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"UPT Class 73-03. Arrived September 1971 in my blue Ford Maverick. I lived in a trailer court off Farm Road 700. Most vivid memories are the great times at the O'Club and riding dirt bikes in the desert. Big Spring was a military friendly community that really supported the troops. I believe the only time I marched in my 33 year AF career (other than OTS) was a parade down main street in Big Springs. I still have my yearbook and dust it off to take a look every once and awhile. Boy - it seems like a long time ago."
"My Dad, Dick Sullivan, was stationed at Webb in 64-65 I think. He was in the 331 FIS and flew F-104's. He would love this site, and I'm sure he has photos and memories to share. That is his contact info I used to sign in."
"My dad was tower chief here after returning to the US from Madrid. We were here from 1964-1966. I went to Goliad Jr. High. I loved Big Spring and the wonderful summer days and nights spent in the pool or running around between base housing playing hide n seek or ground Marco Polo in the dark. Oh, yeah - and discovering boys! Sorry I was so mean Mrs Halverson and Hotchkiss...
"i WAS STATIONED AT WEBB FROM DECEMBER 1965 THROUGH JULY 1967. i WORKED ACCROSS THE BASE AT THE 331ST FIGHTER INTERCEPTOR SQUADRON ALERT HANGER. THERE I MET SEVERAL GREAT PILOTS, AND IF THEY HAD AN EMPTY SEAT YOU GOT TO RIDE. I USED TO HAVE A LOT OF PICTURES FROM THERE, BUT SADLY NOW ALL I CAN COME UP WITH IS THREE. ONE IS ME STANDING BESIDE OUR CHASE PLANE (T-38), ANOTHER IS OUR COMMANDER COLONEL SHAREK AND SGT. PETERS, MY LINE CHIEF CONGRATULATING HIM ON A JOB WELL DONE AFTER GUNNERY PRACTICE AND I.G. INSPECTION IN FRONT OR A "A" MODEL 104. THE LAST IS OUR "B" MODEL ON THE FLIGHT LINE BEFORE A FLIGHT. ANYONE WANT TO COMMUNICATE FEEL FREE."
"Hello, This is nice the way everyone keeps in touch. My first cousin Lawrence A. Walker was in the AF for 20+ years or so. He was a Medic the last I knew of and stationed in TX, USA. His first wife was named Jeannie from Boston. Our Aunt Ruth said he re-married back in the 80`s apprx.
PS/ Larry also served in the Navy during the Korean War"
"My uncle was a cadet in Class 52-F and graduated from Webb in September 1952. He arrived right before the name was changed from Big Spring AFB to Webb AFB. At the time, the base was being modernized and not all of the building were finished when his class arrived. There was a drought going on at the time and even though brand-new coolers were installed in the barracks, the student pilots weren't allowed to turn them on. Neither were they allowed to wash their cars. My uncle got to fly the T-33A while at Webb and loved every minute of it. After graduating from Webb, he went on to fighter pilot school, then to Korea. Unfortunately, he never made it back home. He was listed as MIA."
"I was just a military brat. But, I got memories of this base, and this hanger. since 1965. Dad trained here in the sixties, on the T-38's, and went to Vietnam sometime afterwards. He's got a picture of himself, in that very hanger, posing with his plane. Wish I had it now to give you on this site. It had the back wall of the hanger in view, with him kneeling in front of his plane, with his helmet. We came back here to visit the site in the late seventies with a small airplane we had in the family, when we were stationed at Bergstrom AFB, before my dad retired. Lots of memories, and ghosts here, my dad said. He was the sole remaining member of his squadron. All the people he trained with were dead at that point. I became a truck driver years later, and drove for Dick Simon Trucking, out of Salt Lake City, UT. This hanger was a mess, when I came here in the '90's to pick up Coca Cola loads. I sat out in the tarmac, with my big truck, and took pictures of the base, and remembered how it was, when I was a kid. I was appalled at what happened to this old hanger. Windows all busted out, garbage all inside. It was a mess. I was sad to report this to my dad, on how this place was disrespected. Now, I see you have brought new life to the old. I took the picture of the hanger, when I first noticed it was restored, in the ninties. I didn't know it was to be a museum. Thought some fat cat beat me to the idea of restoring it, to keep nice old airplanes in it. I love to restore cars myself. My dad loves the planes. I was glad to see this. It couldn't happened to a better place. To respect those who have served the military. Thanks for it, from a military brat. I cannot drive anymore. And, I have only just noticed that this is a museum on the internet. I still look up Big Spring, once in a while. I am glad you teach the young about flying too. Thanks again.
Yours, Edward W. Jackson"
"I was stateioned at Webb in 1966, right out of tech school in the radio shop. Left there for Otis, MA and then off to Tuy Hoa, Viet Nam from '68-'69 when I got out. Great memories of plugging into the student side of a T-37 or T-38 with a bad radio, and reaching down and turning it on. Trying to remember names, Mr. Meshack? John Nolan fellow airman, and a TSgt who drove a red chevy."
" I was stationed at Webb ( 3560 FMS ) as an engine mechanic from Dec. 64 through Jun 68. Also, my father-in-law, Lee Lawdermilk, a lifetime resident of Big Spring, worked as a construction foreman when the origional hanger 25 was being built.. Sure would like to know what became of the guys who worked in
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"I was at webb from 57 to61 I had one of the best times of my life made some everlasting freinds.was at the2009 reunion. Had visted before in2006 The town was't lively like it was in earley 60's .Hope to go back in the near future."
"Saw the mention of Midland and it reminded my of a solo flight towards the end of training. Had completed all the flight checks and was killing time getting in some needed flight time shooting landings. While on the extended downwind, Webb was hit by a sudden sand storm, and myself and others were diverted to Midland. I then experience a Tacan failure and was getting headings from a controller. Got lined up and after the pitch was told they did not see me. What the heck! I went around. I was again vectored back to this same runway and during the 2nd approach the emergency fuel light came on. Again they could not see me. I then realized there were no T-38's parked at this airstrip (there should have been some). I declared emergency fuel and was again vectored to the same runway. I told them I was landing - HERE. They then gave me a different heading and I saw another runway and executed a straight-in which was not allowed by students flying solo. It was that low fuel thing. Nice landing and a few weeks later graduated in 66F. They had been vectoring me to Midland Air Park which is about 10 miles from Midland Field. The good old days. I believe the controller was taken to a back hanger and shot. lol"
"This site has .pdf copies of a number of WW II books, mostly yearbooks. Number 21, 51 and 107 are yearbooks for classes 43-6, 43-11, 43-18 and 43-15B, Big Spring. Number 25 is a Midland yearbook.
"Had a great time (not really) but did meet some really really good people staitioned their from 1975 to 1978
in the CE Orderly Room, all of the local people who worked in CE were awesome, along with the Military also, played on the CE Softball team 3 years, the Base Team one year, it was a very important time of my live, would not trade it in for anything, there wasn't much to do there but you could find things if you looked hard enough. I was good friends with the Deleon Family, John Hughes, a bunch more guys in the fire dept."
"My Dad, CMSgt. James Carothers, was stationed at Webb from 1969 through1972, when he retired. Although we only returned to Big Spring once, he told me many times how much he enjoyed Webb and the people of Big Spring. If any of you remember him, you know how active he was in both the Air Force and local communities. Dad's been gone for a while now, but he would have been quite proud and impressed with this facility. For him, I thank you for it, and I would love to hear from anyone reading this who knew either Dad or me (I graduated from BSHS in '72 and would love to come back for a reunion someday, and I wouldn't miss the Hangars...maybe 2012?). "
"I was stationed at Webb from 1972-1976 when initially I was a 2nd LT and was the Avionics Maintenance Officer. When I departed I was a Captain and had just been the Field Maintenance Squadron Commander (the 78th, I believe). I had decided to resign from active duty and returned home to Virginia with my daughter who was born in Big Spring and my lovely wife. Today, my wife and I have three daughters and 8 grandchildren. I have many, many fond memories of the great people living in town (I was in the Lions Club)and the civilian force that helped keep our mission on track (I was lead of the government team that would work on the AFGE union ambitions to better their lives). I used to live at 1512 Stadium Avenue and rented this house from Rick Campbell who was in charge of the Avionics Shop."