Re: TRIM PAD TAKHLI AIR BASE 1967/68
Posted by Mike C. on 10/20/2013, 2:17:55, in reply to "TRIM PAD TAKHLI AIR BASE 1967/68"
Hi Dan, |
I too worked at the TRIM PAD - running up our THUDs to 100% + A/Burner... doing my Electrical Tests, etc. commonly on Night shift - Foliage was thick and grew rapidly enough that Tankers were seen Spraying nearly every few Nights. It most especially annoying to me due to several reasons > 1. You could Smell it and Taste it continuously as it permeated the Air, Skin, Clothes 2. It left my Skin OILY.. able to rub it in using my fingers like sun lotion, but tasting it was the same flavor as Smell in the Air. 3. F-105 Pilots would gripe about this "Oily mist" on Canopy windshields, asking me to try and wash it away (Crew Chiefs Job), but more than soapy H20 was reqr'd, Heavy Oily residue that severely impeded Taxiing at night.
4. This same Spray was also seen Sprayed around my Barracks (Hooches), that same Odor & Taste remaining densely present especially especially on non-Windy Nights. 5. I recall still Tasting it on my tongue days later while Off-Base. 6. Headaches & even Nausea was common after Spray trucks saturated the Bushes 50 Ft from my A/C.
Have you acquired any Pix of the TRIM PAD ... ?
I took many Pix of FlightLine, Landings, T/O's, but with only Jungle at the TRIM PAD, never took any Pix there. Too bad I didn't have my CANON FTQL out there the day a EB-66 Crashed as I watched. As others have said, the Pilot ordered his Crew to Eject (after he Inverted) because EB-66 is Downward Ejection ! Pilot died >> DUFFIN, Rey L., EB-66C,
17 Nov 1967, # 54-0473 / Takhli Crash Landing
Capt, DOB 23 Apr 1931, Tooele, UT
Though (3) other Crew were also said perished, I recalled they had survived.... as I remember no Fire...
ANY Photo's of TRIM TAB found.... please Forward them to > Vikingsss@aol.com
Good Health to you, and hopefully Winning your Case. MC 42350