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Guest Book Entries for 2017


2017 Guest Book Entries

Updated December 20, 2017

"Eagles may soar, but weasels do not get sucked into jet engines."

Tue, Dec 19, 7:30am MST,
MSgt Tom Walton writes:

I was a Com/Nav tech from 1972 until 1978 assigned to the 9AMS.  Currently I am a volunteer with the Pima Air and Space Museum Restroration section, I would like to contact someone that can tell me how to change the tires on the SR-71.  We have the tires but no tech data.

Tom Walton
Tucson, AZ

srpatch.gif Fri, Dec 8, 9:14pm EST, Civ Monica Allison writes:
Gil Bertelson has passed away.

Just saw a note from Les Dyer that Gil Bertelson passed away December 7, 2017.  More info at the link below:

Monica Allison
Wardensville, WV

Thu, Nov 23, 8:14am PST,
Sgt Robert Craig writes:

ECM 72-75.

Robert Craig
Fallbrook, CA

Tue, Oct 10, 10:14am EDT,
A1C Tim Herman writes:

Great site!  I was stationed at Beale 1970-1972, Phase Inspection on the blackbird.  Still awesome today and I am 66 yrs.  I have pictures and models spanning the walls of my home office!

Tim Herman

Fri, Sep 22, 5:45pm CDT,
MSgt Menko Christoph writes:

If anyone is interested, I added several photographs to my Facebook "Photos" folder, from the June 2017 Reunion.  Be advised, my FB page is public, and can be seen by anyone who is part of FB.  For any question please contact me via e-mail, or feel free to call me at: 636-447-8539. Enjoy the pics.

Menko Christoph

Fri, Sep 15, 4:31pm EDT,
Civ. Keith Gill writes:

We are displaying SR-71B 956 at our museum.  I am trying to prepare a new exhibit on this plane.  I was hoping to gain contact with Claude Nickerson.  Any chance you can help me out?  I would like to interview him about HIS plane and help with our exhibit.

Keith R. Gill
Director of Exhibits and Museum Programming
Air Zoo
6151 Portage Road
Portage, MI 49002
Direct: 269-350-2817

srpatch.gif Tue, Aug 15, 2017, 9:14am PDT, TSgt Herb Greathouse writes:
Joe Gaudet has passed away.

Just wanted to pass on some info, Joe Gaudet passed away Aug 9, 2017.

Memorial services will be conducted Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 11:00 am at Ullrey Memorial Chapel with Pastor Jim Anderson officiating.

Herb Greathouse

Sun, Jul 23,11:14pm CDT,
Capt Frank Doyle writes:

Assigned to CAT2 Test Force, EAFB 65 to 67. (953 - 956).  THE highlight of my engineering career.  Learned a lot.  Helped resolve a few issues.  Would like to renew relationships.

Frank Doyle
The Woodlands, TX

Sat, Apr 29,9:57pm EDT,
MSgt Rick King writes:

Menko, Connie and I will be attending the reunion.  We are looking forward to seeing your and Sue again......hope to see a lot of other old friends at the reunion.

Rick King

srpatch.gif Tue, Apr 25, 2017, 11:35am PDT, Civ. Bob Coykendall writes:
Ron Murdock has passed away.

I just wanted to forward the obituary of a member of this SR-71 site who has passed on.  LtCol Ronald Murdock was a fellow ham radio operator and a darn good one at that.

Ron was a true gentleman. He was generous, thoughtful, helpful and very intelligent… and we miss him already.

Bob Coykendall

Sat, Apr 22,4:44pm EDT,
Civ John Altson writes:

Hello out there,

I was lead software developer for the Airborne Instruments team that developed the mission planning software for the SR-71.  I’d like to write a book about my experiences in doing the software development, but I wanted to ask you a few basic questions first
  • Was the AIL software actually used?
  • If yes, who might be a good contact on its usage in the missions?
  • Would anyone be interested in co-authoring a book with me, focusing on just the mission planning process?

  • Kind Regards,

    John Altson

    Fri, Apr 21,11:52am CDT,
    MSgt Menko Christoph writes:

    Radio Check with former ANS or INS team members???
    My wife Sue and I made our Reunion Travel and Hotel reservations, and we are interested to hear who is planning to be at the reunion, especially my former coworkers from the 9th Avionics Maintenance Squadron.  Sue and I look forward seeing everyone again at Sparks in June.


    Menko & Sue Christoph

    srpatch.gif Thu, Apr 20, 2017, 6:10pm CDT, Civ. John Mallozzi writes:
    Jim Watkins has passed away.

    Hello Mr. Allison,

    James Louis Watkins, 91, of Marysville, CA, passed away on April 15, 2017.  Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel, (530) 673-9542.

    See more at:

    John Mallozzi
    East Grand Prairie, TX

    srpatch.gif Thu, Apr 20, 2017, 4:57pm CDT, Civ. John Mallozzi writes:
    Dewain Vick has passed away.

    Hello Mr. Allison,

    Dewain C. Vick passed away Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at the age of 83.  His loving wife and family were by his side.

    See more at:

    John Mallozzi
    East Grand Prairie, TX

    Sat, Mar 25, 9:35pm EDT,
    A1C Glenn Hawkins writes:

    Assigned Beale AFB, June 1967 to May 1969.  Worked OMS on 71,72,73.

    Glenn Hawkins

    srpatch.gif Mon, Mar 13, 2017, 4:30pm CDT, Civ. John Mallozzi writes:
    Hal Confer has passed away.

    Hello Mr. Allison,

    My name is John Mallozzi my Dad was Coz Mallozzi, he was an SR Nav.  I wanted to pass along the notice that Gen. Hal Confer passed away March 6 at home with his family.

    Services for Gen Confer:
    Sunset North Funeral Home
    910 North Loop 1603 East
    San Antonio, TX

    Viewing: Wednesday 3-15 after 5 pm.
    Burial: Thursday 3-16 assemble at funeral home at 0800; police escort leave at 0900 Ft. Sam Cemetery

    John Mallozzi
    East Grand Prairie, TX

    Fri, Mar 10, 7:09pm CST,
    Civ Jason VanOrsdol writes:

    I have a photo of an SR-71 on Deck at Kadena AFB or U-Tapoa in 1972 approximately.  My Father, a Captain serving as a Navigator in USAF Strategic Air Command (TAC Vietnam), kept the photo private for many years.  While I only have one photo of the SR-71, I would like to digitally share it with the group should the group so desire.

    Jason VanOrsdol

    srpatch.gif Thu, Feb 2, 2017, 5:22pm CST, Col. Rich Graham writes:
    Bill Campbell has passed away.

    I received an email from General Halloran;  LtGen William Campbell passed away earlier today.  He passed peacefully with his family around him.

    A full Military Honors Funeral will be held at the Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72 (Clark Road), Sarasota, Florida, for friends and family at 2:00 o’clock on Monday the 13th of February.  In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Disabled Veterans of America and Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd, Sarasota, Florida 34234.

    Rich Graham

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