|Originally Posted By KA3B:
Originally Posted By SnowboundinNH:
While we're on the subject..........we lost 3 C-130 engines on a jump. I'll withhold my true feelings about how we felt for not being allowed to jump outta that death trap. We were all chuted up but you guys wouldn't let us out. grumble grumble grumble.......
I was impressed that only one engine kept us going long enough to make it back to the airfield. How far can one engine pull a C-130? What are the chances of losing 3 engines on one flight? And what would you say was the most likely cause? And oh yeah, is there any specific reason we couldn't GTFO? Weight distribution? Payback? Nobody would tell us anything, its a mystery.
Engine rollback is a well know issue with the older C-130's.
Google up "engine rollback King 56".
No matter what the weight is of a C-130 all single engine operations is going to do is ensure that you have electrical and hydraulics when you crash.
How long were you in the air after the three engines shut down?
Which engine kept running, inboard or outboard?
You might not have been allowed to jump because the pilot didn't want to deal with the sudden change of CG after you guys left the aircraft, you might have been too close to the ground, it was not safe to let you jump or the crew didn't want to deal with letting you jump because they were too busy trying to land the aircraft.
The drag from the doors, the change of CG,there's a whole bunch of things that had to be taken into account.
I'm an old fart, retired in 97 - but the lowest you could put someone out the door was around 200 feet. If I remember JM school (84 at Bragg), you need 197 feet of altitude to get full deployment on a T-10B. Not that this child would have wanted to make that jump. I heard the guys that did Grenada went out at 500', but the lowest I ever static line jumped was 800. (California desert - hot and high - we came down "real" quick that day.)