23 June 2011
Reports in 2000 Show C-123s "Extremely Hazardous"
Reports reviewed last night show the General Services Administration and the Air Force backed out of a contract to sell five surplus C-123k/UC-123K aircraft to a private buyer for reuse in fire fighting. Papers provided the court dealing with the issue show that the Air Force medical facility at Davis-Mothan required workers entering the surplus aircraft to wear protective coveralls and wear respirators because when they had first entered some of the old planes, the workers felt stinging on their skin and eyes. This requirement meant that the environment was to be considered "extremely hazardous and dangerous", according to the papers filed by the two Federal agencies with a Federal court.
Does this look like your crew the last time you flew a C-123K?