Jim Hathcoat's Photos


Wake Island
Caribous at Wake Island, ferrying home, September 1971.  The HC-130 behind the Caribous on the right side of the ramp served as our "Duckbutt" (navigation/rescue) airplane.  The five Caribous in each cell would take off at 30 second intervals, with each cell taking off three or five minutes apart if I remember correctly.  The HC-130 "Duckbutt" would ride herd on us giving each cell a heading to fly to keep us all on course.  It worked quite well and was comforting to know there were always some para-jumpers willing to risk their lives and get into the water with us if we went down.


27 May 2001 11:34 PM