"I arrived at Big Spring AFB in mid February 1952 from Perrin AFB. The T-33s started arriving in late March. I was in "A" Flight, Flight Line Maint. Many of the Cadets we knew at Perrin were sent to Webb so we saw many of the same faces through T-6s, T-28s and T-33s. We had 9 T-33s: 263, 316, 317 (no tip tanks), 424, 456, 461, 467, 607 and 833. We were the last flight south, just north of the T-28s. I was S/Sgt, Asst Flight Chief of "A" Flight when discharged from Webb AFB on 8 Jan 55 and came home to Nevada City, California. I enjoyed the time and have two sons born in Big Spring, Howard County, Texas. The enclosed photo was "A" Flight taken in early 1954 by Jim Fisher, crew chief of 607. Yours truly (cc 461) is kneeling in front of T/Sgt Ficklin the Flight Chief."
From: Randolph R. Smith
City: Nevada City, CA Country: USA
"Began a great Air Force career at Webb beginning in January 1973 until being shipped to Iceland in June 1977. Have a lot of fond memories of Big Spring and the many wonderful people I met while stationed there. Will make a stop in to see you folks next time I am down that way."
From: James Myers
City: Zanesville, OH Country: USA
"Class 75-02/03. Arrived at Webb in 09/73, a few weeks before the Arab Oil Embargo. To save fuel, they "washed back" every class, gave us split class numbers, and we got an extra six weeks in beautiful "Beg Sprang." It was all good, especially because in a small class with the extended time, we had regular eight-hour days starting at 8am, and we only did that four days per week. On Fridays the IPs took us sailing and water-skiing. What a blast we had, best time in my life for sure. Got a CT-39 to Andrews AFB and got lucky when President Carter cut back on the luxury planes at ADW, to which the USAF responded by moving our fleet straight into the famed "89th Military Airlift Wing," the Presidential Wing. The -39 couldn't be "Air Force One," but nonetheless I ended up flying every U.S. president between Johnson and Clinton, either before or after they were in the White House, plus lots of Senators, etc., all the big VIPs. Flew Senator Tower to Webb when it was closing down. Also got to serve as IP to countless generals, including two USAF Chiefs of Staff, former Thunderbirds, and astronauts. Right place at the right time. THANK YOU to the United States Air Force! I'll come visit Hangar 25 sometime. "
"I graduated in class 66-C, Oct. 1965. Flew C-141's at McGuire AFB, N.J., from 1965 to 1969. Went to work for Delta Air Lines in 1969, and retired May, 2002, as a B-777 Captain.
While living in Atlanta, we had a couple move in next door. from Big Spring, his father being a Major at Webb who actually signed our graduation orders! His name was Cletus T. Pajot. Rick (the son) was married to Sarah, originally from Big Spring. Sorry, I don't know her maiden name. They were both in high school while we were in training. What a small world! "
"Graduating class 67E, The Batmen! Flew C123's in Vietnam and returned as a T-37 IP, 68-71 in K-flight, Maj Crenwelge flt cmdr; O-flight, Maj Clarke flt cmdr; also in Mutha flight with Maj Hart. Transferred to MAC for rest of career. Many fond memories of BGS. Hope to return someday. Lived on Goliad and Birdwell Lane. Retired after 26 years and currently reside in Mt Pleasant, SC. This tour had to be the highlight of my career!"
"Great Website. My Dad Elliot "Boomer" Bloomberg was a UPT Student there in 1962 in the second UPT Class to fly the T-38. He finished UPT as part of Project New Life at Craig AFB with Class 64A. Dad passed away in 1997. As kids we were very young when he retired. So, we don't remember much about him being in the Air Force. We are a writing a biography about him. So, we can tell his flying stories to our Grand Kids. We would love to hear from anyone that was there in the early 60's that can provide us any assistance as to life at UPT and at Webb in that time frame.
Flying has had such an impact on our family over the years. After I served in the military, I became an Airline Transport Pilot and now train pilots to fly business jets for CAE SimuFlite in Dallas, Texas. My brothers are wanting to become pilots also. If you are ever in the DFW area drop us a line.
"I graduated with Class 66A and went on to fly the C-141 at Travis AFB. Later transitioned into the F-100D at Luke and then served a year in Viet Nam at Bien Hoa. The folks at Big Spring and Texas in general were some of the friendliest we have ever met. We retired from the Air Force in 1986. Best Wishes!! "
"Hallo ! Ich habe als kleiner junge in Big Sring auf der air bas gewohn mein vater war dort im cominikation center statzionniert sein name war Phillip.G.Drought wie lebten von 1970 bis 1973 dort vieleicht kent ihn noch jemand der dort war und noch bilder hat würde mich über einen kontackt freuen . mit gruss R.Drought"
"I was assigned to Big Spring Army Air Field from April l943 to June l945 as Physical Training and Parachute Landing Training Officer, I made a demonstration parachute jump over the field in June l944 and landed on the main runway. The photo of my parachute jump and landing have been donated to the Hanger 25 museum, along with several copies of the base newspaper. I plan to attend the reunion in October 2005, I was very impressed with the last reunion at Hanger 25."
"My family and I lived in Big Spring back in the early 70s. My dad was stationed at Webb Air Base. I also attended Howard County Jr. College for a couple of years. My sister and her family still live in Big Spring. I have really enjoyed the Hangar 25 Air Museum web site."
"this is a great site. I am not from Big Spring, but have been here a couple of years now. I would love to see some photos of the old Officer's Club (now Sr. Ctr.). If anyone has any that they would like to share, I would love to see them. Congratulations on a great museum and web site."
"Graduated class 52F, Sept 1952. Went on to Luke, Flew F84G in Korea. Transferred to Air National Guard in 1955- was called up with New Mexico Guard in 1968, flew F100 in Viet nam. I was a cadet in pilot training, couldn't be married, but got married in Midland in May 1952- still married to the same wonderful woman 52 years later. Retired from USAF in 1980. I'll try to dig up a picture somewhere."
"Stationed at Webb AFB from February 1961 to June 1964. Taught instrument flying procedures to student pilots on the T-33, T-37 and T-38 Link Trainers; Needle - Ball and air speed, RDF, ADF, VOR, GCA, ILS, TACAN, DME, ETC. I really enjoyed Big Spring, and the friendly folks of West Texas. Completed my military service in June 1966 after two years inactive reserve. Graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1971. Married a young Lady from Wichita Falls, Texas. Our daughter is currently a Freshman majoring in Political Science as a Pre-Law student at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. My wife and and I plan to retire to Texas. Nice web site - good job!
STEPHEN L. SCHRADER, P.E. "
From: Steve Schrader
City: Seattle, WA Country: USA
"I graduated in class 65F. Stayed for three years as a T-38 IP. I met my wife at Webb and she was a nurse at the Webb hospital. Our first child was born there in 1968. We love the website and plan to attend the 2005 reunion. Nice job."