09/23/04 -- New Bulletin
Board Opened. Please see the
note at the top of the page about this bulletin board and the
forum bulletin board.
09/02/04 -- Nav Training Patches Web site---I have been working for almost 30 years now to preserve Flying Training and Navigator/EWO training. Please look at my sites and feel free to let me know what you think. Thanks and God bless. Jim Flaviani, USAF (Ret) ... www.usafunt.com .......... www.usafupt.com
09/02/04 -- I am still looking for Captain Billy W. Buchanan who I was stationed with at CCK AB , Taiwan. He and I were in the 21TAS. Anyone knowing of him in the last 28 years , please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I video taped the B-52 accident in 1994 at Fairchild AFB, WA, anyone who would like a dvd , I can supply it. I would like to invite anyone in class 61-04 at Harlengen AFB, Texas to join Class Mates and let other class members where they are. Major William E. Blue USAF/Army/ Navy retired.. Hope you can put this in. Bill email@example.com
09/02/04 -- Last entry was 4/10/99 Hawkins ,Charles D. new email Chawk107@juno.com. Would love to hear from class mates 53-17c Harlingen.
09/02/04 -- Did you know Capt Paul Pascal? I've been looking at your website and think it's great. My Dad, Capt. Paul Pascal, was a B-47 navigator with the 380th at Plattsburgh AFB. I am trying to locate anyone who might have known him or was stationed at Plattsburgh in September of 1957. Unfortunately, my Dad was presumed to have been killed on Sept. 17, 1957 in a crash off the coast of Newfoundland. I would greatly appreciate your posting this on your web site as I am trying to reach back into history to find out all that I can about my Dad and that incident. Thanks very much. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
09/02/04 -- Looking for Capt Pugliese. My father, Frank A Alleva was a Captain in the AAF during WW11. He served in the Burma-Indo China theater. He just turned 86 and is living in McLean Va. at an assisted living facility. He has been reminiscing about his days in the service and has mentioned an old friend of my his (and my Mom's) that was either a navigator or pilot on Eisenhower's Columbine. Any information on Capt(?) Pugliese would be appreciated. He used to live in the DC area. Any detail I can bring back to my Dad would be appreciated. "ALLEVA, FRANK M" <FMALLEVA@sunocoinc.com>
09/02/04 -- Phil Rowe, "The Old Navigator Remembers" http://philrowe.net
09/02/04 -- All navs assigned to the 556th and/or 6091st Reconnaissance Squadrons, Yokota AB, Japan. A joint reunion wil be held 27 - 28 April, 2005 at The Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV. For more information contact Buck Buchanan, 330 Vine St., Vacaville, CA 95688-8703, Ph. (707) 446-2825 Thank you Buck Buchanan (Harlingen, 61-15N) <PhantomB2@aol.com>
09/01/04 -- The members of Harlingen AFB Navigator Class 61-09 recently had a reunion that coincided with the 43rd anniversary of our graduation. Thirty six classmates and twenty five family and attended. We selected Dayton, Ohio as the reunion location due to the aviation attractions in the area. The reunion hotel was the Hilton Homewood Suites in Fairborn. We were extremely satisfied with the hotel, staff, and rates. The wives were particularly pleased with the hotel (Isn't that half the battle?). Our banquet was held in a private banquet room at Damon's Restaurant in Fairborn. The food, price, and location was great. We also gathered outside the USAF Musuem at the AF Navigators and Observers memorial for a service to commerate our fallen classmates. This was truly a special gathering.
Get your own gathering planned. None of us are getting any younger. Bill Day (HAFB 61-09)
4/29/04 -- My Dad, Capt. Paul Pascal, was a B-47 navigator with the 380th at Plattsburgh AFB. I am trying to locate anyone who might have known him or was stationed at Plattsburgh in September of 1957. Unfortunately, my Dad was presumed to have been killed on Sept. 17, 1957 in a crash off the coast of Newfoundland. I would greatly appreciate your posting this on your web site as I am trying to reach back into history to find out all that I can about my Dad and that incident. Thanks very much. My e-mail address is: email@example.com
4/29/04 -- My father, Frank A Alleva was a Captain in the AAF during WW11. He served in the Burma-Indo China theater. He just turned 86 and is living in McLean Va. at an assisted living facility. He has been reminiscing about his days in the service and has mentioned an old friend of my his (and my Mom's) that was either a navigator or pilot on Eisenhower's Columbine. Any information on Capt(?) Pugliese would be appreciated. He used to live in the DC area. Any detail I can bring back to my Dad would be appreciated. "ALLEVA, FRANK M" <FMALLEVA@sunocoinc.com>
04/29/04 -- I graduated from Mather UNT on 20 Mar 69. Can anyone out there confirm what class number that would have been. Many thanks. Eric B. Richstein, Major, USAFR (Ret) firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference my posting dated 01/06/02, Reviewing this posting I noticed that my email address was incorrect, it should read email@example.com. [changed, webmaster]
04/11/04 -- Thomas Hanley is alive! -- In the latest DR AHEAD, an obituary was posted for Thomas Hanley of Class 50-D. This was in error. TOM HANLEY of 50-D is alive in Texas. President Pete has expressed his regrets as has Dick Ahrens. Clarke S Lampard (founder of TENOA and a classmate of Tom's in 50-D). HAPPY EASTER!!!!!
03/30/04--Passing of Jack Hurley-- It is my sad duty to report that former USAF Navigator and Pilot Jack Hurley passed away on Feb. 29, 2004. In retirement Jack was a Christian Pastor ministering to all, but especially to military personel stationed at Mountain Home AFB, ID. For further details check the 6109.com website. William Day, 61-09 reunion coordinator.
02/16/04 -- I am seeking information on any navigator that was army airborne qualified in World War 2. Catherine Stephen firstname.lastname@example.org
01/13/04 -- Harlingen 61-20 members. Looking for the members of class 61-20 just for contact (possible reunion sometime down the line).
01/13/04 -- Looking For members of the 46th Air Refueling Squadron, K.I. Sawyer. Johnbs7257@aol.com or ARS46@aol.com.
11/13/03 -- The second reunion of cadets and student officers of Harlingen 61-09N is scheduled 20 - 23 May, 2004 in Dayton, Ohio. Early arrivals will gather on Thursday, May 20th and the reunion will officially close at noon on Sunday, May 23rd. This period of time is the 43rd anniversary of the graduation of Harlingen AFB Class 61-09. What better excuse to gather old comrades? For further details see the class website: http://6109.com William (Bill) Day (email@example.com)
10/11/03 -- UNT Class 61-03, Harlingen; Please report in! Planning class reunion for Las Vegas in Sep/Oct of 2004. Ninety-three graduated and we have located sixty-five. Need the remaining twenty-eight. Floyd Hampton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
9/30/03 -- Looking for friends of Calvin Ungar, navigator, Army Air Force, who died in an accident over Bari, Italy in July 1943. If anyone knew him, please contact email@example.com
9/28/03 -- Harlingen Cadets looking for gold or silver hat or lapel pins of Convair T-29/C-131. If anyone has found any, or knows where to look, advise Harry Rogers, Surfbirds@earthlink.net
09/28/03 -- Who were the GREEN TUX guys!!!???? -- We (and the Aviation Cadets contacted by me) do not know which class the Green Tux guys were in!!!! What Class Number were they? Floyd Hampton firstname.lastname@example.org -- Note: See picture of fllight suited marching cadets in the link 3 of 4 in the entry below
09/28/03 -- Closing of Harlingen AFB. May 1962 "The Navigtor Magazine" article in four parts. Click one of the following for each page. 1 of 4, ... 2 of 4, ... 3 of 4, ... 4 of 4. Thank you to the USAF AETC, Randolph AFB, Tx.
09/21/03 -- Harlingen Cadets looking for gold or silver hat or lapel pins of Convair T-29/C-131. If anyone has found any, or knows where to look, advise Harry Rogers, Surfbirds@earthlink.net
09/16/03 -- Looking for Johnny Tyrone Hill, Capt, AF Res AO1912279. He was assigned to SAC, 2AF, 21 AD, 40BW, Forbes AFB. He was the Nav on B-47 53-2331. I am writing a story about two Stratojet accidents in northern Wisconsin in the winter of 1961. These accidents were three miles and 10 weeks apart. Both had executed a pop-up maneuver over Ironwood Michigan when the crashes occurred. This route was called the IronMan Oil Burner low-level RBS. I am trying to locate the only navigator who survived. I have done considerable research and have been unable to find a trace. Greg Landretti, Black Earth/Madison, WI <email@example.com>
09/06/03 -- Harlingen Class 61-09 -- The graduates and friends of Harlingen AFB Class 61-09 may quickly linkup with classmates by contacting their website at: http://6109.com <http://6109.com> . In addition, on October 18th there will be a min-reunion at Ocala, Florida. Details on the website. Contact Bill Day at firstname.lastname@example.org
05/06/03 -- Looking for Cadets from Class 61-07 at Harlingen, TX. Looking specifically for John (Jack) E. Johnson, Norman Schoch, Robert R. LaSpada, David A Laurence, William F. O'Hara. Please contact Ron Butler at Rbutler456@aol.com.
Looking for any issues
of, or articles from, the defunct USAF publication "The Navigator Magazine" - I'd like to see if I
can compile as many as are available in an electronic format.
Lots of lost history, and probably now somewhat useless information,
but hey, it's our heritage! All Copies will be returned. Maj Dan
03/18/03 -- Gathering of SAC Eagles 2003 will be held October 7 thru 12, 2003 at Castle Air Museum and the Doubletree Modesto in central California. Open to all former Strategic Air Command crewmembers/ground support personnel primarily from the 1946 to 1970 period, but everyone is welcome to attend this unique joint-reunion. Most SAC aircraft of the period are on display at the museum except for the B-58 Hustler. For further information: www.jacobsensb-36hangar.bigstep.com Go to SAC Eagles 2003 page. email@example.com
03/18/03 -- Tachikawa Air Base Japan web site http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TachikawaAirBaseJapan/ Mike Skidmore
03/17/03 -- Looking for someone who flew B52's with Buff Ness from 1969-1979 Deernest@umich.edu
03/11/03 -- Looking for anyone who knew my father, Major John A.
Broker Jr. He retired from active duty in 77 @ Minot.
I was born @ Mather AFB, Sacramento. He passed away in 95. firstname.lastname@example.org
02/24/03 -- I'm interested in any information or suggestions regarding nav training Cadet Casey O. Stedman, Commissioning 06-14-03, Central Washington University, AFROTC Det. 895. I'll be attending JSUNT at Randolph AFB, and I'm interested in any information or suggestions regarding nav training. email@example.com
02/14/03 -- Harlingen class 57-10 is starting a mailing list for general contact between classmates and also a possible October 2003 reunion in Arkansas. Class members please contact Rolf Eklund at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list.
01/29/03 -- I am looking for SAC and Squadron patches if they are
still available Coleman, Matt; L/Cpl, VMA-214 BLacksheep
Avionis, A-4M; My father (Bobby Coleman) was with SAC at Lockbourne
Air Force Base outside Columbus, Ohio during the early 1960's.
I believe that he was with the 376th Field Maintenance Squadron
as a Structures Mechanic. Any information would be most appreciated.
12/14/02 -- Selling my WW II Photos. Would like to sell
off my aviation photo/negative/slide collection, 99% military
dating back to WW1 thru l Dec 2002, contact me via e-mail thanks.
Norm Taylor email@example.com
11/15/02 -- Looking for Photos taken at or around Tachikawa AFB Japan for a web site i am going to create, could I post a message on your web page for anyone that would like to share pictures to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. thank you. Mike Skidmore
11/15/02 -- I am trying to locate Harold D. Neeley, AFSN 59335A, graduated from USNA and UNT at JCAFB ( 61-09 )?. His first squadron out of Navigator training was 54 TCS Donaldson AFB, S.C.. Forward any details to William (Bill) Day (email@example.com.) Thanks, William Day 61-09
11/08/02 -- Looking for Crew of 50-0013 TB-47B that crashed at McConnel 13 March '58 Thanks Jeff Pennington <JPennin950820@aol.com>
11/07/02 -- Looking for anyone who may know what B24 had a painting of a rocket with 6 guns on it. This plane was with the 304 Wing, 15AF, 459th Bombardment Group stationed at Guilia Airfield, Cerignola Italy. My father in law, William Albert Gish was the Flight Engineer on this plane in 1944-1945. Becky Gish firstname.lastname@example.org
11/01/02 -- Class 50-DNE met in Nashville in October,
52 years after our graduation from Ellington. Seventeen (17) classmates
and their wives, bowed in prayer as Ed Dewey reminded us of our
28 classmates, who have gone before us on that LONG CELESTIAL
MISSION, including JOE LYONS, who did so much to see TENOA grow
into today's AFNOA. We have joined together every two years since
I called the first reunion of TENOA in Vegas in 1986. I suggest
that each class, no matter the size, piggyback on the AFNOA reunions,
WHILE THE DAYS DWINDLE DOWN TO A PRECIOUS FEW. God Bless Us All----Clarke
Lampard, Founder of TENOA http://www.presidentialprayerteam.org/tellafriend.asp
10/29/02 -- Looking for JCAFB Waco Texas class 65-01 members navigator tng; mather afb nav/bomb tng 1965 Is there anyone from my class 65-01 I flew B-52s and 141s at griffiss and dover respectively?
Don A. Hart Don.A.Hart@jpl.nasa.gov
10/28/02 -- Looking for anyone who may know which B24 liberator
had a painting of a rocket with 6 guns on it. What
unit would this plane have been attached to at Foggia Italy during
WWII? Becky Gish Btaylor562001@yahoo.com
10/27/02 -- Looking for GEE, LORAN, and BARTH information. I am trying to put together a booklet on GEE and LORAN. I would like to get some input from any 8th AF navigator who used GEE H and is familiar with techniques used for through the cloud bombing. The best I can gather is that GEE H was like OBOE in reverse. But this all came along after I finished my tour of duty in June 1944. I would also like to contact anyone who flew the rescue mission to BARTH, (Stalag Luft 1) on May 13-15 1945, or any POWs who were flown out of BARTH during this rescue effort. John Howland ex Pathfinder Navigator 91st BG & 381st BG. email@example.com
08/31/02 -- 2nd Lt Charles E Zeitz Trying to locate anyone who knew my cousin, 2nd Lt Charles E Zeitz. Was a navigator with 100th Sq of 441st TC Gp. Was shot down on first day of Operation "Market Garden" (17 Sep 1944), just after dropping paratroops outside of Groesbeek, Holland. At the time, they were based at Langer, UK. MACR has some contradictions in the various accounts. Would like to contact anyone who could give me first-hand knowledge of the crew. Aircraft, a C47A (#43-15102), was piloted by 1st Lt Billy J Connelly. Entire crew was lost, with exception of the Flight Eng, who managed to bail out. Have been unsuccessful in attempt to locate him. Any info appreciated. Thanks Sgt Ron- Nar8r2@cs.com
08/02/02 -- B-52 Crash - Fairchild. Would anyone be willing to discuss the B-52 crash at Fairchild with me. I would like to learn more about that incident. Will0937@bellsouth.net. send by: Joshua.Williams@hurlburt.af.mil
08/02/02 -- Class 61-09 Reunion has been delayed until 2003. The events of 911 and the general nasty financial climate necessitates the class putting our reunion plans on hold until 2003. Meanwhile class 61-09 still need your HELP IN LOCATING CLASSMATES.
We need assistance in locating the following missing classmates: Larry C. Clemons, Amando L. Cota-Robles, Rufus L. Edwards, Brian L. Eide@, Raymond Galindo, Thomas F. Harper, Arnold L. Hart, John L. Heywood@, Albert H. Jones, William H. King, James J. Lynn, Frederick McClelland, Jon M. Meador, Robert G. Nelson, Robert T. Richardson, David K. Schnyder, Robert P. Shamblin@, Joseph G. Smith, Willis G. Snyder, Michael J. Speer, Phillip H. Walker, Robert Wanner, Bruce W. Wilkerson, Names marked with @ are suspected as being deceased, any substantiating information would be appreciated. Contact information received from participants in this bulletin board has been useful in locating classmates.
Please forward contact information to: William (Bill) Day:
08/02/02 -- Looking for information about Donald Gene Longfellow who was killed in flight training off the coast of North Carolina...his body and plane where never found or recovered...the crash happened around 1940-1942. If anyone knowes anything regarding his story please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org....I am his nephew and im a film student..i want to tell his story and the crew he trained with..thank you in advance...send photos if avaliabe. Todd Swail.
02/23/02 -- God bless those Marines -- Do any of your Navigators remember seeing an AIREP form posted in Operations at Wake Island that contained the art work of a Marine Corps Navigator? This Navigator would draw the horizontal cross section of the weather (on the back of the form)used to depict the clouds and significant weather with a unique style. Every cloud was a beautiful nude female, all depicted from different angular perspectives. They were magnificent! I understand a copy of his AIREP form is in the Smithsonian Aviation Museum. Anyone have his name or other details? Bill Day 61-09 Lummi Island, WA <email@example.com>
05/21/02 -- Looking for crew members of Wm. R. Mc Coys Flight Crew 1944 1945 - Have spent hours on PC trying to locate The crew members of Wm. R. Mc Coys Flight Crew 1944 1945 Horsham St. Faith England. A good friend of mine was a tail gunner in a B24 Liberator there in England . Tail Gunner Frank A. Foutch is my friend and five of his crew are as follows : E.J.Healy, C.F.Fitzgerald , D.E.Brumley , B. P. Herbert , J. Grencer , All members of William R. Mc Coys flight crew , Frank has information on one member in Louisiana and is trying to locate other members or family members . He also probably has some good information regarding experience's over Germany etc ., during WW2 . If you have or can locate any and all information on his crew we would be ever so grateful . Frank has an Auto Salvage in Gladwin ,Mi . Thank You Very Much Roy F. Sharpe alive6548624 @yahoo.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
04/10/02 -- Looking for info about B52 crash at Ramey 1957-1960. I was a military wife and we were stationed at Ramey AFB from 1957 to 1960. I am looking for anyone who was there or remembers the B52 that crashed behind base housing. We went over just after Hurricane Betsy (I think it was) and were there during the crash and as well as I can remember a C46 at the naval field not to far from Ramey. I will appreciate any and all info. Thanks! Ruth Riggs email@example.com
03/11/02 -- US 8th Army Air Force in WW II, visit the sites of all eight wartime airfields in Northamptonshire, the USAAF Cemetery near Cambridge and the American Air Museum and Imperial War Museum at Duxford, where there is a spectacular vintage flying display in this the 60th anniversary year. http://www.timescene.com/
02/28/02 -- LAST PEASE AFB NAVIGATORS: The FB-111A Association
is seeking contact with former FB-111 radar-navigators CAPT. CURT
L. WHEELER, the 509th BMW executive officer (509th BMW/CCE) and
LT. COL. JIM HENDERSON, the chief bomber scheduling branch (509th
BMW/DOTB). On 05 SEP 90 the last two FB-111s left Pease AFB. Capt
Curt L. Wheeler flew as navigator with Col. William C. Brooks,
the 509th BMW commander (509th BMW/CC) on the first 'FB' to depart.
Lt. Col. Robert Osterholtz, 715th BMS commander (715th BMS/CC)
flew with Lt. Col. Jim Henderson on the second 'FB' to depart
Pease. Also, seeking any information about the 'No More Alert
Party At Pease' when the 'FBs' and KC-135s were taken off alert.
Please contact: Curt Lenz, ASSISTANT webmaster, The FB-111A Association,
www.FB-111A.net, Email: Curt.Lenz@FB-111A.net
02/28/02 -- Interested in history of 320sqn (Dutch) My father was an observer with this group in WW11 anyone remember J. Snijders from RAF Leuchars? Gloria Barker firstname.lastname@example.org
02/14/02 --"Hey Nav" I'm looking for the lines to the "Hey Nav" poem that used to be on the wall at the navigator's sim room down at Clark AB. The gist of it was how the pilots ask, "Hey Nav" for everything from a cup of coffee to the newspaper until they lost the VOR lock and then all they could do was help the nav overwater. It was quite a long, yet eloquent poem. Thanx--Frank J. Kuska, Mather 89-01, C-130E/Hs, AC-130H, and AC-130Us. email@example.com
02/07/02 -- TO ALL MEMBERS OF USAF PROJECT
BLACK SPOT from 1967 through 1970. Lets put together
a REUNION. Tentative date October 2002. Place is possibly Fort
Walton Beach, Florida. We have three Navigators signed up and
need all the rest, Officer and Enlisted. Send your location to:
Floyd Hampton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Mike McKown (email@example.com)
12/7/01 -- Class 40A obiturary: TERZIAN Col. Roger H. (U.S. Air Force retired) Age 83 of Fairborn passed away peacefully on Friday December 7 2001 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 27 1918 in Haverhill Mass. the son of the late Nishan and Araxie (Hagopian) Terzian. Colonel Terrian proudly served in the United States Air Force for 30 years. He entered service as a flying cadet in the Army Air Corps and graduated as a member of the first class of the Pan American Navigation School. During World War II he served as a navigational instructor and in Korea as the Director of Procurement Headquarters 5th Air Force. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster. After retiring from the Air Force he taught at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He earned a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Miami and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Stanford University.
10/28/01 -- Looking for cadets 1943-1945. I am trying to locate records of cadets in training 1942=1945 for my husband Stephen Robert Roddy, hometown Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was in class up graduation summer 1945. After the atomic bomb drop his class-fellow cadets scheduled for graduation at field at San Marcos, Texas, were given the option of discharge or commission . He chose discharge and entered U of Tennessee - January 1946. Think he was discharged fall - 1945. He went on to medical school, surgery residency, and practiced surgery for years. He was commissioned Lt. Col. Air Force Medical Reserves - Wilford Hall, San Antonio He has always wanted to contact his navigation cadet buddies amd at the age of 77 mentions his cadet friends often. Is there anyway possible to find a list of cadets or check to see if there are ever reunions? He was stationed all over including Texas and California, Montona, Missoula I believe taking classes at university. His last cadt station was at the San Marcos, Texas, field where he was given option of dischargen or commission. He was discharged from
Seymour-Johnson Field, North Carolina. He doesn't think it possible to locate his old friends as he was discharged in 1945 as cadet rather than commissioned and was not assigned to a combat unit.
I would love to help him find some of his long lost buddies. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or my e-mail above. We live in Houston, Texas. Would be so grateful for your help. Martha Roddy martha roddy <email@example.com>
12/01/01 -- Click on the new improved www.b17sam.com <http://www.b17sam.com/>
12/07/01 -- Looking for someone who knew my father, Capt. Robert L. Boucher, who died in a b-47 explosion over Palestine, Texas on May 1, 1957. <Wavensea@aol.com>
REPOSTED 29 Oct 01 with correct data: 07/05/01 -- ARIA Navigators: Looking for Navigators that flew the ARIA C-135 Aircraft out of Patrick AFB in support of the Apollo Moon landing and other space programs between 1967 and 1971. Send me an e-mail at The Bagpipe@AOL.com or call me at 386-257-3853. Perhaps we could have a reunion or at least talk about old times. Jim Bannerman (Maj USAF Ret.) Correct email address:TheBagpipe@AOL.com
10/01/01 -- Great new Nav website. -- Navworld.com
09/10/01 -- Looking for a master watch case, the spring suspended kind Ted Graser firstname.lastname@example.org
09/10/01 -- New Nav Seeks advice. Hey there! I am a brand new LT and I will be starting nav school @ Randolph in early December. If anyone can offer me advice about curriculum, dorms, advance preparation, etc., please let me know. Thanks much!! -Heather Hall email@example.com
08/12/01 -- Vets Disability Pay: For the Navigators
Bulletin Board. We need support for two bills in congress. It
concerns the offset of Veterans disability Pay from our federal
retirement pay. Military members are the only group that this
happens to. The two bills are S-170 and HR-303 Major William Blue
61-04-A2, would you believe my old barracks is till in Place.
Bill Blue firstname.lastname@example.org
08/11/01 -- XO Communications re-assigns AFNOA web server. (arg!) ...confused the heck out of me. I'm between travel trips and I'll get the updates posted as soon as possible. Sorry for the delay. Webpage manager.
07/05/01 -- ARIA Navigators: Looking for Navigators that flew the ARIA C-135 Aircraft out of Patrick AFB in support of the Apollo Moon landing and other space programs between 1967 and 1971. Send me an e-mail at The Bagpipe@AOL.com or call me at 386-257-3853. Perhaps we could have a reunion or at least talk about old times. Jim Bannerman (Maj USAF Ret.) Bagpipe@AOL.com Correction:The Bagpipe@AOL.com
07/01/01 -- Email lists (see above, visitors emails and news) now run by Yahoo and pages on this AFNOA website are updated to reflect the change
06/02/01 -- Class 43-10, Hondo AAF Navigation School: Looking to borrow classbook and/or other grad documents of Class 43-10, Hondo AAF Navigation School, July 15, 1943. Also looking for anyone who knew Lt. Edwin E. Scranton from that class. I'm writing a book about Cousin Ed and his combat crew in India.
Walter Webb , email@example.com
05/13/01 -- Air Rescue Association Annual Reunion, Las Vegas, NV, 17-20 Sep 2001. ContactARA at P.O. Box 300945, Fern Park, FL 32730-0945, or contact John Flournoy at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the Rescue web site at http://pedroairrescuechopper.net/ara/ Thanks, Bob Brubaker, Newsletter Editor
-- Looking for navigator Maj. Thomas D. Hanley
who served with the 55th SRW Forbes AFB in the late 50's / early
60's for an oral history interviewing project for the Sign Historical
Group's Oral History Project. Thank you, Brad Sparks email@example.com
03/23/01 -- The latest Brain Game features a lost sub that sufaces near sunset and obtains a quick fix by obtaining the duration of the Sun's disk transiting the horizon during the equinox. With this information the subfinds its position. A derivation of the one-body fix (rarely ever shown) is presented. This is all portrayed at http://www.littongcs.com click Portney's Ponderables then triple click to Brain Games. Best wishes, Joe Portney
03/02/01 -- Looking for those who new my father, John N. Teilly, F-4, Denang, 1968. firstname.lastname@example.org
02/26/01 -- Ninth Air Force in the European Theatre of Operations. During World War II, the Army Air Corps commissioned well-known travel author Harry A. Franck to write the story of the Ninth Air Force in the European Theatre of Operations. Major Franck's orders from the highest command gave him unprecedented access to the members of the Ninth-from Lt. General Hoyt S. Vandenberg on down. His book is full of insights into the day-to-day lives of warfighters and civilians alike. Major Franck interviewed and quoted over 200 pilots, navigators, and ground crew in the book, and his ability to speak multiple languages allowed him to communicate with and draw material from French citizens, German prisoners and liberated concentration camp inmates. The resulting manuscript, "Winter Journey through the Ninth" was completed in 1945, but it is only now being published for the first time. We'd like to send a copy of the book (for free) to any of the men mentioned in the book. A complete list of these men is on our web page at http://www.harryafranck.com/journey.htm I'd be happy to answer any other questions you may have. Thank you. Brenda Huettner email@example.com
Winter Journey through the Ninth by Harry A. Franck,
Prince of the Road Press, 8987 E. Tanque Verde #309-155, Tucson, AZ 85749-9399
or call 1-800-247-6553 to order
320 pages, $21.95
02/19/01 -- Looking for members of Harlingen class 57-14. Photo of 57-14 Please contact Rick Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
02/11/01 -- Looking for anybody from SAN MARCOS ARMY AIRFIELD -- I was wondering if you could possibly help me find former personnel who were stationed at the old san marcos army airfield in san marcos texas during the periods 1943-1945? My dad passed away in 1974 and he served as an instructor at the field after graduating from Hondo army airfield Navigation school. I would like to see a sort of memorial plaque erected at the site and I thought if enough veterans were interested this could happen. I have surfed the web and so far no mention of the field was ever made. Thanks for any help you can give me. Gale Scholler <email@example.com>
02/09/01 -- Still looking for Billy Buchanna, Ken Thomas and Robert Farmer, all Navigators. -- Blue, William , 61-04-A2 Harlingen Major Army/USAF/Navy , firstname.lastname@example.org
01/31/01 -- K.I. Sawyer AFB; My name is Eric Flasch and I am writing a paper on the 410th bombardment wing and it's involvement with K.I. Sawyer. I am requesting that anyone who served at K.I. please contact me via e-mail at email@example.com please put K.I. Sawyer as the subject. I am writing the paper as a way to thank those who served at K.I. Sawyer, I will answer any questions through coorespondance. Eric Flasch Moose <firstname.lastname@example.org>
01/11/01 -- Looking for GEORGE O' SULLIVAN, navigator with the 381st BG - 534th BS at RIDGEWELL ENGLAND during WWII. He flew with LT. Wayne Schomburg. Please E-Mail. Thanks, Scott Sunderman. ss43037 <email@example.com>
01/01/01 -- Looking for Chuck Ritchie -- I'm trying to locate Chuck Richie who was the Nav on Stanboard Crew
S-01 at Minot AFB, ND circa mid-late 1968. I'm in contact with most of the rest of this STANEVAL crew and need only to contact Mr. Richey.
Thanks, Jim Klotz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
12/29/00 -- Looking for Chuck Richie -- I'm trying to locate Chuck Richie who was the Nav on Stanboard Crew S-01 at Minot AFB, ND circa mid-late 1968. I'm in contact with most of the rest of this STANEVAL crew and need only to contact Mr. Richey. Thanks, jim klotz <email@example.com>
12/29/00 -- Class 50DNE@ ELLINGTON AFB. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL GATORS AND MAY WE ALL RE-UNITE IN SAN DIEGO NEXT FALL. DR AHEAD. Clarke Lampard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
12/10/00 -- DC / NC-130 -- I would like to contact navigators who have served on the DC-130 and NC-130 programmes. In particular l would like to hear from anyone who was associated with the 'VESPA' C-130s, and the solitary NC-130H 65-0971 currently operational at Edwards AFB. Please contact Bob Archer on e-mail. email@example.com
7/11/00 -- Harlingen AFB Classbooks -- There were a number of classbooks published at Harlingen from 1955-1962. Am in need of one from any class for research on the Avcad program there for my research. Any reasonable offer considered. Thanks guys! Tim Rose, 61-07/ 61-08 Tim@flyrose.freeserve.co.uk
10/01/00 -- Female Navigators -- Hello, my name is Christine Sanchez. I am a senior at Virginia Tech majoring in Ocean Engineering. Currently I am considering entering the air force as a navigator after graduation. I was wondering if you could recommend a female navigator to talk to about her experiences being both a female and a navigator with the Air Force. Thank you so much for your help! Christine Sanchez firstname.lastname@example.org
09/23/00 -- 305th Bombardment/Air Refueling Wing: The 305th Air Mobility Wing is looking for former menbers for information on activities at MacDill AFB (51-59) and Bunker Hill/Grissom AFB (59-94) in preparation for our 50th anniversary in 2001. Please contact the 305 AMW Wing Historian, 2901 Falcon Dr., McGuire AFB, NJ 08641-5002 or 305AMW.HO@mcguire.af.mil
Thank you. V/R Gerald A. White, Jr. Wing Historian
09/23/00 -- HELP LOCATING FORMER NAVIGATORS. Harlingen AFB Class 61-09 is planning its second reunion to be held in the Washington, D.C. area during the Spring of 2001. The reunion will again be a joint gathering of former cadets and student officers. We need assistance in locating the following missing classmates: Larry C. Clemons, Amando L. Cota-Robles, Rufus L. Edwards, Brian L.
Eide@, Raymond Galindo, Thomas F. Harper, Arnold L. Hart, John L. Heywood@, Jack Hurley@, Albert H. Jones, William H. King, James J. Lynn, Frederick McClelland, Jon M. Meador, Robert G. Nelson, Robert T. Richardson, David K. Schnyder, Robert P. Shamblin@, Joseph G. Smith, Willis G. Snyder, Michael J. Speer, Phillip H. Walker, Robert Wanner, Bruce W. Wilkerson, Lee Wilson. Names marked with @ are suspected as being deceased, any substantiating information would be appreciated. Forward any details to: William (Bill) Day e-mail:
NEW email@example.com (updated 9/10/01) or (360) 758-2177
09/23/00 -- The latest Brain Game at http://www.littongcs.com click Portney's Ponderables then triple click to Brain Games features a downed navigator who is rescued and taken to two additional sites. The viewer is exposed to some fundamental principles of topology in prediciting the outcome of the navigator's journey. Best wishes, Joe Portney
08/20/00 -- NAVIGATOR STUDENTS--Any of you who may be headed to P-Cola. I have a nice 3 bedroom home for rent, close to the base. This old navigator would like to lease it to new navigators (to be!). Contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
08/20/00 -- NEW BOOK - Portney's Ponderables is published by LITTON SYSTEMS, INC. Guidance & Control Systems Division. It is distributed by Icarus Books at http://www.icarusbooks.com. The book unravels 25 historic navigation related conroversies and paradoxes and other related topics that appeared at http://www.littongcs.com (not current as of 2003) click Portney's Ponderables triple click to Brain Games over the past few years. The book answers such issues as: Did Columbus find longitude? How could Peary navigate to the Pole without relying on his sextant? How close could Byrd attain the North Pole? Why did Lindbergh select a single-engine plane to cross the Atlantic? How could the Graf Zeppelin beat the great circle? How could Fred Noonan (Amelia Earhart's navigator) find himself by observing sunset? How could the tragic disappearance of the WWII B-24 Lady be Good be averted by a simple aircraft maneuver? What is the theoretical height limit of a mountain? Is the Bermuda Triangle mystery a hoax? How can you travel anywhere in the world in 42 minutes? How did the first nuclear sub navigate to the Pole? and many more. SEE JOE'S UPDATED WEB SIGHT INTRO, Oct 2003! NAVWORLD.com
Regards, Joe Portney,
Navsense (navigation consultants)
USAF navigator 1952-60
president The Institute of Navigation 1989-90
three historic inertial flights to the North Pole
author and creator of Earthshapes, Earthgrids, Seniavin Saga and
08/20/00 -- 8th AIR FORCE NAVIGATORS (03/02/2000) Navigator Display at Air Force Museum The US Air Force Museum plans to construct a diorama around 8th Air Force aircraft displayed in the museum and has asked for AFNOA's assistance. Your help is needed in order to make this display as accurate as possible. Please contact John Massey, 6810 Rosewood Court, Tampa, FL 33615-3318. The telephone number is 813-886-1938 (call collect) and the E-mail address is email@example.com
08/14/00 -- NEW BOOK - David Westheimer, TF-42-04, author. Many of you surely have either read: "Von Ryan's Express" or watched the movie. David is the author of 15 novels. "The Great Wounded Bird" is a collection of lovely poems, recalling his own "stay" as a prisoner of war. He flew B-24s out of Palestine before his plane was shot down. This book is published by the Texas Review Press and I encourage AFNOAns to purchase a copy and take his poems to heart. Clarke Lampard, firstname.lastname@example.org DR AHEAD.....................o
08/12/00 -- SAC Celestial Navigation Program Wanted -- I am looking for a copy of the celestial navigation computer program used by SAC B-52 and KC-135 navigators. Anyone with info can contact me at email@example.com. Thanks! Don Morgan
08/12/00 -- Major William Blue new E-mail address. Major William Blue,Harlingen, 61-04-A2 KC-135/C130. Shot video of B-52 crash at Fairchild AFB Wa in 1994. It was on CBS News. firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com also firstname.lastname@example.org Home page at www.magicone.org <http://www.magicone.org>
08/12/.00 -- Looking for Wendorf and McCormick -- Journalist/Documentary Producer trying to locate the following B-52 pilots
........B-52 Cmdr. Charles J. Wendorf ......(B-52 pilot in 1966)
........B-52 Cmdr. Thomas McCormick ....(B-52 pilot in 1964)
Any assistance or info appreciated. Thank you Please contact: Eric email@example.com
07/24/00 -- Class 50DNE @ EAFB 50TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION on October 11, 2000 in PORTSMOUTH, N.H. We are still looking for two lost souls: CLIFFORD J. HALL and ROBERT C TANNER. Any help greatly appreciated. Sincerely, CLARKE S LAMPARD, Founder of TENOA. http://www.home.earthlink.net/~csl50d -- Clarke Lampard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
07/24/00 -- Gulf War EWOs -- I am doing research on the loss of EF-111A 66-0023 on 13 FEB 1991. Would you know of any Gulf War era EWO's that I may be able to interview? Any assistence you could provide would be greatly appreciated! (Feel free to pass on my email address if they would like to contact me first) If you have any info or questions please contact me ASAP Sincerely, Jeff Ferguson
07/24/00 -- Phil Rowe's Flying Stories collection
(with pictures) is available on a CD for those interested.
Write him at: email@example.com
07/19/00 -- Update: UNT aviation cadets Class 62-13: Harlingen AFB, TX from Mar 1961- Jan 1962. I have accounted for most of the fellows who in Flight 62-13A1/A2 between March 1961 and January 1962. One member advanced to an earlier class, and some graduated with other classes. A few like myself were eliminated from flying training. Two of us were later commissioned via Officer Training School. Some 33 were members of graduation class 62-13N. Dub Speight, Capt, USAF Retired, Myrtle Beach, SC firstname.lastname@example.org
"FOUND": Merv Bailey, Steve Barranco, Robert Bird, Don Board, George Carpenter, Jim Cavell, Christo Christodoulou, Bill Combest, William C. Cowan (Deceased? 7/1988), Roger Congleton, Don Crocker, Joshua "Skip" Day III, Bill Deary, Charles Friend, Charles Haraway, Bill Hildreth, Jack T. Hopkins, James A. Kidd, Darel Krutsinger, Jerry Linderman, Richard C. Lowery (Deceased-7/1991), James R. Maury, Rich McGlumphy, Norman Merrill, Roger Newcomb, Rollie Petersson, Delbert Post, Lynn Pybus, Henry Robert Jr, Walter Rouse Jr (OTS Class 63-E), James T. Schultz, Dave Sprengelmeyer, Dick Szakonyi, Cecil Thonen, John Vermaas, Hubert West, James Widdis (KIA-3/1969) and Mike Yerxa. Most may be contacted via email. "LOCATION KNOWN": James F. Duffus (Katy, TX) and Jerry D. Mullens (Dallas, TX) "LOST": John W. Cox, James A. Essex, James E. Garrett, and Roger A. Nelson.
07/04/00 -- World War Two memories project - I am collecting
memories of WWII for a project and ultimately a book I hope. If
you have any memories you would like to share please contact me
by e-mail or visit my web site where you can add to the collection
Best Wishes, Angela Anek http://www.mynetcentral.com/ww2memories/ (DARK)
06/03/00 -- Looking for a nice color digital image of USAF Nav wings for JSUNT Class web page. Email: MatthewABartlett@aol.com
04/30/00 -- Looking for the old-style, emboidered Master Navigator Wings for the USAF Mess Dress Uniform. If you can help, please e-mail me. Thanks. Rick Evans email@example.com
04/05/00 -- A-10A sextant for sale...in wood box.....seems
to be all there but not sure. Please e-mail if you are interested.
James Gloden firstname.lastname@example.org
04/05/00 -- More Portneys Ponderables -- How Lewis and Clark navigated the Northwest Passage is found at http://www.littongcs.com click Portneys Ponderables then double click to Brain Games.Thanks, Joe Portney, Navsense email@example.com
04/02/00 -- Navigator Class 61-09 members are planning a second reunion for the fall of 2000. Comments are solicited from other classes regarding their experience with reunion sites. Our initial preference for this year's reunion would be a major hub location on the east or west coast. Those willing to share their reunion experiences, or Classmates interested in attending, should contact William `Bill' Day at (360) 758-2177 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
03/30/00 -- Looking for Mr. Freeman, and Mr. Mihalow, Harlingen,
61-07D6 Mr. Freeman (still
have that pic you took of me and Gloria in the back seat of your
car at Padre on the beach), and Mr. Mihalow (I still have your
celestial student workbook which you gave me when I couldn't find
mine after graduation.) Cox, Christopher
V. H., The gnats, remember? email@example.com
03/11/00 -- Portneys Ponderables -- Join KC-135 navigator in solving the puzzle at http://www.littongcs.com click Portneys Ponderables then double click to Brain Games. Thanks, Joe Portney, Navsense firstname.lastname@example.org
03/06/00 -- Everything you wanted to know about Pacer CRAG but were afraid to ask -- Schaubert, David, Mather - March 83, Master Nav KC-135R, 43AREFS(Fairchild) / 905AREFS(Grand Forks) / 93AREFS (Castle Instructor) / currently SIOP Training Officer and AGR O-4(O-5sel) in New York ANG 107ARW/136ARS, the first operational Pacer CRAG KC-135 line unit and thus I have been replaced by an 85mb PCMCIA card. For "", see http://www.6t6kix.com/, .......... email@example.com
03/02/00 -- 8th AIR FORCE Navigators -- Navigator Display at Air Force Museum -- The US Air Force Museum plans to construct a diorama around 8th Air Force aircraft displayed in the museum and has asked for AFNOA's assistance. Your help is needed in order to make this display as accurate as possible. Please contact John Massey, 6810 Rosewood Court, Tampa, FL 33615-3318. The telephone number is 813-886-1938 (call collect) and the E-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
03/01/00 -- More Future Navigators -- Hello, myself and about 5 other Firsties are soon to be LT's with our dreams coming true by getting into a cockpit, even if our buddies brag that it is not as cool as UPT. Personally, I am very excited about my training in Pensacola and look forward to some day wearing the wings that most of you reading this wear. I was wondering if any of you have words of advice. And if you are or know anyone who has gone through Fighter/Bomber (P-Cola) track recently if you could pass my e-mail address on to them ... I have questions! Thanks. JW Simmons Simmons@USAFA.com
02/26/00 -- Another Future USAF Navigator -- I also was recently selected SUNT and leave for OTS in March. Mainly interested in learning at what point a student finds out what airframe they will be assigned to. Would also appreciate any advice regarding career path. Have heard the plain navigator is a dying career and that WSO or EWO is the way to go. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Jeff Towne Jeffmef75@aol.com
02/25/00 -- Future USAF Navigator -- I was selected on the January selection board to be a navigator. I am trying to find out what I can expect with nav. school, i.e. length of the school, location, opportunities, at what point do you find out which aircraft you will be in, etc. A little of my background, I am a Single, Multi-engine, commercial, instrument pilot with a tail wheel endorsement and a private glider rating. My father is a retired USAF Lt. Col. he flew C-130's. I would be greatful for any information. Rob Burns email@example.com
02/20/00 -- Looking for Thomas Mayfield, a navigator stationed in the Leicester area around March/May 1945. The requestor is Mrs. Sally Vincent who lives in Essex, England. She says that "Thomas is remembered with great affection by several English "oldies" and they speak of him with such fond memories." I have asked members of the Operating Committee to search their flight orders of the 1944-early 1945 period but so far, "no joy." But if anybody out there can give us a clue about Mayfield, we would appreciate anything we could pass on to Mrs. Vincent. From: Pete Karnoski. firstname.lastname@example.org
02/20/00 -- AFNOA-visitors-emails begins operations. Please click on the visitors-emails link on the homepage to learn more.
02/20/00 -- Looking for Mechanical Calculators. Curta Type I or Type II Mechanical Calculators: I am interested in purchasing a Curta mechanical calculator to help me demonstrate mechanical computing. They were made from 1950 to 1970. I have been told that navigators and road rally enthusiasts used them to help compute course and speed. If you have one, you know that they are a unique machine and are great for demonstrating the basics of machine computing. If you can part with one, please e-mail me at email@example.com. Thank you. Mark Spaur.
01/04/00 -- Technical Observer Wings -- Hi, Attached is image of unusual USAAF wings worn by flight test engineers long ago. I was given these by a holder of such wings, Mr. Hugh Fred Jope of Haverhill, MA. He is a fascinating fellow. Phil Rowe. firstname.lastname@example.org
see also: Philip Rowe I , Philip Rowe II .
12/19/99 -- Bong Squadron Patches -- Aviation Cadets Harlingen AFB - I have a handful of high quality copies of the original Bong Squadron patches for the asking. Forward your mailing address. In return I am looking for assistance in locating a C-124 dash one manual and a 54th TCS patch. Regards, Bill Day 61-09 email@example.com.
11/21/99 -- Solar Compass -- The Earthshapes link (Brain Games) features through the end of 1999 a downloadable solar compass and the Secret of the Swallows of San Juan Capistrano. Two solar compasses are printable covering 30-40 degrees north latitude and 35-45 degrees north latitude. Thanks, Joe Portney
11/14/99 -- A-10 sextant. I have an A-10 sextant complete with case, battery box, paper discs etc.. If any person or org. can use it, it is theirs for the price of an e-mail. I flew as a navigator in C-54s and C-121s out of Charleston AFB, SC in the mid/late '50s and C-123s and C-124s out of Dobbins AFB, GA in the '60s/'70s. Ken@jumpon.net
11/03/99 -- Seeking contact with Capt. Robert J. Goldman -- from FB-111A.NET, the Switchblade website. He was an FB-111 navigator and graduated from the FB-111 IQC (CLASS 72-12) at Plattsburgh AFB NY on 31 OCT 72. Upon graduating from the Plattsburgh CCTS he may have been assigned to the 509th BMW(m) at Pease AFB NH. He may have crewed an FB-111 with Maj. Ed Harkins. CONTACT Curtis Lenz, email: Curt.Lenz@F-111.net"
10/10/99 -- Looking for Capt. Bobby Goldman (navigator) and Maj. Ed Harkins (pilot) from the 509th BMW(m) at Pease AFB, NH. Both crewed an FB-111 together in the early 1970s". Contact: Curt Lenz, WWW.FB-111A.NET, or Curt.Lenz@F-111.net
10/7/99 -- 13th Bomb Squadron Assoc -- Hinton, Charles W. Very glad to discover AFNOA is on the web. If you served with the 13th Bomb Squadron at any time - WWII, Korea, VietNam or any time in between, you are invited to join the 13th Bomb Squadron Assoc. Check out our web page at: http://13thbombsquadron.org and please sign the guest book so I'll know you found us. firstname.lastname@example.org
09/21/99 -- Looking for Gordon Insley info, USAF Captain & 1956 MIA - MORROCO. Help needed locating any information on my uncle. B-47 Stratojet navigator, stationed with SAC at McDill AFB, Tampa. Flight disappeared on 3-10 or 11 1956 over French Morocco. Any info, leads, advice, personal remembrances -- contact: email@example.com
8/21/99 -- Looking for J.D. Ellison info. I am looking for information on my God father. His name was J.D.Ellison, he was a bombideer navigator. He was killed over Europe when I lwas very young. I have lost contact with his family. He was from Springfield Mo. and was a coach in one of the local schools. Any Information would be much appreciated. Thanks. Charles Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
6/4/99 -- Seeking advise concerning NAV training. I am currently working in Space Command at Schriever AFB, CO and have recently been selected for NAV training heavy track, Randolph AFB, TX. I am seeking any advice anyone may have concerning NAV training, pros and cons of various aircraft platforms, and any information on the NAV career field in general. All responses greatly appreciated! Lovings, Walter F., email@example.com
6/4/99 -- Looking into the prospects of a interservice transfer for F-15E/B-1B WSO. Tatusko, Collin S. LT USN Winged Aug95 NFO S-3B: Encouraged from the response out of Randolph so far. Any gouge out therefor those two positions. Currently in a Test and Eval Unit @ NAS Pax River. Not looking for the basics, been around the block flying jets off of the Grey ghettos for awhile now. Write if you have any info to pass, thanks in advance. Collin S Tatusko firstname.lastname@example.org
5/29/99 --Looking for Culley E. Phillips info. His
mother signed to allow him to join the Marine Corp. I know he
went to California for basic. He was only 17 at the time. They
said that before he finished basic the Marine Corp needed to send
out a ship to the Pacific and they sent him. I am told he was
sent to Guam. I was wondering if any one else In the Marine Corp
who was sent to Guam during the war could contact me at let me
in on more information. Even if it is only what it was like. My
husband and I were stationed in Guam for two years. Had I have
known then my grandfather was stationed there I could have tried
to find out more. My grandfather had already passed away by this
time and no one speaks of it. Thank you for any help, Angela Benton
4/12/99 -- Enlisted Navigators: Sometime in the early 1940s, seven enlisted men earned their Air Force Navigator Wings. If you can help us find out more about the program and the people involved, please send me a note. (Pete Karnoski, email@example.com, 8/97)
4/10/99 -- Looking for Lawernce Grant Info (B-47). Please help if you can. I am attempting a biography on my father, Lt. Col Lawrence H. Grant ( Larry) who flew as a navigator on B47s McDill AFB and Pease AFB 1951 - 56. Anyone who knew him, or, of him, or, can give me a source that doesn't oblige me to contact some government bureaucracy, will be kindly recieved at firstname.lastname@example.org. I salute you all. Lloyd Grant. 4/7/99.
If there is any security reason why I am having trouble tracing my fathers history as navigation officer in B47s at McDill AFB (1952-) I would appreciate some understanding, as that era seems well out of current concern as should respect any security compromise. I keep hitting the wall, so to speak. I grew up as an Air Force Brat. Security is definately something I understand. I was only four years old at the time my dad was stationed at McDill. Although I have some vivid memories of the base, it was from the perspective of a four year old. I am attempting a biography that will help other members of my family understand. If I am treading on "sacred ground" someone take a minute to tell me so? Sorry, am frustrated. Thanks to all who serve, and have served this Country. Lloyd Grant. 4/10/99. Lloyd J H Grant <email@example.com>
04/03/99 -- AFNOA
Email -- Sign up for AFNOA Email
upates through the Onelist company (AFNOA Test Program)(always
free). Click this link to sign-up: http://www.onelist.com/subscribe/AFNOA_Email_news..
.or send your request to be put on the list to AFNOA@lvcm.com.
03/31/99 -- B-57 Enthusiasts. C.O. Smith here. Ex- Bomb-Nav B-26/B-29/B-47. When I completed my B-26 Combat Tour in Korea, I wanted to return to USAJIMA and fly B-57's. Alas this was not to be, I entered SAC and flew B-29's and B-47's for the remainder of my career. Anyone out there who flew the B-57 in an operational squadron and NAM care to share their ecperiences? I have often been curious about, missions, equipment, impressions of the A/C ,etc. C.O. Smith. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org(corrected 4/4/99), ..email@example.com, ...firstname.lastname@example.org
02/27/99 -- Kelly Class 42-4. 380th Bomb Group. Would like to hear from anyone in or near Class
42-4 at Kelly Field and anyone with 380th Bomb Group (H) at Mindoro
and Okinawa 1945. Rankin, Carroll S., Kelly Field 42-4 Navigator
02/01/99 -- Monthly Online Navigation Articles -- How one can go anywhere in the world in 42.2 minutes in the next millennium was the January feature at http://gcs.glyphix.com/lit/q.qry (DARK) under Brain games (Transpo 2K+). The true story of how a lost Cessna in the South Pacific on 12/22/78 was located through innovative navigational techniques will be featured for the month of Feb. 99. Joe Portney, email@example.com
01/07/99 -- Navigator Pathfinder Articles --Thought you might be interested in a series of articles that have recently been posted to the 381st Bomb Group Memorial Association web site. http://www.381st.org John W. Howland, a Pathfinder crew navigator has submitted some of his writings to our Oral History Project. It's some of most detailed writing I've seen on-line about WWII Heavy Bomber navigation. The articles themselves are found here: http://www.381st.org/database.html
Scott Burris: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: The Carolina Queen Web page
(The Charles Edward Brumback Story) http://www.heavybombers.com/381st
Web: 381st BGMA redesign project. http://www.381st.org
11/30/98 -- Ellington Reunion??? Ellington, 55-20C. Radar Observer F-94C Langley, Ops officer 4670th GOSDet.11Looking for fellow class members for a Possible reunion. Madsen, Norman J., Ricnorm@aol.co
11/27/98 -- I have written a book about being in the Air Force. Free to anyone who wants one. I send it by E-Mail. email@example.com (new email address) William Blue (Magicweb@gate.net has been deactivated - see 5/5/98).
11/24/98 -- Navigator Student Needs Help. I am currently at Navigator Training at NAS Pensacola. The aircraft that I want to Navigate is the F-15E. I would appreciate any and all information that I could get from all of those who have experienced what I am now going through. I know that my dreams are a long ways away, and that I have a great deal to do before I can reach my goal. But I know that as long as I don't lose sight of what I really want then I still have a chance. What I am looking for is some information on what I can do to help my chances for the Strike Eagle. I know that many have been in my shoes before and I would like to utilize all that they have learned in my journey. Any and all help that I receive would be greatly appreciated. Please let me know if you are interested in helping me. Thank you, Samuel A. Tucker, 2d Lt USAF. firstname.lastname@example.org
11/18/98 -- Looking for Billy W. Buchanan and Kenneth Thomas. William E. Blue, Major (retired),
61-04 Harlingen. Navigator on KC-135's and C-130's. Loring, Castle,
Ellsworth, CCK, Grand Forks, Grissom, and Fairchild. I shot video
of the B-52 crash at Fairchild AFB,WA. Sold footage to CBS. After
I retired I went to work for the Navy testing torpedoes and now
work at Home Depot. I am looking for two navigator friends: Capt.
Billy W. Buchanan (CCK and Ellsworth), and Major Kenneth Thomas
(CCK and Grissom). If anyone has information on either of the
navigators please contact me. email@example.com,
William Blue (Magicweb@gate.net has been deactivated - see 5/5/98).
11/10/98 -- Sextant Manual Wanted -- I have a cased Fairchild A-10 sextant that appears to be un- or little-used, but have no manual or information regarding it. I've been told it dates from 1942, but can't confirm that. If anyone happens to have a manual, I'd appreciate a photocopy. FYI, this one still has a paper packet of pencil leads and one with a couple plastic disks. Thanks. Joe Greenleaf firstname.lastname@example.org
11/03/98 -- North Pole Encounter -- How close then LCDR Richard E. Byrd, USN may have obtained the North Pole on May 9, 1926 in a tri-motor Fokker is revealed at [updated - 11/18/98] http://gcs.glyphix.com/gcs/ppz/landpad.html (DARK) under Brain Games entitled "The Polar Flap." Joe Portney, former SAC B-47 navigator-bombardier. email@example.com
10/25/98 -- Historian is seeking info and stories from WSO and others who served on the FB-111A and SAC from the 70s through the 90s at Pease, Plattsburgh and Carswell AFB. Any kind of infos might be of interest. Share your experience and memories. Contact: Philippe Colin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
10/4/98 -- Bob Kelly Looking for classmates -- Hi. I would like to introduce myself. Bob Kelly Commissioned 20 April 1956 at Harlingen. Went to Mather for advance training. From there assigned to 338thSRS,55SRW SAC statione at Forbes AFB Kansas. When not on detachment duty that is. Flew B-47H&K's on recon flights. Any old classmates out there. I belong to the 55SRW Assoc. SAC Assoc. B-47 Assoc. VFW & AL. email@example.com
9/15/98 -- New KC-135 Pacer -- deleted
5/25/98 -- Thanks. --Hi! I'd like to send my thanks to the members and officers of AFNOA for their assistance to me during my "journey" to becoming an Air Force Navigator. Throughout my 13 months of training I received a lot of helpful advice and experience ranging from which platform to choose to experiences on active duty, all of which helped me make the most informed choice of platforms. I was winged on Wednesday, 13 May 98, and I'm going to Dyess AFB, TX to fly the B-1B Lancer after attending EWO school here in Pensacola this summer. To all the people who shared their knowledge and wisdom with me, and to AFNOA, I send a sincere and heartfelt Thank You. Sincerely, David M. Milner, 2Lt, USAF, firstname.lastname@example.org
05/11/98 -- Looking for students from 81-10, Mather. Lunde, Morten - Major - Royal Norwegian Air Force - 81-10/451 FTS/Mather AFB. Currently serving as CO of 335 Sqn/RNoAF operating C-130's at Gardermoen Air Station. After UNT I served on P-3 Orions, and for a brief period as Chief Navigator on Westland Sea Kings Mk 43. I am looking for other nav students from 81-10. E-mail addres is email@example.com
05/05/98 -- Looking for Billy W. Buchanan and Kenneth Thomas. William E. Blue Major Retired 61-04 Harlingen Navigator on KC-135's and C-130's went to Loring, Castle,Ellsworth,CCK,Grand Forks,Grissom, and Fairchild. I shot video of the B-52 crash at Fairchild AFB,WA Sold footage to CBS. After I retired I went to work for the Navy testing torpedoes and now work at Home Depot. I am looking for two friends who are navigators one is Capt. Billy W. Buchanan Capt at CCK and Ellsworth. The second one is Major Kenneth Thomas CCK and Grissom. If anyone has information on either of the navigators please contact me.looking for two friends who are navigators one is Capt. Billy W. Buchanan Capt at CCK and Ellsworth. I also have written a book about being in the Air Force that is FREE to anyone who want one. I send it by E-Mail NEW my address is firstname.lastname@example.orgWilliam Blue(Magicweb@gate.net has been deactivated).
05/05/98 -- Join AFNOA now and send me your dues. Smith, Clem, AFNOA TREASURER, Ellington51-08, email@example.com
4/25/98 -- Looking for Captain Gerald A. Morrow graduated Harlingen 1960 or '61 -- Looking for info/stories of my father's Air Force years. Captain Gerald A. Morrow graduated Harlingen 1960 or '61 and was mainly based at Homestead Air Force Base but was briefly stationed in Sacramento and Alamogordo. A few names I remember from his flying days are Major Parker, Capt. Deleghatti (sp?) and Col. Jim Craven. If there is anybody out there that knew my father and has a story or two to share, please contact his daughter, Elizabeth. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
4/18/98 -- Earthshapes by Joe Portney -- Please visit the Earthsahpes (12 hypothetical Earths based on mathematics), a monthly puzzle and an interactive replication of Eratosthenes measurement of the circumference of the Earth in ~230 BC at http://www.littongcs.com (Litton Guidance and Control Systems) by pressing the icon Portney's Ponderables.
.....I conceived the Earthshapes in a historic flight over the North Pole in KC-135 Speckled Trout in August 1968 with the aircraft being navigated by two LTN-51 INS's with a grid inertial mode that I had helped to mechanize for the operational software. This month's puzzle features "3D with 1/2 a Pair" as an avionics designer aboard an airliner sudddenly sees 3D on the flight screen when his dark glasses fail. Next month's puzzle (May '98) will feature a navigator lost who finds himself by using a single body fix. This will be the 12th puzzle relating to navigation topics since June 97 when Portney's Ponderables went on the net.
.....I just retired from Litton GCS after 38 years. I was a navigator in the US Air Force (1952-1960) in B-26's and B-47's. At Litton I was an engineer involved with the design and test of several generations of inertial navigation systems and their testing at the North Pole (from INS star trackers to ring laser gyro INS's). The last 30 years I was a program manager of aircraft inertial navigation systems. I was president of the Institute of Navigation 1989-1990. I am currently self employed as a navigation consultant. Thanks, Joe Portney (email@example.com)
4/9/98 -- OLD PATCHES -- Anyone out there with any branch Air Force patches they no longer want?? I would gladly add them to my collection. I especially like ATC patches since I spent a lot of time at Reese AFB, but those were the good old days, before BASE CLOSURE. Thanks, any help would be appreciated. Gerald McMasters POB 8598 Levelland, TX 79338, firstname.lastname@example.org
4/9/98 -- Looking for Granville Locklyer Edwards -- Family stories say that my wife's father Granville Locklyer Edwards attended Navigators school near the end of WWII in Tennessee (might have been LA). I have not completely investigated your website, so there may be information there. He did not finish training in time to participate in the war effort. If anyone has information could you help us? Thank You, Patrick Audinet ,San Jose, CA email@example.com
03/21/98 -- B-52 downed in typhoon Rita -- I'm trying to find more [on] the rescue of a B-52 crew that went down in typhoon Rita off Guam in Jul 72. All but one man were picked up in a state 5 sea by subs Barb & Gurnard. Would like to find names of crew to include with the Submarine Lifeguard League Memorial (http://www.goiv.com/subleague). Appreciate any assistance. Hunnicutt, Jim, submariner, firstname.lastname@example.org.
3/5/98 -- A new KC-135 135 book. -- See: http://www.novia.net/~drbob/kc135_book.html/
2/5/98 -- Guard or Reserves - the military's best kept secret -- Highly encourage navigators to seek "the good life" in the Guard or Reserve. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comments -- Conley, James B, Mather AFB 87-06, B-52 Wurtsmith AFB; B-1B McConnell AFB and Dyess AFB; C-130H3(AFRES) and C-130H2(ANG). Instructor and Stan/Eval while in B-52s. FTU instructor in B-1s. 7th Wing Chief of Flight Safety for 2 years before leaving active duty 6/97. email@example.com.
1/24/98 -- Trying to track down nav palls / F-15 Words -- Trying to track down some Navigator pals from commissioning days, 2Lts Greg Berry and Jason Binks among others; also, I spent 6 years as crew chief on the F-15E...anyone looking for insight on the life of a Strike Eagle WSO, gimme a holler -- Carr, Anthony B., 2Lt, maintenance officer assigned to Shaw AFB, selected for UPT at Laughlin AFB, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tony Carr, email@example.com
-- Fix to Fix on your
If anyone is interested, I have
written a program designed to let you practice a fix to fix on
your PC. -- Voigt, Michael; Maj; Williams AFB, 84-02; T-37
Instructor Pilot; MPVoigt@ccgate.hac.com.