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  1. An addition to the conversation: From the Center for Systems Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT/SY). C-5A Galaxy Systems Engineering Case Study: "In December 1971, a C-5 IRT was formed to review the situation and develop alternatives. The team assessed the C-5A structure to determine the necessary operational restrictions to ensure safety of flight. The payload and maneuvers were limited, including the elimination of terrain following..." https://www.dau.edu/cop/pm/DAU Sponsored Documents/C 5A Galaxy SE Case Study.pdf PS. I was a C-130E flight engineer, and we had all kinds of ancient switches that said one thing but now did something newer and more exciting. Example: The Iron Lung switches in the cockpit. When the aircraft was built in the early 60s, hauling aeromed patients in iron lungs was common enough ( I reckon). Fast forward 30-40 years: Same (much older) aircraft with the same switches still marked "Iron Lung", but now powering up other aeromedical equipment. Those archaically-named switches were always a conversation starter for flight deck visitors during an open house. ~Will
  2. Anybody ever see one of these before? I acquired it 35 years ago and it has always been unique in my collection for its plastic encasement and, of course, being of the Army pocket hanger design. I had never seen another one until a few weeks ago when the other patch seen here (minus the plastic) popped up on ebay. I am always wary of repros, but as mentioned, I have had this patch a long time, and if they are making repops, they are not making much money at it.
  3. ...and there is the ATC emblem on the aft fuselage to boot. Excellent; thanks!
  4. As the totem pole motif suggests, this Stinson L-1 last served in Alaska. But, which unit? Rescue squadron? This L-1 was owned by Paul Mantz and is now to be found at the Fantasy of Flight museum.
  5. Here's a couple period photos of the F-110A. Although it was dubbed the F-110 "Spectre", the name was never official. That being said, these pictures show that the name was in use. The second photo was taken at Langley AFB in 1962, and though it's hard to see in the pic, the signboard says "F-110A Phantom" - but not "Spectre". Again, both names were at best semi-official. Both photos show the same aircraft: 49406 which was a Navy plane on loan to the USAF. It's air force serial was 62-12169. The aircraft was returned to the USN but crashed in 1967. Of additional interest is the F-105 alongside - shotdown by a MiG in 1966. Both photos can be seen on my website, "thejivebombers.com". (It's vintage aviation stuff, free to see, nothing sold, etc.)
  6. I didn't want to miss out on the 6005th Air Postal Squadron/Group's moment in the sun, so here is my addition to the topic.
  7. 1959: Aviation cadet, Lackland AFB, and cadet formation of the 3300th Pilot Training Squadron, Graham Air Base.
  8. The 118th Observation Squadron, Connecticut National Guard, was part of the 43rd Division, not the 33rd. That division was in Illinois.
  9. The first patch is from the Vietnamese Air Force. KQVN = "Không quân Việt Nam". (Air Force Vietnam)
  10. Here is the link - browse to your heart's content. Note: My website is where I share my aviation images with fellow enthusiasts, therefore, it costs nothing, and sells nothing. https://thejivebombers.com/2019/09/23/113th-observation-squadron/
  11. My guess is that both photos are of the Douglas O-31B. In photo #1, the canopy and windscreen - especially the latter - are not quite right for an O-38, plus there appear to be braces under the horizontal stabilizer - not a feature on the O-38, but definitely on the O-31. Also in photo #1 there is the shadow across the windscreen which I suspect is that of the prominent vertical strut contraption that kept the wings were you wanted them. Photo #2 of the rear seat is trickier, but one can see that the canopy rails extend behind the rear cockpit - a feature of the O-31B, but again, not the O-38. Both the O-31 and O-38 were flown during the 1930s by the 108th Observation Squadron, and, given that both types were Douglas aircraft, it makes for a tricky ID based on the canopy because, in all likelihood, the same man at Douglas designed both canopies.
  12. Peter, I am a fan of all NG Observation Squadrons and am always adding their photos to my website. That being said, I did do a couple years with the 115th's descendant: the 115th Airlift Squadron.
  13. It is the 115th Observation Squadron, California National Guard. Here is a shot of what may be the same aircraft (#4 on fuselage) a few years earlier. Your photo was taken at San Luis Obispo, long used by the 115th for summer camp. Photo from my website: https://thejivebombers.com/2018/02/05/1554/
  14. We are mostly all familiar with the Vietnam "Party Suits", but here is what the ladies wore. The patch is that of Udorn Air Base's 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, but nurse Jo Miller was assigned to the base hospital. Reflective of the mini-skirts so popular during the time, this dress, in terms of length, leaves very little to the imagination. Party suit elements have been incorporated into the dress's design: epaulets and a shoulder pen pocket, just like a flight suit.
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