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April 2012

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2012 Reunion Update

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The 2012 reunion will be held at the Holiday Inn in Fairborn, Ohio (2800 Presidential Drive) on September 25-29. A special room rate of $103 which includes a hot breakfast buffet each morning has been negotiated. Be sure to ask for Group Code BRA when registering for your hotel accomodations. The hotel can be reached at 937-426-7800.

 

Transport between the hotel and Dayton International Airport should be made well in advance and can be arranged by calling the Holiday Inn Sales Coordinator at 937-431-4613. A steeply discounted rate of $30 covers airport to hotel as well as hotel to airport at the conclusion of your stay. You must provide the following when you call 937-431-4613:

 

    You are part of the B-58 Reunion, 25 - 29 Sept 2012.

    Arriving on airline so and so; Flight Number so and so;

    Arrival date; Arrival time;

    Number in the party.

 

The reunion schedule of events is packed with something for everyone! Check-in takes place on Tuesday (Sept 25)with a hospitality room operating from noon until 5pm and a welcome reception planned for 6pm that evening.

 

On Wednesday (Sept 26), the day's activities include breakfast on your own (don't forget you have that hot breakfast buffet available for free at the hotel each morning), a hospitality room (available all day), a visit to the National Museum of the United States Air Force (with lunch on your own available in their 2nd floor cafeteria), or some golf, or a visit to the Historic Village of Yellow Springs where a variety of specialty shops, antiques, restaurants and other scenic sights can be enjoyed. Dinner on Wednesday evening will be at the hotel (casual dress).

 

On Thursday (Sept 27), activities include breakfast on your own, a hospitality room (available all day), a morning / early afternoon outing to Carillon Park (featuring the original 1905 Wright Flyer III!), and dinner at La Comedia Dinner Theatre (casual dress).

 

On Friday (Sept 28), activities are breakfast on your own, a limited-seating behind the scenes tour of the Aircraft Restoration facilities at National Museum of the USAF, a hospitality room (available all day), and dinner at Young's Jersey Dairy.

 

Saturday (Sept 29) is the grand finale with breakfast on your own, a morning B-58 Hustler Association business meeting, a hospitality room from mid-morning until early afternoon, and an early evening departure for the Gala "Under the Wings" reception and dinner banquet. Official reunion activities conclude with the banquet. On Sunday (Sept 30), you can pull chocks for home or other destinations.

 

Prices for the various activities and tours are currently being negotiated. Pricing info and a registration form will be sent to you via e-mail as soon as it becomes available.

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Reunion Volunteers Needed!!!

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Many volunteers are needed to make this reunion a success. Volunteers are needed to help with check-in and registration, act as Hospitality Room Hosts, Welcome Reception Host, Transportation Hosts, and Tour Arrangers/Hosts for the National Museum of the Air Force Tour, Yellow Springs Tour, Carillon Park Tour, La Comedia Dinner Theatre , Aircraft Restoration Tour, Young's Jersey Dairy Tour/Dinner, and the final Gala "Under the Wings" Banquet. Tom Hogg (tomhogg@bellsouth.net) has volunteered as the Golf Host.

 

Send an e-mail to the 2012 Reunion Coordinator John Roth at Reunion-2012@b58hustlerassn.com to volunteer. John can also be reached via phone at 937-241-1946 (cell) and 937-255-7785 (office). As you all know, planning and organizing a reunion is not a one- or two-person job. Please offer your assistance to John to make this a highlight reunion!

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Mission Accomplished

by Jim Harmless

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On a recent trip through Texas my wife and I visited the Strategic Air Command Monument at the former Carswell Air Force Base. The monument is dedicated to the thousands of volunteer airmen who served in S.A.C.

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At the center of the monument there is an empty casing from the world's largest nuclear weapon, the MK-17/24 thermonuclear bomb. When operational the bomb weighed 42,000 lbs. This device was the largest ever made.

 

The walkway bricks are engraved with the names and messages of people who have donated to the project. Many are engraved with the names of S.A.C. veterans.

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Several plaques are displayed at the monument; among them is the history of S.A.C. and of Carswell A.F.B. There are also various plaques depicting the aircraft used by S.A.C., including a plaque telling the history of the B-58.

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As I took one last look at the monument that day I realized that this small piece of ground represented the last bastion of the once gigantic and powerful Strategic Air Command. The S.A.C. motto was "Peace is our profession". This monument is a fitting tribute to the thousands of S.A.C. veterans everywhere and truly conveys the message: "Mission Accomplished".

 

Jim Harmless
A1C Bunker Hill A.F.B.
1964-1968

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Effort to Produce New Member Directory Continues

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The effort to update the membership database in order to produce a new member directory slowly continues. Over 500 members have been individually contacted via phone or e-mail to verify the information we have on file and make any corrections. If you have received an e-mail requesting corrections, please assist our volunteer by replying to the e-mail. As soon as the work is complete, a new member directory will be produced. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

 

Note: If you have moved within the last year, please send e-mail to president@b58hustlerassn.com and provide updated contact information including your new home address, your new phone number, your new e-mail and cell phone numbers if those also changed. Thanks!

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More SAC News...

SAC Memorial Dedication & Reunion

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A memorial dedication and reunion commemorating the 20th anniversary of the inactivation of the Stategic Air Command will be held in Omaha, Nebraska on 31 May - 3 Jun, 2012. All former Strategic Air Command veterans are invited.

 

The event is being co-chaired by LtGen (Ret) Leo Smith and CMSgtAF(6) (Ret) Jim McCoy. The Embassy Suites in LaVista, NE, is contracted for billeting. Registration and agenda details for the reunion are now available on the Strategic Air and Space Museum website.

 

In order to spread the word as far as possible, feel free to pass this information along to those former SAC members you know who might be interested in this reunion. Web site postings and dissemination through other SAC affiliated organizations would be helpful as well.

 

Contact Amber Wusterbarth at AWusterbarth@strategicairandspace.com at the Strategic Air and Space Museum for more info.

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Proud First Flight

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BJ Brown explains this photo from his past: "The three of us met in September 1962, at Carswell AFB, TX. We'd trained in our respective fields at various places. We would get more ground and simulator training before we flew together as a crew. The Cuban Missile Crisis delayed our first flight—but on December 7, 1962, we got our solo flight. It would be my first time in the Hustler and I was excited. We took off, flew a navigation leg, refueled, made a couple of simulated bomb runs and came home for a perfect landing — WOW!!!"

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Lone Star Flight Museum Moving to Ellington Field

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After sustaining $20 million dollars in damages from Hurricane Ike in 2008, the Lone Star Flight Museum is in the process of moving from the island city of Galveston to the mainland, and will occupy space at Ellington Field in Houston, TX.

 

"I can't risk another 8 feet of water being in the facility," said Larry Gregory, the museum's executive director.

 

At Ellington Field, the museum's aircraft will join a half-dozen Vietnam War-era aircraft owned by the Collings Foundation-Houston and a growing collection of vintage military aircraft owned by the Texas Flying Legends.

 

The B-58 Hustler formerly on display at the Lone Star Flight Museum will not be moving to Ellington. Instead, TB-58 AFSN 55-0668, one of 8 pre-production YB-58 Hustlers, has been moved to Little Rock AFB where it will be displayed.

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Rich Bolcer writes that the company that moved the TB-58 to Little Rock AFB is the same company that moved the plane from Fort Worth to the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, TX. The wings have been sent to the flight line for repair. The plane will not be painted, but will be cleaned up and polished. The white paint from the lower fuselage, pod pylon, engine nacelles and the tail cone will be removed. The city and base are excited and proud to have received the aircraft "back home." Rich also submitted this additional photo of the aircraft in transit and this photo of the display area.

 

An extensive collection of photos of the move are available at this website courtesy of Jeff Hagan.

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The History of Flight

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Who would have thought that this...

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Would get us to this?

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Mach 2+ and over 60M!

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Newsletter Upgrade

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In our commitment to keeping our members informed, we've upgraded to an electronic newsletter format. The goal is to provide our members with more timely news in a manner that cuts down on Association costs.

 

Your feedback is welcome, so let us know what you like and what needs to be improved. We'll be working to implement this new member benefit and incorporate additional upgrades over the coming year. Send any comments to the editor Newsletter@b58hustlerassn.com.

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