Passion for aircraft turns into documentary on C-130

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Alan Stinar, a one-time C-130 mechanic, wrote, directed and produced a video on the history of the Marine C-130 Hercules.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 10:47 PM.

Alan Stinar worked for 10 years as a Marine mechanic on C-130 transport planes, developing a passion for the aircraft that may not get the glory of a fighter jet but is crucial to the Marine Corps mission.

Now, with a thirst for history, he has produced a video documentary on the history of the KC-130 Hercules called “Marine Battleherks: A Legacy.”

“There isn’t one minute of this film that I haven’t touched in some way,” Stinar said of the hour-long documentary.

Stinar began his 10-year Marine Corps career in 2003. While serving with Marine Aerial Refueler Squadron 234, a unit officer asked him to produce a short history of the workhorse plane for a Marine Corps ball. Stinar had just three days to pull together the project from a wide range of sources.

“At the time, I had heard of Photoshop, but had no skills whatsoever in video editing,” Stinar said.

He got the job done, but the project only fueled his desire to do a complete history of the aircraft he so loved.

Later, while serving in Marine Aerial Refueler Squadron 252 at Cherry Point, Stinar was contacted by Marine airman Chris Helton about completing the C-130 history with the support of Silverline Productions. Helton was a C-130 loadmaster who served from 1996 to 2002.

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