was on a test team that proved out the concept of a special STOL mod to a C-130
in 1980. The mod enabled a C-130 to land on a soccer field and take off from
that same soccer field. The mission was to fly into Tehran, Iran, to rescue the
hostages taken by rebels. The test team designed, fabricated, installed and
tested the mod in about six months. Test trials were performed at Eglin Air
Force Base by a team of Lockheed, Allison, Air Force and Army personnel.
Teamwork was the watchword throughout, and the trials on the test bed aircraft
proved out the concept.