that’s acceptable.

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