Pilot Training with the T-6 and B-25

Air Force Days - Jun 23,2017

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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Flying for the Air Force Navigator School

Air Force Days - May 23,2017

FIRST ASSIGNMENT AS A PILOT
  B-25 and C-47 - Years 1951-52

My first assignment after pilot training was to Ellington AFB, south of Houston, Texas, as a "mission pilot."  I was there for about 18 months beginning in November, 1950.  Then I was sent to instructor pilot training at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama and from there back to Reese as a flight instructor. Ellington was a navigator training base.  They were using B-25's…

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First Tour of Duty as Flight Instructor

Air Force Days - Apr 29,2017

Reciprocating Engines: T-6, T-28 and B-25
Reese Air Force Base, Lubbock, Texas

After completing Flight Instructor School at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama in 1952, I was assigned to Reese, which is where I had received a lot of my own training. New instructors would first be assigned to fly with students in the T-6. The students got about 40 or 50 hours more flying time in the…

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Korea and Japan 1955-56

Air Force Days - Mar 24,2017

When I was promoted to captain, I was told I immediately became the most eligible captain in the Training Command to be sent to Korea.  The reason for that was that I had some Navy time at sea prior to the official end of WW2.  I was sent to Kimpo Air Base "K-14," and assigned to a very small unit that was monitoring air operations in North Korea.

Approach for landing at K-14,…

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Strategic Air Command

Air Force Days - Feb 10,2017

STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND DAYS With the B-47 1956-60


The Boeing B-47 represented a major advance in aeronautical engineering.  It was America's first multi-engine jet aircraft and it established the basic principle of design.  It introduced swept-back wings to large aircraft and the engines were hung below the wings on pylons. 
This design proved so viable that it was used on the B-52 bomber and the KC-135 tanker that followed.  The latter became the…

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