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November 29, 2013 - Posted by | 1950s, 1960s, Boom Operator, Boom Pod View, KC-97

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  1. Reblogged this on The Lexicans and commented:
    Enjoy………………
    My Dad came back to Helena MT in the summer of 65 on a KC-97…….

    Comment by ORPO1 | December 10, 2013 | Reply

  2. This really brought back the memories. I flew as a boomer on the KC-97 from 1958 to 1963 at Pease AFB, then went into the 135 program. Who is the boomer giving the tour and where is this KC-97? We may have crossed paths during our careers. Whoever this boomer was, he did an excellent job.

    Comment by Charles Clark | February 1, 2014 | Reply

  3. Wow! Looking at these videos sure brought memories of my KC-97 experiences. I joined the AF in Oct 1955 & my first job was as a boomer on the ol KC-97. Got stationed at Dow AFB right out of the chute, from 1956 to 1964, & went to Selfridge still on the KC-97. Had one close call in 1958 when our pilot was trying to make a cross wind landing at Harmon AFB Newfoundland. He was bouncing all over the runway when our very sharp Flight Engineer (Milt Crum) saved all our lives when he called out Go Around and took it upon himself to push the throttles up. I didn’t get scared until the shaky pilot (Dave Gustin) came on the interphone and said in a stuttering voice, ‘Sorry guys, it’s a hell of a crosswind out there’ So it was then when the radio operator, (Andrew Mobley) and I (we were in back in the scanning positions)looked at each other with scarry looks b/c we knew that same pilot had to try to land that plane again on another try. Well, the second landing was uneventful and everyone breathed a sigh of relief, until we saw the 4 prop blades on the #4 enging had been sheared off about 4 inches from striking the runway. I had other close calls on both the KC-97 and the KC-135 but none as close as that one,

    Comment by LeVaughn Dickerson | October 13, 2015 | Reply


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