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stealthy if you are stone deaf….
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now….my oldest son retired after 20 years in the USAF as a full colonel….so I AM a big USAF fan.
that said…..there was a time when we were young and sang the Jr. Birdman Song…
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Congratulations to your son, pass along my best too him.
I’m gonna watch Air Force play tomorrow.
World of coincidence. Earlier this afternoon I was digging around the internet, following a thread, when I ran across a story in the Palm Beach Post Times about a plane crash I vividly remember from my childhood. I think I even posted about it some years back next door.
We were out playing ball on a grass strip between our housing area and the end of the runway at the old Palm Beach AFB. We heard a plane landing, nothing new or to get distracted about, but seconds later there was another strange noise and, when we looked up, there was a KC-97 aflame and ready to crash into the runway. As we watched it flew down the flightline, hit, tumbled, exploded into flame and crashed thru the fence.
Story we got was the pilot had some sort of inflight emergency, tried to make an emergency landing but hit a runway marker light on a pole at the end of the runway and, in fighting to keep the plane from veering off into the housing on the east and north or the civilian terminal on the south, the crew sacrificed themselves. I’ve told that story a lot thru the years, seeing something like that unfold in front of you when you’re ten and your father flies in thise planes…tends to stay with you.
The Post story featured the pilots son and other family members coming yo the crash dite some 60 years later, visiting the crash site and placing sone flowers there. Just on a whim out of nowhere I looked up the son’s name and…there it was, his address and email.
On the same whim I emailed him and he respobded within minutes. So far this afternoon I’ve been able to fill in one blank spot regarding the crash no one’s been able to explain to the family. All of this on the Air Force’s birthday.
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Something like that happened to me as a kid at Whiteman … the stuff of nightmares when you’re little. Cuban middle crisis quickly took it’s place.
Anyway, one of the reasons I don’t do air shows – ever.
I daw that.
Love air shows, not the sky diving by the “Golden Knights”, Seals…… seen to many malfunctions. May have mentioned this a long time ago, at the NTC, early 80’s the jump from h$ll. Malfunction with the main, pulled reserve didn’t help, 3/4 deployed into main….well two broken ankles later………I was very lucky that day 10+ paratroopers were killed.
OMG, Colonel Sir!!!
We had a demonstration jump with some unit members for Armed Forces Day. There was a chute malfunction and a jumper plowed in right on front of the crowd. Active participant demonstrations just tempt fate.
Whiteman…wasn’t the B-52 crash was it?
I never knew details, Z – but big, burnt up a lot of the runway and killed everyone. I do not think it was a BUFF….lot of fire, maybe a refueled.
Or msybe this one: http://www.nytimes.com/1982/06/12/us/around-the-nation-6-die-in-missouri-crash-of-air-force-helicopter.html
It was in the early1960’s, Z – close to the missile crisis, but I don’t really remember when.
Probably this one: http://www.whiteman.af.mil/News/Commentaries/Display/Article/325524/whiteman-history-revisited-heroes-remembered/
Wow – that’s gotta be it. I remember the flightline/runways were a mess for a long time. Thanks, Z!
I know there was a big one up there in the 90s, details escape me.
Czar, that’s incredible……… thank you
Surprise to me was that there was so little history of the base and not even the Airport people knew the bases’s history. Thst base was the same one I posted on last week when we were talking anout the Hurricane Hunters, they and their planes were stationed there.
Always having been into history, one of my favorite Generals as a teenager was Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold…probably because he was so handsome. LOL!
This is Arnold in 1923:
A short article….
General Henry H. ‘Hap’ Arnold: Architect of America’s Air Force
And a YT ( in an official-sounding 1950s manner)
What IS it about uniforms? Sigh!
They itch, for one thing.
There’s something about men in togas…
Ya got that sheet right.
Sic vita est!
Veni vidi vamoosed….
I swoon for Curtis LeMay…sigh…there’s something about a man who can curse, with a cigar in his mouth, for five minutes and not repeat himself. That man put a lot of skid marks on Russia air defense peoples” underwear. Or was that skid Marx…I don’t know, too long sgo.
Semper ubi sub ubi
LeMay was, however, an autocratic maniac.
True, he did have his good points.
Everyone marvels at the pilots of the USAF, and rightly so. Those guys deserve every bit of awe and respect given them, and more.
Our “school” was very small, included all 5 services. Everyone knew, one only joined the USAF b/c only the USAF would accept you (much inter-service rivalry, you understand).
Wicked Son’s FIL was USAF enlisted, a truck driver. Not very glamorous, nothing about which to write home.
WS’s FIL drove the atomic bombs from the plant where the atomic bombs were assembled and drove those bombs, sometimes cross-country, to the waiting airbase. Just a dumb old truck driver. Never said what he drove while in-country Vietnam.
Happy Birthday USAF.
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