Happy Birthday; 18 Sept 1947

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  1. Barry581

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    Served in the USAF from 1977 to 1999. Spent 4 years as a bomb loader (462X0) the retrained into ATC (272X0, then 1C1X0). Retired as a Senior Master Sergeant. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
     
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    I miss my ugly truck....Line Delivery of munitions was the best job I ever had..loved it... Volk Field 2.jpg
     
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    cyberghostx13 USMC "The Few The Proud"

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    A very beautiful piece indeed, you better have dat puppy deep inside a very secure safe. Sayonara.
     
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    Happy Birthday Air Force!!!
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  5. G19Tony

    G19Tony Sneet CLM

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    Fellow 462 here. 8 years on A-7's and F-16's. Retrained to 113X0 Flight Engineer C-141.

    I'd do it again too.
     
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    22 Years Air Force, all in SAC except for UPT. B-52 D model (and other models) pilot; 317 bombing missions in SEA.
     
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    I'm proud of my time in the good old USAF as a 3P051.
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    This is an Army Air Corps airplane, my friend. :D
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    That's a lot of trips downtown.
     
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    ^^^ Over 18 million pounds of bombs dropped. Just from our plane alone.
     
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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I had the best chow at Air Force bases.
     
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    The best golfing too.
     
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    I realized I don't think I have a single pic of myself in uniform. The golf course at osan was great! Could get away with almost anything. We always did a shot a hole and there wAs only one time we didn't get all 18 in. Only reason we didn't get 18 that one time was due to equipment malfunction. Kinda wrecked a golf cart. That grass is slick when it's wet!
     
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    I'm betting you wrecked nearer the 18th rather than the first.


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    Carver, I don't believe I've ever said, ".Thank You..Sir!!..."

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  18. Hannie Caulder

    Hannie Caulder Diva extraordinaire

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    1971 to 1992. Served in USAFSS, SAC, ESC and MAC.
     
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    Hi Hannie. I was thinking of your BF's unit patch. I remembered a heart breaking rescue attempt that I heard part of in Vietnam in the 60's.

    First a little background. UHF 'Guard' frequency is 243.0. All UHF radio equipped military aircraft, monitor this frequency. The aircraft radio range can be as much as 200 miles at altitude.

    Each military pilot carried a hand held radio that broadcast and received on 243.0. But (of course) the hand held radio range was much more limited. Your BF already knows this information. At least this was current in the 60's. I doubt it's changed today?

    Anyway we were coming in country for a typical B-52 bomb run from Guam. We heard a chopper trying to rescue a pilot who had been shot down. It was getting late in the day when the chopper was attempting the rescue. We could hear the choppers radio transmission, but of course couldn't hear the pilot on the ground.

    Each time the chopper came in to attempt a rescue, they received intense enemy ground fire. They had to back off and call for friendly fire to suppress the enemy. Finally the chopper said they were going to make one more rescue attempt. It was getting dark.

    Again they received so much ground fire they had to break off the rescue attempt.

    The last words I heard the chopper pilot say were, "Dig in, we'll be back again at first daylight."

    Imagine how that poor guy on the ground must have felt. Brings tears to my eyes now. All he had was a 38 and 18 rounds of ammo, if he hadn't already used the 18 rounds. Of course we had no way of following up to see if he was ever recovered. But his odds definitely were not good.
     
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