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Any aerial refueling vets (from VietNam era) on here?

Discussion in 'Military' started by oldnorske, May 7, 2017.

  1. May 7, 2017 at 5:52 PM
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    I was a boom operator in a previous life many years ago.

    Anyone here TDY to U Tapao, or Guam in '68/'69.

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    Not from the same era, but she's still flying strong. 1 month into my first of many deployments as a 135 co-pirate.

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    My father inlaw was a Red River Valley Rat. Flew B52s. We go to the River Rats reunions almost every year. God Bless brother!
     
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    My old man came here to Guam with the Air Force in '68, got out in '71, made Guam his home and never left.
     
  5. May 8, 2017 at 11:33 AM
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    It is truly amazing that the old 135 is still in service (and the "BUFF") after all these years!
    God Bless you guys and fly safe!
     
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  6. May 8, 2017 at 11:36 AM
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    I will attempt to load up some more pix from back in the day.

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  7. May 10, 2017 at 4:37 PM
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    I found a couple more pix.

    B-58 Hustler. F-111s coming in for refueling.

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    Not me, but I have a shit ton of respect for vets, especially (only because I have studied it extensively) Vietnam vets. Thanks very much for serving.
     
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    Cool Post Bro, Tell TJ Hunt To Update The Vlog!
    I may or may not have worked on 0313 during my time on active duty. Anyway you have the year of it? There are two 135's with the 0313 tail, 61-0313 and 60-0313. If it was 60-313 I more than likely worked on it.
     
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  10. May 10, 2017 at 4:56 PM
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    That was Summer of '69, U Tapao Royal Thai Naval Airfield, Thailand. 0313 was the only tanker I ever saw with a name painted on it. That crew chief must have loved that airplane.
     
  11. May 10, 2017 at 5:02 PM
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    Cool Post Bro, Tell TJ Hunt To Update The Vlog!
    69 was way before my time. During OEF, OIF I could possibly have turned wrenches on it. FYI both 61-0313 and 60-313 are still in use.
     
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  12. May 10, 2017 at 5:26 PM
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    Wow! Unbelievably tough air frames. I know the maintenance and upgrading are responsible to a certain extant... but the 135/B-52, designed and (many) built in the ''50s are just *great* airplanes.
     
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    If anyone is interested, Smithsonian HD channel has a 1 hour documentary on the Dash80/707/135 Sunday night 5/21/'17 at 8:00pm.

    I know I am probably going on with this theme too long. However, the 2+ years that I flew on that bird were the highlight of my young life at the time (I know I should have made a career of it, but ..."young and dumb and full of ....").
     
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  14. May 19, 2017 at 5:32 PM
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    Cool Post Bro, Tell TJ Hunt To Update The Vlog!
    Hey I know that guy in the middle!
     
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  15. Jun 18, 2017 at 5:37 PM
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    @Dixon Cider... I hope you and your fellow crew members are staying safe.

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  16. Oct 30, 2017 at 9:09 PM
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    A back step for when I get older, N-fab step bars , Carhartt seatcovers, 4Runner wheels, Topper, and "tats all folks"! --for now!!
    Jim, I just spotted this thread -- good to see this.
    Which one of that bunch in the first pic are you --or do you want to keep us guessing?
    Great pics -- it is hard to believe you never gassed up one of ours (RC-135's).
    Maybe they were not operating that much till near the end of 69.
    Also great talking to you the other day
     
  17. Oct 31, 2017 at 6:15 AM
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    I'm the tall one on the right.

    We were assigned to refueling only fighters while we were in Thailand.

    Good to communicate with another "zoomie" from that era.
     
  18. Oct 31, 2017 at 8:43 AM
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    A back step for when I get older, N-fab step bars , Carhartt seatcovers, 4Runner wheels, Topper, and "tats all folks"! --for now!!
    That would have been my guess as to which one you are.
    Also I saw in another thread where someone said we were in the "Chair Force" I know that the guys/gals in the ground in Nam had it tough,
    But some others forget the heavy support they got from the Air Force.
    Oh well --it is what it is -- we all had our jobs to do -- and we did not run off to Canada
     
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    Thanks for everyones service! I enjoy seeing the pics, even though it was a bad war its neat to see the old aircraft and new generation of maintainers/flyers.
     

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