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Name: Sam Woolard
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From: Foxboro,MA
Time: 2000-06-18 19:36:38
Comments: Thank you for this web site. I was at Otis from 1956-1962. I was in the aircraft engine shop. It is very interesting reading the information contained here. Thanks again!

Name: Ron Henseler
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From: Illinois
Time: 2000-06-16 17:24:51
Comments: I was a search operator with the 966th AEW&C from 1968 to 1970 and intially assigned to Hard Crew No. 48, Maj James G Fletcher AC. Had a total of about 1700 hours on EC121's. Would like to hear from anyone who was at the 966 in 68 to 70. Ron Henseler

Name: Richard W. Schultz
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From: 855 Cottonwood Court, Lincoln CA 95648 (645-7539)
Time: 2000-06-15 23:49:39
Comments: I was in one of the first radar tech. clases at Keesler AFB from May to Dec. 1955. We all expected to go to Otis or McClellen but were sent to Patrick AFB instead. We were assigned to fly Range Survalence in reclamed WV-1 (B-17s) from the Navy. We flew this mission untill 1959 when we were assigned to the 552nd. I flew for a few years, then transferred to the shop, then the T-4 Trainer untill I was commissioned. I retired in 1975 at Mather AFB. My Wife and I just moved to Sun City Lincoln Hills and are both retired. I would like to connect with some of my old buddys if possible. Thank you.

Name: Clarence Strack
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From: 21 Tabor Rd, Forestdale Ma 02644
Time: 2000-06-10 19:04:18
Comments: one of the original fifty Sac personnel to attend Lockeed Aircraft factory schools, Assigned to 552 AEW&C until 1958 I transferred to the 551st departed service Aug 1961, Currently living on Cape Cod Ma. in a small town near OTIS AFB. Would like to hear from some of my old friends As a radar technician assigned to Electronic maintenance I flew with several different Sqdns and crews.

Name: Clarence Strack
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From: 21 Tabor Rd, Forestdale Ma 02644
Time: 2000-06-10 18:43:30
Comments: served both 551 & 552

Name: John Nagan
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From: Minneapolis Minnesota
Time: 2000-06-07 22:19:43
Comments: Hey just heard about this site from Greg Smith. Still looking for Bob Duggan, and Bill Adams. Email me Bob and Bill if you read this. I was stationed at McClellan 1969 to 1972. Made 3 trips to Iceland. Anybody i was with in Iceland please contact me. Thanks. John.

Name: Ray Swiatek
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From: Palatine,IL.
Time: 2000-06-07 14:30:50
Comments: Looking for former Members of 552nd OMS at McClellan 1969-1971. I was Assistant Shift Chief on Red 3 Recovery Team (Swing Shift). Already found, Greg Smith and Wayne Higden. Still looking for, John Nagan, Terry Lane, Bob Dugan, Curtis Mann, Bobbie Pelleck, Gary Banfield, Ssgt Clarence Morris. If anyone knows their whereabouts give me a holler.

Name: Chris Doyle
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From: East Longmeadow Mass
Time: 2000-06-05 20:43:40
Comments: Once again guys Great site!! I remember these birds flying out of Bradley Field CT. when I was a kid, during an Open house on Armed Forces Day. In fact I have a home movie (8mm) of a Connie on a roll out it must be your Unit. The nose wheel door(black),number starts with a "5"(orange). Take care and say hi to Vic for me. Chris

Name: Gregory C. Smith
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From: Minneapolis, Minn.
Time: 2000-06-04 22:30:51
Comments: Started my days at McClellan AFB in Oct.1969 on the Flight Line of the 552nd OMS. Left McClellan in Dec.1970 for Vietnam. I remember my first Crew Chief was SSGT. Kanishiro. Other names SSGT Norton,MSGT Hopkins was my flight chief. More names I recall were TSGT Boxon. SGTS. Goodlet,Swiatek,Copeland. Anyone from that era and OMS drop me a line. Love to hear from ya.

Name: Jim Satterwhite
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From: Roanoke, VA
Time: 2000-06-04 21:39:51
Comments: I started out at Otis as a CIM with the 554RS (EC-121R). I was assigned to Otis as a radio operator with the 963rd following my return from Korat. Following another overseas tour, I was reassigned to Connies.....this time with the 964th at McCellan. I accumulated over 3,000 flying hours on the Connie. I ended my career flying on EC-135s but the EC-121 has always remained my favorite. Thank you for the memories.

Name: Woody Breedlove
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From: Bangor, Maine
Time: 2000-06-04 08:48:19
Comments: I just read the letter Art Kerr had in the "Museum Without Walls" web site. The memorial to our 50 compatriots lost at sea has deterioated to the point of disgrace. Lets face it, this could have been any of us. I just sent my check to Otis Civilian Advisory Council, PO Box 651, Falmouth, MA 02541. Indicate on the check, Memorial Park. This is the least we can do.

Name: Cecil Joe Tomlinson
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From: Kent, WA
Time: 2000-06-01 20:42:43
Comments: Was in the 964th and 963rd Squadrons from 1971 - 1973. Pilot. Many TDYs to Kwang Ju, Korat, and Keflavik. Worked in the Tadil-C Skunk Works doing engineering stuff. Flew the AWACS all over the world. Now work for Boeing on the AWACS program as an engineer.

Name: Don Hamilton
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From: Portland,Me moving soon to Mcclean,Va
Time: 2000-05-27 22:44:51
Comments: What a great site to have found! I was with the 962nd from 10-64 to 12-65, Pleiku 1-66 to 2-67, 962nd from 2-67 to 9-68, Korat from 10-69 to 9-70. I was a radar operator and a CIM. Some of the names I remember are Bill Crum,Jim Forman,Bob Morris,Richard Kenah,Wes Cobb,Howard Hunt,JJ Hughs, Ray Bortz,Paul Evans,and so many others. Like many others,flying in the Connies was a wonderful time of my life. My oldest son was born at the Otis Hospital and I met my wife of 34 years on the Cape. Thanks for all your hard work in creating and maintaining this site.

Name: Jack Perock
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From: Shingle Springs, California
Time: 2000-05-26 19:28:47
Comments: What a great site. An old AF buddie that spent so much time with me riding in those sweet things put me on to your page. I was in the 552nd EM Squadron from late July 1955 until June, 1962. Logged some 3000 hrs as a radar tech. When I first got to McClellan, we lived in Splinter City and worked out of some smoke filled Quanset huts. The tarmac was still that old metal stuff full of holes that GI's busted their backs putting together. It surprised me that the Connies simple didn't bend it to bits and go right through it. I remember early on flying what we called intruder mission in a couple of B-25's we had and the old C model birds. We would go out about as close to the deck as you could get and see if anyone on station could see us with their radar. I liked it when we had a "Bent Weapon", gave us something to do other then just sit there for 15 -16 hours trying our best to stay awake, while everyone smoked themselves to death. I particapated in some of the Discoverer Missions too. God it got hot down there around the Johnson Islands. I did like the time we spent at Hickum and Honolulu though. Dean, I could go on and on. Certainly glad I know that your site is here. Sorry it took me so long to find it. I still live close to Sacramento but could never find it in my hart to return to the base, simply too many memories. I loved it so. Jack Perock

Name: Raymond Sanchez
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From: Alexandria, Virginia
Time: 2000-05-25 22:17:33
Comments: Assigned to 960th in the 1960s.

Name: Jim Schafer
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From: Western Mass.
Time: 2000-05-25 20:47:20
Comments: Great job, I was at Otis July 63 thru Oct 66 551st FMS Prop Shop in the big hanger, watched Kennedy come in more than a few times from the back door.

Name: BILL WORDEN
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From: FORT WORTH, TEXAS
Time: 2000-05-23 14:35:18
Comments: I FORGOT TO TELL YOU WHAT GOOD MEMORIES THE SOUND WAVE OF THE "CYCLONE" CRANKING BRINGS BACK. IT JUST DOES'T LAST LONG ENOUGH, IT NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT BACK TO IDLE AND THEN SHOVED TO THE STOPS AGAIN. ANY WAY TO CYCLE THE PITCH? WHAT A SITE!!!!! BILL WORDEN PRESIDENT-CSWM

Name: BILL WORDEN
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From: Fort Worth, Texas
Time: 2000-05-22 22:47:38
Comments: I thought I had seen all the best web sites in the world but this one takes the cake and the oven! Beautiful!! I had the pleasure of working on these birds in 1953 when I lived in San Francisco and worked for TWA. I thought they were the prettiest things I had ever seen then and still do. I used to get to ride the right seat on maintenance check flights and it was a thrill for a nineteen year old wannabe pilot. I see right now I will be spendiing a lot of time on this site. Thanks for sharing. Bill Worden, President CSWM

Name: George Merryman
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From: New Iberia, La.
Time: 2000-05-22 22:23:59
Comments: Dean: I am a retired Connie driver with 10,000 hours in the seat. I have been "blessed" by having served with so many talented men. And even now, they are still my friends. I arrived at MCC in 1959, flew with the 963rd & 966th. Many missions off the west coast, Blue Straw, Project "Big Eye/College Eye", Project "Gold Digger" Keflavik, and probably more. But didn't we have fun? Got paid for it too. And did our part in the Cold war. I was also blessed by never having an emgency that we couldn't control. Alas, some of our brethern weren't so lucky. I salute them for their ultimate sacrifice. It could have been us. You've outdone yourself Dean. You have built this webpage into unbelievable memories. And General LeMay was right. The Sergeants ARE the backbone of the USAF. I have served with the best of them/and still serving with the best of them in helping to write this history. I'm so happy to contribute my small share to the page. George Merryman

Name: Chris Doyle
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From: East Longmeadow Mass.
Time: 2000-05-19 13:19:21
Comments: Real nice site. A great tribute to those who served. The EC121H picture of Vic Gobbi's plane was built by Mr. Robert Rys, from Ludlow Mass. He builds great stuff ( Smithsonian Grade) no kidding. If I'm right we took that picture at Westover ARB when we went to pick up the model. Vic, Frank Rys and I way back, I think about 1983?? not sure but it was nice to see. Take care and keep up the great work. Chris

Name: Jack Kerr
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From: Thornton, CO
Time: 2000-05-18 17:15:04
Comments: Ken Stephens, I remember you. With age names escape our memory but, as soon as I saw your message I rememebered you. You also had a close friend, I believe you came to Otis together. What was his name? Hopefully we can see you at 2001 Reunion. Jack Kerr Msgt Ret ADP Tech 11/61-10/67 and 9/67-3/70

Name: Ken Stephens
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From: Loudon Tenn
Time: 2000-05-17 10:58:52
Comments: At Otis EM Sqd as ADP Tech From Sept 61 To July 66 3500 Hrs as Adp Tech. Any one out there from this time period post message here. Ken: if you want anybody to contact you put your email address here or contact me at dboys@dean-boys.com Dean Boys WEB Master

Name: Jim LeBar
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From: Reno, NV
Time: 2000-05-13 22:42:17
Comments: Served in 963rd as Radar Operator from February 1962 to July 1964. Participated in Discoverer Program and Cuban Crisis. Aircraft Commander was Don Meeks, Weapons Contoller was Major Trudeau, and Crew Chief was Jim Bird.

Name: Paul Pelizzari
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From: Ansonia, Ct. formerly Torrington, Ct.
Time: 2000-05-11 08:36:39
Comments: Hi Dean, Have passed your page address on to other 551st. AEW&C contacts I have. I served at Otis AFB, Mass. in the 961st. as a Radar Op. from January 1957 to July 1961. Revisited a lot of great memories at the 551st. reunion in 1999. I served with the best.

Name: Fred Du Buron
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From: Kingston, MA
Time: 2000-05-08 06:31:53
Comments: Was at Korat in 1970... AMS Squadron as a Radio Troop Was in USAF for 25 years The Connies were the best! I really miss them!

Name: bryant linares
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From: Massachusetts
Time: 2000-04-30 20:26:06
Comments: Great pages. . . I have a question. . . Do you know where I could find the event calendar for this summers air shows in Massachusetts? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, B. Linares

Name: Rex Warren
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From: Roseville, Ca.
Time: 2000-04-28 19:23:12
Comments: Great site Dean. Flew as Radar Technician on the EC121D,Q,T at McClellan from 1955 to 1975 with 12k hrs. Also went to all the swell vacation sites. Kwang Ju, Itazuke, Tainan, Saigon, Korat, Udorn, Kef., McCoy. Still see some of the old bunch at the VFW in North Highlands occasionally.

Name: Bruce Long
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From: Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 2000-04-23 20:05:38
Comments: I worked in the Nav Aids shop in the 551 EMS 1967-69, then went to the 552 1970-1972. Primarily a TACAN man, I also worked APS-42, APN-22 Radar Altimeter, etc. Got to visit the lovely places of Keflavic, Itazuke, ADAK (30 days in the aleutions, waiting for the Safeguard underground warhead test), Kwang-Ju, and last, but not least, McCoy (Everyone else got to stay for a week, I got to stay for 30 days). They were good times, working with good people, working on good aircraft.

Name: jery harkness
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From: montgomery,alabama
Time: 2000-04-23 17:43:34
Comments: i was with the 551 supply sq.to viet nam twice.from 1965-1969.

Name: J.J. HUGHES
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From: CHESTNUT HILL MA
Time: 2000-04-21 10:52:34
Comments: EVERYONE OUT THERE: 551ST ALL, TEXAS TOWERS, 60TH FIGHTER INTERCEPTOR SQ. ALL OTIS AFB 55 -68. I HAVE A MEETING WITH THE NEW ENGLAND AIR MUSEUM BRADLEY FIELD CT. THURSDAY MAY 4TH,2000. NEED ALL INFO I CAN GET ON ANY OUTFIT ASSIGNED OTIS. WE NEED A PLACE IN HISTORY. WEVE EARNED IT ........JJ

Name: Connie Hewett
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From: Henrietta, Texas
Time: 2000-04-16 01:25:24
Comments: My brother, George Bletsch, made an entry in 1997 looking for information about W. P. Bletsch AMS2, Navy, and the Mar. 16, 1970 EC121 Crash at DaNang. His address and phone number have since changed. He received a call today from someone who had tracked him down in spite of the old information. If you have any information that you would like to share, please contact me at hewcj@yahoo.com and I will pass it on to him. Thank you. This site has been very helpful to me in learning more about my older brother and a bit of what he was doing in the Navy.

Name: Paul Vaillancourt
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From: Durango, CO
Time: 2000-04-14 12:45:02
Comments: Great web page! I was with the 551st EMS at Otis 1968-9 and the 552nd AMS at McClellan 1970-71. I did TDY duty at Keflavic Iceland, Korat Thieland and Itazukie Japan.

Name: Ray Langhammer MSGT RET.USAF
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From: IOWA fALLS IA
Time: 2000-04-09 19:37:33
Comments: I was in The Hydraulic Shop 552nd Mcclelland AFB 1970/1971 woud like to hear from former co workers

Name: richard (dick ) fuller
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From: orlando,fl.
Time: 2000-04-05 23:36:18
Comments: i was stationed at otis from. early mar-apr 1961,x-fered to mccoy, feb 62.worked in radar repair shop at otis, msgt gurnick  was ojt instructor.was on second detachment to fl.in 62.set up radar shop and eventually went on flying status. flew with a lot of ojt crews from McClelland and otis, don't remember a lot of names. pappy  wynn. dunbar. williams.i need to find out some flight information about the connies. i was on the bird that fell in a storm, like 14k feet or something like that. can't even remember the crew, although we all shared a fairly quiet breakfast at the in flight kitchen after. the whole crew. only time that ever happened. i guess we all gave it up that night. any info i can get on 62-63,near death experiences would be alright. and i don't mean just taking off and landing. (that was pretty frightening in itself). as second radar tech i could only judge how close we came on a couple occasions by how white the radioman on port wing exit turned. it took me a while to find this site. i'd like to hear from some of the old guys. even the newer ones. it was a nice club to belong to.

Name: Wendy Welch Parker
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From: Jax, Fla
Time: 2000-04-04 10:58:49
Comments: Dear Major Merryman, I have listened to these stories all of my life and I'm glad someone has finally put it in writing so that others may enjoy them. I can't tell you how exciting it was to pull your web page and see my father standing there re-enlisting. He looked so young and proud. I know my father thinks the world of you. My husband has just re-enlisted for the final lap of a full 20 and like you, has many stories to tell. I hope this will give him the push he needs to do it. Again, I enjoyed it so much, thank you. William T. Welch's daughter Wendy

Name: Allen Tidwell
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From: Stationed at Tinker AFB, OK ( originally San Diego )
Time: 2000-04-02 01:27:28
Comments: Great site! I,m currently a member of the 965th AACS (AWACS)/ 552ACW. I have a great interest in Air Force history and it's nice to be able to learn more about my own units history, since I can't find many books. Thanks!

Name: Rudy Preus
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From: Comox, BC, Canada
Time: 2000-04-01 22:49:40
Comments: I am a retired Canadian Air Force pilot. My hobby is Stained Glass and my Three Dimensional Stained Glass Aircraft may be of interest to your guests. If anyone wishes to view my work, please visit me at http://mars.ark.com/~stellar/

Name: Charles L. Comstock
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From: Las Vegas, Nevada
Time: 2000-03-26 15:56:45
Comments: Happy to sign your Guest Book. Member of the 965th AEW&C Sqd and then into the 4759 Aew&C Training Sqd. Feb 1961 to May 1973 with one year tour in Hopedale, Labrador. Would like to talk with anyone else in the Wing.

Name: Thomas B. Moore
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From: Roscoe, Il
Time: 2000-03-25 08:13:49
Comments: Dean I was a Ssgt stationed at Mcclellan 1971 to 1975, I was the OJT administrator for the 963 and FMS sqd.s. I was also the NCOIC of the wing graphics shop and have a lot of things that I kept when they closed my shop down in 1975. I have a lot of pictures of oour planes. Full color 8 x 10 and transparencies also 8 x 10. I have a 16 mm film somewhere of the College Eye closure too. I'm presently living in Rockford, Il. I was also in Karat Thialand, when the 121s were there in 1971. Write or E-mail me so we can get together. 552nd forever Tom

Name: Charles L. VanderStaay
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From: Wareham originally Leavenworth Kansas
Time: 2000-03-25 03:02:45
Comments: Was stationed at Otis from 1954 to 1963. 551st Electronics Maintenance Squadron. Radar Shop and T-4 trainers then PME Lab

Name: EDDIE ROSE
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From: cape cod
Time: 2000-03-24 04:19:51
Comments: I was a radar tech and served at Otis-McClellan-McCoy & Homestead. I arrived at Otis in Sept-1955 and spent most of my career as an Inflight Radar Tech.I also served in Iceland with the 551&552nd. I enjoyed my time in the Connies and met many wonderful people. I now live in Marstons Mills ,MA. approx-7 miles from Otis. I spend a lot of time on Otis at the golf course. Would enjoy hearing from any one who served in the Connies-

Name: Alan R. Bentley
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From: Aurora, IL
Time: 2000-03-19 03:02:43
Comments: I loved your site. Having been stationed at Otis AFB in 1968 and 1969 I truly enjoyed seeing the Connies again. I worked as an Automatic Flight Control Specialist in the Electronic Maintenance Squadron on the PB-10 auto pilot sytem used on the 121s. A connie flew over my house several years ago on it's way to an air show and the sound was unmistakable even after not hearing one in over 25 years. I knew what it was before I ever ran out to see it. A glorious bird indeed.

Name: Walt Troy
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From: Originally Mass. Now: VA
Time: 2000-03-19 02:04:02
Comments: I flew as a "Scope Dope" or "Blip Dip" around 1967 time frame. I was in the 962nd AEW & C. I read AJ Northrup's book and had a little piece in there about a real close friend of mine, Dennis "Skip" Cole. A.J. did an outstanding job in educating, questioning and "running us down memory lane" in his recent book. Congratulations for a job well done. Brought back many memories. Now, at age 52, I look back at those years and realize they were probably the best years of my life. Keep in touch one and all. God Speed. Walt Troy

Name: Bill Midgley
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From: Stockton Cal.
Time: 2000-03-18 14:31:57
Comments: I was the crew chief on #541,during the Big Eye operations along with a few other # but one in particular was 534, it was in the bone yard when I was given it to recoup in 1966-7 when it was ready I ferried it to Viet Nam and crewed it during my tour in the Big eye and College Eye task forces. I was discharged in Jan.1968 and havn't seen or heard from anywone from my old squadron since.

Name: George R. Keiser
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From: Mifflin PA 17058
Time: 2000-03-15 04:12:02
Comments: Flew WV-2 and R7V with Navy Squadron VW-2 based at Patuxent River, MD. Was Command Pilot in both aircraft.Deployed to the Mediterranean Area, 1956 to 1959. What a great aircraft to fly!!! I`m checking BuNos to see if any of the aircraftI`ve flown are still in existence. (Flying or on static display in museums) Have enjoyed the tour of your site. Thanks for the revelations. George "Bob" Keiser.

Name: Robert B. Green
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From: King George, Va 22485
Time: 2000-03-07 16:37:18
Comments: I was stationed at Otis afb from sep 1967 to jan 1969 Served as a crew chief on the EC-121 in the 551st OMS. enjoyed your web site. brought back some found memories of Otis and the cape cod area. Would like to know if anyone has heard from sgt. Donald R. Wilson I've been trying to locate him for several years. We both served together at Bein Hoa and then at Otis where I received my Discharge in 1969. Sgt wilson's last known assignment was in Germany. Anyone knowing of his whereabouts can contact me at fylogs@crosslink.net

Name: Ray Swiatek
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From: Palatine,IL.
Time: 2000-03-03 19:35:35
Comments: In 1969, A group of us came to the 551st OMS from TUSLOG Det. 192, Incirlik AB, Turkey. The Connie was a far cry from the C-54's we were use to. After eight Months at Otis, I was transfered to the 552nd OMS at McClellan. As a member of Red 3 Recovery Team. I was there 1970 thru 1971 until I got out. By this time I really liked the old Connie. I was on the line the night we got "Triple Nickel" ready for her flight to the Air Force Museum. Thanks Dean, because of this web site I just talked to a guy who I haven't seen in 29 years. Good work.

Name: Roger Satchell
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From: Washington C.H., Ohio
Time: 2000-03-02 01:32:55
Comments: I was a Ratech from 1967 thru 1971....with the ams squadron....your web page brings back many memories. I am lucky to see 555 at the AF museum whenever i want....i remembered crewing the plane back from Kwang Ju Korea.We went to Tainan, Taiwan. It was going to go through an ISO inspection before it was named the City of Sacramento before it went to Dayton Thanks for the memories

Name: Wayne Higden
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From: Burlington, Mass.
Time: 2000-02-25 17:32:48
Comments: Spent from 9/67 to 7/68 at Otis as part of the 551OM flight line. Returned from Vietnam to 552 9/68 to 3/71. Went to McCoy for three months to support the R model flight crew training while at Otis.

Name: Peter Bono
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From: Northport, (L.I.) NY
Time: 2000-02-25 13:22:46
Comments: I was a crewmember (CIM) on EC121R's (554th)at Khorat in 67/68. Good to see your page.

Name: mike lilley
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From: lafayette,LA
Time: 2000-02-23 20:30:50
Comments: DEAN, I LIVE 20 MILES NORTH OF GEORGE MERRIMAN.

Name: John McDonough
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From: Charlton Ma--now
Time: 2000-02-19 03:38:53
Comments: Man..does THIS bring back memories..I was a assigned to the 551st Electronics Maintenance Squadron from '61 through most of 66 before being cross-trained into Comm. and sent to Spain. I have over 4800 hours in the "Connies", and remember the anxiety and dismay the night that 136 went down..I worked with and considered Airman Surles, one of the survivors, a friend. Ironically, one month to the day after this terrible mishap, I happened to be on the 2130 mission..the same mission as 136 had been on. Co-incidentally, the aircraft I was on happened to be 134---136's sister ship. We had a Lt. Col. as A/C, and a rookie 2nd Lt. as co-pilot. Strange as it sounds, we drew the same radar station as 136 had a month earlier, and at almost the same time that 136 had declared an emergency, we had an engine failure in #2 engine. Feathering the engine was routine, and Connies are alledged to be flyable on one engine, although I wouldn't really like to test the theory. So nobody was really concerned...yet. However, the A/C, following procedure, turned the controls over to the co-pilot, then left to do a visual check on the feathered engine... Now things got interesting! The co-pilot, forgetting that we were EARLY in the mission, at maximum altitude, and with an almost full fuel load, concentrated on maintaining altitude and heading, and failed to watch the airspeed...which, with the altitude and aircraft weight...began to bleed off....until the aircraft STALLED!! I don't know how many of you know what it's like to be in an aircraft that has stalled...it felt like someone BIG had grabbed the aicraft and started shaking it like a dog with a rag!! NOW we were concerned! Everything was TOO coincidental...same time, same altitude, same station, sister ship....there were at least 3 crewmen who had their survival suits on before anyone even knew what was happening... Outcome was anti-climactic.. The A/C knwe immediately what was going on, and he literally sprinted to the cockpit, reached over, pushed the yoke forward, which put the bird in a shallow dive whereupon it picked up speed and came right out of the stall.... He DID say at the de-briefing that we all had a unique experience though... I'll be getting back here often...Never lost my love for this aircraft...graceful, neat airplane.. John McD Bigest mistake in my life was getting out of the USAF in 1969...

Name: Tex Thompson
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From: Ft. Worth Texas
Time: 2000-02-18 12:25:29
Comments: Great sight! As a current member of the 552nd, and an avid model airplane builder, I thank you for this wonderful reference sight, as well as a view of our Wing's history!

Name: SSGT Robert C Moore
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From: READING,PA
Time: 2000-02-17 03:37:47
Comments: WILL BE BACK,VERY INTERESTING SITE,I AM EX EC-121 PROP MECHANIC.I SEE ONE OF MY PLANES IS SITTING AT LACKLAND AFB. I WAS AT MIDDLETOWN,PA WITH THE 193d TEW GROUP BEFORE THEY WENT TO C-130's thanks bob

Name: Wayne D. Freese
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Time: 2000-02-15 06:27:58
Comments: Served in the "Connies" as a radar operator 1961-1965, first in the 965th and then in T-4 Training, HQs Sqdn, think I saw all you operators at least twice a month at the T-4. Returned to the "Connies" 1969-1972, 963rd. Great informatation in this web page. Been to most of the places mentioned and thorughly enjoyed my 7 years on status. Miss some of those "Velvet Hammer" nites. Was at the last reunion in 1999 the second one for me. Was good to see some of the old gang.

Name: Gary K. Trice
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From: Lavaca Ark.
Time: 2000-02-15 04:41:06
Comments: I crewed 53-0118 in 1973 and 1974 at Korat RTAFB would like to hear all who were there.

Name: Alan Howes
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From: Eagle River, AK
Time: 2000-02-12 16:49:26
Comments: Great site Dean. We were stationed together at Tinker before your retirement. I was an AST in the 963 AWACS. Presently the Ops Super in the 962 AACS getting ready to retire myself this summer. Best of luck

Name: T.R. Ingledue AEC USN(ret)
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From: Chesapeake, VA 23320
Time: 2000-02-09 03:56:37
Comments: This is a very interesting Site. I was an enlisted crew-member with VW-11 in Argentia, NFLD in 1959-1961 and again in1964&5. We flew an extension of the Pinetree line from "Arg"And later, Keflevik,Iceland.

Name: Van O. Woomer
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From: Sumter, S.C.
Time: 2000-02-07 23:17:22
Comments: I appreciate your website. It brings back many memories.I flew as AWCC with the 962nd from 1961 to 1964 and knew some of the men lost on the last ditching. Several were close personal friends. I hope to attend the next reunion in 2000.

Name: edward sommer
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From: Pa
Time: 2000-02-06 18:30:17
Comments: was with the 963rd aew&c squadron i 1961 & 1962 as a radar operator.

Name: brooks, doug
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From: Sacramento, CA
Time: 2000-02-05 06:30:21
Comments: 963rd, 552 wing from McClellan 1967/1970. C.E.T.F. 9-68/1-69. Sandy and boys are out there. We are old now, we can talk. I miss those strange times. write!!!

Name: Jon Stacey
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From: Portland, OR
Time: 2000-02-01 17:14:10
Comments: I was an Instructor Weapons Controller on Connies out of McClellan AFB, CA from 1972-1974. Flew on D & T models; many TDYs to Keflavia NAS, Iceland and Korat RTAFB, Thailand.

Name: Joe R. Gonzales
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From: Layton, Utah
Time: 2000-01-30 23:50:41
Comments: Just thought i should drop a line to let you know how glad I am of someone keeping the "Connie" alive. I was a BatCat with the 554th rec. at Korat AB Thailand during 1968-69. We flew in EC-121R's. Of course ours were camoflaged and had no hump. I still good memories of the missions we flew. At the time I was a Staff Sgt. I was a Radio Tech. AFSC 32870 on return to the U.S. I couldn't get back on a return tour. I returned to Edwards AFB in the 6515 AMS Sq. Later I transferred to the 6514th at Hill. So I retired at Hill AFB, Utah in 2-1977. Thanks, I enjoyed the very good tour.

Name: Bob Kendig
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From: Tampa FL
Time: 2000-01-28 03:32:26
Comments: Great site. I was to PCS from Murphy Dome to 552 but orders were changed and I went to Key West NCC instead. I knew several guys from both 552 and 551 at several of my assignments in Sage. It was great to learn more about your part of the system.

Name: Arnold Hooper
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From: Penobscot, Maine
Time: 2000-01-27 21:39:04
Comments: At McClellan in 1957-56. 964th AEW & C Squad.

Name: Richard Gent
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Time: 2000-01-23 22:55:31
Comments: Got transfered on to the connies in the mid 50's when the 3535 BTW(H) at Mather AFB closed down. Spent a year on them before going to MATS at Dover AFB to fly C-124 & C-133. My position was Flight Engineer. Would like to find out when the next reunion will be. Richard (Dick) Gent USAF RET

Name: Charlie Deits
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From: Foley, AL
Time: 2000-01-23 03:08:11
Comments: Retired CMSGT - USAF. Served with 964th 1961-67, as Radar Operations Supv./Crew Chief and First Sergeant. Served with 966th at McCoy AFB 1967-1970 as First Sergeant.

Name: Bob Travis
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From: Valencia, CA
Time: 2000-01-07 22:21:14
Comments: Thanks for the memories, I was a radar tech on "554" now retired at the Pima Air Museum. I ran across it when we were visiting years ago. I couldn't believe it was the same plane I spent so many hours on and now I find this plane on the internet. Great way to preserve memories. If you know of any sites where radar tech's from the late '50's are registering I would be very intersted. Bob

Name: Data Village
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Time: 2000-01-05 02:33:45
Comments: I liked your website - if you would like some more exposure, please add your site to my directory (the URL is above).

Name: myasnikov avi
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From: israel
Time: 2000-01-01 19:21:33
Comments: A great site.anything about C-69? Myasnikov Avi Merchav Aviri historic aviation magazine,Israel.

Name: Craig Janicki
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From: Tucker GA
Time: 2000-01-01 06:33:44
Comments: Great pictures on the 767

Name: George Bishop
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From: Del City, Ok
Time: 1999-12-29 15:42:13
Comments: RT at McClellan AFB from Jan 73 thru Oct 75

Name: s/sgt Richard E Mack
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From: Strongsville,Ohio
Time: 1999-12-22 16:01:25
Comments: Stationed at McClellan AFB from Jan 1954 to Jan 1957 on line , dock , flight crew also NCOIC of midnight dock crew 1956 to discharge

Name: George Barr
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From: New Tripoli, PA
Time: 1999-12-04 19:04:23
Comments: Autopilot maintenance and repair with 551st at Otis and 553rd at Korat 1968 to 1970. Still my favorite airplane.

Name: Earl John Seely
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From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Time: 1999-12-01 04:18:46
Comments: Great Page.. I was a member of the 964th from 1970 to 1973. Worked as a radar operations type. Served in all the great places mentioned in this site. Visit this web site at least once a week, brings back a lot of memories of a 19 year old kid. After all those years still a member of the Air National Guard getting ready to deploy to South West Asia this month. Now working with the TPS 75 Radar mobile ground tacs. Guess I will be a scope dope for a few more years. Kind of strange now doing data links with the E-3 AWACS knowing I flew with the old EC-121's. Thanks again for the Web page....Will be in touch Sincerely SMSG E. John Seely

Name: Albert J. Pollen
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From: Elmira NY/Orlando Fl
Time: 1999-11-27 07:14:09
Comments: Good-ole 966th AEW&C. Over 5000 hours in the EC 121 as a radar operator on the 24th. Remembering one night making a radio check with Hawaii at the same time the 552nd Wing boys were doing it on HF from south of Key West. When I gave them the GEOREF of GHJK 3010 it blew the guys mind in Hawaii. Some wonderful memories and all because of the wonderful bunch of guys that made it what it was. Just some that come to mind are Maj. Wade Johnson;Airman Bruce Smith, Bill Collins, SSgt Perry, Msgt Gilbert (Hi Gill), Maj Monar, Sgt Beach (hot foot!), Pappy, Lt. MacNamerra, Bob Rough (saw your entry Bob..(Hows the old truck?),and Im leaving out so many more. The 966th didnt loose two upper raydomes in 24 hours did they!! A record if I ever saw one. "Excuse me Sir how come we take off only once but have to land seven times or is that how its done?" Redhanded/Brownstone/Consult it was fun THANKS GUYS

Name: Roger (satch) Satchell
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From: washington c.h., ohio 43160
Time: 1999-11-16 00:23:26
Comments: i was a radar tech at mclellan from 68 thru 71. i have went tdy to korat, korea, iceland, japan, and many other places. some of these trips more than once. anyone wishing to contact me please do, especially my old 552nd ams buddies thank you very much........roger

Name: Jimmy J. Bost
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From: Ohio
Time: 1999-11-15 03:09:35
Comments: Great Page. I have been looking for information on the 553rd for a long time. I was at Korat from Sept 69 to Jul 70 as a CIM. I would like information about any of the members of Crew 5. Lt Col Baltz, Lt Snellgrove, Maj Myers, May Biggs Maj Sommers, Ssgt Rosencrans, Sgt Coffman Let me know if you know Jimmy J. Bost, Retired SMSgt

Name: Bob Perkins
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From: Los Angeles
Time: 1999-11-13 11:41:21
Comments: Anyone else remember the 'Whisper Pig... Always on time' t-shirts? I was a weapons tech with connies from 73 to 78 (963rd, Det 1), was in 121 when she burnt in Kef (but not for long), and was on the last flight out of Iceland. Seeing these names is like old home week. Scott, Dave, Bill, Randy Kliner (awesome boss). I'm sure glad to see the old girl hasn't been forgotten.

Name: James Terry Mann
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From:
Time: 1999-11-09 18:46:17
Comments: Served in VW-13, NS Argentia, NFLD from Aug 62 to Sept 64. 2000+ flight hrs in WV-2 in 2 yrs. Executed the first successful Soviet W class submarine in North Atlantic using newly installed Jezzibel sonor from an EC-121P Retired from the USNR-R in 1984 as O6. Would love to hear from ex-squadron mates from VW-13 and our next door neighbors at Arg, VW-11 as well.

Name: Dan Vancil
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From: East St. Louis, IL
Time: 1999-11-07 12:06:59
Comments: The ENC-121K and the NC-121K (BuNo 141292) VAQ-33 GD-12 at Florence, SC are probably the same A/C. The 'canoe' on top and bottom of the fuselage held steerable antennae. The noticeable bumps on the nose radome gave clearance for one of the four fixed antenna receiver arrays. I had the good fortune to be a crewman in this A/C from '73 to '77.

Name: RON TURMAN (SKYCOP)
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From: TULSA, OK
Time: 1999-10-23 17:24:07
Comments: I was stationed at Korat, with the 552, as a CIM. Would like to hear from some of you BATCATs that were there in 68-69.

Name: Eddie B. Hawkins, USAF. MSgt Retired
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From: Altus, Arkansas
Time: 1999-10-21 22:36:35
Comments: Spent 5 years on the Connie as a Radio Operator. Sept 55 - Jan 59 with the 551st, 960th Sq. "A" Flight, Crew A-1. I recall having Major Krynovich and Capt. Horn as AC Commanders. I have fond memories of those years. I attended the last 551st reunion, and had a great time. Looking forward to the next one. I went from the 551st. to the 552nd, 964th. Sq. Spent about a year and a half there before going overseas. Retired Feb. 1975. Spent the last 5 years with ARRS on HC-130's. Would like to hear from any of my old friends. Eddie B. Hawkins PO Box15 Altus, Ar. 72821 E-mail address: ehawkins@ozip.net Tele #: 501-468-6434

Name: George Perine
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From: Wanamassa NJ
Time: 1999-10-07 19:16:42
Comments: I was assigned to the 552nd periodic maintence sqdn,at McClellan AFB 11/53 as one of the first A&E mechs,to get there. I served there untill my discharge on 3/10/57. A great outfit and a great base. Our mess hall had the best chow I ever ate in the service. I met my best Air Force Buddy last year after 41 years. They have a navy version of the Connie at there museum there.

Name: Jon S. Bowman
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From: Sacramento California
Time: 1999-10-07 00:54:27
Comments: RADAR Operator ( Scope Dope) served in the 552nd Wing, 964th AEW&C from May 8, 1958 to Nov 26, 1966. Before that, Thule Greenland, 931st ACW 1957. Keesler AFB 1956-1957. Any "old timers" out there?? Any collectors who have patches from these units? I would like to purchase. Thanks, Jon

Name: Robert J. (Bob) Smith
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From: Townsend, Tn
Time: 1999-10-01 04:29:55
Comments: I arrived at Otis in June, 1956, Assigned to the 960th, in the "old" barracks section. I came in from King Salmon, Alaska. I spent 5 years and 1 day before being sent back to remote AlaskaI flew 6003 hrs in that time. I crewed with such as Joe Spradlin, Don Petry, Capt. Peter J. Horn, lt. John S. Ryan, Tony DeCarlo,. I Flew as airstrike controller on C-130's in SEA for a little over 4500 hrs--2 tours. Any of you that remember me, give me a call or drop me a line---Robert J. smith P.O. Box 102, Townsend, Tn.,37882----Phone # 1-423-448-6646

Name: Robert J. (Bob) Smith
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From: Townsend, Tn
Time: 1999-10-01 04:33:11
Comments: I arrived at Otis in June, 1956, Assigned to the 960th, in the "old" barracks section. I came in from King Salmon, Alaska. I spent 5 years and 1 day before being sent back to remote AlaskaI flew 6003 hrs in that time. I crewed with such as Joe Spradlin, Don Petry, Capt. Peter J. Horn, lt. John S. Ryan, Tony DeCarlo,. I Flew as airstrike controller on C-130's in SEA for a little over 4500 hrs--2 tours. Any of you that remember me, give me a call or drop me a line---Robert J. smith P.O. Box 102, Townsend, Tn.,37882----Phone # 1-423-448-6646

Name: Todd A. Downey
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From:
Time: 1999-09-24 01:50:31
Comments: Paul Downey's son

Name: Sam Woolard
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From: Foxboro,Massachusetts
Time: 1999-09-17 02:06:31
Comments: I did just surf on in and will enjoy all the information.

Name: Herbert W. Bates
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From: Orlando,FL
Time: 1999-09-08 03:19:06
Comments: I Was in the 962 at Otis, Also on the Texas Towers there. Then I went to the 966 at McCoy AFB,Fl

Name: Steve Adams
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From: Marietta, GA
Time: 1999-09-02 14:34:22
Comments: I was assigned to the radar shop in VQ-1 from Oct 1965 until Oct 1968. Flew on the Connies as a radar/ECM operator. Many great memories of Atsugi, Da Nang, Cubi Point, etc. Went on to NATC Pt Mugu and left the Navy in 1972. Have been with Lockheed ever since. Am now a department manager in the field support division providing customer services for the P-3, S-3, C-130, C-141, C-5 and in the future, the F-22. Looking to retire in 3-5 years and play as much golf as possible. This is a great site, keep up the good work.

Name: Jim Thornton
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Time: 1999-08-30 23:37:07
Comments: Thanks for the memories! I flew MIG cap for y'all many times for while stationed at Cam Rahn Bay in the 557 TFS, 1965-66. I will never forget one of your troops asking for us to join up after a mission, so they could take some pictures. I had the flaps and speed brakes out just trying to keep Old Ugly (F-4C) in the air while Bigeye had poured the cobs to the old girl to help keep me in the air. I was asked to move in closer, for a better picture, and complied only to see a bunch of guys hanging out of the aircraft with their cameras through a big open door! I mentioned that I hoped none of the guys would fall out and the A/C assured me they were all strapped in. What fun! The missions were about six hours long, cruel and awful punishment for fighter jocks, and lunch consisted of roast beef sandwiches (jerky by lunchtime) washed down with a can of Donald Duck orange juice. All the hours were well worth it when my wingman and I were able to force a MIG to head back to base after heading out our way. My best wishes to all the Bigeye troops and thanks for all you did for this country.

Name: Charles D. Silverstein
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From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania... now Leonia, NJ
Time: 1999-08-29 15:18:23
Comments: I was an Aircraft Electrician with the 551st from June '63 till transferred to the 553rd when it was formed. Went to Panama twice with evaluation Connies. Flew in the first flight of 7 Connies to Korat, Oct. '67. Tour ended in Oct. '68, transferred to Plattsburgh AFB, SAC. Was ordered to return, with many other specialists, to Korat in about Feb. '69 in support of the mission. Stayed for two months.

Name: Mike O'connor
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From: Franklin, Mass.
Time: 1999-08-22 17:33:54
Comments: I am the only son of the late Lt. Col. Henry Mike O'connor. My father's name can be found in the 961st handbook on this site as the commander from 1961 to 1962. We lived at 5738 kelly st. on Otis from 1957 to 1962. My father then went to Thiland for a year and then on to the 552 in California. During the summer of 1964, he suffered a massive stroke while playing golf at the sunset oaks golf club. My mother had him moved to the VA hospital in Boston where he died on Nov. 5, 1965. I would love to hear from anyone who knew my dad or anyone who might remember me. I am a Tsgt. in the Air Force Reserves at Westover Air Reserve Base where I was a dependent , one year old in the earily 50's.

Name: PARIS LEON SAUNDERS
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From: ROANOKE ,VA
Time: 1999-08-20 22:55:22
Comments: HI FOLKS ! I WAS WITH THE 552TH AIRBORNE RADAR SHOP (32832).IF ANYONE REMENBERS ME SEND ME E-MAIL.MY TOUR DATE WAS 1971 TILL 1973

Name: Jerry Peppenger
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From: Sacramento, CA
Time: 1999-08-16 14:01:46
Comments: I was a BatCat from 1967 to 1968 and was on crew 7 during 1968 in the 553rd.

Name: Greg Ellison
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From: OKC
Time: 1999-08-13 02:29:39
Comments: Yikes..ya'll are some old connie guys!...and I thought I was old. I was a radar tech working (or playing cards most of the time)in the Radar Shop at McClellan from Jun 73 to Sep 75 when I got an early out. Came back in the AF in Feb 77 and they sent me to Tinker of all places, to the new 552d AWACW where I began my new career as an AWACS radar guy. Was here for delivery of the first AWACS, I'm still here in the 552d after more than 22 years, and plan on spending a few years of the new millenium in the 552d. I simply refuse to stop doing something I enjoy so much. I'm in the 552d Component Repair Squadron (CRS), the heir to the lineage of the original 552 EMS and 552 AMS. Mostly I just watch AWACS maintainers these days, and try to make sure they do it right...but, just as it was long ago, they are a slippery bunch. Funny, I remember years ago in AWACS when I would be referred to as an "old connie guy", 'til one day somebody asked "what other kind of connie guy is there?". I think all you "old connie guys" would like the AWACS maintenance guys of today..they work hard with low manning, no parts, no money for parts, TRICARE, a crowded small hospital, benefits going to hell, continuous TDYs to Saudi, Turkey, down south, all the flag exercises, all the other exercises anyone can think of, static displays all over the US, the odd NATO conflict every now and then, etc. The AWACS ops guys have some of these problems plus their own list of problems. But I think it's getting better. Of course, I'm sure it's not as bad as in the 50's and 60's, but still not always loads of fun. I like this page, only I really don't see any names of guys I knew when I was at McClellan. I recall Ernie Smith, Jobe, Tom Ferguson (there was also a MSgt Ferguson, I think), a civilian named Alsaker(?), Sweeton, Staude, Adams, John Richard, Tribble, Slope White, Felker, Golabiewski (now an AFETS guy here at Tinker), Randy White, Rick Miller, Ben Vincek, Dave Ramirez, Jim Davis, Camarillo, and others whose names escape me right now. Anyway, glad I dropped by....Greg Ellison

Name: mike o'connor
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From: Cape Cod , Massachusetts
Time: 1999-08-10 13:06:37
Comments: I am the only son of the late Lt.Col. Henry M. O'connor. My father was the commander of the 961 squadron at otis from 1961 to 1962. He then went to Thiland for a year and then to the 552 in California. During the summer of 1964 he suffered a stroke while playing golf. 1 year later, he passed away at a VA hospital in Boston. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knew my father. My e-mail address is MOCO858934@aol.com. Michael J. O'connor

Name: Robert Bjornsen Jr.
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From: Piscataway, NJ
Time: 1999-08-07 14:05:49
Comments: I was a member of the 551st EM Squadron from April 1962 until July 2, 1965. I was an airborne Nav-Tech for all that time logging more than 1500 airborne hours. Now reside in Piscatway, NJ with my wife of 36 years.

Name: Charles L. VanderStaay
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From: Originally Leavenworth Kansas now Wareham Mass
Time: 1999-08-05 02:04:41
Comments: I was stationed at Otis AFB from 1956 to 1963 in the 551st Electronics Maintenance Squadron which was renamed the 551 st Avonics Squadron.

Name: Rayburn Brooks
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From: Texas
Time: 1999-07-14 03:07:48
Comments: AIRBARSRON 2 and AEWBARRONPAC sailor 1959-1960 AEWRON ELEVEN sailor 1960-1962 102 Barriers Rayburn Brooks ATCS USN Ret

Name: Bob Caggiano
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From: Hamburg, New Jersey
Time: 1999-07-03 05:33:50
Comments: What a great site and tribute to the ol' Connies! As a former radar operator, I never got to do AEW, but always loved the grace and clean lines of the Connie. I flew in a civilian version, "Flying Tiger" airlines from Goose AB to McGuire once. I wanted to get out and push! Talk about S-L-O-W!! I have a photo I took of 53-0535 at Goose AB, May 1965 if anyone is interested.

Name: Tom Assenmacher
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From: Kinsale, VA
Time: 1999-07-01 12:00:21
Comments: I flew Willie Victors out of Argentia and Keflavik in the mid 60's in VW-11 just before the squadron was decomissioned. Got about 500 hours pilot time in the EC-121K and P versions (yes, I saw sonobouys being shot out the main cabin door). Just noticed on the news and in the Washington Post that the Soviets attempted to penetrate Icelandic airspace with a BEAR. Looks like some of us old WV pilots and CICO's need to get ready to be called back into service - Must be some old BEAR pilots up there too! Regards, Tom Assenmacher CDR USN (RET)

Name: Bob MacAvoy
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From: New Jersey
Time: 1999-06-30 14:35:09
Comments: I saw my first Connie at McGuire AFB, NJ in May '66. If memory serves me correctly they were being flown by the NJANG then. The first time I flew in one was on the old Eastern shuttle from DC to Newark during a thunderstorm. What a ride! I never saw so many sparks flying off the static discharges as I saw that day. I spent my years ('66-'69) in the AF as a fuel system mechanic 42450 at McGuire, Phan Rang, and McChord with TDY's to Dover, Myrtle Beach, Bin Thuy, Bien Hoa, and Cam Ranh Bay. Primarily worked on F-100, B-57, C-124, C-130, C-135, C-141 airframes, and spent a few hours on transient leaking C-54, C-118, and C-133's.

Name: Rae Crumpler
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From: Hampton, VA
Time: 1999-06-29 00:25:43
Comments: My first flight was aboard a TWA (Trans World Air., or as we used to say Travel With Angels) Super Connie from Norfolk, VA to Chicagp's Midway Airport, non-stop. I think that flight is why I wound up spending twenty-seven and a half years in the USAF. Thanks for sharing your GREAT site. Rae Crumpler

Name: Allan Christianson
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From: Madison Wisconsin
Time: 1999-06-23 20:51:00
Comments: Served in 551st EMS at Otis from Dec 60-Jan 64 Airborne Radar Shop - AN/APS95

Name: Martin Ray Holbrook
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From: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Time: 1999-06-09 21:32:22
Comments: Great Website! Obtaining information on the Connie for my father-in-law who worked on the P-38 & the Connie at the Lockheed Plant One outside Burbank, Ca from 1942-1945. Lots of great photos.....keep up the good work. Thanks mrh

Name: Haul Carnes ACW2/ACC(Ret)
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From: Kannapolis,NC (ret. Oxford,AL)
Time: 1999-05-31 21:34:41
Comments: Great Web Page. About time. Brings back many fond memories. Looking forward to seeing some old friends in Oct at Pax.

Name: Patrick Kerber
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From: Fairbanks, Alaska
Time: 1999-05-20 10:29:48
Comments: My first flight on a military aircraft was at Otis during the summer of '66. I was 15 years old and a Civil Air Patrol cadet from Lexington, MA. We were at Otis for a two week summer encampment and took a local one hour flight. I remember it was quite turbulent and I got airsick. Went on later to become a pilot and flight instructor. Now an air traffic controller with the FAA and also a KC-135 boom operator with the Alaska Air National Guard at Eielson AFB. I credit the CAP and that 121 flight with sparking my interest in aviation. Still a CAP member!

Name: Ray Goforth
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From: Silverdale, WA
Time: 1999-05-20 04:09:21
Comments: Served in AIRBARSRON 2 from 1958 through 1961.

Name: Brian Hykes
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From: Goode, Va
Time: 1999-05-19 15:11:51
Comments: Enjoyed the page. I was a pilot with VW-1 in Agana, Guam-- 1967-1969. We flew storms and had a detachment in Chu-Lai,RVN. Any information on them? Thanks, Brian

Name: Allen West
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From: Greenwood, SC
Time: 1999-05-11 21:10:02
Comments: ATN2 in VW11 1965

Name: Ray Swiatek
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From: Palatine,IL.
Time: 1999-05-06 17:07:23
Comments: I was stationed at McClellan for two years with 552nd OMS. Was a member of Red3 Recovery Team and Crew Chief of 412.

Name: SMSgt (Retired) David W. Curl (Youngblood)
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From: Grissom Air Reserve Base, Peru, Indiana
Time: 1999-04-27 17:29:04
Comments: I miss flying on the Connie. I was stationed at McClellan from May 72-Jan 76 as an Airborne Radio Operator. I spent the majority of my time TDY to Korat. I then moved with the unit to Homestead from Jan 76-Feb 77. I flew on AWACS from Feb 77-Sep 88. I became Superintendent of the EC-135 Relay Aircraft in 1988 until I retired in 1994. I flew on the EC-135's during Desert Storm with missions in Iraq providing Radio Relay and Battle Damage Assessment for the A-10 aircraft. It was very different from what we experienced flying out of Korat. I am now the Liaison NCO for the Indiana Wing Civil Air Patrol. I still wear the uniform and I enjoy working with the different Civil Air Patrol units in Indiana and the Great Lakes Region. I have to drive all the way to Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio to use the BX or Commissary. Hope to hear from some of you who remember me.

Name: Thomas D. Actis
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From: Nashua,NH
Time: 1999-04-14 08:07:45
Comments: I was stationed at McClellan (552nd) in the AGE shop from Sept 69 - Apr 71. TDY to Korat,Tainan,Keflavik(3times)

Name: John W. Harkins
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From: McClellan AFB, Ca. Mall
Time: 1999-04-09 17:58:42
Comments: I have a military shop here in the Mall and sell military memorbilia. I designed the 552nd Tee Shirt for the reunion and will be selling there. If you cant't make it please order by phone (916)929-2560. John Harkins Ret AF (MSGT)

Name: Charles White
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From: Alexandria, VA
Time: 1999-04-03 04:42:53
Comments: I am a radio control modeler and want to build a large scale model of the EC-121K. Your site is unbelievable. I want to pass on so many thanks I don't know where to start. However, where can I find 3-views of the Warning Star. Chic White

Name: raymond a. harley
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From: st croix, us virgin islands
Time: 1999-03-17 22:31:29
Comments: i am former u.s.navy adr-3 (mechanic/piston pounder) 1966-1970. served in vietnam when assigned to fleet air reconissance squadron one(vq-1). i have been trying for some time to find more info on the ec-121's the aircraft described on one of the sites by its bu.no. as being shot down off korea in 1969 was assigned t to my squadron. i may have a photo. another from our squadron was lost at danang,vietnam in 1969 i belive when 2 engines on the starboard side was lost while on final . ihave some photograph's that i will try and locate your site. please contact me for i will visit your again and again. tks ray.

Name: Paul Pelizzari
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From: Ansonia, Ct.
Time: 1999-03-14 22:01:48
Comments: Seems every time I try to retrieve bookmarks relating to the 551st. or 961st., they come up as obsolete or expired links! Still alive and kicking though!

Name: Floyd I Shank
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From: Plymouth,Ma 02360
Time: 1999-03-12 20:22:29
Comments: I was stationed at Otis AFB 1957 to 1961. I flew 3yrs-8mo 961st AEW&C Sq,Crew 45, C Flight. Over 3000 hrs. Some of the A/C , Crew 45 were Capt Wilgus, Capt Holzshue, and the last was Capt Russell Mahoney. All very professional and good pilots. Some Radar Crew Chiefs Crew 45 were S/Sgt Simpson ,S/Sgt King, S/Sgt Tardy, and S/Sgt Pointer. Radar crew members were J.Thompson, R.Sargeant, E. Bryant, A. Cohrs, D. Cogley H. Merkey, R. Carlson, and F.Shank .R/O were S/Sgt Fells and A/2C Cormeir. I have found this to be a very worth while experience flying on the "CONNIE" and being part of the ADC Misson at that time. Flights were sometimes long, boring , but it was still better then working shift duties. I would do it again.I was discharged May 61, A/1C with 1yr in grade. I was from New Kensington, Pa but when discharged elected to live on the cape . Worked for Colonial Candle of Cape Cod for 32 years and retired 1991. I enjoy digging up old buddies from the 961st and traveling. Any former members of the 961st out there-give me a call.

Name: Bob Orsini
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From: East Aurora, N.Y.
Time: 1999-03-10 21:03:44
Comments: I was in VW-1 from Feb 67 to Aug 68. I was a flight mechanic with crew 7 "Road Runner", for about a year. I have lots of fond memories and some moments of shear terror also. The connie will always be "The Queen of The Skies".

Name: Norman Bull
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Time: 1999-03-10 14:54:35
Comments: Former member of Navy Connie squadrons and EC-121M and WC-121N aircraft commander. AEWBARRONPAC 1962. VQ-1 1963-65. VW-1 1970-71 (Commanding Officer). Great Web Page! Well Done. Sincerely, Norm Bull, CAPT, USN (Ret)

Name: Gerald Emery
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From: Anderson CA
Time: 1999-03-01 00:18:15
Comments: I have been looking for years, to find a site like this. I am very impressed with the work and workmanship of your site. Im just speechless, but will recover and get back to you after I have had a little time to explore and enjoy. Since I served in both the 551th and the 552nd Wings, I can really appreciate your research and efforts. You have my thanks and appreciation and if I can do anything to help or anything else need just let me know.......Jerry

Name: Joe Sheldon
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From: Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Time: 1999-02-28 21:16:14
Comments: GREAT SITE!!!!!! I was in 966AEW&C Sq. at McCoy AFB FL from mid 1961 to early 1968. Served as Inflight Radar Tech 64-67 and accumulated 3000 hrs. Made as high as Instructor Tech. Flew with Don Stubstead, Roger Zenrick, Tom Crabtree, Pappy Winn, Russ Abell, Fred Dunbar, Ferrell W. Coggins, Dan Brust, Creighton (Joe) Smith, and many many more that escapes my memory now. My first Commander was Col. Max (The Axe) Sansing. He would play the harmonica and I would play the banjo and sing nasty songs at Squadron parties after children and wives left. Started my Air Force Career in the Lockheed EC121D/Q and ended with Lockheed MC130E Combat Talon. Best of luck in the future and keep up your excellent work. A lot of memories are in your pages. THANKS!!!

Name: Eddie B. Hawkins, MSgt Ret.
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From: Altus, Ar. 72821
Time: 1999-02-23 00:54:48
Comments: I was a Radio Operator with the 960th from 55-59. Had a great time flying with the Connie's. Enjoyed the Cape, and met a lot of nice people there. I still maintain contact with a couple other RO's. Eddie Bell, has a construction business in NV. and Malcolm Harper, a retired Delta Captain living in GA. As for myself, I retired from the AF in 75. and the Postal Service in 97, And currently enjoy being a Champion Loafer. Would enjoy hearing from any of my old friends. Check out the 960th. I sent in an old crew photo last year, its posted there. Also spent a year with the 964th, 59-60. Would like to mention Peter J. Horn. A fine Aircraft Commander.

Name: Bob Addy
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From: Greenwood, Ind.
Time: 1999-02-13 02:23:06
Comments: I was stationed at Otis from '62 'till mid '65. I was in the 551FMS and worked out of the HVR&P shop. I can well recall working on those Connies in the winter... with my head stuck up in a wing or engine nacelle an' the wind a howling. Was there ever a day on the Cape that the wind didn't blow? Didn't know how good I had it! Ah well, quite a hoot, this thing called "LIFE". I'm gone. Indiana Bob

Name: Bob Cabral
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From: Kennebunk, Maine
Time: 1999-02-12 02:24:24
Comments: Radar operator with the 963rd from '72-'74. All the standard TDY's to Kef, Korat, Homestead. Fond memories of everything, including the several near disasters (except the stench at Kef when the wind was blowing in from the fish processing plant). Great site! Brings back a lot of memories. Thanks.

Name: Richard E. Anderson, MSgt (RET)
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From: Fort Worth Texas
Time: 1999-02-03 02:41:47
Comments: I went to Otis AFB with the orginal group that started the Batcat's in 1967. As an In-flight Tech I had many wonderful and sometimes enjoyable moments, that I will always cheerish. I also went to Korat AFB with the original group in 1967. If John Hughley, Jerry Livingston, or Ollie Armstrong is out there, or if anyone knows of there location, please let me know.

Name: Darrel Rook
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From: Marietta, GA
Time: 1999-01-10 01:24:12
Comments: I arrived at Otis AFB in August 67. Was trained as a CIM and flew out of Otis and McCoy. Deployed to Korat in November 67, 553rd RS I was on Crew 2 (We Try Harder),AC Captain Johnson, RO Bill Barrett, FE Pappy Berlin. Other CIMS were Larry Proulx, Gerald Boysen, Joe Kittrell. I extended in Korat and returned to OTIS in July of 69. Was the barracks chief until we all moved to McClellan in December 69. Was in the 47xx at McClellan training replacemnet crews for Korat until April of 71. Does anyone remember the Connie that went down in Korat that took off in a thunderstorm? Those were some wild days and some great times. Flying in the CONNIE was truly an experience |||||| Am interested in hearing from any old BAT CATS...............

Name: Dick Crozier
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From: Upstate New York
Time: 1999-01-10 00:17:30
Comments: Greetings,I was a Radar Tech (30152) at Otis AFB from 66-69. I was mostly on the Mid shift with Joe Sharp. I have kept in touch with him and very few others. Just recently I talked with Danny Mitchell from Tenn. He was in my class at Keesler and I found his name on the messages here on the site. I heard about the first crash when I was in tech school. The second plane went down when I was home going to Otis. And 549 went down when I had been there about a year. Sure were sad times. I wonder where the rest of the planes went to? I got to know a fellow here in town by the name of Jack Gosse. After a little bit he said he was a Radar operator on the Connies at Otis. We hadn't met until we were out nearly five years. He told me the story about throwing equipment out the back door when they had a major bunch of engine failures over the North Atlantic. He made it home okay, but it was a memorable experience. We are still good friends. I remember driving into Falmouth with the blue metro van to get subs for the shift guys. We weren't authorized to take it off base but they were delicious. I remember one of the cargo connies crashed into the trees at the end of the runway. I don't know if that bird ever flew again. Fortunately nobody got killed. When they brought the wreckage of 549 back from the ocean, they laid it out on the floor of the big hanger. There was a barricade around it, but somebody put a set of stairs so the curious could take a look. I didn't think such a big plane could be smashed into that many pieces. They smelled of the ocean. It really made the crash more real to everybody. I got a certificate signed by James Lyle the day before he was killed. Several years ago I visited Otis. They had torn down the Buzzards Bay gate and the WWII barracks. In the same place there is now a national cemetary. When I did get to the gate and told them I wanted to visit the memorial, I was told I had to write in advance to get permission. The Air Force never changes. I said a prayer anyway. This summer I plan to visit 555 at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton OH. They say that plane was in Vietnam in 1967, but I remember it out at Otis. Does anybody know if it was there AND overseas? I do remember it....I think. Back about twenty years ago I saw some slides of planes that were parked by the side of the road in AZ or New Mexico. They sure looked like our Connies. Info? Maybe they are beer cans now. I hope not. If there is a reunion this summer (1999)and if I can raise the money that would be fun too. It would be nice to see some of your faces after all these years. Does anybody know where Joe Weiss, Mike Farrell, Riccardi (?), Kavanaugh, are? And some others from the 551st EMS. I have used the education the Air Force gave me as a broadcast engineer and Ham radio operator for the rest of my career. I does hurt to realise that I could have retired five years ago with thirty years in service!!! (If I had reupped) Maybe in my next life...Hope to hear from you. Many stories left to tell. write an email if you like. Best wishes, Dick Crozier SGT USAF 1965-69

Name: Paul Melanson
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From: Hampton Falls NH
Time: 1999-01-03 23:56:31
Comments: Great web site. I was a radar opr in the 961st from Mar 62 to Aug 63. I was in c-flight and my A/C was W.O. Johnson.

Name: Tom Easton
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From: Crescent City California
Time: 1998-12-29 21:21:33
Comments: My 2nd time logging on ~ as I've changed my e-mail address. John Elms told me of the site ~ which is quite excellent! I was a radar tech from '55 to '58 at 552 EMS at McClellan. My roomie Elms and I rode Harley's, and now I'm looking for the old tech, James Lloyd, who was the first with a Harley and taught me to ride. Last I heard he went to Homestead (?) in Florida. Anyone heard of him? Would have retired many years ago (perhaps about 1970). See you all in May '99!

Name: Tom Easton

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From: Crescent City California
Time: 1998-12-29 21:16:11
Comments: My 2nd time logging on ~ as I've changed my e-mail address. John Elms told me of the site ~ which is quite excellent! I was a radar tech from '55 to '58 at 552 EMS at McClellan. My roomie Elms and I rode Harley's, and now I'm looking for the old tech, James Lloyd, who was the first with a Harley and taught me to ride. Last I heard he went to Homestead (?) in Florida. Anyone heard of him? Would have retired many years ago (perhaps about 1970). See you all in May '99!

Name: Harlan M. Singer

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From: Miam / now Coral Springs FL
Time: 1998-12-27 09:35:33
Comments: I flew for several years with the 79th AEW&C out of Homestead while in the reserves untill the unit was deactivated. I still have a Beeper antena from AC 121 since we flew up to Iceland 2 days after the crash. Flying with the reserve crew was one of the best memories from my service days. It was more fun than serving active duty at Monkey Mtn in Danang, and TDY as a Life Guard at China Beach. Thanks for posting this site. Harlan Singer

Name: Jay Sands
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From: Falmouth,MA
Time: 1998-12-15 01:58:06
Comments: Great page, I really hate to see the old bases go away. SFC Jay Sands USA 1966-69 MAARNG 1979- still serving

Name: John D. Elms
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From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Time: 1998-12-08 17:02:02
Comments: I arrived at McClellan AFB in December, 1955 from radar school at Keesler AFB. It was raining and rained for many days on end, flooding much of Northern California. Being from Arkansas, it seemed odd that there was no thunder and lightening. I spent 3 years in the 552nd as a radar tech, one year on flying status. Flying on the RC-121 was a memorable experience. It was a good time to be in the service, between the Korean and Vietnam eras. In 1962 I returned to Sacramento for one year at Sac State.

Name: Noel Gillespie
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From: Christchurch,New Zealand
Time: 1998-12-06 01:26:25
Comments: As a free lancxe aviation writer in Christchurch,New Zealand, I have been covering Operation Deep Freeze since the late 1950's and after writing a number of articles of the US Navy's VX-6 Squadron in Deep Freeze, I am currently writing a series of articles on teh Navy's 42 years on the ice before handing over top the Air Nation Guard this year. What I require is information re the C=121's involved with VX-6- the two which crashed BuNo 1246513 and BuNo 131644 Pegasus also BuNo 131624 "Phoenix" which was rretired in 1968. What I want is as much information and photos of these C=121's- photos of the crashes etc. The name of BuNo 1331624. Any stories etc. Also regarding "Pheonix, my records `show it was retired to Davis Monthan AFB- what happened it her,was she preserved or not. Hope to hear from anyone . Cheers. Noel Gillespie Aviation Writer. PO Box 10 268. Christchurch 2 New Zealand.

Name: Joseph Sebik MSgt, USAF, Ret
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From: Grand Junction, Colorado
Time: 1998-12-05 05:08:22
Comments: Radar operator, crew B-6, "F Troop" 966 AEW&C McCoy AFB, Florida late 1966 until early 1970. Flew 4,000+ hours with Capt. Batura and Maj. Fletcher, both fine ACs. Lots of memories, diggers, exploding crappers, engine fires, hurricanes, max hold Key West, too many hours at Mac Dill waiting for the fog to lift, hand cranking flaps, landing with no primary or secondary hydraulics, 6" of avgas in the lower radome, sweaty grease rags and bunks, hot enough to melt grease pencils, stuffed jalepenos at the Bee Line. Yes, I had a good time! My apologies to MSgt Bill Morel for always giving him such a hard time. Thanks to TSgt Smith, Capt Kennedy, that insane Bucky Buckingham, Capt Nicols, Bob Pemberton, Rick Channels, Dave Hoyle, Hubachek the grode, Lance, Smitty. Judas, Dennis, my roomie Tom Nance and all those who are the 966th.

Name: Paul O. Pelizzari
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From: Ansonia, Connecticut
Time: 1998-12-04 18:45:27
Comments: Flew with 961st. from Jan.1957 to July 1961. I have contact with 4 other people that were stationed at Otis AFB in the same time frame. (2) Radar Ops., (1) Field Maint., (1) Navigator.

Name: Tom Easton
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From: verteran: radar tech 552 EMS Mcclellan 1955-58
Time: 1998-11-28 17:48:27
Comments: Great page, brings back lots of memories of McClellan in 1955-1958. I flew as an airborne radar tech for a year there in Sacramento.

Name: Ebb Harris
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From: Delray Beach, FL
Time: 1998-11-26 23:54:08
Comments: was in 551st Electronic Maint Squadron from 1961 to 4/63, Just looking for any old aquaints.

Name: Stan Friedman
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From: Kansas City, MO
Time: 1998-11-24 02:45:11
Comments: We have linked your site to ours. It would greatly appreciated if you would do the same for us, as we can't seem to get enough info on the connie. Thank you, Stan Friedman Webmaster SAC

Name: W. Woody Breedlove
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From: Bangor, Maine
Time: 1998-11-18 20:24:28
Comments: I was stationed with the 961st AEW Sq. from 1961 thru 1963 as a radar operator, I accumulated over 1,000 hours. Its ironic that all three of the planes that went down were from the 961st. I lost a lot of friends on those birds. the last one down was my old crew, crew 26. Only two of the crew were still flying on the crew at that time. I have to admit I was glad to get out of Otis and go to Alaska remote. I was getting nervous. It seemed we were losing an engine every other mission. I tried to get through to Ann Keppel. I flew with her father a few times although he was not my AC. I could not reach her because my e-mail would not go through. Would love to hear from any of you guys, especially from the 960, 961, 962 Squadrons.

Name: Harold Renninger
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From: Uvalde Texas
Time: 1998-11-06 01:34:42
Comments: Former crew member on the R models at Korat. (ACICO) Flew WV's with the Navy at Keflavik early 60's. A great old airplane.

Name: JOHN GARCIA
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From: FLORENCE, COLORADO
Time: 1998-11-03 20:41:40
Comments: SERVED WITH 553RD RECON SQ IN SEA 1967-69 BATCATS REQUEST RE-UNION INFO IF ANY

Name: skip chase
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From: bellevue, nebraska
Time: 1998-10-25 23:19:35
Comments: I lived on Cape Cod from 1948-1967, when I went into the military. I have many fond memories of Otis a.f.b. and it's super connies! Laying in my bed at night I remember hearing the drone of the four radials, winging their way east and southeast, I remember too, the missing man fly over for President Kennedy, what a spooky memory, still can hear them as they flew over. I lived in West Dennis, I remember too, the Texas Towers and their loss, saved the newspaper clippings from that time as well as the connies, also a few pix from airshows. Thanks for the memories, you have a great site! Sincerely, Skip Chase

Name: john g. edmunds
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From: charleston,sc
Time: 1998-10-24 00:06:48
Comments: we have a connie on display here at charleston afb. i was in the navy's connie program from 1955 thru 1965. am really enjoying the re-hash of old times. i'm retired now...for the third time (third times a charm)...at least it seems to be sticking this time! picked up on you guys through the willy victor page...all are doing great work...there's a special place in my heart for the connie...the first airplane i worked-on out of "a" school (tech school to you guys). keep up the good work and let me know if i can be of any help.

Name: Hardy North
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From: Houston
Time: 1998-10-14 14:37:09
Comments: I was in VW-3 , Feb 1958 to Sept 1959; then to VW-12 until Sept 1960. Flew as crew, AT-2, approx 3500 hours. Many happy memories; miss the hum of the Connie. You have an excellent site, thanks for all the hot links and hard work you put into this.

Name: Donald R.Sugg
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From: Mitchell,IL 62040
Time: 1998-10-14 02:44:22
Comments: I was at Argentia,Nfld with VW11 from May 62 to Feb 64.

Name: Rene Longtin
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From: Ma. & Fl.
Time: 1998-10-02 20:08:33
Comments: Hello Looking for someone with Info, on 500 hr.wings or 1000 hr.wings. also pewter pins of the connie. Thank You Rene 960 [1956 to 1958]

Name: Lt Col Craig Vara
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From: Scott AFB, IL
Time: 1998-10-02 03:48:16
Comments: Dean, I flew with you back at McClellan from 1974-76. I was the last 2 LT Nav to train in the 4759CCTS and was assigned to the 963 with Lt Col West as my first commander in 1974. Later I moved on to Homestead with the active duty Det 1 20ADS. Of course, we did most our flying in Keflevik while stationed with the 79AEWC Squadron (AFRES). I still keep in touch (or exchange Christmas cards) with Steve Welde, Jorie Moen, Bill Kress, JC Parry, Col Jim West, Rick Bartsford, Mike Miller and a few others. I think I'm the last one still on active duty. By the way, your EC-121 web site is great. It really brings back memories. Take Care....Craig Vara

Name: Gene McManus
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From: Central Ohio
Time: 1998-09-26 21:00:33
Comments: Interesting airborne early warning site. My bag 40 years ago was ground-based early warning. You're all invited to stop by the AC&W page (noted in the 'home page' link). Thanks for your good work. Gene

Name: Rene Longtin
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From: Bellingham Ma.
Time: 1998-09-14 20:02:28
Comments: Nice page! I spent 8 years in the USAF-1950-1958. I spent the last 3 years at Otis AFB With the 960th. I had about 3to4 thounds hrs.as a radar operator. Rene Longtin 79 Elvira st. Bellingham Ma. 02019

Name: Rene Longtin
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From: Bellingham Ma.
Time: 1998-09-14 19:55:45
Comments: Nice page! I spent 8 years in the USAF-1950-1958. I spent the last 3 years at Otis AFB With the 960th. I had about 3to4 thounds hrs.as a radar operator. Rene Longtin 79 Elvira st. Bellingham Ma. 02019

Name: Bob Young
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From: East Longmeadow, Ma.
Time: 1998-09-11 01:40:03
Comments: I am glad to see such a great website about Connies. I was in 553rd OMS Korat, Thailand from Nov. 68 to Nov. 69. Worked phase dock inpections and line support (launch and recovery). Would like to hear from anyone from that time or whoever wants to chat about Connies and old times at Korat.

Name: Jouni Rautio
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From: Finland
Time: 1998-09-07 19:54:55
Comments: Old aircrafts are REAL aircrafts. And so you says, Connie is one of beauties.

Name: Jim Wisdom
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From: Dallas, TX
Time: 1998-09-02 02:57:51
Comments: Enjoyed the site. Served at Argentia, Newfoudland from 1958-1961 VW-11 as first tech. Crew 6

Name: Robert E. Ross
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From: Lake Elsinore, CA
Time: 1998-08-29 05:16:42
Comments: Was assigned to the 552nd EMS as a COMM/NAV TECH SEPT.'64/MAY'68. CONNIE'S are like your first love, you never FORGET'EM. GREAT SITE!

Name: John Cook
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From: North Carolina
Time: 1998-08-20 22:54:20
Comments: I was stationed at NAS Jax, VW-4 from 1967-1970. I was an ADR-2 assigned to the crew of 137896. These were truly the "Corvettes" of aircraft. I loved them. . I may be able to supply photo's of some of the VW-4 years. Also interested in any reunions of that era. I also flew Camille in 69, and somewhere have a photo I took in the eye of Hurricane Inga. I would be very interested in hearing from any other VW-4 folks of that era. I have seen 292 from the Florence air musem. Brought back many memories.

Name: Chris Hughes
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From: Alexandria, VA
Time: 1998-08-20 16:43:17
Comments: Was a weapons controller with the 79 AEW&C Squadron from its inception until deactivation of the EC-121D/Ts in 1978. Accumulated 2000 hours and many memories in the EC 121.

Name: JOHN P. BARTLETT
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From: Foster City Ca.
Time: 1998-08-19 01:46:10
Comments: MY FATHER WAS WALTER(BILL)BARTLETT,A TECH REP FOR PRATT AND WHITNEY AT EDWARDS ON THE YC121F/R7V2.THEY WERE POWERED BY P&W T34 TURBOPROPS.DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY INFO ON THESE CONNIES? ALSO DID ANYONE KNOW MY DAD AT EDWARDS,YOKOTA,BEALE OR KELLY. CHEERS AND`6. THANKS JPB

Name: Walt Troy
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From: Newport News, VA
Time: 1998-08-16 05:49:15
Comments: I was assigned to the 553rd Recon Wing, 554th Recon Sqdrn from 68-69. I am interested in finding anyone from that time period who flew our "ugly and magnificent" aircraft. I flew them stateside at Otis for the 551st AEW&C Wing, 962nd AEW&C Sqdrn. Does anyone remember a 1LT Mike Burroughs, he was part of my crew (32) at Korat with me in the 554th Recon Sqdrn and am trying to locate him. Keep in touch. Lots of memories, lots of questions.

Name: Richard Sarno
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From: Newmarket, NH.
Time: 1998-08-09 15:13:57
Comments: Great Page. This sure brought back a lot of memories. Is there a locator to find people that were in the wing??? would like to find some people.

Name: Roger A. Mundy
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From: Commerce township, MI
Time: 1998-08-09 04:33:51
Comments: Great internet page!! I was Chief Operator of the Mars radio station at Otis AFB from 1963 to 1965. Arrived there in March of 63 and shipped out to to Azores Islands in March of 65. We were located in the old WW II hospital area across the street from the emergency entrance. I was assigned to the 551 Air Base Squadron with Don Skinner and Doug Dowell who also went through Radio operator school with me at Keesler AFB. I am now retired from the IBM Corp and a ham radio operator with the call K8AIR which was the old Mars radio call at Wright-Patterson AFB. The Falmouth amateur radio club has put in for the K1AIR call which was the call used at Otis AFB Mars radio station when I was there. Could tell you many stories about Otis AFB, but that would require a letter!! Got to see Jackie Kennedy when they brought her into Otis AFB hospital when she had the baby Patrick Boliver who died prematurely. We watched as President Kennedy came to visit her with the kids jumping around in the back seat of the limo. Pierre Salinger was addressing the press by the emergency entrance when the President drove up. Anyway keep up the great work. Roger A. Mundy K8AIR

Name: Don Harris
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From: Farmington Michigan
Time: 1998-08-01 03:33:59
Comments: I was following links to connie pages and found you here. I really like the way you have put together so much info on various units. Especially like the stories, alot of memories. I flew with Aewbarronpac USN 1963-65 and then on to VQ-1. Loved the old bird . Thank you so much for your efforts to preserve the memories of these great outfits and their planes.

Name: Danny Mitchell
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From: Greenfield, Tennessee
Time: 1998-07-30 03:19:32
Comments: I was a radar tech with 552nd AEW&C at McClellan from 1966-1969 with TDY's to Tainan and Korat.

Name: Samuel Johnson
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From: Dallas, Texas
Time: 1998-07-30 03:06:22
Comments: Served with 551st from 1964-1968.

Name: Paul J. Menard
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From: Yellowstone National Park, WY
Time: 1998-07-28 16:31:46
Comments: Flight Radioman/ Electrician VW-12/AEWBARRONPAC early 1958 to late 1961

Name: Joe Buffalo
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From: Tucson Arizona
Time: 1998-07-17 05:28:11
Comments: Just Surfing, found your page by typing in "Tucson Radar" I was a Radioman on the Connie 61 through 64. AEWBARRONPAC out of NAS Barbers Point HA. Over 5,000 hours in those beautiful birds.

Name: Mike Osier
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From: Tucson, AZ
Time: 1998-07-16 16:25:01
Comments: Dean, Found your site off a link from Jeff Glassers site. I was at Otis AFB from Dec 65 to May 67 assigned to the 551st FMS Aero Repair Shop. Started on the ground floor of the big hangar and ended up on the third floor of one of the tiers. Couple of buddys and I went to basic and tech school with ended up in the 60th FIS.( Brian Mandeville and Ronnie Sisco). All three of us ended up being sent to McConnell AFB in June 67 TDY for F-105 school. I ended up in the 34th TFS 388th TFW from 9-67 to 9-68. Both Ron and Brian were in the 469th. I remember my first day in the ADC Hangar at Otis. Here I was a brand new Airman 3rd with a Jet 1&2 AFSC looking up at this 4 engined, oil leaking, three tailed monster wondering what had Uncle Sam got me into. A zebra sleeved OMS Line Chief named Bock was standing next to me. I looked up and said "Sarge, that don't look like any jet I've ever seen". His reply " Ah kid their all the same". Not hardly. Needless to say I did'nt miss the Connie when I PCS'd to Thailand. You have a wonderful site that brings back good memories of the Cape and the guys I worked with. Kudos!!!! Mike Osier

Name: Joe Slattery
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From: Upstate New York
Time: 1998-07-02 02:15:20
Comments: I was a CIM (combat information monitor) with the 553rd Recon Sq from Aug 69 thru Dec 70 at Korat Thailand. Prior duty station Scott AFB Ill, Udorn AB Thailand and Shaw AFB SC. I was looking thru the list of tail numbers, does anyone know what the number on the front landing gear door stood for? The number of one of the aircraft (which I have picture of the flight crew) was 494. Was this part of the aircraft number? My flight training was done at Otis with the OIC/CICO/CIM Training 4753rd ADS (T) Sq, my instructor was a Tsgt Paul Fait. Anyone is welcome to write and fill in any info. Any info on the EC121R that crashed on landing at Korat during rain storm. I know there was one while I was at Otis that crashed on take off from Korat. Any info is welcomed.

Name: Joe Slattery
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From: Upstate New York
Time: 1998-07-02 02:13:02
Comments: I was a CIM (combat information monitor) with the 553rd Recon Sq from Aug 69 thru Dec 70 at Korat Thailand. Prior duty station Scott AFB Ill, Udorn AB Thailand and Shaw AFB SC. I was looking thru the list of tail numbers, does anyone know what the number on the front landing gear door stood for? The number of one of the aircraft (which I have picture of the flight crew) was 494. Was this part of the aircraft number? My flight training was done at Otis with the OIC/CICO/CIM Training 4753rd ADS (T) Sq, my instructor was a Tsgt Paul Fait. Anyone is welcome to write and fill in any info. Any info on the EC121R that crashed on landing at Korat during rain storm. I know there was one while in Otis that crashed on take off from Korat. Any info welcomed

Name: Ralph E. Draper, Jr.
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From: Charleston SC
Time: 1998-06-30 02:56:25
Comments: My Father SM/Sgt. Ralph E. Draper, Sr. was a Flight Engineer with the 551st Wing 962nd Sq. Otis, AFB. Assigned Otis from late 50's to 68 when he went with the 553rd. He is retired and residing in Charleston. I went to school on base and then Bourne. I departed Otis in 66 when I enlisted in the Marine Corps. I love the Connie... I was friends with Gil Armstrong whose father T/Sgt. Armstrong was killed on the first connie lost. Anyone having any information on the Armstrongs please contact me.

Name: Ralph E. Draper, Jr.
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From: Charleston SC
Time: 1998-06-30 02:52:59
Comments: My Fater SM/Sgt. Ralph E. Draper, Sr. was a Flight Engineer with the 551st Wing 962nd Sq. Otis, AFB. Assigned Otis from late 50's to 68 when he went with the 553rd. He is retired and residing in Charleston. I went to school on base and then Bourne. I departed Otis in 66 when I enlisted in the Marine Corps. I love the Connie... I was friends with Gil Armstrong whose father T/Sgt. Armstrong was killed on the first connie lost. Anyone having any information on the Armstrongs please contact me.

Name: John J. Stephens
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From: Midwest City OK
Time: 1998-06-25 19:01:17
Comments: Retired MSgt (1987) With AEW&C (964th) and AWACS (964/5)from Dec62-Feb68,Apr72-Jul76 (McClellan) and Tinker Jul77-Nov87.

Name: bill leppert
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From: stoughton, wi.
Time: 1998-06-16 03:11:45
Comments: Nice to see all of the info. on the EC-121. Flew with Navy /VQ-1 out of Danang in 1967 on this big bird.. Bill Leppert

Name: Joseph Poggi
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From: Quincy, Mass 02170
Time: 1998-06-14 14:19:51
Comments: I stumbled upon your site. My father-in-law(now deceased), Alan Milligan, was a radar operator on an RC121. He was a career Air Force man. He flew a lot throughout his career. Right now, I am trying to find out from his wife, the unit, aircraft numbers etc. Coincidently, he and I both were in the Air Force, stationed at NKP Thailand in 1968. I was Air Police and he worked at the radar site.

Name: Phil Laney
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From: Kennesaw, GA (Atlanta)
Time: 1998-06-11 20:46:21
Comments: My father, Dave Laney, was a Navy Connie pilot with VQ-1 and VQ-2 from 1965-1974. We were stationed in Atsugi and Rota. I was surfing for some info and came across your site. You've got some great links!

Name: Herb Lyon
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From: Tampa Florida
Time: 1998-06-02 03:03:37
Comments: I worked for MITRE Corp. doing the design for the communications equipment for the EC-121H. The extra antenna behind the cockpit was my idea and I did the specifications for the procurement of that antenna. I had a lot to do with the design and prototype testing of the data links, and the ground stations that supported the EC-121H's. I was responsible for the ground station located at Mac Dill AFB used in SAGE/ALRI/Bomarc integration testing in the Eglin Gulf Test Range. The greatly over designed data downlink for the radar data came about because the Air Force would not provide the data on the jamming threat for "Security Reasons"!

Name: Walter H. Belanger
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Time: 1998-05-21 19:26:59
Comments: I served as a Nav Tech with the 551st EMS.I was discharged in the Fall of 1964.

Name: Chuck Hollister
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From: Palm Bay, Fl
Time: 1998-05-07 07:42:49
Comments: Brought back a lot of memories. Radar Tech at Otis 61-65. I have talked to several of the Otis people over the past 6 mos. and see Ken Oyer from 552nd occasionally in Melbourne, F. I was still there when the first EC121 went down. Lost some friends. If any of the old midshift crew from the Radar Shop surf in. Drop me a line.

Name: Dale Chubin
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From: Anchorage, Alaska
Time: 1998-05-02 04:28:28
Comments: I am interested in finding old Navy EC-121 Squadrons. My father flew on the Super Connies for 15 yrs. And I am looking for anyone that might have flown with him. He was stationed in Pt Mugu, CA., Pax River, MD., Argentia, Newfoundland and Norfolk, VA. His squadrons were: WV-13 and VAQ-33. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated....

Name: Bob Pruiksma
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From: Fayetteville,Ga
Time: 1998-04-23 02:50:12
Comments: Worked 552OMS at Mcclellan AFB Jan 69 to Oct 70, then to Korat Thailand and the 553 OMS. Great web site about a great old bird.

Name: Bill Hicks
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From: Palatka, Fla.
Time: 1998-04-16 16:26:33
Comments: Aircraft Buff, AF Vet ( 552nd, 966 AEW & C ; 20th Tass, VN 70-71 ). Great page which I will share with other like minded folks. Thank You Much !

Name: George Perine
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From: Wanamassa N J
Time: 1998-04-02 23:16:20
Comments: Great site.I am looking for any information on the 552nd A E W & C wing vets asso, or reunion I can find.

Name: Ralph Graham
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From: Hampton, VA
Time: 1998-04-01 13:36:33
Comments: I was assigned to the 552nd, 963rd at McClelland from 1957 thru 1963. Flew as a radar operator, Radar Crew Chief, Training NCO, and Stan Eval. I had over 5000 hours on the RC121D birds. I retired from the AF in 1971 as a Msgt. Really enjoy your WEB Page and will come back to it often to see if any of the old crew have signed your guestbook. I flew many times on Big Wheel 555. Flew several of the Discover Missions out of Hawaii. Last time I saw Triple Nickel was at the AF Museum. I can be contacted at rlrgram@aol,com If Jerry J. Smith from seattle would contact us Joanne and I would like to hear from him.

Name: Michael Heredia
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From: Houston, Texas
Time: 1998-03-29 23:38:05
Comments: I WAS STATIONED AT NKP 70-71,{INVERT}, AND THEN AT UBON71-73 {LION}. WHILE STATIONED AT UBON I REENLISTED AND TOOK A FLIGHT UP IN NORTHERN LAOS AS A " BENNIE" TO GET TAX FREE BONUS. I REMEMBER FLYING OUT OF KORAT, FLYING DURING THE MISSION, LOOKING AT ALL THE RADAR BLIPS OVER HANOI BECAUSE WE HAD STARTED BOMBING THE NORTH AGAIN, THEN LANDING AT NKP WHERE I GOT OFF AND TOOK A CAB BACK TO UBON. THANKS FOR THE RIDE FROM A FORMER SCOPE DOPE.

Name: DAVID V FEWER
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From:
Time: 1998-03-17 13:26:58
Comments: Hi there You dont know me but you might know my dad. His name is Dan Fewer or you might remember rex warren, I,m Dan's son Dave. He dosent own a computer so I thought I would surprise him with some old nostalgia and some old buddies, He lives nearby in roseville, So maybe if you or anyone else would like to get in touch with him or Rex I can get them the message. Thanks for your time. Dave Fewer

Name: Donald Delp
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From: St. Louis, Mo.
Time: 1998-03-15 05:01:03
Comments: I was stationed at McCoy and Homestead AFB with the 552nd as a radar operator from 1973 to 1975. I still maintain contact with a good friend by the name of Rick Crouch who was assigned with the 552nd at McClellan AFB during the same period of time. I now work for TWA and find it interesting to hear stories about the "Connie" from years past, but told to me from an airline's perspective. A framed picture of an EC-121 hangs on my wall at home and is a good remember of how proud I was, and still am to have been associated with that squardron and all it's fine people some 25 years ago.

Name: RICHARD L HAWKINS
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From: PORT LAVACA, TEXAS
Time: 1998-03-13 04:42:03
Comments: ENJOYED ALL THE INFO. I FLEW AS RADIO OPERATOR AT MC CLELLAN OTIS & MCCOY AIR BASES. I WAS AT OTIS WHEN 262 WENT IN. LOST MANY FRIENDS. SURE GREAT TO SEE NAMES ON GUEST LIST FROM LONG AGO. KEEP UP THE GREAT INFO DICK HAWKINS USAF RETIRED

Name: gil salazar
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From: lathrop,ca
Time: 1998-03-09 18:45:39
Comments: I AM A FORMER RADAR OPERATER FROM THE 552 963RD

Name: Joseph L. H. Guenet
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From: All over
Time: 1998-03-06 03:22:00
Comments: Survivor of the EC-121H ditching 55-0549 25 April 67 Just surfing and found the Connie pages. Thank you for all the info.

Name: Robert Daniel
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From: Altus, OK (Altus AFB)
Time: 1998-03-02 22:36:28
Comments: Great WEB page I was an flight engineer with PA Air National Guard TEW 193rd from 1976 thru 1978. I was one of the last graduates of the Air Force's piston engine performance qualified flight engineers on the Connie. I sure do miss the old gal, I have great memories of flying from coast to coast and in different military exercises. To my dismay I crewed a Connie (tail # 159) to the boneyard in Tucson in 1978. At the time there were numerous Connies on the receiving ramp and quite a few in flyable storage, what a sight.

Name: John Caywood
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From: Los Angeles CA
Time: 1998-02-26 21:36:19
Comments: I was a AF Engine Mechanic in the 552nd at McClellan AFB from 3/63 to 9/66. I had one 4 month tour on OPS Big Eye.

Name: MARK BARTAY
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From: SAN ANTONIO
Time: 1998-02-25 03:10:22
Comments: COOL SITE! MY DAD WAS A S.A.G.E. OPERATOR FROM 1962-1964 AND I WAS WONDERING IF YOU ALL HAVE ANYMORE INFO ON S.A.G.E. I KNOW S.A.G.E. WORKED WITH THE F-106A AND THE EC-121H, BUT DID IT EVER WORK WITH THE F-101B AND F-4C. MY DAD SERVED IN THOSE TWO AIRCRAFT AS WELL AND I DON'T KNOW IF IT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH S.A.G.E. PLEASE LET ME KNOW. YOUR HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU. P.S. WHAT SQUADRONS OPERATED S.A.G.E. IN '62-'64 WITH THE F-106A, EC-121H, F-101B, AND F-4C.

Name: CMSgt C. E. (Tony) Wilson, Ret
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From: New York, NY
Time: 1998-02-12 02:04:45
Comments: Assigned to 963rd in Jan 66 (NCOIC Ops). Wing assignments in Training & StandEval. Multiple TDY's with Big Eye, College Eye. Assigned to Tinker in 1977, Korea AWACS Project Officer in 1978, retired Osan AB Feb 81 (31 years USAF). Would go back today if needed!!!

Name: John B. Lukasiewicz
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From: Racine WI
Time: 1998-01-25 20:06:57
Comments: Flew with VW-14 & AEWBARRONPAC 06-58 to 11-61 as Radioman. I really need good photo's of the Radio Panel, ECM Station, Height Finding Radar Station and the space aft of CIC (bunks/tech station). would appreciate anything you can do regarding this. E-Mail me photos. Luke The Lid didadidadit

Name: Johnny McLaughlin
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From: Southlake, TX
Time: 1998-01-23 14:11:48
Comments: I never flew as a crew member of the Connie but was a passenger many times. It was a great plane. I served in Vietnam with the Air Force in 1965, 66, 67. I ferried radar equipment in and out of Laos and Cambodia via Air America.

Name: David Roe
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From:
Time: 1998-01-22 01:55:56
Comments: On April 16th 1969,Iwas on board the USS Radford DD446 doing naval gun fire support missions.The day before on April15 th a EC 121m was shot down in the sea of Japan. We formed a task group#71and left Vietnam for the Sea of Japan to help in any way we could.At that time is was a very senestive matter and most of us on the Radford didn't know the complete story.I didn't know until I read on this page how many men were lost and after 29 years I can put that to rest.I do remember a Russian Destroyer #427 following our unit when we got to the crash site.I wonder now if that Russian Destroyer had any part in the shooting down of the EC121M ?To this day I don't know if any of the crewmembers remains were found,as it took us afew days to get from Vietnam to the Sea of Japan.If anybody has more info on this story,I would like to hear more about it.You also have a good page on the Net for all to see. Take care and fly straight. David Roe USN 1965-1969 USS Radford DD446

Name: Tony De Mario
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From: Cross River N.Y.
Time: 1998-01-18 20:58:14
Comments: Crew member with 963rd A Flight Crew A-1 from 1957 to1961,3600 hrs.Looking for you old timers my good friends.See you at next 552nd re-union,hope its soon. Great page,keep up the only memory to Connie Crews one of a kind.Call me 914-241-8275 Thanks

Name: Christopher Blom
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From: Massachusetts
Time: 1998-01-16 12:55:10
Comments: I was pleasantly surprised to find that such a great archive has been kept on the RC-121. My dad served with 551st. He especially enjoyed his duty at Otis AFB. He liked the Cape so much he settled here in MA. after his discharge. We often went to airshows at the base and he gave me "the Tour" every time. He flew and flew in a lot of airplanes but always looked at the Connie with a special reverance. He would have got such a kick out of this site. Sadly, he passed away six years ago; he is at the National Cemetary, once again overlooking the base that was such an important part of his life.

Name: Don Petry
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From: Vienna , VA
Time: 1998-01-16 12:39:52
Comments: Found you thru AWAC

Name: Mark Babilon
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From: Tinker AFB, 966AACS
Time: 1998-01-16 02:23:02
Comments: I actually got the reference to this page from the AEWA organization. I have been looking for old connie pics for a while now. I have yet to explore all of your links, but so far I love what I see. Your hard work is appreciated. Fester

Name: Jerry Williamson
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From: Ellsworth, Maine
Time: 1998-01-15 23:17:39
Comments: Just found this page, enjoyed it a lot. I was with the 961st from 1957-1959 and the 960th from 1961-1964, worked in radar ops also did radar crew scheduling for the 960th for a couple of years.

Name: Randall A. Kliner
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From: Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 1998-01-15 22:10:41
Comments: Nice to see some information on the Connie. I flew on it from 1965-70 and 73-75 out of McClellan, 963rd, then went on to Homestead until that closed out, then on to Tinker and helped start Det 1 NORAD.

Name: Dennis G. Nerolich
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From: Pittsburgh PA
Time: 1998-01-14 03:00:46
Comments: I am a C-141B Flight Engineer station at McGuire AFB NJ. My Uncle John was on the airplane that crashed in 1966.

Name: Fred Straub
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Time: 1998-01-13 07:28:45
Comments: Airborne Mission Supervisor (AMS) Korean Linguist/Airborne Intercept Operator 6988th Security Squadron Yokota AB, Japan '70 - '72 "Skivvy Nine" Great page....how come none of you 552nd guys remember flying out of Kwangju AB, Korea? Trying to forget? I guess it was because you were only there a short time on TDY. We were the guys in the back telling you when the Migs were coming after us! Anybody remember all the fuel we dumped over the rice paddies? Anybody rememeber the "Skunk Boat" incident? Anybody remember being on fire over the Yellow Sea? Anybody remember landing on fire and they couldn't get the fire truck started? Anybody remember the ROK ?F86? that crashed ahead of us on approach? Anybody remember sliding off the runway on an aborted takeoff? Anybody remember the ROK artillery range we flew under on approach and take-off? Anybody remember the day the big bird hit our windshield seconds before landing? Anybody remember an engine falling off into the Yellow Sea? Anybody remember their last mission before going home and we buzzed the barracks at about 200 feet at 04:00 and they met us with fire hoses when we got back? Anybody remember counting runway hash marks and still on the ground at #9? Anybody remember Maxim's in the V? If any 552nd crewmember remembers any of these, we flew together that day. Thanks for all the memories and good times and ultimately getting us back safely. Did you guys ever figure out why we were at Kwangju? Well, it was "Freedom's Frontier" and we were keeping the world safe for Democracy! Thanks again, and look for an up-coming page highlighting our (secret) Kwangju mission.

Name: mike harris
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From: cameron
Time: 1998-01-08 22:42:44
Comments: stationed in udorn thailand 70 to 71/f4 fhantom.f

Name: John Cook
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From: Raleigh NC
Time: 1998-01-08 22:36:49
Comments: I was stationed at NAS Jax, VW-4 from 1967-1970. I was an ADR-2 assigned to the crew of 137896. These were truly the "Corvettes" of aircraft. I loved them. . I may be able to supply photo's of some of the VW-4 years. Also interested in any reunions of that era. I also flew Camille in 69, and somewhere have a photo I took in the eye of Hurricane Inga. I would be very interested in hearing from any other VW-4 folks of that era. I have seen 292 from the Florence air musem. Brought back many memories.

Name: Jim Letinich
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From: Manching Germany
Time: 1998-01-08 07:38:25
Comments: I have been here before, I was a radar tech at McClellan and Homestead on the 121. I saw a guest book entry about the hog that burned up on the runway in Kef. The rail number was 121. One tail fin was in the BOQ when I was up there in 1980.

Name: DENNIE OWENS
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From: GRAPEVINE TX
Time: 1998-01-08 05:52:10
Comments: I was in connies at McClellan starting in 1964 and left the last time in 1972. I enjoyed seeing some of the old names associated with great times and hairy moments. I agree about Jack Turner who was great. I retired from AWACS in 1991. I would appreciate hearing from some of the old timers.

Name: Robert Anderson
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From: Cochranton,PA
Time: 1998-01-08 05:34:56
Comments: I was a radar tech at McCoy AFB, Florida, from 1967 to 1970. We started as the 966th AEW&C SQDN, then in ' 68, they changed it to Det.2, 552nd AEW&C Wing. I've never known a greater bunch of guys. THANKS for keeping the superconnies alive on the net. I've always considered it the most elegant aircraft ever to fly. I thought that all the connies were grounded by now, but a couple years ago, at a local airshow, I got the chance to walk through the last C-121 flying. It's a MATS restoration, but it brought back a lot of memories. If anyone Knows somone that worked in the Radar Shop, or has info on any 966th reunions, E-mail me at robert1@toolcity.net

ame: Steven E. McKee
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From: Ohio
Time: 1998-01-05 00:08:02
Comments: Served in 551 EMS Otis AFB Mass 1963 to 1970. Flew as Radar Tech with 960th 961st and 962nd during this time.

Name: Tony Vlasak
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From: Conestoga, Pa.
Time: 1998-01-04 13:32:54
Comments: When I was a boy growing up in Johnson City, NY, my parents would take me to the local airport. It was usually DC-3's which is another of my all time favorite aircraft. Once in a while, I would luck out and see a TWA Connie there. That was "Heavy Iron" and made my day. That's when I fell in love with her. 1968 and off to the Navy. On to Memphis and avionics schools. Then on to a place I never heard of before. Pt. Mugu, PMR. As I was checking in a guy saw me walking past the barracks and asked which command I was going to . He looked at the orders and said "Do you like to fly?" "Why do you ask?" Because you are heading to my shop and we fly in those Connies over there. There across the field were about 6 EC's and an R7V-1. From there on I was pumped. Spent a year at Mugu and then a tour with VW-1 in Guam. Learned to respect that lady especially when she took us into so many typhoons. VW-1 flew for 20 years without a loss of personnel. Hell of a record. We did bend a plane in Atsugi when a right main collapsed on the ground during engine start. Would like to hear from some of the others I flew with. ec121k@aol,com. How about Jim Stoklosa, Bob Blocker, Dave Gray, Larry Brown, Merlin D. (Tripper) Tripp, Win Nagel, Vince Johnson, Dave Lockhart.

Name: Doug. Payne
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From: Conroe, Tx.
Time: 1998-01-03 12:34:42
Comments: Great site! Been looking around off and on but guess I just didn't know how to look. Was a Radar Tech. & Radio Operator in VW-14 & AEWBARRONPAC at Barbers Point, Hawaii from August 1958 to March 1961.Anybody know of any reunions?

Name: David McAninch
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From: Spokane, WA
Time: 1998-01-02 19:59:02
Comments: Art Kerr's 961 recollections are great. Anybody know his e-mail address?

Name: jack steventon
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From: budd lake nj
Time: 1998-01-01 18:28:51
Comments: I was in the u.s.navy 1958-1962,I was assigned to Military Air Transport Servic(, navy wing 3&6 ) out of Maguire Air Force base in n.j. late 58 and early 59 . i worked with a lot of air force men at that time.

Name: Ray Kowalick ( Navy VW-13 and VW-15) 1957 to 1959
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From: Lititz, PA
Time: 1998-01-01 02:01:20
Comments: The WV-2 is the finest looking aircraft ever built.

Name: Bill Stewart
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From: Belmont, North Carolina
Time: 1997-12-29 14:06:02
Comments: Just happened to come across the Batcat page while browsing. I was an ACICO in the 553rd Recon Sqdn at Korat in 1968-1969. My A/C was Col Vern Ritter (Ritters Critters). Also remeber Charlie Mcginnis, Flight Engineer and Denton W. Armstrong, ACICO. I retired from the Air Force in 1972.

Name: Ted LaPointe
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From: Hickam AFB Hawaii (Home is New Bedford, Ma)
Time: 1997-12-27 08:28:44
Comments: Hi, Great page! My dad went down in a Connie in 1967. I believe the call sign was "Homey 82". His name was A1C Ted LaPointe and he was a radio operator. If anyone knew him or knew of his mission I have about a million questions. I was 4 years old when he was lost and never knew what his mission was like. I am also interested in the accident or if anyone knows where I can find a copy of the accident report. I am currently an ELINT analyst on EC-130H's and feel as though I have been following a ghost! Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks

Name: ADRC Roy Zimmerman
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From: Oxnard, Ca
Time: 1997-12-27 05:29:24
Comments: Started out in Connies in 63 at AEWBARPAC. Then VW1, VXN8, NRL, and finished up at PT. Mugu. Retired in l980 and habe been trucking ever since. Reminds me of a FE panel, the inside of a truck does. Only now I an the commander, not the engineer. Visit the Camarillo Connie quite often and have been up on her once. Those 3350's really sound good.

Name: Dr. Charles R. Geeslin
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From: Bangkok & Annapolis
Time: 1997-12-21 21:05:14
Comments: I was in the 960 from Summer 1959 to May 23, 62. Flew KEF, Sondrestromfjord, early McCoy. I was involved in a cruncher on #552 in February 1962 at Otis. Runaway on #2, full feather on #3, part power on #4, hydrolic line fire in the cockpit, filled with smoke, no flaps, no left main gear, zero zero at Otis, GCA out and no fuel for alternate. Capt. Manny Fouts was our A/C. Very, very luckly to have few injuries, bones, smoke in lungs, but no dead! Never forget it! 551 was in very sad shape then. No budget, no promotions, no morale, involuntary extensions far beyond four. Crews were not real happy. Everybody flew 120 hours every month. Strange we had 33 blown engines in 36 months! Most RON Bermuda for 5 days for fix, crew rest. 961 had one with engine fire in #3 that burned a hole about 9 feet across and back to the main spar. Dropped off into the sea just seconds before ditch and made Kindley at 25 to 50 feet altitude. 961 also lost one south of Narsarsuak and AF tried to cover but Boston Globe found out and printed it. I don't see any memorial to that crew but their just as dead. We knew their families. Great airplane, great mission, lousy AF, lousy time! Some very good human officers and a lot of deadheads. What a ride! 960 sent a crew to be one of the First Air Commandos in 1960 to VN on B-26's from Hill AFB. Major Huey Long, 960 Exec. died when the wings came off in a dive. Lousy time!

Name: Bob Thompson
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From: Dearborn, Michigan
Time: 1997-12-18 13:34:53
Comments: I was a radar tech in the 966th AEW&C Squadron at McCoy AFB, Florida from 1964-1967. 100 missions, 1200 hours. I remember aircraft 411 through 425 and some of the Otis aircraft 120, 128, ??. Thanks for the nostalgia trip and the GREAT website.

Name: David Arthur Miller
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From: Elkhart, Indiana
Time: 1997-12-17 07:15:54
Comments: Worked in the HVR shop in 551st FMS.

Name: Victor J Gobbi
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From: Milford, Ma.
Time: 1997-12-14 02:30:50
Comments: I was a NAV TECH at Otis (551st EMS) , from 1963 to JAN 1966

Name: VICTOR J. GOBBI
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From: MILFORD MA.
Time: 1997-12-14 02:27:32
Comments: I WAS A NAV. TECH AT OTIS ( 551st EMS ), FROM 1963 T0 JAN 1963.

Name: Harold Renninger M/Sgt (Retired)
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From: Uvalde, Texas
Time: 1997-12-12 14:15:00
Comments: I flew with the 554thTRS Korat 69-70, A/C Col Aldrich, C/P Lt. Bray, Radio Op: Mooney, Nav.Capt Ho. Does anyone remember the Batcat Connie that auto-feathered all four engines two at a time, 60 times in 30 min's and landed at DaNang, Or did I dream it. I now restore vintage A/C in Uvalde Texas

Name: William M. Ferguson
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From: Clovis, New Mexico
Time: 1997-12-10 10:18:00
Comments: Great page dedicated to "the most beautiful aircraft ever produced". I am glad to see that there are still Connie fans out there, and it makes me happy to find a site that is dedicated to such a graceful aircraft. Keep up the good work.

Name: Charles Dochenetz
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From: Livonia Michigan
Time: 1997-12-07 03:37:00
Comments: Went to Otis in early 67 to be a part of the 553rd. The Wing was just being put together then. Some of us went TDY to Eglin AFB Florida then on to McCoy. Secty of Defense was suppose to have flown a mock mission down there and approved it. Back to Otis then picked up the whole Wing dumped us of at Korat. What an experience. Worked in the Ground Power Shop. Looking for a Batcat patch.

Name: Charles Dochenetz
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From: Livonia Michigan
Time: 1997-12-07 03:10:00
Comments: Was at Korat 67-68 ....where can I get a 553 wing patch.

Name: Gilbert H. Pierce
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From: Germantown, TN
Time: 1997-12-03 05:47:00
Comments: Radio Operator Navy VW12 and AEWBARRONPAC 1958 to 1962 flying the Pacific DEW Line extension from Midway Is. to Adak AK and back. 4000 hours in WV-2's (EC121K) Great WEBB site. Glad to see there is still interest in the Super Connie. Gilbert Pierce ATCS Ret.

Name: ADR-1 G.O. BATSON
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From: MURRELLS INLET, SC
Time: 1997-12-01 18:19:00
Comments: C-121, FLIGHT ENGINEER

Name: James Stephens
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From: Orlando, Florida
Time: 1997-11-29 22:12:00
Comments: My father, Bill Stephens, was a flight engineer on the 121. From 1965-69 at Otis AFB, 69-70 at Korat, Thailand, and 72-74 at McCoy AFB (Orlando)

Name: David A. Justus
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From: Hanford, Ca
Time: 1997-11-29 20:36:00
Comments: Flew as flight crew Electrician on TE-3 Buno 145933 in VW-1 on Guam 1959-63. Flew fleet coverage and also tracked typhoons. Plane commander was LCDR Henning. Crew Chief was Winkey Doll.

Name: SUTHERLAND, JACK, L., JR
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From: INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI
Time: 1997-11-27 20:15:00
Comments: FINALLY FOUND YOU ALL. FROM READING THE GUESTBOOK, I GUESS I'M ONE OF THE YOUNGSTERS. WITH THE 964 AEW&C AT MCCLELLAN IN 1971-72 AS A SCOPE DOPE. DID PLENTY OF KEF TDY'S. HAD TOO MUCH FUN IN UBON, NOT TO MENTION UDORN AND NKP. DID 10 YEARS OF US AWACS AND 7 WITH NATO. NOW, WITH ABCCC AND 50'S VINTAGE EC-130E'S. GUESS WHAT GOES AROUND,COMES AROUND. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT A BAD PENNY, "YOU JUST CAN'T GET RID OF THEM". SMILIN' JACK

Name: Bob Neumann
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From: Marysville, MI
Time: 1997-11-27 16:59:00
Comments: I was an Avionics Tech with the 553rd at Korat from May, 1970 to November, 1971 nint was part of the 388th TFW. I married a girl from Takhli.

Name: Wes Mortensen
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From: Chaska, Minnesota
Time: 1997-11-24 21:46:00
Comments: Served on "Willy Victors" (CIC/ECM) IN AEWBARRONPAC from Dec. 1960 to Dec. 1963 out of Barber's Point and Midway.

Name: THOMAS POETIAN
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From: PITTSBURGH PA
Time: 1997-11-18 09:22:00
Comments: I WAS A RADAR OPERATOR IN THE 552ND/963RD AT MC CLELLAN 1962/63. TDY MC COY 1962. GREAT HOME PAGE. THANKS

Name: John Cook
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From: Raleigh N.C.
Time: 1997-11-17 14:34:00
Comments: I was stationed at NAS Jax, VW-4 from 1967-1970. I was an ADR-2 assigned to the crew of 137896. These were truly the "Corvettes" of aircraft. I loved them. Robert Lisi, I would love to have your E-mail address. I may be able to supply photo's of some of the VW-4 years. Also interested in any reunions of that era. I also flew Camille in 69, and somewhere have a photo I took in the eye of Hurricane Inga. I would be very interested in hearing from any other VW-4 folks of that era. I have seen 292 from the Florence air musem. Brought back many memories.

Name: JIM BYRD
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From: JANESVILLE CA
Time: 1997-11-14 13:54:00
Comments: VQI 73-76. ELINT OPERATOR STARTING IN WV'S THEN TO EA3B'S

Name: Dave Perso
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From: Wonder Lake, Illinois
Time: 1997-11-14 10:19:00
Comments: I was in the 552nd as a radar repair tech from 70 to 73. Every once in a while I get over to Wright-Patterson and take a good long look at "Triple Nickel". You guys that remember how we complained when she was renamed "City of Sacramento" before she left us will be glad to know that there is no more references to that name at the museum, only her TRUE nickname is mentioned.

Name: Donald R Hilburn
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From: Albuquerque NM
Time: 1997-11-08 04:47:00
Comments: Served two tours in the 552 AEW&C Wing 1968 - 1970, and 1973 - 1976, finally ending Connie duty at Keflavik Aug 1976 - Aug 1977. In October I visited the Pima Air Museum in Tucson and "kicked the tires" on 554, bringing back many memories! The desert environment is keeping the old bird looking good!

Name: Scott Goodrich
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From: Saranac Lake, NY
Time: 1997-11-03 13:16:00
Comments: Forgot to mention that I was one of the few active Air Force crew members at that time. I believe the unit was Det 1 20 ADS. They offered me and a few others from tech school the opportunity to crew, which I jumped at immediately. I have fond memories of those times, especially a trip to Lossiemouth, Scotland to hang w/ the Brits and viewing the Shackleton. Anybody remember losing a bird at runup when the landing gear collapsed? Luckily, all egressed.

Name: Scott Goodrich
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From: Saranac Lake, NY
Time: 1997-11-03 10:11:00
Comments: I was a scope operator at Homestead AFB from 1977-1978 when the unit closed. Spent two TDYs in Keflavik, Iceland. How I miss the sound of a Connie at the runup pad! Anybody of my era please contace me!

Name: Rich Haver
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From: VQ-1, 143186,145936,145927,145940 were VQ1 aircraft
Time: 1997-11-01 18:46:00
Comments: I am working with the National Vigilance Park on Fort Meade, Maryland, next to the National Security Agency compound. The Air Force provided a restored C-130 to serve as an example of the EC-130 and symbolize the losses that were sustained by the reconnaissance programs during the cold war. 17 Air Force personnel died when the Soviets shot down an EC-130 on 2 Sep. 1958 over Armenia. A Navy EC-121M 135749 was shot down by the North Koreans on 15 April 1969 over the Sea of Japan with a loss of 31 men. The Park would like to secure a 121 to place with the 130 to honor the Navy men who died on reconnaissance missions between 1947 and 1992. I served in VQ-1 from 1968 to 1971 and was asked to see if I could assist the Vigilance Park and National Cryptologic Museum in their effort. If you know of any EC-121's in need of a home and tender loving care, please give me a buz. 703-482-9918, I have a question on the EC-121K BuNumbers. There were several 1459XX in VQ-1, I didn't see those numbers listed as a block in your paragraph on the K birds. Thanks for your information, I will stay in touch as I look for a bird. Rich Haver

Name: William Kenneth Wood
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From: Keystone Heights, Fl.
Time: 1997-11-01 17:24:00
Comments: I reported to Otis AFB on August 16th, 1955 and was one on the first members of the 961st. I was just out of the airborne radio operators school at Keesler AFB. I took my first flight on a connie in October 1955. I was helping type stencils so that we could make up enough training manuals. We had only received one copy of each. The first Sargeant bumped several of us up on the flight physical list and arranged for the flight. That is one time it payed to volunteer. I flew several thousand hours the next 3 years or so. I got out of the Air Force on Dec. 5, 1958 and went to work for the FAA. I eventually became a supervisory air traffic controller at Jacksonville ARTCC in Hilliard Fl.(GS-14). I am now retired. I spoke to many pilot during the 1960's when they happened through my sector. I was in A flight crew 29 and had several Aircraft Commanders during that time, but I think that a Captain Wilgus was the best one. I was also trained as an ECM operator during the period. We had no jamming equipment, just detection. I kept up with the connies during my ATC years. It was a sad day when the first one went down. We used to wonder what the out come would be on the crew. Just what we had expected, despite what we were told would happen. Very sad. Thank you for your effort in putting this site together. It brings back many memories.

Name: Robert S. Hodes
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From: currently living in Bangkok, Thailand
Time: 1997-10-25 21:58:00
Comments: I was a radio operator with the Willie Victors of the Pacific barrier squadron, AEWBARRONPAC, from 1959 through 1962. The home base was Barber's Point, Hawaii, but all barrier patrols were flown out of Midway. In 1962, My crew paricipated in several of the atmospheric a-bomb tests at Christmas and Johnson Islands. In 1969, I was at Korat working with the 388 TFW F4Es, and saw the College Eye and Batcat connies there on a daily basis. I didn't know at the time that the Batcat birds were the same ones I had flown in on the barrier. The radomes had been removed and the Nany markings replaced with USAF camouflage. From 1976 through 1985, I worked with the AWACS in Seattle, Tinker AFB, and various deployed locations.

Name: Vicki Harrell
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From: McMinnville, OR
Time: 1997-10-22 17:48:00
Comments: I was a stewardess with TWA in 1963-64 and fell in love with the Super Connie. Just went to the 50th Anniversary of the USAF at Edwards AFB and went through the cargo config of the Connie. Decided to check on the net and see what was here.

Name: Bobby Morris
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From: Columbia,SC
Time: 1997-10-19 15:51:00
Comments: It was very exciting to find this web page. I was a CIM on the Connie in Korat AFB from Jan 1969 until Sep 1969. As I am sure most of us would say, it was an experience we will never forget. I made some good friends but have lost track of them in the past 28 years. Being from South Carolina I was pleased to spot the Connie at the Florence Airport. Then in the past month I have been watching it being taken apart. While reading your page I see that it is going to be scattered all around for parts. It was great being a BatCat and really appreciate you having this location to see what others are doing. Bobby Morris

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