Butea, James L. – CA

Colonel, USAF, Ret. Larry was born and raised in San Diego were he met Wilma McMillan in high school.  In 1951 they were married and joined the Air Force. After serving seven years as an enlisted flight mechanic, Larry was selected for OCS, graduating in 1958. He then attended jet pilot training, receiving his wings…

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Nanson, Sid

Mr. Sid Nanson of the UK has joined our group as a Aviation Historian. Sid has an extensive collection of historical aviation data and photos and will be a valuable asset to our group in regards to his expertise and is willing to assist us in any matter. Sid is an old “Rotorhead” having served…

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Waters, Don – AL

NO BIO HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THIS MEMBER ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Donald James Waters, SMSgt., USAF (Retired)September 16, 1927 – September 28, 2009 SMSgt (Ret) DONALD JAMES WATERS passed away Monday, September 28, 2009. He was born in Somerville, NJ. on September 16, 1927, but lived in Plainfield, NJ. where he graduated from Plainfield High School class…

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Truitt, Grady – TX

Grady Miller Truitt Aircraft maintenance crew on the Whirl-O-Way, Sikorsky H-19 Westover Mass. to Wiesbaden, Germany, first transatlantic Helicopter flight in the Sikorsky H-19. Along with Capt. McGovern and 3 other captains. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ Final Flight 30 May 2014 ~ Grady Miller Truitt, MSgt, USAF (Retired)February 16, 1929 – May 30, 2014 Grady Miller Truitt…

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Sturges, Philip Jr. – ME

Philip Sturges Jr. Sept 1951, USAF basic at Sampson AFB, NY. Aircraft and Engine School, Sheppard AFB, TX. H-5 Helicopter School, San Marcos AFB, TX. Aug. 1952 – 1955, First unit 83rd Air Rescue Sq. with service in West Palm Beach, Bordeaux, France, and Spangdahlem, Germany. 1955 – 1956, 46th Air Rescue Sq. Westover AFB,…

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Strout, Bob – WA

Bob Strout July 1956 – Enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program, Lackland AFB; Hondo AB, Texas (T-28); Reese AFB, Texas (B-25). Feb/Mar 1958 – Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in January 1958. USAF Helicopter Pilot School, Randolph AFB, Texas. Apr. 1958 – Mountain Phase Helicopter Training, Stead AFB, NV. June 1958 – 84th Air Base…

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Smitham, Ron – MI

Ron Smitham, wife Jean SMSgt retired Born May 9th 1936 Entered Air Force June 1954 Retired June 1977 Basic training June – Sept. 1954 First assignment, Eglin AFB, FL., direct duty assignment, helicopter 43010. Supposed to be for new helicopter YH-16, long range search & rescue for B-36 crews shot down in Alaska. B-36 cancelled,…

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Smith, Arthur, Jr. – FL

Arthur E. Smith, Jr. 1968 – 1969, at Udorn RTAFB, Thailand with the 40th ARRS as a HH-53 Pilot. 1972 – 1974, at Patrick AFB, FL. with the ARRS detachment as a HH-53 Pilot. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ Final Flight 30 August 2017 ~ Arthur Eugene Smith Jr., Major, USAF (Retired)September 25, 1937 – August 30, 2017 In…

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Skaug, Tom – WI

Thomas P. Skaug. USAF 1961-72. 1967 – 1968 Helicopter (UH-1P) crew chief and door gunner (Vietnam), Ban Me Thout, Vietnam, 20th SOS (Green Hornets). 1968 – 1970 Air Rescue (HH-43B) George AFB, and McConnell AFB. 1971 – 1972 Can Tho, Vietnam 619th, 1965 – 1966. Hontre Island, Vietnam 619th 1970 – 1971 Attached to 5th…

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Severns, Chuck – CA

Charles D. (Chuck) Severns MSgt. USAF Retired 19 ½ years on Helicopters. 1952 working Civil Service at North Island NAS San Diego CA. 2 Dec 1952 – Joined the Air Force. Basic training at Parks AFB, CA. Sent to Gary AFB, TX. for helicopter training on H-5’s. Volunteered worldwide to get out of Texas. September…

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