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"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...
"What an outstanding website. Great work and dedication.
I was in Class 66-G. Graduated in May 66. Flew C-130, T-39 and C-9. I spent 8+ years active and 20 years in the reserves. Retired in 1993. Great way to start a career in aviation.
Big Spring was my first exposure to Texans. What wonderful people. Ultimately lived in various parts of Texas for over 22 years. While the training was rigorous, the atmosphere of Big Spring made it tolerable. "
"Spent part of my childhood @ Webb AFB. 1965-1969. Dad went to Vietnam in 1967 and my sister and me
were happy to return to Webb in 1968. Played Little League, swam in the base pool and use the bowling alley.
Great place to grow up. Drove past Hanger 25 several times on our way to family and group outings to a place they called the pavillion. I saw a Thunderbirds show one year and of course the armed forces days.
I also went to Marcy School off base and hung out @ the 7/11 across the street.
I want to go back to Big Spring some day before I die and I will vist the hanger and I am glad people have decided to preserve an important part of Big Spring history. Maybe some day I will be able to send you
some pictures as my parents still have several photos of Webb from the 60's
"An excellent website! Both my uncle and father graduated from Webb AFB only eight months apart. My uncle was in 52-F and my dad in 53-C. Both went on to fly the F-86 Sabre, my uncle in Korea where he became MIA, and my dad in Morocco. Someday I'd like to bring my dad back to Big Spring to visit the museum. He enjoyed his time there flying the T-28A and the T-33 and flying those cross-countries. "
"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."