Apollo 13 Mission Trip We   deployed   from   Patrick   AFB   on   April   6   for   Darwin,   Australia   with   two   ARIA   Aircraft.      Other ARIA aircraft were deployed to other locations around the Globe.  We   arrived   in   Darwin   on April   10,   1970.      On April   11   the   two ARIA   aircraft   flew   a   mission   out   of Darwin.      When   returning   back   to   Darwin   one   of   the   aircraft   engulfed   a   seagull   in   engine   No   3.     The   seagull   bent   several   compressor   blades.      I   inspected   the   bent   compressor   blades   and   per the   Tech   Order   (T.O.)   the   engine   would   have   to   be   replaced.      Of   course   we   did   not   have   an engine   in Australia   however   we   did   have   an   engine   staged   at   Hickham AFB,   Hawaii.     This   plane also   had   a   small   fuel   leak   in   one   of   the   main   tanks.   After   discussions   with   QC   at   Patrick   AFB, Florida   we   received   permission   to   fly   to   Hickham   AFB   to   repair   the   fuel   tank   leak   and   change the engine.  We   left   Darwin   at   1300   hr.   on   April   12   for   Guam.      At   this   time   Apollo   13   was   on   time   and   on target   with   no   problems.      We   RON   (crew   rest)   in   Guam   and   left   on April   14   at   10:00 AM.   headed for   Hawaii.      We   arrived   in   Hawaii   at   2140   on   April   13   (we   had   crossed   the   international   date line)   to   make   repairs   to   the   aircraft.      Both   ARIA   aircraft   flew   together   and   I   do   not   remember their   tail   numbers.      The   plane   with   the   fuel   tank   leak   and   damage   engine   went   into   nose   dock that   night   for   fuel   tank   repairs.   I   remember   getting   up   early   the   next   morning   to   find   it   raining and   the   plane   fuel   tank   repairs   were   finished.      My   job   then   was   to   change   Engine   no.   3   with   the engine   we   had   staged   at   Hickham   AFB.      I   started   this   job   by   myself   as   nobody   wanted   to   get wet.      I   remember   the   Flight   Chief   stopping   by   a   couple   of   times   asking   how   much   longer   and   I replied   that   a   little   help   would   really   speed   things   up.   Several   guys   came   and   then   left   and   then the   Flight   Chief   came   by   and   asked   me   what   room   I   had   stayed   in   that   he   would   get   my luggage   and   that   as   soon   as   I   had   finished   replacing   the   engine   we   were   leaving.   All   of   a sudden   several   aircraft   mechanics   showed   up   and   started   helping   by   jacking   the   new   engine into   position.   I   connected   the   mounting   nuts   and   bolt   and   the   electrical   connectors,   hydraulic lines,   fuel   lines,   etc.      By   this   time   our   entire   luggage   was   being   thrown   on   board   and   all   of   the flight   crew   was   standing   around   really   to   go.      I   remember   having   the   pilot   run   the   engine   for   a leak check and that was it.  We did not have time to trim the engine. It   was   then   that   I   learned   there   was   a   problem   on   board Apollo   13   and   they   were   going   around the   moon   to   be   recovered   near   Fiji.      We   left   for   Fiji   Island   around   1305   that   day.      We   crossed the   International   Date   Line   and   arrived   in   Fiji   around   1800   Fiji   time.      The   next   day   I   went   out   to Nandi   airport   to   trim   the   new   engine.   I   called   the   tower   to   find   out   where   the   trim   pad   was   to have   aircraft   towed   there.      I   was   told   to   run   the   aircraft   right   where   it   was   parked.      Our   exhaust was   facing   the   airport   perimeter   fence   and   the   public   road   that   went   around   the   outside   of   the perimeter   fence.   I   explain   that   we   were   going   to   run   military   power   (100%   power).      I   remember the   Bloke   in   the   tower   in   his   Australia   accent   saying   to   run   the   engine   right   there   that   the   cars will   stop   when   we   run   full   power.      So   that   is   what   I   did.      We   ran   full   power   and   trimmed   the engine   right   where   we   were   parked.      You   should   have   seen   all   the   cars   that   stopped   going   both directions   and   the   one   small   pick   up   that   dared   to   try   and   cross   our   exhaust.      He   got   blown about   and   did   not   make   it   pass   our   exhaust   until   we   went   back   to   idle.      With   the   engine   trimmed and both aircraft checked out we were finished for the day. The   next   day   both   ARIA   aircraft   took   off   for   the   recovery   zone.      We   flew   our   mission   for transmitting   voice   and   telemetry   data   during   Apollo   13   re-entry   and   splash   down   in   the   Pacific Ocean   near   Fiji.      Our   return   trip   home   by   way   of   Pago   Pago,   Hawaii   and   then   nonstop   to   Patrick AFB   was   non   eventful,   i.e.   routine.      Our   mission   was   originally   planned   to   go   to   Darwin   and then   return   home.      However   on   each   mission   after   you   left   Patrick   AFB   you   could   throw   out those   plans   and   wait   for   the   new   plans.      I   do   not   remember   one   trip   going   exactly   as   plan. There   were   always   changes   after   we   reached   our   first   mission   designation.   You   always   packed clothes for more than the expected number of days.   I   remember   Apollo   7   or   8   when   the   Astronauts   were   thought   to   have   been   around   somebody that   had   a   cold.      They   were   quarantine   for   three   days.   I   was   in   Hawaii   on   this   mission.   We   were only   going   to   be   in   Hawaii   for   three   days   and   then   return   home.      A   short   trip.      After   the   three days   delay   in   launching   our   missions   was   re-configured.      We   spent   10   days   in   Hawaii   on Waikiki Beach with only three days of clothes and money to live on. Stan Brodecki
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Apollo 13 Mission Trip We   deployed   from   Patrick   AFB   on   April   6   for   Darwin, Australia   with   two   ARIA   Aircraft.      Other   ARIA   aircraft were deployed to other locations around the Globe.  We   arrived   in   Darwin   on April   10,   1970.      On April   11   the two   ARIA   aircraft   flew   a   mission   out   of   Darwin.      When returning   back   to   Darwin   one   of   the   aircraft   engulfed   a seagull    in    engine    No    3.        The    seagull    bent    several compressor   blades.      I   inspected   the   bent   compressor blades   and   per   the   Tech   Order   (T.O.)   the   engine   would have   to   be   replaced.      Of   course   we   did   not   have   an engine   in   Australia   however   we   did   have   an   engine staged   at   Hickham AFB,   Hawaii.      This   plane   also   had   a small    fuel    leak    in    one    of    the    main    tanks.    After discussions    with    QC    at    Patrick    AFB,    Florida    we received   permission   to   fly   to   Hickham AFB   to   repair   the fuel tank leak and change the engine.  We   left   Darwin   at   1300   hr.   on April   12   for   Guam.     At   this time   Apollo    13    was    on    time    and    on    target    with    no problems.      We   RON   (crew   rest)   in   Guam   and   left   on April   14   at   10:00 AM.   headed   for   Hawaii.      We   arrived   in Hawaii    at    2140    on    April    13    (we    had    crossed    the international   date   line)   to   make   repairs   to   the   aircraft.     Both ARIA   aircraft   flew   together   and   I   do   not   remember their   tail   numbers.      The   plane   with   the   fuel   tank   leak and   damage   engine   went   into   nose   dock   that   night   for fuel   tank   repairs.   I   remember   getting   up   early   the   next morning   to   find   it   raining   and   the   plane   fuel   tank   repairs were   finished.      My   job   then   was   to   change   Engine   no.   3 with   the   engine   we   had   staged   at   Hickham   AFB.      I started   this   job   by   myself   as   nobody   wanted   to   get   wet.     I   remember   the   Flight   Chief   stopping   by   a   couple   of times   asking   how   much   longer   and   I   replied   that   a   little help   would   really   speed   things   up.   Several   guys   came and   then   left   and   then   the   Flight   Chief   came   by   and asked   me   what   room   I   had   stayed   in   that   he   would   get my    luggage    and    that    as    soon    as    I    had    finished replacing   the   engine   we   were   leaving.   All   of   a   sudden several    aircraft    mechanics    showed    up    and    started helping    by    jacking    the    new    engine    into    position.    I connected   the   mounting   nuts   and   bolt   and   the   electrical connectors,   hydraulic   lines,   fuel   lines,   etc.      By   this   time our   entire   luggage   was   being   thrown   on   board   and   all of   the   flight   crew   was   standing   around   really   to   go.      I remember   having   the   pilot   run   the   engine   for   a   leak check   and   that   was   it.      We   did   not   have   time   to   trim   the engine. It   was   then   that   I   learned   there   was   a   problem   on   board Apollo   13   and   they   were   going   around   the   moon   to   be recovered   near   Fiji.      We   left   for   Fiji   Island   around   1305 that   day.      We   crossed   the   International   Date   Line   and arrived   in   Fiji   around   1800   Fiji   time.      The   next   day   I went   out   to   Nandi   airport   to   trim   the   new   engine.   I called   the   tower   to   find   out   where   the   trim   pad   was   to have   aircraft   towed   there.      I   was   told   to   run   the   aircraft right   where   it   was   parked.      Our   exhaust   was   facing   the airport   perimeter   fence   and   the   public   road   that   went around   the   outside   of   the   perimeter   fence.   I   explain   that we   were   going   to   run   military   power   (100%   power).      I remember   the   Bloke   in   the   tower   in   his Australia   accent saying   to   run   the   engine   right   there   that   the   cars   will stop   when   we   run   full   power.      So   that   is   what   I   did.      We ran   full   power   and   trimmed   the   engine   right   where   we were   parked.      You   should   have   seen   all   the   cars   that stopped   going   both   directions   and   the   one   small   pick up   that   dared   to   try   and   cross   our   exhaust.      He   got blown   about   and   did   not   make   it   pass   our   exhaust   until we   went   back   to   idle.      With   the   engine   trimmed   and both aircraft checked out we were finished for the day. The    next    day    both    ARIA    aircraft    took    off    for    the recovery   zone.      We   flew   our   mission   for   transmitting voice   and   telemetry   data   during   Apollo   13   re-entry   and splash   down   in   the   Pacific   Ocean   near   Fiji.      Our   return trip    home    by    way    of    Pago    Pago,    Hawaii    and    then nonstop   to   Patrick   AFB   was   non   eventful,   i.e.   routine.     Our   mission   was   originally   planned   to   go   to   Darwin   and then   return   home.      However   on   each   mission   after   you left   Patrick   AFB   you   could   throw   out   those   plans   and wait   for   the   new   plans.      I   do   not   remember   one   trip going    exactly    as    plan.    There    were    always    changes after    we    reached    our    first    mission    designation.    You always    packed    clothes    for    more    than    the    expected number of days.   I   remember   Apollo   7   or   8   when   the   Astronauts   were thought   to   have   been   around   somebody   that   had   a cold.      They   were   quarantine   for   three   days.   I   was   in Hawaii   on   this   mission.   We   were   only   going   to   be   in Hawaii   for   three   days   and   then   return   home.      A   short trip.        After    the    three    days    delay    in    launching    our missions    was    re-configured.        We    spent    10    days    in Hawaii    on    Waikiki    Beach    with    only    three    days    of clothes and money to live on. Stan Brodecki