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This is a discussion on Happy Birthday USAF within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by OldChap My dad was in the USAAF (or USAAC whichever you prefer) from 1944 until early 1946. I never know which birthday ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    My dad was in the USAAF (or USAAC whichever you prefer) from 1944 until early 1946. I never know which birthday to celebrate in his honor!

    Thankfully some of those birds are still flying today, 76 years after they rolled off the assembly lines.

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    In 1944, it was the US Army Air Forces. :)
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    Warheads on foreheads!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rotorhead1026 View Post
    In 1944, it was the US Army Air Forces. :)
    Actually it was USAAF in 1942, shortly after Pearl Harbor. Few of the WWII airmen were "Air Corps," AAF instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Actually it was USAAF in 1942, shortly after Pearl Harbor. Few of the WWII airmen were "Air Corps," AAF instead.
    That is the way he always told it. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1944, already had his pilot's license and he went directly into USAAF for further pilot training, then multi-engine. He did a stint as an instructor for a month or so, then was assigned to the 2nd Bombardment Group (Heavy), 15th USAAF. He ferried a new B-17G and crew to North Africa and from there to Foggia (Amendola). 33 missions including being shot down and a successful crash landing on December 24th, 1944 behind Russian lines in a little village called Nagybanya in northwestern Romania. I never tire of honoring all veterans. These guys were all mostly just kids. Dad was awarded the DFC for this mission.

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    Dad is the third from the left. This is the patch I remember on his jacket.

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    Good landing. They walked away!
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    It has flown to the edge of space (120,800 feet) as the NF-104A. When I was stationed at Eglin the local TV stations would play “High Flight” at sign off every night. We had a few F-104s at Eglin that I sometimes worked on; to this day I still remember the weird howl the intakes made at certain power settings.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_NF-104A
    I bet several others here have also played "name that bird" based on engine noise. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    It has flown to the edge of space (120,800 feet) as the NF-104A. When I was stationed at Eglin the local TV stations would play “High Flight” at sign off every night. We had a few F-104s at Eglin that I sometimes worked on; to this day I still remember the weird howl the intakes made at certain power settings.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_NF-104A
    B-52Ds howl at take-off power. B-52Gs roar. The last remaining Buffs, the H models, buzz with those fan jets. Yeah, can ID them with my eyes closed by the sounds.

    Best aircraft I ever heard on takeoff was the F-105s. They'd run up to power for a moment and then--BOOM!--the afterburner kicked in. It would shake our hooch at Korat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    B-52Ds howl at take-off power. B-52Gs roar. The last remaining Buffs, the H models, buzz with those fan jets. Yeah, can ID them with my eyes closed by the sounds.

    Best aircraft I ever heard on takeoff was the F-105s. They'd run up to power for a moment and then--BOOM!--the afterburner kicked in. It would shake our hooch at Korat.
    At Ellsworth we had all B1B's as those were a different beast all together. I remember hearing those engines many times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m5215 View Post
    ... It seemed that patriotism was a lot higher during Desert Shield/Storm then is was back during the Vietnam war.
    As a young vet in 1970, I started college and learned very quickly to keep my veteran history to myself.

    You Desert Storm changed all that, and made being a vet more socially acceptable. (Thanks all you Desert S/S vets!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post

    Best aircraft I ever heard on takeoff was the F-105s. They'd run up to power for a moment and then--BOOM!--the afterburner kicked in. It would shake our hooch at Korat.
    The UltraHog. They took a LOT of runway. Pretty good machine once he got going, or so I’m told.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Good landing. They walked away!
    And if you can reuse the airplane it is an excellent landing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by graydude View Post
    I bet several others here have also played "name that bird" based on engine noise. :)
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    Worst I ever encountered was the EB-66s at Korat RTAFB. The engines produced a very high-pitched sound that penetrated both ear plugs and mouse ears combined. Fortunately (or unfortunately maybe), the engines were crap and many of the planes sat on the ramp with no engines.

    This video shows -66s, and I believe it is at Korat, if I remember the big old hangar correctly.

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...6C6A&FORM=VIRE
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    My son's "office" B-52H ........96th Bomb Squadron 2nd Bomb Wing "Big Deuce" I even got to sit in the Wizzo seat (Radar Nav position) in the Cave under the flight deck.
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    U-Tapao, 1972.

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