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Old August 4th, 2008, 04:48 PM   #31
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Old August 4th, 2008, 05:20 PM   #32
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Holy crud, how many times did I hear that? UT bombers didn't need us. We were there strictly for our little TAC buddies.
This A-7D was "Sandy". He had absolute priority for fuel. His purpose in life was air rescue support. If this guy told you to move your left ankle because he was going to strafe, you had better do it!



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Old August 4th, 2008, 05:38 PM   #33
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Did you ever pull a wounded bird home? I once had pics of a really shot up A10 that a tanker crew towed home during Desert Storm.

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Old August 4th, 2008, 06:06 PM   #34
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Once. F-4. Passed gas to a few that leaked!

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Old August 4th, 2008, 07:20 PM   #35
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The SLUF - what a neat little plane! I wanted to fly one of those when I was in ROTC. Thought that would be so cool. Read an article about them in Airman Magazine. Wanted to take one and play in the dirt! Got to pilot training and decided to play in the dirt w/ the big boys!!

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Old October 7th, 2008, 11:02 AM   #36
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I was in the 19th Air Refueling Squadron at Otis AFB, Sep 64 to Dec 65. I was an aircraft mechanic working on KC-97G tankers.

I hated Otis and I hated that outfit.

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Old October 7th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #37
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Welcome to the group. "OTIS MY MAN"

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Old November 13th, 2008, 10:07 AM   #38
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Greetings,
Castle 85-86 (Buff training) Griffiss 86-90 (668BMS), Edwards 90-95 (31 TES) Barksdale 95-04 (Stood-up Det 5 57WG, PCA to 49TES, PCA 2OSS). The only way I could escape Barksdale was by retiring....
Speaking of SAC, 31 TES was allowed to do retreat on the last day of SAC out at Edwards. The whole squadron (minus 4 individuals) out there in parade formation. The four of us not in the formation were lucky enough to do the flag pole flyby in one of our AFFTC assigned B-52s. We timed it to be overhead at the "order arms" command, which worked out pretty well according to the gallery. It was however, still a sad day and I honestly think a big mistake to have "retired" SAC, and apparently Mr. Schlesinger recently felt the same way.

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Old November 13th, 2008, 10:51 AM   #39
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Irish, I think it would be safe to bet that you were on my boom, well, my student's boom, when you went through CCTS. I was in the 93 ARS then and moved to CFIC in '87.

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Old November 13th, 2008, 11:29 AM   #40
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Probably so

I wouldn't doubt it, with over 4 grand in the Buff and literally hundreds of hours on the boom I'm sure our paths crossed somewhere. Speaking of CFIC, my retirement photo-montage includes a Buff and 135 doing the Wiff...

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Old November 13th, 2008, 12:33 PM   #41
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Ahh, the good old days. The most I ever saw was about 110 degrees. There were some, who shall remain nameless, who tried like heck to get me to go all the way.


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Old November 28th, 2008, 04:36 PM   #42
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I did ROTC camp at Pease AFB so I got a little SACumsized. I was headed for TAC, though, after pilot training.

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Old March 27th, 2009, 07:58 AM   #43
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While stationed at Moses Lake, Wa., as a medic, we were called out for an incoming Buff that had an encounter with its refueler that somehow stuffed the boom thru the Buffs wing.
2 firetrucks and 1 dodge ambulance were on standby on the flightline. Pilot came in low and slow after burning off as much fuel as possible ( actually it was leaking ALOT ) and as he passed we fell inline behind him. 1 Buff, 2 red trucks and 1 blue dodge followed. Air speed down, the right wing ripped off and a big ball of fire enveloped the Buff. We were about 100 yards behind when one of those big mains came bouncing down the runway fully engulphed in flames. From my view ,behind the driver and medical officer, I figured we were gonna eat that tire. When the Buff stopped there was lots of black smoke and flames and overhead a helicopter hovered to knock the flames down while the firetrucks went on each side of the Buff. Pilot and copilot didnt wait long when they popped out of the cockpit via the rope ladder. Rear gunner jumped from his position and broke his nose and both arms. Rest of the crew dismounted and all were safe other than a few bruises and minor burns. What was left on the runway was a charcoal impression of the fuselage and wings plus one tall rudder showing some ribs. Just another day with SAC..I should have stayed in but didnt. I regret it to this day. Always was proud of those bomber crews even though it was hard to sleep some nights when you have 10 Kc's and 10 Buffs readying for deployment..Those WERE the good ole days!! Was stationed at Moses Lake for a year then off to Morroco with B-47's for 14 months and then onto Great Falls, Montana for my final 9 months. Enlisted 1959 out 1963..Was in Morroco when the Missle Crisis with Cuba happened..to be honest we all expected a war but we were ready..Thats another story in itself...Quebec Papa Two Zero Black..out.

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Old November 9th, 2009, 07:48 PM   #44
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90-92 15 CAMS Hickam AFB HI same as above till the Russian became our friends ( I still haven't forgave them for that)

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Old February 14th, 2010, 03:31 PM   #45
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Beale AFB 72-74...didn't work buffs or tanks.......but SR-71's. Fast forward to Edwards for the ALCM fly-off's. Each alcm proposal had their own B-52...sometime in the early 80's I think, they were the 4200 TES at the time. Anyway, they're STILL HERE! Now our buffs do things like the X-51 test, alternate fuels test, new modifications to the old gal. I get to inspect these 'installs'.

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