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  • My dad , James MacDonald Jr. (I think they called him “Mac”) was a Inflight Refueling Operator with the 420th at Sculthorpe appx. 60-64 and flew the last KB-50s to Davis-Monthan (boneyard) from Sculthorpe.  He lived on base and in Hunstanton on Park Road.  He played guitar and had a gospel singing group that played in missions and coffee houses.  I remember some of his mates there named Neil, a black man named Ralph, and a tall guy named Ben.|

    My folks adopted me (I was a Brit) when they were there.  He finished up his USAF career at Pease AFB and Wright-Patterson, OH.  He is still going strong and still plays guitar.  I just finished almost 30 years with USAF myself.  His wife was/is Gail and I am James G. MacDonald III.

    Also, my real father was stationed there and his name was Robert “Red” Walden. Does anyone remember my dad’s?

  • I was assigned to the 622nd AREFS from 1962 until March 1964 as Crew Chief on KB-50J 48-078A assigned to England AFB, LA.
    Good to see this website.

    Ronald W Porter A1C <>
    Monday, February 27, 2017

  • I flew with the 429th from 57-59. I have a new e-mail address ( but I'm still living in Franklin, TN. If anyone from my time with the 429th is still around, I enjoy rehashing old war stories. Was a career man and flew lots of planes during the Korean and Vietnam era.

    Taft Davis <>
    Thursday, July 14, 2016

  • Was in the 622nd from 12/60 till 4/64. Was a Refueling Operator/scanner..Will join ASAP.Thanks

    Paul W. Davis <>
    Monday, June 13, 2016

  • My father was a crew chief on a KB50J sometime during the years 1957-1961. His name was James L. McCubbins. I would like to know if there is anyone with information about him.

    Sheryl Beebe <>
    Friday, June 10, 2016

  • I just found this site. My Father Dale Erickson, MAJ USAF (Ret) was in the 420th. 59(?)-62. Just wanted to say Hi and its great to see photos of the 420th Sqdn. aircraft.

    Dean C. Erickson, LTC, USA, (Ret) <>
    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

  • Was looking for 427th crew members that my brother Gordon Deaver flew with in 1961-62
    Gordon was a Reel operator. the pilot was Capt. Edward J. Petroski.

    Allen Deaver <>
    Wednesday, May 3, 2016

  • I am trying to contact Pilot Dean A. Neumann who was assigned to KB-50s at Langley in the summer of 1962. I graduated with Al from pilot training class 62-F in March 1962. Our class is attempting to locate all of the original members and we have lost contact with Al.

  • Thanks for any assistance of ideas you have.

    Kent Wilkinson, Lt. Col. USAF Retired
    Leland Wilkinson <>
    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • Hi guys, I just dropped in to see some pic's of the people & airplanes I knew & spent many hrs. working on. Sad to see that they are all gone now.. Nate Hill, George Graves,(who sold me my, '47 Buick) & also a lot of beautiful R-4360 powered Birds.
    Thank You for the memories..

    429th. '56 &'57
    Edmund Gary Hickman <>
    Tuesday, January 12, 2016

  • My Dad, Glenn Gittings Sr. was a Flight Engineer with the 421st Air Refueling Squadron when we were PCS at Yokota AB Japan from 1962 to 1965. Many good memories from those years in Japan. Dad is still a FE and has been flying with God since 2004. He passed away in Bradenton, FL.

    Glenn Gittings Jr. <>
    Monday, January 11, 2016

  • My father was John Brick. His tanker was lost over St. Vith Belgium August 13th, 1958. Does anybody remember him?

    Terry Brick <>
    Tuesday, December 22, 2015

  • Remembering my youth and a number of friends I met in the 421st !!!

    Paul Gerald Renquin Sr <>
    Saturday, December 5, 2015

  • I will never forget Tuesday night October 18, 1960. A KB-50K took off from Langley AFB engines full throttle to the point it got me and my fathers attention. We also saw what appeared to be a engine on fire.The plane exploded within a minute. The explosion was so intense it shook our home and knocked pictures from our wall. Fire and debris like I have never seen before or since fell on a marshy area known as Plum Tree Island in Poquoson, Va. and burned for hours. All 7 crewmen lost their lives.

    Being a witness to this still haunts me today. I have found very little news coverage and cannot find anything on who the crew was etc. I would like to see a small memorial to this crew placed on Plum Tree Island. If anyone has any information on this plane or crew etc. I would appreciate an email. Just one other thing, as far as I am concerned anyone who served on these dangerous planes is a hero in my book.

    Percy <>
    Tuesday, November 13, 2015

  • Was assigned to the 429th in 1958 as aircraft mechanic. Transferred to Panama in 1963.

    Allan Carper <>
    Tuesday, November 10, 2015

  • My father-in-law (95 yrs old) carries a pic of him sitting in the cockpit of an B-29 (prob Slicker 25, SN 44-83897) on Saipan toward the end of the war. Probably when the POW drops were happening. (He was an B-29 armorer on Saipan throughout WWII.) I see that A/C was converted to a KB-29P, but can't find anything more. Do your members know where it was/is?
    Thanks, Mike

    Mike Loucks <>
    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • On January 8, 1962, a KB-50 went missing between the US East coast and the Azores after taking off from Langley AFB. The Pilot was Major Robert Tawney and co-pilot Lt Zoltan Szaloki. Questions: what were the rest of the crew names? What Squadron was the KB-50 assigned to? What was the Aircraft serial Number?

    T.Fazzini <>
    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

  • I've been trying to put together a shadow box for my long deceased father who flew KB-50's early in his career in El Paso Texas. What a Joy it was to see his name on your website. I wonder if somebody could help me determine a correct patch to put in for his shadow box. I'm guessing he was in the 431st because one of my sisters was born in El Paso in 1963. Military legacy's are strong. I am a Chaplain in the Army Stationed in Korea. The best way to reach me is via my email. or

    Christopher Offen <>
    Monday, August 24, 2015

  • I was in Maintenance Control (Planning & Scheduling) at RAF Station Sculthorpe UK, 1958-1961. Was trolling your membership roster and obits for KB50 pilot,1st Lt.E. Price regarding a multi"probe & drogue" event over East Anglia, probably in "59 or"60. (My supervisor at the time was SMSgt. Zane Adams, ex-420th ARef Sqdn. One of the original "super-sergeants.")

    Tom Perry CMSGT USAF Ret. <>
    Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • Looking at all the old photos...wish I could see Dad(Kent) in a few of them.

    Keith Hayden <>
    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

  • I have moved my father Bob Peterson to Chicago to be closer to me. If anyone lives close and would like to visit, please email me or call at 224-213-0752. Thanks

    Mike Peterson <>
    Sunday, June 28, 2015

  • Great site. Brings back lots of memories when I was stationed at Langley as a refueling specialist in the 427Th ARS from 1959-1962. Charlie

    Charles E. Earhart <>
    Saturday, June 27, 2015

  • Thinking of my Dad during this anniversary of his passing...he had such a great time with the Tac Tankers Association. Thank you for being his second family. I miss him so much.

    Nate Hill <>
    Tuesday, May 5, 2015

  • Hello one and all. I am Nate Hill's younger daughter, Margie. Natalie mentioned your upcoming reunion and I wanted to wish you all well. Last Friday was the one year anniversary of Dad's passing (4/24) and it's been a rough week. Like they say, "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone." Holly, Nate and I miss Dad a lot. I'm sure you do too. He was so very proud of the Tac Tankers Association. And as I look at the numbers in your membership, I see why. Please pass around some hugs for Dad and have "a taste" in his memory. Blessings to you all, Margie

    Margie Donnell <>
    Saturday, May 2, 2015

  • I would appreciate any information on Byron H Crotwell. Did you know Byron? KIA, VN, 1966.
  • Thanks in advance,
    Also, a hello to Frank Jeanmard

    Joseph Tullier <>
    Tuesday, March 17, 2015

  • 4505 CAMS Airman Tire shop 1960-62

    Lawrence A Vandivier <>
    Sunday, March 1, 2015

  • 50 years ago in Feb.1965 the last flight for KB50J aircraft 49-0389
  • departed Biggs AFB Texas to Wright Patterson AFB OH

    Grant Thompson <>
    Monday, February 23, 2015

  • I was wondering if anyone knew my grandfather. His name is Kenneth Charles Bohn (K.C.) and he was a reel operator on the KB-50J from 1959 to 1965 at Biggs.

    Kenneth Bohn <>
    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

  • My father was in the 421st in 1960-61 at Yokota AB. He is getting older and not good at computers and to frail to travel to reunions. I would like to help him re-join the assoc. His name is Frederick Cook.
    Anyone out there that knows him, please email me. Thank you so much for this site.

    Mitzi Urwiler <>
    Saturday, January 24, 2015

  • Was with 429th Air Refueling Squadron in 1955 at Langley AFB VA.. Airplane Radio and Shop Repair. Was one of first to take the Bermuda trip. Whole crew was arrested by shore patrol for inadvertently going to an off limits bar.

    Gene Chirillo <>
    Saturday, January 24, 2015

  • 431st AREFS Hydraulic Shop 1958-1963. Turner AFB, Ga. Biggs AFB Tx

    Charles K Crowder <>
    Monday, January 12, 2015
  • I was in the 431st jet shop from 1962 to 1964. Would like to hear from you.

    Larry Hinz <>
    Wednesday, June 19, 2012

  • Was in 421st Yokota 1959 to 1962. Squadron patch then was not the one you show on line. It was one of a hummingbird getting necter from a flower. When did it change?

    Robert J Gocha <>
    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Glad Lou found me here in Arkansas and invited me to look into joining. I was in the 431st from 1961-1963. I've applied for membership today.

    Pat Hagen <>
    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Just found your website. My father John Howard Turner, Tech Rep for Hayes Aircraft Corp. He was a Tech Rep on the KB-50 Project from it's beginning until the contract was terminated. He was the first Tech Rep, the first in the field, the last out, and the last KB-50 Tech Rep at the plant in Birmingham, AL. He was based at Turner AFB, Biggs AFB, England AFB, Langely AFB, and in Japan. I was a teenager when the family was at Turner AFB and Biggs AFB. I still have Dad's passport, Desk name plate, and a wood model of a KB-50 given to him when he left the squadron in Japan. It was carved by a Japanese artist with only a few photos as a guide. I remember many stories he told from those days and would love to hear from anyone who remembers him.

    John Karl Turner <>
    Thursday, June 6, 2012

  • 427th AREFSq 1956-1958. There for the start up until reassigned to 57th Air Rescue in the Azores.

    Roger McIntyre <>
    Wednesday, May 2, 2012

  • 1955 - 1956 Walker AFB,Roswell, N.M. 509th ARS, KC97.
    1956- 1959 Sculthorpe RAF, Norfolk, England, 420th ARS, KB29, KB50 & KB50J.
    I was assigned to KB50 AF49-373 with fellow boomer Gerry Follettie. We often talk of those days and try to recall others that we served with. If any of you remember either of us, say "Hi".

    Joe Perry <>
    Friday, April 6, 2012

  • Hello, I'm a former member of the 622nd AREFS stationed at England AFB, La. from 1956 to 1960. We used the KB-29 until 1957 or 1958. I flew on the KB-50 as a crew member until my release from the service.

    Antonio B. Duran <>
    Saturday, March 10, 2012

  • 4505th CAMS 61 to end. Have to look up.

    Robert C Seay <>
    Tuesday, February 21, 2012


    Thursday, February 2, 2012

  • Mustered out of the 431st at El Paso, TX 1964. Now living in Arlington, TX.

    Frank Green <>
    Sunday, January 29, 2012

  • Was a member of the 429 ARS from 1957 to 1959. I sure was pleased to find the Tac Tankers. As a matter of fact, I found my friend and crew chief T/Sgt Micheal Delinko now living in Nevada and was able to converse with him by telephone. As a matter of fact I live in Albuquerque, NM where you had your convention last year. Due to circumstances beyond my control I was unable to look Tac Tankers up when they were here. Keep up the good work and I am proud to have been assigned to the 429th.

    A1c Eugene Slipek <>
    Friday, January 27, 2012

  • I was a pilot of the KB50J from 1958 to 1964. I was a member of the 429th and the 420th ARS. My stations were at Langley AFB for two years and RAF Sculthorpe for 4 years.

    Richard Bronner <>
    Wednesday, January 11, 2012

  • I was assigned to the 622nd in 1961, would like to hear from anyone that was in the 622nd at this time.

    Gerry T. Nix <>
    Saturday, January 7, 2012

  • Sirs,
    My father was a Chilean Air Force officer who in 1962-1963 went (as a Captain) to Langley AFB to train as a Tactical Navigator at the 429th Aerial Refueling Sq (TAC) . All the family went there and we had a wonderful time. My dad passed away last year and he always had good memories of all the people of the USAF at Langley.

    Fernando Mujica <>
    Tuesday, December 27, 2011

  • I want to wish all our members and their families a very Merry Christmas and a bright and Happy New Year. Please remember to keep all of our servicemen and women in your thoughts and prayers during this holiday season.

    Lou Chapman-VP TacTankers <>
    Wednesday, December 21, 2011

  • I enjoyed reading all the info. I was with the 420th in the early 1960's

    Charles Evans <>
    Saturday, December 17, 2011

  • One of the very best military websites that I have ever visited. Thanks a million for a great organization job created by and kept up to date by a great website manager and his helpers. Best regards to all the TAC Tankers,

    Walker A. "Walt" Larimer (420th AREFS, 1957-1959)
    Colonel USAF (Ret.)
    USN 1946-1952; USAF 1952-1983 <>
    Thursday, December 15, 2011

  • I enjoyed reading all the info. I was with the 420th in the early 1960's

    Charles Evans <>
    Monday, December 5, 2011

  • I was hoping to view your membership list, formerly being a member of the 429th and 431st outfits back in 1955 to 1962.

    Peter James Schmidt <>
    Saturday, November 12, 2011

  • My Grandfather Vince McDonald is on your website. Thank you for honoring his service 

    Hayley Barrett <>
    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

  • To my very good friend and mentor...Lt Col (ret) Nate Hill. I'd like to salute you and the other outstanding Americans of the TacTankers. As I just past 28 years in the Air Force and had the honor of having dinner with CMSAF #5 Gaylor last night I'm reminded that our future is only as bright as our legacy. Thank you for giving me the chance to serve you and this wonderful country. I am who I am today largely in part to wise and sage wisdom thrust upon me by Col Hill. Thank you on 11 Nov 2011, my salute is for you and all of our other veterans! MSgt Dave McAfee, 21 Force Support Squadron

    David McAfee <>
    Friday, October 28, 2011

  • Hi there. I'm not sure what drew me here, I just sometimes do a Google search to see what's out there. My father was Gordon Darling, and his plane crashed on Okinawa on December 21, 1962... 2 months after I was born. It was really nice to see his name here, as part of this association. People often ask me what kind of plane he flew, but I don't know... but now I guess it's either a KB-29 or KB-50, at least I have that much! I'm glad I found this, thank you!

    Jesica Carleton <>
    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

  • I was assigned to 4505th CAMS from 1960 to 1963 as a radar mechanic. I vacationed in Bermuda with the tankers summer 1961 and in the Azores in Nov. 1961 when the planes left Langley. During the next 18 years in the AF I crossed paths with a couple of my fellow airmen.

    Forrest G Johnston <>
    Sunday, September 25, 2011

  • My dad was at Sculthorpe England, 1961-64. If anyone has any memory or stories from when he was there, please share them with me. His name is Daniel Marion Kolakowski, Aka "Red", and he was in the 47th BW. Thank you.

    Carolyn Secker <>
    Saturday, July 23, 2011

  • Decided to join up and I'm now looking forward to receiving my info pack. In the 427th from fall of 1960 till spring 63. TDY to Sewart AFB to retrain as Aircraft Loadmaster (C130). Did a total of 25 yrs and retired from AF 1985. Worked as Aerial Delivery Project Officer for 21 additional yrs and retired from Civil Service Dec 2007. Live in Williamsburg VA and I'm looking forward to talking with old timers like me. LOL. Cell 508 259-1255

    Bob Pitts <>
    Sunday, July 10, 2011

  • Was Blister Licker, (LOL) 1960 - 1963

    Bob Pitts <>
    Sunday, July 10, 2011

  • Too bad there were not any pictures of Yokota AB Japan in the years 1955 & 1956 when I was in the 421st. Also the arm patch is different now. You don't happen to know of any web site where I can see more of Yokota?

    Stephen J Yuhasz <>
    Sunday, July 3, 2011

  • I was a groundcrew member of the 431st in El Paso, Tx 61-62.

    Oliver Sabec <>
    Friday, June 24, 2011

  • I was stationed at Biggs AFB with the 431st AREFS from 1962-1964.

    Michael Ricci <>
    Monday, June 20, 2011

  • Bob Peck lived in Barracks 460 along with me and 26 others Dec.1955 to 1958. RAF Sculthorpe. He married an English girl. He was from Des Moines Iowa. So many memories. I went home in August of 1958 and separation. I still remember many of the guys. I will never forget those times.

    William R. Freeman <>
    Friday, June 10, 2011

  • Very nice photo gallery - the B-66 is an airplane I had almost forgotten. Thanks

    Steve Clayberg <>
    Monday, June 13, 2011

  • A member of the 622nd Squadron in engine maintainance and test stand operation, and just curious about acquiring patches about the Squadron

    William Cler <>
    Monday, June 13, 2011

  • Hi there,
    Well, I am happy to say I was in the 427 Air Refueling Sq. from 1960 to 1963 based at Langley Field, Va. I got to travel to a lot of places I would never get to go to otherwise. I guess going to Iceland was the most unique place. Never getting dark there in the summer. We had some moments in our travels, as we experienced one of the jet engines that caught on fire. That was scary to say the least. We lost no. 3 engine going to the Azores, Portugal. Oil was pouring out of it, can't get out and fix it, huh, no land.

    IN 1964 I went to work at a foundry, M&H VALVE CO. for 33 years. Long time to work. Hard, back breaking task, but I made it, thank the LORD. Got married in 1966, lasted till Jan 2000, she passed away. Married 2 more times. Dec 13, 2010 we have been married 6 years. I do paint work for people here in Anniston and around. Love to paint and build bird houses.

    I turned 70 in Jan. Getting older now, can't do as I once did. Still try to do things around the house, paint and do wood projects, building fences. I still think about the Air Force at times.

    Many good memories to think about, love to travel when I can.

    325 LENLOCK AVE.
    Monday, June 13, 2011

  • Copied the form and will send it in with a 1 year membership. Thanks, Roger.
  • Roger l Estelle <>
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2011

  • Sorry we missed the reunion. Hope you all had a good time. See you next year!
  • Charlie Vellines <>
  • Sunday, May 22, 2011

  • I was in the 431st from June 1958 until May 1964. I was the crew chief on 49-323. I live in Tenn. now. It was fun reading some of your notes. It has been a long time since I even mentioned the 431st. 

    John Camden<>
    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

  • I was on Crew 1, when the 421st was activated in 1953

    Paul Giguere<>
    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

  • I have talked to Lou Chapman several times. I'm impressed with his dedication to your organization. Tomorrow I will send my application for three year membership. I did not fly the KB-50 in a TAC unit but I was on the test project at Eglin AFB.

    Veronice Lawrence Jr. <>
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

  • Well, you can't put me in the dead member's (past member) book yet. I'm over here about as far from Tenn. As I can get in the country of the Philippines on an island and have one junk food store/hardware store and a 33' fishing boat with outriggers. The temp as some of you know stay around 80 and little hotter in the summer.

    Sorry to miss all those reunions but its a little far for me and the new Mrs to go just to visit a few old fly boys. Well, lots of luck and I hear this next reunion will be the last. Time flies when your having fun.

    Love to all. Philippine Hillbilly

    Tobey Smith <>
    Monday, March 28, 2011

  • I was Chief Clerk for the 4505th CAMS from July 1960 to May 1962. I have been trying to locate our SGT, Kenneth M Hawks, who was a role model for me.

    Carroll Cunningham <>
    Thursday, March 10, 2011

  • Very good web site!!! I was a member of the 614th tfs "lucky devils" from 60-63 at England AFB. We had breakfast with BO the morning 48-082 took off for Bermuda. I vividly recall the mem service at the chapel for those missing crew member. I think his name was Wilbanks. However none of that crew shows up on your deceased list. thanks again for the visit. I run into alex "goose" aran sometime.

    Joe Fleming <>
    Friday, March 4, 2011

  • 431st AREFS, Biggs AFB, AFSC 30151, Elec. Nav. Equip. Maint. AF19630553. At Biggs Feb. 1960-Dec. 1962.

    Kenneth E. Vanstory <
    Friday, February 3, 2011

  • November 1969, I was the navigator on a WB-66D on a Hi Flight Mission from Lajes to Alconbury, England . Pilot was Dick Clevenger. We used your services along with an F-101 on our wing. We bucked 50 knot head winds for about a third of the distance between refueling track and Lands End. Thanks for the memory.

    Vic Mayer <>
    Friday, January 28, 2011

  • Congratulations good website. Assigned a little over two years to KB-29's (SAC 9th ARS) Interesting several months at Yokota in the first field test of the probe and drogue refueling system. We worked with Dave Schilling's F-84G Wing after it flew over on the boom and converted to wing tank probes at Misawa. All this was from July 1952 to January 1953 when our TDY ended. Good luck on a successful reunion.

    Paul W. Maul <>
    Friday, January 28, 2011

  • I was assigned to the 622nd at England Air Force base in 1961 until 1963 in the admin field. Would love to find some members of the 622nd during this period.

    Gerry T. Nix <>
    Thursday, January 20, 2011

  • Served as Radio and Radar Technician on KB-29s in 1955 at Langley AFB, VA.

    Gene Chirillo <>
    Tuesday, December 21, 2010

  • We have our new guestbook up and running, and hope that all of you who visit the website and view it will sign in and tell us if you were assigned to any of the squadrons that are part of the TacTankers. We also welcome comments from anyone who was in the Maintenance Squadrons that worked on the KB-29's/KB-50's and welcome them to join our group. Contact me and I will be happy to get information to you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all who have served and to those who are presently on Active duty.

    Lou Chapman <>
    Thursday, December 16, 2010

  • I wouldn't say it is "My web site" since Lou Chapman, the Veep, finally got all the reunion pictures up. Aren't they GREAT ? ! ! I am however the first on with the new system. Let us know you were here please, especially if you ever did business with us, if you know what I mean.

    Nate Hill <>
    Wednesday, December 15, 2010

  • I am searching for Gus and Connie Rinaldi. they were my neighbors in Hampton, va when gus with at Langley Field.

    Gretchen Grimaud <>
    Seabrook, Tx - Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 11:14:13 (EST)


    Sunday, February 07, 2010 at 13:15:07 (EST)

  • We are back on the air and looking for members.

    Vice Pres <>
    Lancaster, OH - Monday, January 25, 2010 at 13:09:26 (EST)

  • Hi,
    I'm glad that Lou Chapman searched me out and introduced to the TAC TANKER Website. Since opening it , memories of days as a reel Opertator on board a KB-50 have been revived. After becoming a Life Member of this orgainzation and watching the great KB-50 history DVD, my 3 children and 12 grandchildren are interested in pop pop's days of refueling.

    I've purchased more DVD's and patches from Nate Hill to distribute within my family !!

    I was stationed at Langley AFB VA in the 427 AREFS from 1960-64.

    Richard (Dick) Foote
    Lansdale PA
    Monday, January 25, 2010
    A/1c with the 420th A.R.S.

  • Hi my name is James E. Lane. I was an A/1c with the 420th A.R.S. When they left England A.F.B. en route to England I remember working all day putting a deicer boot on my aircraft. I was in Maintenance assigned to A/C 906. I was in England from September 1955 till December 1957. At that time went back to the states to be discharged. I am sending in my dues for a one year membership. Please keep me informed of upcoming reunions.

    James E. Lane
    Monday, August 11, 2008

  • An open note to Bill Szanyi's family and friends

    An office and a gentleman. What better term is there for William Szanyi? He was my A/C. In fact, the only A/C that I had in my four year career in the Air Force. When you travel with the same guys all of the time to exciting places, such as Lajes, the Azores and Ernst Harmon AFB, Newfoundland, you really get to know each other. They could even make the thought of going TDY, something to look forward to. Captain Bill was a gentleman and a dedicated officer. He always took care of the job at hand. Whether it was landing the big bird with two turning and one burning, or gently reminding you that it was your turn to buy a round of beer. To his family and many friends, I miss him too. He is a major reason why I have such good memories of my Air Force days.

    Roy C Thompson
    Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 1:49:00 (EDT)


    I know you guys look at this web site. Get off of your duff and join the group! You will be glad that you got to visit with your best friend," old what's his name".  Send in that hundred bucks. You will never be sorry that you got to visit with so many people that you had forgotten about. Be assured that you will feel warm and fuzzy about it.  As Phil Knight(the owner and founder of NIKE) says, JUST DO IT.  To join also coasts less than a pair of his his tennis shoes.

    Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 2:15:00 (EDT)
    In Memory of William L Szanyi
    Bill's grandsons..Max and Dean..miss him very much.

  • Friday, April 6, 2006 at 9:55:00 (EDT)
    Hi all.... My dad was stationed at Yokota AFB with the 421st AREFS 1960-1964. He was a navigator. he is almost 81 years old now and in fragile health. However, I am hoping to get him to the Branson Reunion this year. Any old buddies out there? If so, please email me and I will give your correspondence to my dad. Oops --- almost forgot to tell you his name -- Patrick V. Wooley, Jr.

    Hope to hear from some of you!
    Linda Wooley Fewell
    Alexandria, La.

  • Monday, March 26, 2006 at 12:54:00 (EDT)
    Hello and greetings from the Wash. DC. Metro area! Just viewing your site today as my dad, TSgt. James Hill, retired from the USAF in 1962 from the 622nd ARS at England AFB LA. Dad passed away in 1993 and is buried in the National Cemetery in Pineville, LA. I am his oldest daughter, also retired from the USAF (1979-2001) and now working for the Dept. of Defense at Ft. Belvoir, VA. I just wanted to say hello to the TAC Tankers Assn. members and especially to those from the 622nd. Go Air Force!

    Melinda J. Walsh<>
    Friday, December 1, 2006 at 04:40:11 (EDT)

  • I was with the 420th from about October 1954 until Summer 1955. Couldn't go overseas with the 420th because I wasn't 18 yet. Worked as the Finance Clerk (A/3C) in the Orderly Room under M/Sgt Jesse Gibbs, our First Sergeant. My first unit and I enjoyed it. Marched in the Change of Name ceremony when they changed the name of Alexandria AFB to England AFB. I was also there the day that they lowered the flag the last time and deactivated the base. Memories-memories-memories. Remember the motto "The Sign of the Flying Bovine" and the unofficial first squadron patch showing a flying cow with little F86's coming in to refuel at her udder? The Air Force didn't have a sense of humor so the patch had to be redesigned into the famous Dumbo patch. Paul Garner TSgt, USAF (Retired)

    Paul E. Garner <>
    Lacy Lakeview, TX - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 15:02:23 (EDT)

  • If there is any old engine men out that was in the 431st That was at Biggs AFB from Dec 61 to Jun 63 drop me a line. Glenn Storey

    Glenn R Storey <>
    Pearland , TX - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:03:39 (EDT)

  • I was looking at the 1st page of 421st aref squadron and could not get the B29 tanker to expand all the other pictures did however. i wanted to use it as a background picture because i think iflew on it as a refueler operator at yakota afb. 1953to 1955.if i blew it upimight see the tail number its at mcdill afbit states is that right. thanking anyone who can help me on this matter.i also flew on the tripple niple. we maintained the equipment and flew on the planes for a 36 month tour of duty.

    Paul House <>
    Santa , CA - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 04:40:11 (EDT)

  • I was statioed at RAF Schthorpe,from 1957 -1861. I belive it was the 47th bomb wing. I was only 19 when I arrived and and assigned to the Air Base Squadron as a fire fighter. I was There when the conversion from B-45s and KB 29s to B-66s and KB-50s took place. Married a gal from Kings Lynn. Hung out at the Maids Head and Palns Court. The good old days...

    Charlie Huff <>
    Kokomo, IN - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 21:28:35 (EDT)

  • Hi gang! I left my job as pilot for a FEDEX contractor in 2002. I am now scheduled to fly smokejumpers in Alaska this summer(2006).Wishing you all the best. Jim

    Jimmie Conder <>
    Filer, ID - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 13:19:51 (EDT)

  • You should all be proud. Jerry Schaack is now a life member of TAC Tankers. If you are browsing and would like to join just click on my email and let me know.

    Nate Hill, V-P <>
    Lancaster, OH - Thursday, March 09, 2006 at 20:25:10 (EST)

  • Whoops. Subtract 10 years from the dates in my last msg. Another Senior moment. Jerry

    Jerry Reed <>
    Sykesville, MD - Saturday, March 04, 2006 at 11:20:20 (EST)

  • I'm sure some of the older 429th guys remember Jerry. He was the Navigator on Bill Szanyi's crew that went to Nellis for William Tell in 1968, I think. Bill, he was the Nav in the picture I brought to the Tucson Reunion. It looks like the experience on being on our crew didn't ruin him as he has had quite an illustrious civilian career after he got out in 69. Drop him a line if you find time. Jerry Reed

    Jerry Reed <>
    Sykesville, MD - Saturday, March 04, 2006 at 11:16:54 (EST)

  • I was with the 429th Air Refueling Squadron at Langley AFB from Sept 59 through Dec 59. I was a navigator in the good old KB-50 and spent time at Bermuda, Lajes, Phillipines, Wake and other great places. Some of us spent our entire 3 years together at Harlingen, Mather, and Langley and had the time of our lives in between flights. If any of you read this, give me a holler. Would love to hear from all of you.

    Jerome "Jerry" Schaack <>
    Bismarck, ND - Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 23:02:45 (EST)

  • I wish to thank all the fellow airmen who sent me information regarding the March 1961 KB-50 crash at Biggs AFB.

    William Gulledge <>
    Lincoln, KS - Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 22:10:15 (EST)

  • A/1C REFUELING OP 421ST AR KB50J 1958-1960 YOKOTA AFB. 1956-1958 KC97 ALTUS AFB

    FORT PIERCE, FL - Monday, February 13, 2006 at 17:10:11 (EST)

  • HI, I was with the 622nd from May 59 thru Feb 62. I was A&E mechanic. Work in inspections, and a crew chief.

    Bill McMillon <>
    Ringgold, GA. - Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 17:00:54 (EST)


    NEW BRAUNFELS, TX - Thursday, February 09, 2006 at 15:50:04 (EST)

  • Hi I was Propman. I went to the 429 ARS in Jan 1956 stay until the CAMS Then i was assign to the Propshop was TDY a lot PCS to Bermuda in 1961 supporting KB50 Assign to 431ARS May1964 stayed there until the KB50 left. Have been a menber of TAC Tankers since 1998. You also join.

    Carl B Viars <>
    Prattville, Al - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 19:46:17 (EST)


    TIPTON, MO - Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 13:54:19 (EST)

  • Hey ya'll was just looking around and thought I would say hey to anyone that might have been in the 421st when I was was back in 1958/59/60..Ifg anyone was there when I was drop me a note..

    Jim Holland <>
    Kenly , NC - Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 15:01:08 (EST)


    NEWNAN, GA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 23:29:43 (EST)

  • I was thrilled to see a photo of my Dad, Ret. Maj. James William (Bill) Munday on your website. He died on July 5th 1972 in Montgomery, AL from cancer. It was great to see photos again of the tankers my Dad flew. I'm glad to see you have created this website for each other and for family members like myself. I still see my Dad flying in the Heavens, he loved to fly so much, that I can't picture him anywhere else. Thank all of you for your service to this Great Country.

    James E. Munday <>
    Scottsboro, AL - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 14:53:28 (EST)

  • I can’t believe it’s been 48 ½ years since Tom Fitzgerald and I signed in to the 427th AREFS at Robins AFB, Georgia. Two new “brown bars” fresh out of the Aviation Cadet program with flight training at Harlingen AFB in Texas. Wow!! What could follow that picture? You could be put on Emory Morgan’s crew and taken under the wing of John Durette and fly Mobile Zebra with George Pollock and Bill Wolford only four months out of school (Hi Bill!) as your very first over-water flight(s) since Harlingen without an instructor. Guys and Gals, there’s been an awful lot of water go under all our bridges since then, and I am so thankful that our (can’t leave Harriet out) first duty was with TAC Tankers. I have looked at my Form 5 and wondered how 2,800 flying hours went by so fast in six years (427th and 420th). I made one reunion and will try to make the big one in 2006. All that said, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish ALL the KB Troops a most wonderful and happy 2006.

    Johnnie Roberts <>
    Houston, TX - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 00:35:39 (EST)

  • I'm just trying to find out if any of the guys who were stationed in Louisiana and were part of the first refueling squd. are planning to attend the get together in Dayton this coming May. I have reservations, but would like to know if there will be anyone there that I know. Thanks for letting me know as soon as possible.

    Gene Holligan <>
    Bryan, TX - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 15:26:07 (EST)

  • What an amazing site. Just typed in KB-50 and here I am. I am always thinking about the time I spent in the USAF at Langley in the C & E Shop from Feb. 1961 through Feb. 1964. I was tranferred to the 4500th Transit Squadron for the last 6 months while they transferred to the C-130's from the KB's. Still remember the first day on the base when I saw the F-106's and thought that is where I was headed. Boy! was I wrong but I will never regret being with the KB's. Learned so much more because of the various Radio and Radar Equipment which led directly to the job I do today. Thank you USAF and KB-50's

    Don Attig <>
    Red Lion, PA - Friday, December 16, 2005 at 19:22:58 (EST)

  • I noticed a Robert Harris as a member of the Tactankers. Were you a member of the 431st at Turner AFB, GA? Your name sure sound familiar.

    Jim Schmitt <>
    Liberty, MO - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 02:04:38 (EST)

  • 12/08/05 I was briefly a member of the 622nd AREFS at England AFB, LA from March to August 1957. I was there when we changed over from the KB-29 to the KB-50. I remember a hurricane coming through that killed a lot a people on the Louisiana coast line. I didn't see a lot of activitiy by former 622nd memebers in the web site here unless I am missing something. Larry Liska

    Larry Liska <>
    Madison, WI - Thursday, December 08, 2005 at 15:44:40 (EST)

  • Hi fellow tankers. I just discovered the site today. I am sure I will join. I was in the 431st at Biggs 1959-1960 was asst. crew chief. Cannot remember the tail number. Anyone from the 431st remember an aircraft with the tail number 372? I think I remember it. She is at the Pima Air Museum Tuscon, Arizona

    Ken Thomson <>
    Ogden, Utah - Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 19:37:23 (EST)

  • Hi to all. Just found this web site. am sendning in the sheet to join tomorrow. I was an air refueling operator in the 427th from 1961 - 1964. Part of the time I worked as an airman controller in the 4505th command post. I don't remember many names but for some reason I remember ssgt Jack Duguid and would love to talk with him. My number is 954-561-5983.
  • Paul Dooley <>
  • Ft. lauderdale, fl - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 00:36:01 (EST)

  • Merry Christmas to each of you from all the Thorltons. Lesley

    EDMOND, OK - Sunday, November 27, 2005 at 10:07:57 (EST)

  • I was a navigation equipt. repairman AFSC 30151 assigned to 431st AREFS at Biggs AFB '60 thru '63. Returned to civilian life 12/63.

    Kenneth Vanstory <>
    Benicia, CA - Friday, November 18, 2005 at 18:42:22 (EST)

  • I was station in El Paso 61and62 was a engine Mech.With the 431st. I was wondering if by chance their was any guys in this org. who did the same thing at the same time as I. Thanks Glenn R. Storey Ret. CW4 US ARMY

    Glenn R. Storey <>
    Pearland, TX - Friday, November 18, 2005 at 00:58:58 (EST)

  • Verney and Sally are both gone, but I am hoping to see you in Dayton in May. Lesley Thorlton

    Lesley Thorlton <>
    EDMOND, OK - Tuesday, November 08, 2005 at 23:13:26 (EST)

  • Just completed a delightful conversation with Capt. Nate Hill of the 429th ARS. I know I flew with him on a TDY somewhere. Thank you for the call, Nate! I salute you from Vermont where I have spent many enjoyable hikes with a friend in the mountains looking for downed aircraft from training missions over Vermont during the war. Have been to a B24, B17, B47, B29, Navy Helldiver etc. Over 60 downed A/C located in the Vermont Mountains. Looking forward to the reunion at Wright Patt. next year. Thanks to Nate for making me aware of it. Also, thanks to Nate I am out a hundred bucks for a lifetime membership to the association. Nate, the checks in the mail!! A/1C R. Jeff Stanley 12/59-12/63. Proud to be a Tanker Guy!

    R. Jeff Stanley <>
    Montpelier, VT. - Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 23:06:34 (EDT)

  • Stationed at Langley Field Dec/59-Dec/63. Attached to 4505th CAM Sq.,Flew with 427th & 429th on many a refueling mission. TDY's to Azores,Burmuda,Greenland,etc. with both Squadrons.Would like to make contact with 427th,429th & 4505th CAMS guys during my time frame.

    Jeff Stanley <>
    Montpelier, VT. - Friday, October 28, 2005 at 18:23:38 (EDT)

  • Just to let some of you out there know that my new home is now TN fell in love with place when we were here in may. went back to CA.sold out and came back . hope to see a bunch of you guys and gal'in ohio next year. 431st

    Jim O"Dell <>
    Cottontwn, TN - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at 09:06:23 (EDT)

  • Channel Surfing tonight thought it would be a good time to relive some old memories..Was crewchief when we went ot Bangor Me and picked up the first B-29. Sure was a lot different than the B-26's that I had been with in Korea and Tow Targets. Miracle is that any of us made it to retirement; but truth is. Chuck

    Charles [Chuck] Reinitz <>
    Joelton, Tn - Tuesday, September 06, 2005
  • 431st AREFS, Biggs AFB... C&E tech 60-63... interested in hearing from anyone in my old unit...

    Ken Vanstory <>
    Sunday, November 16,2014

  • I really enjoyed scanning through this site. I will send my membership application. I was in the 429th CAMS (Airborne Navigational Aids). Stationed at Langley 1962-1963. Discharged when unit disbanded at England AFB, LA. Getting too old to remember many of the guys but sure would appreciate an opportunity to see if maybe one or two are still around.

    James A. McCrary <>
    Sunday, November 9,2014

  • My dad was Jack Callahan. He along with 6 other men were killed in a tanker plane crash on August 13, 1964 in Yokota, Japan. My mom two sisters, my brother and I were over there with him. I was twelve years old. Thank you for creating this website. It is a nice way of honoring these veterans. I will never forget that day, it was horrible. There were four survivors. One of the survivors came to our house in Japan and told us what happened. That helped us a lot.

    Kathy C Robertson <>
    Tuesday, September 9,2014

  • As a former member of the 420th ARS ( Boom Operator, 1954-1958), I have enjoyed photo 's and information on your Web site.

    Jim Mitchell (Mitch) <>
    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • I am looking for information about my wife's uncle: Jack Leland Green, 622nd AREFS. He was killed in an in-flight accident c. 1958-59. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.

    Mike Connolly <>
    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • I served with both the 622nd AREFS and 431st AREFS. I was a reel operator on KB-50D's AND KB-50J's, also the KB-29.

    William J. Lyons <>
    Friday, June 20, 2014

  • I am looking for photographs of my Dad, Ronald DeLibertis - Roswell, NM.

    Richard DeLibertis <>
    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Good evening. A long time friend and former TAC Tanker member let me know of your organization. My husband, SMS Farrel Johnson, (AFRET) was with the 427th in Georgia and transferred to Langley AFB. His tanker (454) was the last of the squadron to be decommissioned. He moved on to the TAC Command Crew. He retired in 1974 from Loring AFB, ME (B-52s) to Seaford, VA before moving to MN in 2000. He died at the Fargo VA Hosp in 2008. For those of you who knew him, keep flying. R/Sara Johnson

    Sara Johnson <>
    Monday, March 26, 2014

  • I was with the 622nd briefly in the summer of 1957.

    Larry Liska <>
    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • My Father, Hardin Bailey was killed in Oct.1960. 427th, Crashed outside of Langle.

    Carol Bailey Hitt <>
    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • I was an in-flight refueling operator in the 429th ARS, Langley AFB. Jan.1958-Jul.1960. Spent many TDY's in the Azores. There was nothing like heading for Newfoundland in the winter with one feathered.

    Jon A Ericson <>
    Sunday, November 10, 2013

  • HELLO! I am the great nephew of Ltc. Malcolm L. O'Neale, Jr., a former TacTankers pilot and commander. Though now deceased, his love of country and aviation is the legacy I have been blessed to carry on. Despite the separation by the miles, I am interested in learning more about those who flew and worked with my great uncle and thus keep his memory alive. Please send any info to me via email to the address above at your convenience as it will be greatly appreciated.


    Charles V. Bryant,Ocala, Florida <>
    Friday, October 25, 2013

  • 622nd...61/64 and 431st...64/65. 
    Good to see so many familiar names on the active list of former Kaboom-50 folks!!!

    JB St.John <>
    Sunday, October 20nd, 2013

  • This is the first time I visited your site. Very informative but very difficult, for this is the first time I saw my dad's name someplace else, under Deceased. Thank You all for making that part of his life so rewarding. Look forward to seeing you at the next reunion.

    Adam D Belenzon <>
    Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

  • Enjoyed 3 1/2 years with the 427th as Crew Chief flying on the Kb-50's at Langley AFB, Hampton,VA. I miss the starting up of the engines, feeling the power on takeoff. Wow!! That was the best years of my life. I knew it was very dangerous, but loved it. Still have the memories. Hope to meet up someday with some of the guys I was with in VA.

    Franklin Richie <>
    Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

  • Worked as a 43151A from 1961 to 1964. Married a English girl that worked in the BX.

    Ray Antkowiak <>
    Thursday, August 29th, 2013

  • Family memeber of Tech SGT. Francisco Q. Quinata U.S. AIR FORCE Retired would like to contact Thomas Fuller Tech SGT. U.S. AIR FORCE stationed at Yokota Air Base Japan. SGT. FULLER is married to Akia with daughter Juanita.

    Nikki Quinata Santos G/D <>
    Thursday, July 25th, 2013

  • I just found this site, and have to say it is great. My dad was with the 420th at Sculthorpe in 54-56. I sure wish I could have found these sites when he was still alive. I did find one picture of the plane he worked on, tail number 906, at what looked like an open house. Do you or anyone know of any other pictures of this KB-29P anywhere on the net?

    Thanks and keep up the great work

    Paul Peck <>
    Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

  • I worked in the Jet Engine shop with the 4505th Maintenance Sq. at Langley. Stationed there from 1958-1962. Squadron Training NCO 1960-62.

    Ed Townes <>
    Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

  • My dad (Elroy Harworth) flew with the 421st out of Yokota AB Japan in the early 1960's. If anyone knew him, please feel free to give me a call at 715-629-7086. -Troy

    Troy Harworth <>
    Saturday, June 8th, 2013

  • 431st AREFS January 1960-December 1962. Nav. Equipt. Repair... AFSC 30151... Would be interested in communicating with members of that unit...

    Kenneth Vanstory <>
    Monday, May 27th, 2013

  • My grandpa Bobby Oliver was part of the 431st. He has passed away today May 26. We will miss him

  • Andy Oliver <>
    Saturday, May 25th, 2013

  • Pilot -429th from 56 to 59. Former TAC Tanker member before I retired in 95. Now living in Rio Grande Valley, TX. It's great to see some names from the past. I just tuned in and learned about St. Louis, timing is bad, UCSII. I'll be there a week later for a graduation. I just joined EAA 595 this year - so airplanes are still in my life.

    E. Keith Michal <>
    Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

  • I was at England AFB from 1960 to 1964. Recip engines. Moved on to C130s in Tennessee.

    Jim Yarbrough <>
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

  • 431st Biggs AFB El Paso Tx 1959-1962 AC 49-0321

    Martin C (Butch) James <>
    Sunday, April 14th, 2013

  • I crew chiefed a KB50j 1957 and 1958. I was with the 421st out of Yokota.

    John Bash <>
    Sunday, April 21st, 2013

  • My father just passed away April 1, 2013. I'm going through his Air Force paperwork and saw he was in the 427th Air Refueling Squadron in Langley Air Force Base. He was in the Air Force from 1955-1963. If anyone would have pictures or any info, please feel free to email me. Even just some general info.

    Thank you

    I forgot to include my Dad's name. Donald E Keim, who was a Personal Equipment Specialist. (April 15th)

    Julie (Keim) Hyland <>
    Sunday, April 14th, 2013

  • Hope to see a lot of old friends in St Louis.

    Jerry Reed <>
    Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

  • I was in the 421st at Yokota from 1955 to 1958 as a mechanic/electrician. The KB-50J arrived some where in this time period.

    Paul Higgins <>
    Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

  • I would like to invite all TAC Tanker veterans who went into C-130s and other troop carrier aircraft to participate with us in the Troop Carrier/Tactical Airlift Associaton.

    Our web site is at
    Sam McGowan <>
    Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

  • My father Hardin "Bill" Bailey was in the 427th ARS. He was killed in Oct.1960, at Plumtree Island, Virginia. They were doing training when the KB50 crashed. He was a boom operator instructor.

    Carol Hitt <>
    Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

  • Arrived El Paso TX assigned to the 431st July 1959 - till they deactivated. I was in Cams, Aero Repair shop and later a Crew Chief. I worked for Sgt Workman and Tommie Jones. I don't remember who I worked for on the flight line. I recall the TDYs to Hawaii, Wake Island, and many more. I thought I would never forget our Maintenance Officer but with old age I have. I would love to become a member.

    Gilberto Torres <>
    Monday, March 25th, 2013

  • Lots of memories associated with this site. Thanks for a great job. Former KB29 Boom Operator in the 420th ARS from Nov 1954 to July 1958 stationed at Alexandria, LA and Sculthorpe, England. I will be sending my membership application in and hope to make the Reunion in St. Louis.

    James L. Mitchell <>
    Friday, March 22nd, 2013

  • My name is Taylor Harkey,
    My PawPaw was in the Air Force some odd years ago and would never talk about it to us, his grandkids. I would like to know more about him, if there is anything you could help me with. His name is John Lee Kinser. He passed away 1 year ago last month and I have some really interesting pictures that lead me to wanting to know more. I also inherited his computer, that's where I found this website. His favorite grandson,

    Taylor Lee Harkey <>
    Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

  • Nice site. KB-29 boom operator, Malstrom AFB, Great Falls, Montana. 1956-1957

    Bernard Jarvis <>
    Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

  • Former TTA member and would like to re-join if possible. 431st Crew Chief 1961-63

    Floyd E. Middleton <>
    Thursday, January 24th, 2013

  • I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and thank you for your membership and continued support of the TACTankers Reunion Association. For those who are able, we look forward to seeing you in St. Louis. If you will be attending one of our reunions for the first time, you can look forward to meeting up with a wonderful group of people, and making some new friends. Plus, you'll be having a lot of fun while you're there.

    Special thanks go to Nate and Natalie for all the effort they put into running the organization, and to our webmaster Crissy Devine and her son Nick Lorenzi for the great job they do managing our website. It is a pleasure both to know and work with all of them.

    Lou Chapman-VP TacTankers <>
    Friday, Devember 21st, 2012

  • Thanks.I was stationed at Biggs,1961-1966-NCO Club. Nice to see an active Association. Keep up the great work.

    Dick Lawson <>
    Monday, October 29th, 2012

  • Does anyone remember my Dad, Captain John Jay Addington. He was a KB-29/KB-50 pilot with the 421st Air Refueling Squadron. We were stationed at Yokota from 1955-1959. While waiting for base housing, we lived first at Fussa Heights, then Ichi Bon Heights. As kids we loved playing in foxholes and going to school in underground bunkers. After Dad was transferred stateside, he became a B-52 pilot. He served our country during the Cuban Missile Crisis and retired as a Major in 1964. He continued his passion for flying, piloting corporate jets, and had the opportunity to fly for Francis Ford Coppola. He was the fixed wing pilot when filming "Apocalypse Now". A camera was mounted on his Mitsibushi to film the Helicopter scenes. Dad pulled back on the stick in 1999 and the houses got smaller and smaller till they disappeared. We know he is happy, because he lived the way he wanted, feet off the ground and head in the clouds. If you remember him, or can relate to his life, please respond. It would do his daughter's heart's good!

    Just another proud Air Force Brat!!!

    Victoria Scaccia <>
    Friday, October 26th, 2012

  • My father was SSgt James L. Smith, Jr., (Jim or Smitty), and assigned to the 427th in Langley from early '60 to '63. He passed on Christmas Day 2007 at the age of 82. I am in possession of his papers and records, some of which you may or may not find interesting. I have a list of all crews, rank and position, of the 427th dated 15 Nov 1960, assigned to A thru E Flight. Also extant is a list of all personnel, their wives, and their addresses within the Langley area. Also; some newspaper clippings from 1962 concerning a lost-at-sea 427th KB-50 that was bound for the Azores; a couple other interesting items. I think I should have no problem scanning these items and e-mailing them if you are interested in seeing them and you can decide whether or not to post them. Let me know. Thank-you for your hard work on this site and for your service.

    Sincerely -- Dave

    David Smith <>
    Friday, October 12th, 2012

  • Hello! I was an assistant crew chief at Biggs AFB El Paso TX  1960-1964. I'm glad I found this photo file of the aircraft I crewed.

    Charles R. Fuller <>
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

  • Your website has brought back great memories of my time in the 431st at Turner Field in 1958 and 59. I surely remember Lajes and those old Quonset huts we bunked in, especially when it rained and the floor was covered with about an inch of water. A better TDY was the time we were at Hickam AFB for a couple of months. I'd like to hear from anyone who remembers me.

    Robert Baumgartner <>
    Friday, September 28th, 2012

  • Thank you for your service!

    Debbie Jones <>
    Thursday, September 27th, 2012

  • Just found this site. I was with 420th AREFS from 1/54 to 2/55. Actually at Alex working in base jet engine shop till 420th was started. Was a flt engr with Capt Kaphammer's crew till 10/54. Then was off flight status because I was planning discharge in 2/55. Was at squadron prop shop until discharge. I really like this website. a lot of memories.

    Arthur (Art) Pitts <>
    Thursday, September 20th, 2012

  • I was in the 420th AREFS from Aug. 54 to Aug. 58. I was an RT on KB-29's.

    Bob Dawson <>
    Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

  • Served as AP with 4440th Air Delivery Group, Det 5 at Lajes, Azores from March 1958-Nov 1959 as a PCS assignment from Shaw AFB. Have been in touch with Lou Chapman of your organization and forwarded some photos I took at Lajes of KB-50s & F-104s on the flight line. Would really like to hookup with any other members of my detachment or others who were at Lajes if they are still above ground.

    Nick Garrett <>
    Saturday, September 15th, 2012

  • I was in the 4505th CAMS in 1958 and transferred to the 427th in early 1958 as an assistant crew chief with S/Sgt Charlie Monka and later with Bill Cool on #451. I got in on the 'goodwiil' trip to Pakistan and Iran in '59. In 1960 I went to the 420th at Sculthorpe and crewed with S/Sgt Joe Boutin. I loved those planes and the people associated with them! They kept me in the Air Force for 20 years.

    Bill Goodwin <>
    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

  • Many accolades for our talented webmaster Crissy who designed and produced this website and to her follow-on helpers who maintain and update it when changes or revisions are made.

    "Walt" Larimer <>
    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

  • My husband is Alan Gene Yerger, and he has an aversion to computers! He talks about his 4 year stint in the Air Force more and more as he gets older. What a impression those few years has made in his lifetime. Just had to send a big HELLO from Alan, for the good times. Wonderful site for my old timer. Now, if only I can get him on this computer, away from his reading. Looks forward to your newsletter, from beginning to end. Thank you for the effort of keeping their past alive. It means so much to him!

    Dolores Yerger <>
    Monday, August 27, 2012

  • I was assigned to the 622nd ARS (TAC) ENGLAND AFBase, La from 30 April 1960 to 22 June 1961 Rank SSgt (P-1).

    SFC Charles R. Carder USA Ret <>
    Monday, August 27, 2012

  • I served with the 622nd from Feb 57 to Sept 60. Have a lot of memories, some good, some bad. I remember when we lost a plane during a max effort on take off. I will never forget. I knew all onboard, so it was a very sad time. I loved that outfit and made a lot of good friends. I am now 74 and have forgot most of their names. It would be nice to get a list of names of all who served during 1957-60.

    Kenneth Berube <>
    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • I arrived at Langley AFB in 1950, from Sheppard AFB TX. In the Electric Shop. Worked KB29'S KB50'S, KB50J'S. Went to 4505th CAMS when formed. Then to Saudi Arabia and back to Langley till discharged. Have very fond memories. Loved those TDY'S.  Still reside here in Newport News VA..

    Carl E. Mahady TSgt <>
    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • I was with Det.3 4505th ARW Lajes,Azores 61-62. A/1c Supply. Great Web Site!

    Harry McKenna <>
    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • Served with the 421st at Yokota AFB in early 1960 until around September 1961, leaving suddenly on an emergency leave. Worked aircraft supply.

    Frank Fleming <>
    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • Hi, Enjoyed the site, Thanks guys! z3py

    Robert H Smith <>
    Thursday, June 28, 2012


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