Thursday, December 12, 2013

Nostalgia: It's a Good Thing

Fifty years ago, 1963, I was a second lieutenant in the US Air Force, stationed at Vance AFB, Enid, OK for Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) in class 65-A. At that time, pilot training at Vance AFB was conducted in T-37 “tweetie Birds” and T-33 “Shooting Stars.” However, our class was to be the first at Vance AFB to fly the T-38 “Talon” instead of the T-33. The T-38 was a twin-engine, supersonic trainer with a top speed of Mach 1.08. We were all so eager to get out of T-37 training and get into T-38s. Here’s the picture that was taken for our class yearbook:

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