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I have fond memories of Webb AFB and Big Spring, Texas. I was stationed at Webb from 8Jan66
thru 24March67 in the Headquarters Bldg. in the Accounting & Finance Dept. I bought my first car there
a 1960 Plymouth from a guy in the mess hall for $200.00. I held two part-time jobs, one washing dishes
at the Officer's Club and the other at the Fina Gas station, owned by a fellow named Shorty Rowden and
worked alongside a guy named Shorty Parker. I remember great times and food at the Wagon Wheel
drive- in restaurants and the best barbeque beef place that i can't remember the name of or where it was
located. My fondest memory was of Christmas 1966 when I volunteered for CQ duty in the headquarters
barracks, so a fellow airman could go home for the Holidays. It would be great to hear from some of the
people who were there at the same time."
"I wish to amend some of the incorrect information that I had recently entered about my Squadron designation. I had written it as 3061 Periodic Inspection and Maint. It should have been written as 3561st Maint. Squadron. We were responsible for the Periodic Inspections and Maintenaince on the T-33 aircraft. Sorry for the earlier misinformation.
John A. Lawrence
Webb AFB 1952 - 1955"
"I arrived at Webb Air Force Base following a Dust Storm while traveling from Ammarillo AFB, to WEBB. I was assigned to the 3061 Maint. Sqdn, acomplishing the Periodic Inspections and Maint. I served with T/Sgt. Clyde Baker and other crew members, who were involved with the Fastest Jet Engine change, that still holds the world's record to the best of my knowledge. Our T-33 Jet trainer Aircraft became our speciality. We were able to complete our inspections and place our aircraft back out on the Post Dock for Fueling and Flight test prior to leaving our assigned work areas by mid afternoon of the same day we started our inspections. I left Big Spring (Webb AFB,) May 1955, to fulfill my new assignment at George AFB, Victorville CA, but I learned that my former crew was awarded the Allison Trophy for the Fastest Jet Engine Change in 1955. I enjoyed my two and a half years at Big Spring and I treasure the many memories I have of my time spent there. I have enjoyed viewing the various parts of this website, and wish to express my appreciation for those responsible. I would enjoye any contacts form those Imay have had the opportunity to work with while I was stationed in Big Spring form October 19552 to May 1955. My e-maiol address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again. John A. Lawrence"
"I was stationed at Webb AFB from 1957 until 1961, in the old 3560th Flight Line Maintenance Squadron, headquartered in Hangar T-75 and commanded by Major Ed Hershock, a very fine man. My ranks extended from A/3C to A/1C over those 4 years, and I went from clerk-typist of the squadron to Chief Clerk after making "buck." I met and married my current wife of 45 years while at Webb, and we recall many fine memories of the people there. I also recall the names of most of my old squadron mates and would be glad to share them with anyone who might be interested. This includes all the senior maintenance officers and non-coms, line chiefs, etc. I knew Airman St Germaine, who took a T-33 up one night and killed himself, plus have lots of old Webb anecdotes if anyone is interested. I definitely plan on attending the next Webb reunion."
"I found this site while searching for info on Webb AFB. My dad Michael Wargo was a Lt., who was a medical supply officer at the base hospital in the early 1960's. He was excited that I found this site. He has fond memories of his time at Webb and in Big Spring."
"Class 64-D, 3560PTS. I have tried (not hard enough) to find someway to get in touch. Found Terry Uyeyama (Toy Boy IP) a couple of years ago but no one else until today (17 Nov 05). Out of the blue a letter from Jake Shuler and he has found about a dozen of us. I can't wait to hear from them. I'll have to dig for some pics."
"Small world. Probably the only officer to go through UPT then UHT then UPT for Helicopter pilots Webb was where I did the latter in 1975 after flying with the 40th and 37th Rescue Squardrons. I think there could only be one Lieutenant "Alphabet" and that would have to be your board member and my UPT classmate Marc Marchessault. If he reads this he could drop me at note at email@example.com. "
"(Class 70-03) My wife (yes, the USAF nurse I met a Webb) and I just got into town on our first retirement trip and went to the old base. Hanger 25 is a great thing, and brought back a lot of memories. It is small, and just beginning, but very friendly and well done. Went to the Wagon Wheel for a pizza burger and fries. We could not believe it when we pulled up and the place looked exactly like it did int 1969-70 and a car hop came out to take our order, just like then.
"Playing around in the web I Iwas running across that website. So lots of memories came up on me.I was stationed at Webb AFB 1961 and 1962. I was one of the German Student Pilots and graduated in Class 62-F.
I had a hell of a good time at Big Spring. I was falling in love with this west texas town of Big Spring and the neighbourtowns Midland and Odessa.I had a good friend , Harry Ray, he was a link instructor driving a little brown MG B sportscar. If anybody knows something about him ,please drop me a mail. We really had good times and I will always remember these times. My favorite bar was the "Blue Note" and I loved country music.
I have visited Big Spring a couple of times showing my son my old battlefields.Last time I was there was in
2003. Just hope I can come to a reunion once.
Manfred "Jacky" Kattengell ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Class 52D had it's 50th Class Reunion in Big Spring in 2002. We have since had three more. We just finished our annual Reunion iin Dayton, Ohio, October 6 thru 9, 2005. We were most impressed by the Hanger 25 volunteers and we had our Banquet in the museum. You have made marvelous improvements since we were there as you only had the one T-33 then. Keep up the good work and we are planning to be back in Big Spring in 2008. At your Vetnam memorial in town, you have an F-4 with the name of Major Smitty Swords II. He was in my flight in Vietnam. Do you still have my flight suit and helmet?"
"Webb AFB was my first duty station after technical school. I was an Air Traffic Control Radar Repairman with the communications squadron and worked in the middle of the runways at the RAPCON, from summer 1970 until summer 1971, until I returned to Keesler AFB for instructor duty. My only memories of the hanger area was hanging out down there trying to get an aircraft familiarization flight with one of the IPs. A couple of us worked at "Ma Bell's" radio/tv repair store in downtown Big Spring to make extra money. I remember the desert being cold at night, sand storms that blew dust into all the equipment, and chasing jack rabbits across some dry lake bed in my Volkswagon! :-)"
"As a young Airman I drove into Big Spring back in March 1965 in the middle of a dust storm among the tumbleweeds. I Stopped at the Wagon Wheel resturant on Gregg street, turned on my headlights and waited for service. Out of the brown cloudy haze came a young lady to take my order. I wondered at the time if I had arrived at the outer edge of civilization? I soon discovered that the harshness of West Texas had a beauty of its own. I was in the Hospital squadron and worked in Aviation Physiology (Altitude Chamber) until I was transferred to Vance AFB in 1977. Have many fond memories of that time. I do remember a calf dressing episode at the rodeo with Gary Warlow and Danny Burden. What a laugh that was????? I still get back to Big Spring quite often. I would like to hear from old time friends. "
"I was a "Tweet" instructor at Webb from '67 to '70. I also was an academic instructor. Taught all the T-37 courses until someone decided that was a dumb thing to do. Dick Rossmiller and I opened and closed the "Silent Woman" restaurant. Heven't been back to Big Spring since '70, but will try for a reunion sometime soon. - Bill Oberlin"
"I was stationed at Webb from 1971 - 1974, and worked in the hospital emergency room. I enjoyed my time there and have good memories of co-workers and friends. It was good to see a response on this site from an old friend, Goose Tatum. Hope the reunions continue and hope to be able to attend in the future."
"Class 56Q. Stationed at Webb in 1956. Set 2 records while there, both for low fuel landings in a T-28 and a T-33. From there, on to Williams for F-86F advanced fighter training. What great memories!!!"
"Webb A.F.B. was my first and only assignemt while in the AIr Force, but, later joined the Texas Air National Guard. At Webb, I was assigned to the periodic maintenance section for the T-38A aircraft. I think it was hanger T-75. Spent my whole tour their. Great little airplane. I met my wife (Donna) their and married her on base, and had some great time and friends while in Big Spring. We still live in Texas, been with the U. S. Government now for thirty-one years. We have two wonderful children and seven grand children. Some memories of BIg Spring would have to include the Wagon Wheel, driving up and down Gregg street, Gibson, and of course the Jet drive-in. We have not been to Big Spring in years, this my be an opptunitiy to go back. "