Sunday, November 18, 2012

Eyes and Adrenaline Skyward

I will never forget the Thunderbirds
by Fred C.

I was at the annual airshow at Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, in the early 1960s. The Thunderbirds performed with the F-100 show. Captain Bailey demonstrated a C-130 max performance take off, sans jet assisted take off (JATO), with a fuel truck aboard, and info fell through the crack (vacuum between the headset?) as truck had quite a bit of fuel aboard. It was a hot day, slow acceleration, rotation and into ground effect for quite a distance. Had to extract seat cushions from guys in the front office I'll bet you!