Passion for aircraft turns into documentary on C-130

Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 10:47 PM.

Over the last several years, Stinar has amassed 10 terabytes of information, culling through the more than 50 years of history of the C-130 in video clips, still photographs, aircraft logbooks and other official papers.

In the documentary, Stinar doesn’t just report on the cold metal and rivets that hold the plane together. He focuses on the stories told by the men that served in the plane, telling the high points and the low points, including the tragic occasions when planes were lost in crashes.

“I want the young guys to know and to hear it from the older guys that lived the history,” Stinar said.

To tell the story, Stinar used original interviews with historic figures discussing the history of the aircraft. He managed to locate some rare footage of the odd-looking R4Q Flying Boxcar at Cherry Point, the transport aircraft that preceded the C-130.

“The Korean War showed us that our aging military aircraft would eventually become outdated for future modern warfare,” Stinar wrote. “On March 1 1961, this tight and grizzled community was finally introduced to the perfect platform, the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.”

Filling out the story meant traveling to the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Va., and the National Archives in Washington.

Though the video has been produced, Stinar continues to live his dream of flying on the C-130. He recently was hired as a consultant for the Saudi Arabia Royal Air Force and will be working on the country’s fleet of Hercules aircraft.

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