USAF ROTORHEAD Members
1957 – 1958, at Bainbridge AB, GA. for Pilot Training as a T-37 Student.
1958, at Laredo AFB, TX. for Pilot Training as a T-33 Student.
1959, at Stead AFB, NV. in the Helicopter School as a H-19/H-21 Student.
1959 – 1960, at Lages Field, Azores with the 57th ARS as a H-19 Rescue Pilot/C-54 Co-pilot.
1961 – 1963. at Lincoln AFB, NE. with the 818th CSGp. as a H-19 IP/U-3A IP, OIC Missile Support Helicopter.
1963 – 1965, at Offutt AFB, NE. with the 3902nd ABWg. as a H-19 IP/U-3A&B IP Missile Support, Standardization Pilot.
1965 – 1967, at Barksdale AFB, LA. with the 1st CEGp. as a H-19 IP/UH-1F IP/U-3A/B IP, Chief of Standardization for SAC in H-19’s, UH-1F’s and U-3A/B’s.
1967 – 1968, at Nha Trang AB, RVN with the 20th Helicopter Squadron as a UH-1P Gunship IP, Chief of Standardization.
1968 – 1970, at Clark AB, RP with 13th AF/1605th ABWg. as a H-19 IP, C-47P, C-54P, T-39P, Operations Officers B-52/KC-135/SR-71 in RP airspace, Ops Officer PACAF Jungle Survival School, Wing DOT.
1970 – 1972, at March AFB, CA. with HQ 15th AF as UH-1F IP/T-39 IP. HQ. Operations Officers for Missile Support Helicopters & Mission Support Aircraft.
1972 – 1973, at Offutt AFB, NE. with HQ SAC, Offutt AFB, NE. T-39P, Operations Officer for SAC Missile Support Helicopters and Mission Support Aircraft.
1973 – 1976, at F.E. Warren AFB, WY. with the 37th ARRS as the UH-1F IP Sq. Operations Officer for all SAC Missile Support.
1976 – 1981, at Reno, NV. with CAP/USAF as the PA-28 USAF/CAP Liaison Officer for the State of Nevada.
1981 – Retired
~ Final Flight 15 July 2016 ~
Royal Emerson Foster Jr., Lt. Colonel, USAF (Retired)
October 29, 1935 – July 15, 2016
Mr. Royal Foster took his Final Flight at 2:30 p.m. July 15, 2016.
He and Dolores were attending the USAF Helicopter Reunion at Great Falls, Montana. This was the 4th day of events and we had just completed the Gates of the Mountains boat tour, had lunch and getting ready to board the buses back to Great Falls. Royal was just commenting to me on how much he enjoyed the tour and I was turning to go to my bus when he collapsed. Kathy Mulder and JoAnne McTasney were nurses in our group and immediately began CPR.
First Responders and ambulance arrived shortly but Royal had taken his “Final Flight”. Godspeed Royal Foster.
Royal Foster was pilot with the 20th Helicopter Squadron “Green Hornets” in Vietnam 1967-68