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My FIL was in the Air Force in the early 50's.... A couple pics

William81William81 Member Posts: 24,492 ✭✭✭✭

We have been going through some old slides from the early 50's when my Father in Law was serving in the USAF. He had graduated from college and had been in ROTC during those years. He was commissioned as a officer and went to flight school. The first pic was of a trainer he flew in the initial stages of his training. The 2nd pic was of the USAF Thunderbirds in 1954. They were visiting the base where he was stationed. At the time the Thunderbirds were using the F84G Thunderjets..

He went on to fly the F-86 Sabre and F84 Thunderstreak during his years in service. When his time in the service ended he went on to work as an engineer at Caterpillar until retirement... He passed away 12 years ago today. He was one of the finest men I ever met and I miss him..

I am hoping to find other slides in the old family photos of his time in the Airforce. Enjoy these for a start....


  • Ditch-RunnerDitch-Runner Member Posts: 24,346 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for sharing

    And thanks to him for his service sounds like a great man and a loss to many not just the family

    RIP sir .

    I know two of my wife's uncles were in the air force I will guess late 50's early 60's

    I never got to talk too much to them about their time

    they did tell me they decided on Air Force it was a better choice and better food and life style than the army

  • Rocky RaabRocky Raab Member Posts: 14,035 ✭✭✭✭

    There are many jokes about the Air Force Country Club lifestyle - most of them funny even to a career AF guy like me. Including during combat, we did live better, though.

    I may be a bit crazy - but I didn't drive myself.
  • chris8X57chris8X57 Member Posts: 1,209 ✭✭✭✭

    Great pictures. The second are T-33s, the two-seat version of the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star.

    My Dad was stationed up at Glasgow AFB here in Montana in 1962-63 working on F-101 Voodoos. I still have his "Voodoo Medicine Man" patch.

  • austin20austin20 Member Posts: 34,661 ✭✭✭✭

    Great pictures, nice remembrances of someone you admired.

  • William81William81 Member Posts: 24,492 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks all....

    I just noticed the old WWII B-25 in 2nd pic....

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