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…
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…
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…
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.
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…