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"I graduated from Pilot Training Class 63-D in Feb 1963. There were 30 in my class - I'm sure you will hear from some of them. Eventually I retired as a Colonel after a 30 year career, and currently live in Bradenton, Florida. In my Air Force career I flew 4 fighters: F-100, F-105, F-106 and F-4, and had tours in Vietnam in the F-105 in 1966 and in the F-4 in 1970. I remember well my time in Big Spring and flying the T-37 and being in the 3rd class to fly the T-38. It was a wonderful time in my life. Thanks to all the wonderful people of Webb AFB and Big Spring, Texas -- I'll never forget the memorable days there between November 1961 and graduation in February 1963. Have a wonderful reunion in Sep-Oct. I would be there, except I have a reunion during same time of the 48th FIS (F-106) in San Antonio!!"
"Hello,my dad was stationed at Webb 1970-71, he ran the chow hall there,. We lived on base and i attended Big Spring High School. This was my dads last duty station,he retired in 1971. I also worked at the Officeres club as a bus boy,i remember all the Pilot graduation bashes there. Enjoyed my stay there."
"I was a member of class 68C. Our logo was Wiley Coyote. I was selected into the F-4 program. I managed to fly the F-4C/D/E/slatted E/G. When I left the F-4 I had over 4500 hours of flying time in the different models. I was an Instructor Pilot for a lot of the years and was also a Flight Examiner for about four years. I only stayed in the service for about 20 1/2 years. I can reflect back on the time that I spent in pilot training there and always have fond memories of the experiences that were had. I hope the rest of you have also.
"I was stationed at Webb from '70 to '73. I was an Aerospace Physiology technician at the altitude chamber. Many fond memories of the Big Spring folks and my co-workers. Memories include parasail training, suspended agony, drag training, night vision classes, altitude chamber flights to 43 M', rapid decompressions, the Barany chair, t-37 and t-38 egress training. Hope I brought back a few memories to the former student pilots and others.
"I had 2 great tours as an IP at Webb. The first was 1957-1960: the second was 1965-1968. There are vivid and distinct memories from each tour. In the first, I learned from Jim (Martini) McClure and Russ Gradel how to do a barrel roll.."to the left". Russ Gradel also taught me how to "never" use a check list to pre-flight a T-33. Ed Hershock dared me (and others) to even attempt to pre-flight one of his special T-33's.
During my second tour, I graduated from the Harv Kimsey School of Steak Selection during a cross country flight to Kansas City. Further, I learned from Jim Rouch that sleep and rest were not necessarily important before an early morning golf game and that everyone needs to "get up to speed" sooner or later.
Webb and Big Spring were important to my AF career. I hope to see all at the 2005 reunion. "
From: Doug Wingate
City: Lenoir NC Country: USA
"I was stationed at Webb from 1974 till 1977 when in closed. I was assigned to the 78th STURON as a weather instructor."
"Recently visited the former base, your museum was closed so I did not get to tour it. I did comb the property and hope that some how the former tower can be saved, it did look like it was too far gone though was happy to see that so many of the buildings are still intact, I love 1960's architecture.
It did make me a little misty-eyed to see this once great installation, reduced to its current state, but when I closed my eyes and listened I promise you I could still hear those jets roaring down the runway, and when I opened my eyes I could see the past come alive!
Sounds a little childish, but it is imagination and dedication that is needed to keep the memory of Webb alive! I will be back to see your great museum very soon!"
"My Dad, John Homberg, was stationed at Webb AFB, from around 1958. until he retired in 1965. My Dad was an enlisted man, when he retired, Mom and Dad, and younger brother moved to California.. I have many fond memories of Big Spring, the "teen club", and the base. I attended my 40th class reunion (graduation BSHS in 1961), where has the time gone? Many changes in Big Spring, strange to see the base. We lived on Dow Drive, on base, we were the first family to live in the house, we lived all over Big Spring waiting for base housing. My brother, Johnny and I found all the places where we used to live., he remember much better than I, of course, when we were kids we were suppose to share the car-when we had it. I think he had the car more than I did. I was trying to remember some of the kids on base, Gwen Irwin lived next door to us, she has two brothers Gary and ?, Jackie Piper, Karen Campbell, Linda and Greg Hillen, Jimmy Johnson, Greg Zwebel, Dick Meacham, Barb Bohn, and Denniece Nicholson, they're a few of the people I remember. Also, Earl Lothringer, Bob Harris, Steve Kite,and Jill Mason. It was a long time ago, I'm sure I'll remember more later. It is certainly worth a trip back to Big Spring to see all the changes.. "
"I received my wings with the 56S Class. After training at Craig AFB in Alabama I returned to Webb as an instructor in my old flight. I was discharged in December of 1957. Since then I received a Ph.D. in psychology and have been a faculty member at a number of universities. I am currently Emeritus Professor at Louisiana State University."
"I was stationed at Webb AFB in 67 & 68. I was a 19 year old kid and had some of the best times and memories of my life. I loved Big Spring Texas. I retired from the Postal Service in December of 2004 and returned to Big Spring on vacatiion. It broke my heart to see the base had closed, but the wonderful Hanger 25 Museum sure brought back some fond memories. "
"Enjoyed visiting your web site. I was in 53 Baker. What memories I have. The dust storms! They became mud storms when it rained. Flying with a hot-shot instructor, who on my instrument check ride took the controls of the T-28 and for the final 10 minutes really wrung it out. Then he gave me a 99 point something for a grade. During the winter, the mornings were still pitch black at 5. A few of us would sleep an extra 10 minutes and then put on our blouses and caps directly over our pajamas, running out to the street at the last minute for roll-call, standing in the back row in the dark (until one morning we were caught). I bought a large quantity of tee-shirts, boxers, and socks in the PX, enough to completely fill the allotted drawer space when neatly folded in accordance with the "tech officer's" strict specifications. He often left a "billy-doux" in my drawer, admiring my fold work. For all the months I was there I never unfolded them! I had an extra set hidden in my laundry bag. But in retrospect I'm really proud of the Training Command's ability to teach knuckleheads like me how to handle the complex equipment our aerospace industry produced and our great country required to protect and defend our way-of-life. "
"The collection at Hangar 25 is one of the best, I have seen. I wish every community that has been touched by the Air Force over the years would follow this model. As for Hangar 25, keep on growing - who knows maybe an F-102 is in your museum's future. Just wishing...