The SR Blackbird speeds at Mach 3 and 85, feet at the edge of darkness. General William Campbell, Maj. Read profiles of SR signing pilots here. Learn more here. Vectoring From Thor and Kristin Hill. The original oil painting depicts business aviation and the decisions pilots address. Click image to open enlarged view. Following the ceremony, attending U-2 pilots pose with Capt. Carl Overstreet, seated in the photo, was the first U-2 pilot to fly a reconnaissance mission over the Soviet Union. The Artist's Eye at 70, Feet. Aviation Artist Kristin Hill flew in the U-2 Dragon Lady, ascending above 70, feet to observe this unique aircraft in its high altitude flight environment.
The U-2 first flew in August and is celebrated for its 55 years of valuable service, with several more active years scheduled in the U. Air Force. A century and a half earlier, the British painter seized the opportunity to stay above deck on a sailing vessel and observe with his own eyes and being the harsh stormy elements seasoned sailors knew too well. It was now my time to go where the Dragon Lady roams Pacing the Terminator. Oil on Canvas 32" x 36". Kristin Hill created her painting Pacing the Terminator following her U-2 flight and additional important research she conducted with assistance from U-2 pilots and support personnel.
The painting is part of the 55th anniversary recognition of the U-2 and the service of the supporting U-2 service personnel. At BWI, the painting is seen daily by thousands of people, including our troops who deploy through the BWI airport to destinations worldwide.
This richly personal recognition of more than five decades of U-2 history includes pilots with solo numbers ranging from 55 to A plain border print is also available. The Comanche he purchased new was the family plane for 35 years. Kristin extends a warm welcome to Comanche lovers to commission a painting of their special Comanche and valued memories. The SR races through the skies at Mach 3. Revered ancient Greek goddess of night Nyx rides her swift chariot into the night skies. Marta Bohn-Meyer was the only female to crew in the SR The early airmail pilots pioneered flight routes, weather and aircraft development.
Though the service became routine, the experience for the pilots remained both challenging and rewarding. The sunlight glows magically through the doped fabric, revealing the wooden structures beneath. Painting plein air, or directly from the subject, is both enlightening and challenging for the artist. Kristin painted this study of light, color and composition in two hours while observing the City of Savannah B under restoration at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Savannah, Georgia. Kristin captures these pleasures in an oil painting to be enjoyed every day and for many years.
On this painted day, mysteries of the Tucson desert delight the curious and fill their senses. Dew on the wings, wind in your hair, sun on your face, a stick in hand, friends in flight, adventure and inspiration in abundance. The first privately funded manned flights into suborbital space were flown aboard the innovative spacecraft SpaceShipOne, designed and developed by Burt Rutan and his team at Scaled Composites.
SpaceShipOne was suspended from the uniquely designed turbojet launch aircraft White Knight and released at 46, feet. There the hinged wings were repositioned to create a feathering effect, allowing the spacecraft to return to Earth gently with minimal speed, friction and heat buildup. Required to fly the three-passenger spacecraft twice in 14 days to an altitude exceeding kilometers or 62 miles to win the Ansari X-Prize, SpaceShipOne was the first to meet and surpassed these requirements by reaching a maximum altitude of Flight is on the feathered wing in the 16" x 32" oil painting Susquehanna Passages which depicts the historic Columbia-Wrightsville, Pennsylvania bridge.
This architecturally striking structure, completed and dedicated in , has provided passage to many. On this morning it is visited by sojourners on another passage. Please contact Kristin Hill for purchase details. It has been sold as part of this fundraising initiative in support of Health Education. What music would you need to survive if you were suddenly marooned on a desert island? And what one book and one luxury would you select?
WITF Listeners get to know more about Kristin through her music selections, how music influences her art, and how life has influenced her selections. The interview is available on CD by special request. Contact Kristin for details. The painting of a Gulfstream business jet in flight in a brilliantly illuminated cloud formation has also been honored as the recipient of the SimuFlite Award in the SimuFlite Horizons of Flight Exhibit. The original oil painting is also available for purchase. The paths of progress grace the skies as new horizons are explored, aspirations are pursued, and promises are kept.
Dudley: avid aviator, Fixed Base Operator, Piper dealer, Comanche aficionado, flight instructor, mechanic, dedicated QB, occasional writer, fine husband and father, loyal and fun friend, a gentleman, and yes, a beloved character. Reflections on Freedom. At the age of 19, he served as a navigator-bombardier on a B named "The Outlaw" with the 19th Bomb Group and flew 50 combat missions over Korea. He flew several combat missions over North Vietnam. In a report written by his immediate superior, he wrote: "Lt. Colonel McNeer is devoted to all phases of aviation.
He has a broad background in all elements of strategic bombing and reconnaissance. He possesses those qualities that mark him as an outstanding military leader. A devoted husband and father, Red was truly proud of his family. Also surviving are two brothers and one sister: William F. We needed an experienced RSO who was expert in all of the aircraft's systems, and no one was better qualified than Red.
He accepted and we flew together until the test force moved to Palmdale. As Chief of the Operations Division, he did an outstanding job of insuring that each test mission was properly planned, scheduled and flown. Red was truly one of the very best of the "Habus". I had heard the story from Bill himself when we worked together. It brought back memories of strapping Bill into various production birds when I was a flight test engineer at Palmdale. I started on the program as an instrumentation engineer on Article in , and was laid off at the end of after my new assignment as flight test engineer on the Lockheed Shipbuilding hydrofoil was cancelled, and we lost the SST bid, where I had a job offer when the contract was signed.
Went out the door with about engineers in Jan. I remained in aviation for about 40 years, mostly as a test engineer and then accident investigator. Now I have retrained in another field and teach at the college level. Just discovered the Blackbird Assn and submitted my application.
Dave Hall Email: airsafe1 comcast. This brings back so many great memories. I was stationed at Beale right after Tech school in I was assigned to the 9 FMS Hydraulic shop. My time with the SR was from to and then from until the dark day of the SR retirement from service. I was lucky enough to head down to Palmdale to refurbish a few "Hot Gigs" when the program was being reactivated. The rest of my career has been with the U-2 until my retirement in What a great 24 years with the U-2 and SR Some of my fondest and worst memories have been with the program.
I meet my wife while assigned to Beale in the early years. And yes, Mary was my supervisor in the hydraulic shop. We've been married for 25 years now. Damn that's a long time. Some days we'll sit back and reminiscence about the "Old Days". Talk about all the Habu love bites. The same days you could drink 2 beers during lunch and have shop parties on Friday nights after work.
Try that now!!! For those of you who are reading this, never forget the times we had working on the greatest plane ever built. Especially the day Col Lee Shelton allowed my 10 year old son and myself to ride with him and observe a launch. What a rush! I was always impressed by the absolute professionalism of everyone associated with the SR Thanks to all, especially Col Shelton.
I knew Col Locke there. I also recovered missions, debriefed crew and analyzed data from missions flown out of Kadena, Beale. I was on the flight line the day of the crash. I worked closely with the SR as an Engine Mechanic on and off the flight line. I worked with SSgt Bill Walker of state of Mississippi and would like to talk with other members of our outfit during this time. There are too many to name even when we were at Okinawa.
The way I might be remembered is, I could slip into the inlet without other members having to remove the spike. I would like to hear from anyone in my squadron. Being a 17 year old airman backing gallons of jet fuel into the hanger of the worlds fastest aircraft was quite a nerve wracking thrill! There were many good times had on Beale back in the late 70's and early 80's.
I've got some good in flight refueling pictures if anyone is interested. Just drop me an email. A1C Steve Flint Email: sflin aol. My office was just outside the secure area where the J engines were overhauled. We knew of the crash of course but where the engines ended up was a matter of speculation until I asked one of our technicians about the latest engine they had received. He replied, "Well, I can't say Several museums had the engines and wanted to put them on display.
It was a great environment for a young engineer just out of school to find himself immersed in. Here's another bit of J trivia: the early engines had their external plumbing gold plated! I've heard several explanations for it but I can't say definitively what the reason was. Regardless, the measure was discontinued pretty early on in the program. The full story is here:. Arthur W. I was doing the Monthly reliability reports.
This also involved answering all of customer Quality Deficiency Reports. I was doing this on both Programs until I retired from Lockheed in I was able to make one memorable trip to Beale to coordinate with the QA folks at Beale and the Det 6. The airplane Retirement Party at Palmdale thrown by the Det. It was a chance for all of the hard working Det.
The party was done shortly before the Record flight to the Smithsonian. Also the last low level fly-by by at Burbank was amazing, especially since Kelly Johnson was present, out of the Hospital for the occasion. The sound of the AB, also was tremendous. My family did not have a clue what I was doing until the special family day for the delivery of final F, and when I retired from LAC.
Dan Goodwin Writes: I promise I'm not trying to clog your fantastic site, but looking at it has kicked off the replay button in my head and names and faces have been popping up of old ECM guys and gals I'd like to hear from. OK, one quick memory of life in the ECM shop.
One day, Bob Turner and I were trying to redo some wiring in one of the U2 noses in the shop and he needed to cut open a bundle. Bob was about 5'4" and high strung when he wasn't drinking. Bob slipped the blade under the tie wrap, and right as I said "Bob be careful that's a razor sharp knife" the tie wrap parted and the Sodbuster's blade sliced about one-half inch off of Bob's finger tip. The tip flipped slowly through the air and landed on the floor, blood spurted and Bob's eye saucered.
Then he walked out in front of one of our tech-reps and passed out cold on the linoleum.
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Bob drove a huge '77 Ford T-Bird and a green blue Kawasaki that he liked to ride while standing on the seat. He was unlucky. Got into horses at the Beale Stables and broke both his arms one time. Truly this website has released the floodgates of my mind and I realize what a special place Beale, the 9th SRW were and what a special brotherhood to which I belong, those lucky few who got to work on the SR and U2s!
Would like to hear from some of the old gang known as "Logan's Crates". MSgt Robert Bragg Email: rfb yahoo. I was there until November We were buddies through tech training and our time at Beale, but as often happens we've lost touch. If anyone can pass on to Chad that I've been trying to get in touch that would be great. And if my name rings a bell with any of the other guys from the workshop it would be good to hear from you all as well Best regards Steve Kirkman Email: s. The girls were in two-story barracks quite a ways from where we were.
The AMS guys stayed at the single story barracks two guys to a room near the lobby that had the Koi in a pond out front. There was also a little hollow behind our barracks that was being farmed by Japanese Nationals. Ray Clark 's record ; bargaining for fun with the worn-out mama sans in Whisper Alley Pssst! Whoa, another long post. C'mon ECM folks, drop me a line! MSgt Eric C. Sabadin Email: eric. Since you were in the program about the same time as I was, I wonder how much you remember about the "Animal House", Barracks in Kadena, Okinawa.
That would make a story all in itself! Do you remember the horse our guys got up onto the second floor, but couldn't get to go down the stairs, or the huge mounds of beer cans that "someone" used to build outside the door of the first sergeant, or the two a. Or the nightly screaming of "Habu" then slamming of the room doors.
Even greater accomplishments such as stealing the welded iron globe of the world from Kadena Wing Headquarters, and rolling it all the way up the hill and over the chain link fence into the Base Skating Rink? And I still haven't found out how in the world "somebody" built that huge "rocket" of gallon drums on top of Barracks And I don't know about you, but how in the world did our troops pull off all these stunts and yet showed up to work the next morning, and did a damn fine job of keeping the "Habu" flying? I guess making everything "permanent party" sort of toned all these shenanigans down, probably taking all the fun out of everything.
And who could ever forget the wonderful? I watched one of my troops impale himself on the sharp corner of the RSO's canopy, not even noticing that he was bleeding all over the place. Can't even begin to tell you how many hours I spent with the OSI over that little incident! And the Technical Representative who mysteriously disappeared from the face of the earth, only much later to be discovered that he was smuggling some drugs back to the U.
And best of all those wonderful "Care" packages coming over weekly on the tanker! Dan Goodwin Writes: I am a writer so this is long! Five hundred bucks was more than a month's pay in early '78, but No Way! After spending a month back home at the recruiter's request lining up more volunteers, I arrived at Beale in early April ' I spent many wild and wonderful times there, usually working 2nd shift. Yeah, it was dry heat, but I'm sure Hell might feel like the inside of a U-2s nose section on those afternoons when the mercury was hitting on the flightline.
And sometimes I'm sure my hair still smells of JP7 from the steady drip-drip wrinkled black belly and those of all her ass-hauling sisters. Can't ever forget those leisurely naps on top of the EMR screen room while Sgt. Barney Schwartz looked for me, or those glorious FOD walks down the runway and painting our equipment wagons again and again.
Let's not forget the parties with the "cool" tech reps in Grass Valley or skinny dipping all day in the Yuba River canyon. I got out in June '81 and headed to Tennessee.
Ken Hamlin of SoCal, Sgt. If y'all can run it, let everybody know I've got two boys and a girl, still married to my wife since '88, have been a college Sigma Chi fraternity president, newspaper reporter and editor, just finished 13 years mostly as a SMG-toting Narc Detective with the sheriff's office, taught college and wrote for gunmags on the side and just began another chapter as a gun company executive with Barrett Rifle Manufacturing.
Yes boys and girls, Dan "Crash" Goodwin went Ryukan and still hasn't come back. It was my distinct honor to work with those ECM Crows and the golden space-suited Habus who drove the Snake at the edge of space spying on the Evil Empire and our buddies behind the Bamboo Curtain who are still a threat. God Bless and let me join the Blackbird Association! What a machine, and what a beautiful sight!!
While I was stationed at Kadena, there was an "urban legend" that the remains of a crashed Habu were buried on the side of a hill not too far from the Kadena golf course. There is a little maintenance building on the site with a chain-link fence around it. I wasn't sure whether or not to believe it, but I have always wondered whether or not the story is true. Does anyone happen to know? Col Ret Lew Stewart Email: lewis. The design and delivery of the antennas covered a two year period with most of the design spent on the testing and selection of materials required to withstand the high temperature environments.
Because of the classified nature of the program, I was practically a one man team overseeing every phase of the design, assembly, processing and RF testing of the antennas until they were picked up at the back door. I have always felt I was a team member. Harold B.
Summers Email: halymar comcast. Raymond Zacher Writes: I originally posted in November, I was an Illustrator in the 9WHS in the mission planning area in the vault on the third floor in the old S. I was stationed at Beale my whole four years from November to August Here goes: SSgt. Art Lump Lombardi, Sgt. Glenn Sweet, SSgt. Duane Herrmann, Sgt. Bob Braun, Sgt. Beaven, SSgt. Hardesty, SSgt. Dave Heslop, SSgt. Dave Burk, Sgt. Lee Fong, Sgt. Ernie Kraus, Sgt. George Pinson, TSgt. Huber, MSgt. John Harmon, Sgt. Vic Roth, TSgt. Jessie Suggs, SSgt.
Short, MSgt. Tom Porthouse, TSgt. Dom Creazzo, Sgt. Jim Long, TSgt.
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Dave Horn and Sgt. Rich Belton. As for the officers: LtCol. Ward, LtCol. Wilt, LtCol. Cash McCall, LtCol. Gilliland, and LtCol. Steve Harrop. For those of us who worked in the "vault", ours was a unique service experience in the flight planning area. We took care of our own and avoided most of the Air Force "chicken" that occurred on the outside. Also, there was much fraternization between the officers and men and necessarly so. We had it very good and we knew it! I have been extremely fortunate to have served although a very immature young man along side top-quality personnel at the pinnacle of the USAF.
Although I did not fully appreciate it at the time, Beale AFB and the SR was unique and as a result I cherish those years today as the finest time of my young life even basic training! I remember those experiences like they were yesterday. Even though my life's focus now is on a totally different path, I still draw on my experiences from those years almost daily and continue to learn from them and to share them with others.
Raymond Zacher Email: rzacher smurfit. From until it's retirement I was a machinist at Pratt-Whitney in W. Florida, the only place in the world for overhaul and repair for the J engines. I machined quite a few parts that was repaired or replaced during overhaul. The burner ring inside the engine was the part I most often machined. This part was not repaired but replaced. Assembly was right across the hall and if I walked by while the door was open I could see the mechanics putting them back together.
Once I was lucky enough to be down at the test area when they were running the J Several times the pilots and support crew toured our shop to check us out and say Hi! Machinist John W. I was assigned to the security police squadron there. I never even heard of the SR When I first saw it it reminded of the twilight zone. I really became a fan of that plane. When I told my dad about it he was stunned. I found myself guarding 12 of them Worked mostly swings and mids.
Was on the crew that launched the record breaking missions in TDY to Det 1 a couple of times. The people at that time left me a lasting impression at an early and set the stage for a successful Air Force career. Yeah, we were the guys you all were always asking, "Where's my strip charts!? Ah yes, those days of transducers, phase, hydro fluid, start carts, chili cook-offs out behind AMS, and so much more are gone now MSgt Gary R. Even though I wss in the 9th SPS my mission was to protect that base and those pilots and planes with my life! The U. F gave me enough weapons to see to that!!
Sincerely, Gregory D. Walendzik Sgt,Honorably Discharged. I love the roar of the mostly F Fighting Falcons!! I keep up on U. History and also see the Thunderbirds whenever they are out here for a show! F was my pride and joy and I wish I would have made a career out of it! Gregory D Walendzik Email: walendzik sbcglobal. If anyone would like to see the progress, I will be more then happy to share photos with them. My question is this.
On the wing of the plane there is a " DIP " in the leading edge, and for the life of me, I can not find information on what that " DIP " was put in the wing for? I can only imagine that it has to do with air flow over the wing at high mach speeds and or for stability? That is my wild guess. If anyone could let me know what that dip was designed to do I would appreciate it very much.
Also, how much dip is there from the top of the wing? We have the SR trainer here in Michigan to where I could go measure the dip to calculate how much I need to put in my wing, but I was hoping someone could let me know the reason it was put in the wing to begin with. Also, I would like to say, that it is a pleasure to just be able to write to someone that has had something to do with the plane. I think this is one of the most fascinating aircraft there ever has been. That had to be the ride of a life time. I'm still looking to see one fly someday out of NASA, but then again, I may only ever have video memories.
Thanks again and hope to hear from someone on my question. Sisson Email: bsisson i2k. I worked at the Precision Photo Processing Lab. We processed all aspects of camera systems from the SR and U-2 aircraft. Les said he was taking his daily walks over the past few days and experienced mild chest pains. He went to the doctors and they discovered blockage that required him to be operated on ASAP. He is having a double bypass. I have no more information as far as hospital, room, phone, etc.
Richard Graham Email: habu5 verizon. Cary Malott told me that they will not say anything to anyone at the hospital other than to the immediate family. At least someone can send a card or whatever. Hopefully this will help. To All, Putting together several emails here is what was passed along to me. Walter Halloran, Pat's brother passed the following: Budd Butcher called to say that he spoke with the surgeon who said Pat went through the procedure very well.
Budd will call them again in the morning to see how the night went. This is at his bedside and of course he isn't ready to talk yet. I spoke with Pat this morning just prior to going into the OR and, as usual, he was upbeat reminding me that I had the same procedure done a few years ago and still have a clean FAA ticket. Last night he was in room , but the patient room locator phone number is I called yesterday about noon and his surgery was just starting.
I called again in the evening and spoke to someone at the nurse's station - she said the surgery went well and he was doing well but gave no other information. They wouldn't let anyone visit him except family, but might today - if so, we'll go see him. A nurse took us to his bed, but almost didn't let us stay because he was sleeping and they don't want him awakened.
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Luckily, he opened his eyes and waved his hand to us across the 4-bed room, so we got to talk to him for minutes. He looks quite good, but is pretty beat. He has his arms clasped across a cushion on his chest, and said the pressure makes it feel better. He said breathing is difficult and his lungs hurt more than the incision. He spoke quite softly but is clear headed. He expects to be better able to talk and less tired in a day or two. He will be in the hospital for about a week and then will be recovering at home for the next weeks, and doing very little.
His friend Les who notified Rich Graham originally is staying with him for a 6-week stint while in town to flight test a replica of a s airplane. Pat hadn't seen his brother Walter yet, and wasn't sure whether he'd arrived yet from Rochester, MN. Larry Boggess. I visited with Pat this afternoon. He was sitting up in a chair and talking to his brother Walter when I got there. You would not know that he had just had surgery by the way he talks; he does move around a little slower than normal.
There is a possibility that he may get to go home tomorrow or the next day. He is looking good. He will have to stay at home for about six weeks, and he feels bad about not making it to the reunion. He had lunch while I was there and just as I left went for a walk, to be followed by a nap. He is now in room , bed B. He is upbeat about the results of his surgery and knows that he will have to take it easy during the recovery period.
He is in good spirits and looking forward to going home. He was also looking forward to the Reunion but of course will not be able to attend. He said that General John Storrie will be the speaker, giving the remembrance portion of the banquet for General Douglas Nelson. We were the folks who looked at the radar and optical reconnaissance photos taken by the Blackbird. Never minded the long hours sitting at a light table checking out what the bad guys were doing, hours per mission. The after mission keggers weren't bad either!
TSgt Joe Weller Email: arlochub aol. I recently noticed Robert Max Hughes comments and tried to email him, but it didn't go through. So Max, if you see this shoot me an email, it would be great to hear from you. MSgt Enrico Calabrese Email: enrico1 verizon. I was the guy who "turned out the lights" of my shop. I worked with Jim Trago Hi Jim! I spent a total of nine of my 22 years working the 'SR' and I have to say it was some of the best years of my career. I have fond memories of working on the SR's. Search this site. Jimmy's Second Website!!! Biggest Plane.
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