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General => Aviation => Topic started by: viking9 on March 26, 2010, 04:20:00 PM

Title: Hercules 63-7789 stolen from Mildenhall 1969
Post by: viking9 on March 26, 2010, 04:20:00 PM
I've just come across a photo of 63-7789 in the book "Lockheed C-130 Hercules" by Peter C. Smith. The caption contains a brief reference to it having been stolen from Mildenhall on 23 May 1969 and crashed into the sea off Alderney.

Anyone on here remember the incident or have any further details?

Tom
Title: Re: Hercules 63-7789 stolen from Mildenhall 1969
Post by: DaveReid on March 26, 2010, 04:47:59 PM
I've just come across a photo of 63-7789 in the book "Lockheed C-130 Hercules" by Peter C. Smith. The caption contains a brief reference to it having been stolen from Mildenhall on 23 May 1969 and crashed into the sea off Alderney.

Anyone on here remember the incident or have any further details?

I don't recall it at the time, but a quick Google brought up these links:

www.theshipwreckproject.com/phpBB3/download/file.php?id=101&mode=view

www.theshipwreckproject.com/phpBB3/download/file.php?id=102&mode=view

There are lots of reports, none confirmed, that the C-130 was in fact brought down by USAF F-100s.
Title: Re: Hercules 63-7789 stolen from Mildenhall 1969
Post by: viking9 on March 26, 2010, 05:29:25 PM
Thank you for those links, Dave.

It's an amazing story. I have many more flying hours than he had but I wouldn't attempt what he did even if authorized to do so!

Title: Re: Hercules 63-7789 stolen from Mildenhall 1969
Post by: abrad41 on March 26, 2010, 06:21:48 PM
Hi Tom/Dave

Working at EGUN I have heard story's about a Crew Chief who stole a plane from Mildenhall, (Cant remember if it was a C-130 or KC-135) But the story goes he was shot down over the atlantic trying to get home.

Andy
Title: Re: Hercules 63-7789 stolen from Mildenhall 1969
Post by: Roadrunner on March 27, 2010, 02:57:30 PM
I had just started to visit Mildenhall soon after this incident took place. I can remember the local view was that the aircraft was shot down by F100's but I can imagine the USAF would not want that to be the "official" reported outcome, especially as a life was lost.

Mike
Title: Re: Hercules 63-7789 stolen from Mildenhall 1969
Post by: stephenwalsh on September 02, 2019, 11:37:52 AM
Hi Tom. I'm working for a TV company on a documentary project about the incident involving the C-130 Hercules 'stolen' from RAF Mildenhall in 1969.  I've just come across your post from 2010. I'm keen to speak to you to see if you managed to find out more. I wonder if you're still there, and would be happy to have a chat with me? Please could you email me directly at [email protected]  ?   I hope to hear from you.  Kind regards. Steve Walsh
Title: Re: Hercules 63-7789 stolen from Mildenhall 1969
Post by: Strela17 on April 29, 2020, 06:08:35 PM
Man, I've went and read about that story, it's heartbreaking. Still, the whole stealing a military plane thing is excessive and deserves punishment, but it basically boils down to a newlywed guy who wanted to spend time with his wife. A shame he chose the worst possible way to reunite with her...