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"I JOINED THE AIR FORCE TO SEE THE WORLD-------SAW 4 YEARS OF IT AT WEBB AFB FROM 1965 TO 1969. I WORKED IN THE J-85 SHOP, THE J-79 SHOP, AND LATER IN THE ENGINE CHANGE HANGAR ON THE NIGHT SHIFT. THE WEBB SITE AS BROUGHT BACK ALOT OF CHERISHED MEMORIES. GREAT JOB."
"My father Rufus E. Fowler Jr. went to work at WAFB in the early 1950's as a mechanic. He was civil service having served in the Navy during WW II and the Korean War. He remained with Webb till they locked the last door and shut the last gate, transfering to Holliman in New Mexico to finish out his time. A lot of tales were told and fun time spent during his reign at the base. Being born and raised in the Big Spring area it has a large place in my heart. I only wish Dad could have lived long enough to see all the hard work and time that has gone into this project. Thanks to everyone that has made this possible. Sincerely"
"Webb Class 69-07.YGBSM. KC135, C7Caribou,T39. Civilian 737, 727, 707. Captain, Southwest Airlines. Retired USAF 1988, Retired Southwest Airlines 2004. The T38 was and still is the finest high performance aircraft to learn to fly jets. I swear I could get requalified with just a bit of training from an instructor I had at Webb. Anyone remember "The Reaper?" The Air Force's answer to R. Le Ermey. Every Midland run I would edge over a bit just to say those dual runways again. I remember the hangar as well. Great job on the restorations.
"Webb was my first and only assignment and I arrived in May of '73 and seperated in Feb. '77. I was assigned to the John H. Lee Recreation Center,Airmens Club, Mrs.Ellen Gladden was the club's civilian supervisor.
Tsgt Bill Warren was the NCOIC along with airmen Randy Wilcox, Nathan Johnson and Ron Delosh. I was fortunate to meet my future wife, Anita Moron, from Coahoma at the clubs functions and we were married at the base chapel in '75. My brother-in-law Dean Young was also assigned to Webb in the same time period and he also found his bride there. We have family in the Big Spring/Coahoma area and we hope to visit them when the next reunion occurrs. Their are many fond memories of Big Spring and the people who live there made them all possible. Thanks, Big Spring!!!"
"Graduated in class 73-05, as a Captain. Stayed at Webb as a T-38 instructor until it closed in 1977. Many great memories and still stay in touch with some local people. I retired in 1995 after 27 years. I am very proud of the Big Spring community for establishing this museum. Congratulations to all of you who made this possible."
"Great site and I'm looking forward to visiting Hangar 25. I received my wings in October 1968 as a member of Class 69-C or 69-03 as we were know as then. I plowed back as a T-38 instructor and remained at Webb until 1973 when I transitioned to the F-4. Both of my son's were born at Webb. My oldes in 1968 and my youngest in 1971.
I remember the many fun times we had in Big Spring, Texas. "
"Great site! I graduated in class 55C in 1954 and came back as an IP until 1956. My last class was 55U. I flew F-84F's, F-86L's, C-119's and C-121's in 9 years with the PA ANG at Pittsburgh. Many fond memories of Webb and of Big Spring. My daughter, who just visited the museum and made me aware of this web site, was born at Cowper Clinic in Big Spring in 1956. Wish you much success in your project."
"Received my wings in T-33As Oct 15, 1957 class of 58-A. Presently own architectural firm in Colorado Springs.
Have son that is a grad of the USAFA class of 92 and he received his wings in T-38As at Sheppard AFB, TX April 1994 (class of 94-04) . He presently is the DO of AETC SAS at Randolph AFB, TX and flies the T-6A Texan II."
"I just recently passed though Big Spring, TX and had the opportunity to visit both downtown Big Spring, TX and then a trip out to what use to be WEBB AFB. I was lucky in that the day I was there the Hangar 25 museum was closed but someone was there and was nice enough to allow me to tour the hangar. If you have not been to see it yet I must say it's a very worthwhile place to visit. They have done a very nice job collecting some very interesting Air Force memorabilia. I was only at Webb AFB a short time from Aug-Nov 1957 where I was discharged. After 50 years it was a real trip back in time. My rank was S/SGT and I worked in an area that did the scheduling of training aircraft (T-33's) Many of the original buildings are still there and I am almost sure some of the barracks are there too. It was a nice visit and I would encourge anyone to stop and see the Hangar 25 museum. Regards...........Bill Evans email@example.com"
"I spent only a few months at Webb in the Spring of '69...flunked an eye test after arriving at Webb and never got to fly in the USAF...just watched as friends learned to fly T-41s at Howard County (I already had my private license and about 200hrs in 172s so you know just watching hurt!)....My best memories are of a huge dust/hail storm first spotted while playing intersquad softball..we headed out quickly when we saw it comming...I ended up riding it out at the last available covered spot at the Wagonwheel!...Went on to Fairchild AFB and saw so many of those rookie T-41 jocks as they, now qualified in every imaginable type of heavy metal, went through Survival School on the way to Nam, et al. It still amazes me how these guys went from beginner to expert in such a short period of time!"
"I was station at Webb AFB from 1957 to 1960 in the Civil Engineering Gp. working the for the base Real Property Officer. I returned in 1968 and became the civilian Real Property Officer until 1972. I had learn that the base was going to close I transferred to Dallas and work in the Regional Offfice of the Veteran's Administration for a number of years before entering the Real Estate Finance working for banks,private developers,and foreign investors from Europe and Canada.
I am in still in the real estate consulting business today here in Arizona.
Webb was my beginning in the real estate business and I will always remeber the good and bad but the fun times too I had in Big Spring.
I was there for the Hanger 25-2005 Reunion saw some of my old good friends still living in Big Spring..."
"Went thru pilot training in 64-D at WEbb. Returned as an instructor in the T-37 for another 4 yrs. Rose White, civilian, signed me on active duty in Nov, 62 and signed me off in Dec, 67. 2000 hrs in the Tweet. "
"My father, Burt T. Johnson, retired out of Big Spring in about 1965 after 25 years of service. We had been in Tripoli, Libya just before that. He was in communications, but I am uncertain of his role on this base. I have vague memories riding the bus from chapel to housing. I always felt safe living on base. What a caring community of people to be surrounded by. Dad moved us to Arlington, TX where he lived until 1989. Then he moved to Sedro Wooley, WA. He passed away in 2002."
"Stationed at Webb in 71-72 after tour in Japan and Korea on F4s. Crew chief on T38s, real nice duty with great hours. Had many good friends on and off base. Very nice area and people. Wagon Wheel was allways an interesting place to hang out as was Big Spring City Park. As others have mentioned I to arrived at night and was fooled by refinery lights into thinking town was much bigger. "
From: Howard Spicer
City: Northfield, N.H. Country: USA
"I was stationed at Big Springs AFB ,later Webb AFB in 1952-1954 in the Hq Sq Sec. 3560th Air Base Gp. I was a dispatcher in Base Operations so got to meet with many of the pilots and cadets during the 2 years there. Big Springs was very dry during those years so we had dust storms regularly leaving red dust everywhere. Being from Indiana where things are green it was quite a change. I did learn to enjoy the area and have returned a couple of times just to renew old memories. Am glad that I found the museum site and would like to visit at the next reunion. "
"I was stationed at Webb AFB with the 33st FIS as an Aircraft Electrician from January 1961 thru September 1962. At first I didn't care much for West Texas bus as I spent more time there I learned to appreciate it. I have a lot of very goof memories, both on base and in town. I wouldn't trade my experiences in the Air Force, especially at Webb AFB/Big Spring, for anything."