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"I was stationed at Webb from Sep 54 till late 56. Knew an Xray tech by the name of Gloria Byrd. However have not heard from her for some time..
"We had a very nice stay. When we made our reservation, Jim answered the phone and was very helpful, professional and welcoming. I'd like to compliment you on having such a fine young man in your employ. We'll be sure to tell our friends and family about your facility. Thanks for your hospitality, the Lehrmans."
"I was a civil service employee at Webb AFB 1956 - 1958. I worked in the hospital unit in the x-ray department. SSgt Weimer was the charge at the time with Airman Gutierrez. It was a great experience for life. I am still living in Big Spring and on the Board of Hangar25 Air Museum Board currently. This museum is the the building of Hangar 44 which was the T-33 maintenance hangar. It opened in 1999. That is what this web-site is about. I hope you all have enjoyed going through the hangar in the virtual tour set up on this site to see what has been done to restore and keep the history alive. If you are ever in Big Spring, please stop by and see us.
Gloria Byrd McDonald ."
"Been the webmaster for 17 years running. Wonderful Museum!"
From: Marc Marchesseault
City: Knoxville, TN Country: USA
"As a member of the 52G class of cadets I was honored and pleased to receive my 2nd Lt. gold bars and my silver wings as a fighter pilot at Webb Air Force Base in October, 1952. Following graduation I was assigned to Pinecastle Air Force Base near Orlando, FL checking out in an F-84 before going to Korea as a member of the 8th Fighter Bomber Squadron stationed at K-8,,Kunsan. I served my 4 years, 2 months, and 10 days and finally settled down in beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I can't believe it's been almost 69 years since I left Big Spring, a great town. Keep up the good work Hangar 25!"
"I commented years ago, but failed to mention a key , and remarkable part of Webb's history. In 1959, with no alert, Major Ed Hershock, a maintenance squadron commander formed a Webb AFB aerial demonstration team. Some how he was able (or authorized) to pull five T -33's from student training commitments and form his acrobatic team. After he selected team members from base instructors, he practiced routines due north of Webb, away from student training areas. All this in prepping for the Memorial Day Show, May 1959. The team did most of the classic Thunderbird maneuvers, but at much lower ground clearance. Twice Hershock was radioed that "the FAA rep advises you're too low". He acknowledged the calls and continued the show as planned. I doubt that we have many Ed Hershocks around now to understand and push the Air Force to it's limits. My thanks and undying appreciation to George Bracke, Jim Chestnut, Ed Hershock, and our solo member whose name I can't remember What a time we had. Ready to go again??"
"I guess most of us are buy now on that heavenly flight line in the sky. I'm still searching for any mechanics assigned to G row (T38s) from 1962 thru 1966. I prey some of us are still out there. Please contact me if you are. Brothers forever. "
"I started my military career as a flight surgeon with my first assignment being at Webb AFB in 1976 until it's closure. I cannot tell you how fortunate I feel to have had Col Spannaus as my Wing Commander at the start of my career in the Military. Col Spannaus served as an exemplary role model not only to all those aspiring student pilots but to this young medical officer. Although I subsequently switched over to the US Army after six years in the USAF, I will always look back at my time at Webb AFB with fondness and deep sense of pride. As a young child sitting on my daddy's lap in his single-engine airplane over my hometown of Midland, Texas, and later, as a flight surgeon in the US Air Force and US Army, and, even now, as a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol, it has been my privilege to have served and/or flown with some of the finest military officers and/or pilots in the world. Col. Spannaus will always be on the top of my list.
Michael Sauri, MD"
"My dad, Sgt. Joseph B. Brown, USAAF was assigned to the 812th Bombardier Training Squadron, Section C from 1942-1945. Not sure what his role was (Clerk?). In 1945 he was reassigned to the Philippines and took part in the Battle of the Luzon. Would like to know more about his service. "
"I was at Webb AFB Sept 69 to Sept 70 for UPT class of 71-02. The 42 pilots that graduated are planning a 50th reunion in Washington DC on October 9-11, 2020. See our Facebook page Webb AFB 71-02 Pilot Reunion."
"Class 57I My class got their primary training at Bartow AB in Florida We were the last class to learn in the piper Cub, then the T-6.
We went from the tail dragger T-6 to the T Bird T-33,
Enjoyed my stay there . My IP was Dean Holmes, and excellent instructor."
"Hello, im former IIAF (Imperial Iranian Air force) F4 pilot I arrived at Webb AFB in late june 73 class 75_01/2 a grate memories of Webb I forgot my T37 IP name he was very kind i extend my best regard to him and his family my T38 IP was 1Lt Rick Gausmann that he taught me a lot best wishes for him and his family and also another IP named Capt skip Davenport .
thanks for your perfect site and wishing you all the best "
"Class 63-D.My T-37 instructor was Terry "Toy Boy" Ueyama, a great guy who taught me a lot. He was a Viet Nam POW for several years and released at end of the war. My T-38 instructor was Hayes Bryan "Two Gun" . The T-38 was quite new and had many maintenance problems. Flying time and aircraft were so scarce that several of my classmates had to re-solo because of lack of currency.
My time at Webb and Big Spring was some of the best of my life."
"I met then "Butch" Spannaus in about 1950, just a couple years I think before he entered the Air Force. He and his late brother, Walt, were the stepsons of Carl Thompson (sp?), a good friend of my dad, Ernie. We lived in Minneapolis at the time. Carl had apparently told dad about Butch and Walt's experiences as counsellors at Camp Easton for Boys in Ely, MN. Butch came to our house in north Minneapolis and encouraged my parents to send me to Camp Easton that summer. I'm attaching a pic of the campers and counsellors for that year. Butch is fourth in from the right in the back row, Walt fifth in from the left in the same row. I remember Butch and Walt were revered as the best counsellors. Butch taught us diving, Walt swimming. I entered the Navy via OCS in 1962, retiring in 1983. I had tried to reconnect with Butch (now Harry!) a few times over the years, and, as I dimly recall, we met at the Pentagon in about 1978 when he was getting ready to retire. I remember his wife, Mary, and what an ideal and loving couple they seemed. I was so pleased to have Googled "Col Harry Spannaus" once more to find this wonderful site and tribute to his legacy. Fair winds and following seas, Butch. I insist on calling you "Butch" one last time."