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Re: Takhli RTAFB- The Early Days
Rich, so nice to hear from a Takhli SAC alumni! I haven't seen any other of them on this site. I just hope all my old friends are OK. Good to hear from you as well!
I worked the B52 'G' model while stationed at Travis AFB, CA back in 63. Great aircraft! But my fav was the water injected KC-135 tanker. I worked the tankers at Travis, Eielson, Clark, Anderson, Kadena, Yokota, and of course, Takhli. I was a Pneumatics Specialists or the long term "Ground Environmental Control System Specialist. I maintained the Air-conditioning, Pressurization and lox systems.
Thank you for your service John.
Hey Rich, I was with the KC-135 unit in 67 & 68 as an aircraft electrician. Came from Westover. We moved the tankers to CCK in Taiwan the summer of 68. Got to go to Utapao for a few weeks and worked on the B52's (my favorite aircraft).
I got there summer 65, KC-135 tankers, SAC. We probably bumped into each other over there. Yes, Takhli was undergoing rapid changes, that's for sure.
Rich---when did you get to Takhli? I was there from Jul 65--Jul 66. Sure changed during my year there! I was 354th TFS life support.
Thanks for sharing your experiences with us and for paving the way for those of us who arrived there after you. There was not much there when I got there in 1965, and I thought it was bare bones then. (I can only imagine how it was when you got there). In fact, the Air Force contracted hotels for us in Bangkok and bused us in to Takhli on a 4 on, 3 off basis. As I understood it the reason for this was that there was not enough quarters constructed yet to accommodate all of us to stay there at the same time. I also spent some time at Clark as well as Andersen, Guam.
Thank you for your service Dick.
I was privileged to serve as the OIC of the 1400 acre munitions storage site at Clark AFB Philippines from 1961 to 1963. As such, I was in and out of Takhli many times TDY to inspect munitions already stored there. There was NOTHING there except the 12000 ft. runway, three quonsett huts, a sort of fire station and two A-26 aircraft painted black.You had to have a diplomatic clearance to even go there and,oh, I forgot the two earthen jars full of dead cobras next to the personnel area. I later experienced getting acquainted with pilots and their F100d aircraft both from the 510th TFS at Clark as well as flights of four 100Ds deployed TDY from Cannon AFB periodically.It was just an inkling of things to come but well worth remembering and has given me the deepest admiration and respect for everyone who served our country at Takhli as well as all of SEA during Vietnam.
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