To MIKE BUELL
From MIKE C. Takhli Sparkchaser EB-66, F-105, F-111..
Your last EMAIL looks like 2010 ?
Are U still Viewing our T-Mssg Board ??
I have INFO to Add Regarding TIM, as he was in my Barracks downstairs, a nice quiet guy. I had just come back from 3 Day Leave (Bonus for Adjusting '105's Thrust Decay Switch (All our Tech's hated that Switch, as most took 3 Hrs labor, I could Replace / Adjust IT in 45 Min. So I volunteered to Replace the Several Ea. Mnth in Exchange for (3) Day Passes. Great Deal for us both as I Saved Shop 100's of Hours, while I Earned 3 day Leaves). Upon Returning, I had spoke to the CREW CHIEF > Roger the next Evening... as he Shut down both Engines, and broke down in tears again..
Email me > Vikingsss(at)AOl Dot Com.
Hoping all is Well with you and your Family
I was a recip engine mechanic with Base Flight when this happened and I think of this terrible accident often. That night I was returning to the barracks after a late night on the town and found my bunk neighbor sitting upright and crying profusely. As I remember it, he was one of the men in the cockpit during the run. I do not recall his name. I also remember that within a very brief time there were many cages available as if magic - where did they come from? As a side note, when I was later stationed at Dyess AFB in Abilene, TX I was sent out to work at the Jet Shop Test Cell. I would reach out to touch the tremendous rush of air being sucked in to the inlet at max power. This "tickling the tail of the tiger" for me brought back morbid images of that night in Thailand. As in Thailand, we had no cages at the test cell at Dyess. I did not know that the EB-66 that landed in the red mud between the runway and the taxiway was the same aircraft.