Re: 49th TFW 1972
Hi Bob, can't believe it's been two years since you sent this message. I'll have to keep the website on my home screen from now on. I apologize for getting not seeing this sooner. It sure seems that we could possibly have sat next to each other on that C-130 and them luxurious net seats. Not sure if you kept up with tail numbers on those birds but mine was 66-7585 and then later on with 66-7743. We had the blue tails and I was in the 7th TFS. Not sure if I mentioned that before. I have to say, some fun memories to look back on and talk about. do you ever hear or read about any of the others you were with in the 9th? I wonder how many of the others know about this message board? It would be great to hear from you again. Take care. Steve
Hi Steve Oakland, I was reading through this Message Board and I also did the TDY's to Germany and was at Hanh, Bitburg and my last TDY was back to Bitburg after returning from Takhli to Hollman AB with the mighty 49th TFW/9th TFS.
We might have been together on flights to and from Takhli. When I was at Takhli AB. I was known as “Chief” because of being Native American. I was an Avionics Instrument Systems troop, probably worked on your bird.
As I said, I flew straight across the Pacific and back on a C-130 sitting on “Web Seats”.
I was thinking about the TDY to Takhli and recalled the trip back to the States. The crew I was with landed at Clark AB Philippines on our way to Hickam AB.
But any way when we arrived at Hickam AB we were assigned rooms and we got together, changed into our civilian clothes, and caught the city bus going to Waikiki Beach. Someone on the bus said, “Hey, there’s a McDonald’s” and we all got off the bus and went into McDonald’s, ordered hamburgers, fries and milk shakes.
Check out the web Site, “Thailand Veterans Exposed”.
As for your Bird, it is probably a static display somewhere or at Davis-Monthan AB aircraft grave yard or was used as Drone. Carry On !!!!
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