Pilot Training with the T-6 and B-25

Air Force Days - Aug 23,2018

Air Force Pilot Training
Class of 50F

During the '50s the US Air Force was training a lot of pilots in a one-year program. There were lots of training bases and lots of classes at each base. The Class of 50F was the sixth class to graduate in 1950. For the first six months (called primary training) I was stationed at Perrin AFB, Sherman, Texas, which is about 50 miles north of Dallas, then finished up…

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Air Force Days

Air Force Days - Aug 22,2018

THRILLS OF AN AIR FORCE PILOT

In these pages I will tell stories and show pictures that are still vivid in my memory.  Question: What makes memories vivid and long lasting?  Answer: Intensity. Nearly every flight I made was intense, and so I have memories from parts of hundreds of flights.  My total flying time, including student pilot, was 6,441 hours, which is quite a lot for military flying. 

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College Days

College Days - Aug 22,2018

These pictures and notes are from my days in the World War II Navy V-12 and Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Duke University, Durham, NC.  The period was from November 1, 1943 to February 28, 1946.

I should mention that I was too small to enter sports with "the big guys," so I did the types of things where size didn't matter.  I weighed only 118 pounds when I arrived, and about 130 at graduation. …

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Glider Flying For Seniors

Glider Flying - Aug 19,2018

When I started on this adventure at age 84, I had serious doubts whether I could still do this sort of thing. After all, it had been 44 years since I did any piloting. First I had three rides at a soaring club, with the intention that I would become a member and get "checked out."  But they had only one instructor, they fly only on weekends, and the numbers ahead of me grew from one…

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Family and Growing Up

Growing Up - Aug 17,2018

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

This is a picture of me with my father, taken about 1931 (I was born in 1925). We were staying for the weekend in a beach cottage owned by a friend. How modest everyone was! I was told that it was against a St. Petersburg city ordinance to appear on Central Avenue in a bathing suit.  

MY 'TEEN YEARS

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