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Guest Book Entries for 2021

 

2021 Guest Book Entries

Updated June 16, 2021

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

srpatch.gif Tue, Jun 15, 3:27pm EDT, Kevin Lantz writes:
Myron Gantt has passed away.

Just thought I'd let you know that LtCol Myron L. Gantt, an SR-71 RSO from 1968 to 1972, has passed away, May 5, 2021.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestate/obituary.aspx?pid=198751801

Kevin Lantz

srpatch.gif Mon, Jun 14, 3:46pm EDT, Cindy Murphy writes:
Jim Sullivan has passed away.

Col James V. Sullivan passed away March 1, 2021.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/saltlaketribune/obituary.aspx?n=james-sullivan&pid=197931560&fhid=4538

Cindy Murphy
Woods Cross, UT

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Sun, Jun 13, 11:16am PDT,
Ron Burton writes:

Could you be so kind as to add the Annual BBM picnic to the BlackBird Events Page.  Full details at http://www.habu.org/events/PicnicFlyer_2021.pdf.

Ron Burton
Yuba City, CA
aspen32@comcast.net

srpatch.gif Wed, Jun 9, 1:40am PDT, TSgt Herbert Greathouse writes:
William Shelby has passed away.

TSgt William (Bill) Shelby passed away June 8th, 2021.  He was in the 9th FMS/AMS Instrument Shop at Beale.


Herbert Greathouse
Yuba City, CA
pegherbgreat@comcast.net

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Tue, Jun 8, 3:04pm EDT,
Civ Don Turley writes:

My father TSgt Ronald C. "Jonesy" Turley worked on the SR-71 and was in from 1965-1980.  I know he was crew chief on F4 phantoms and in the end did egress systems on F16s at Hill AFB.  He was at Kadena and Beale at some point in his career.  I am piecing his story together after his death in 2017 and looking for any stories.  Maybe one of you guys knew of him.

Don Turley
agrippakc@gmail.com

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Mon, Jun 7, 4:13pm EDT,
SSgt John V. Pavia writes:

In 1969 I was a crew chief on an SR-71 on Swing Shift.  Hornburg was day shift.  I was the one who got a bath in JP7 when I was changing fuel filters.  Come to find out the cannon plug was not connected, so I had to pull the tire can with fuel dumping on me to get to the manual lever.  Thank you Brad.

Jack Pavia
Beverly, MA
jvpavia@comcast.net

srpatch.gif Thu, Jun 3, 11:16am PDT, TD Barnes writes:
Mike Schmitz has passed away.

The Roadrunners Internationale association and the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame are saddened to announce Mike Schmitz's final flight.  Mike was the photographer for both organizations, a task that he excelled at and enjoyed very much.  In addition, Mike was a proud USAF SR-71 enlisted veteran and a member of the SR-71 Blackbird association.  Our condolences to Mike's family and many friends.  Funeral services will be private.


TD Barnes
Hendersonville,NV

srpatch.gif Tue, Jun 1, 10:43am EDT, Maj Harry Pittman writes:
Jack Veth has passed away.

Lt Col Jack Veth died during the night May 27 from cancer.


Harry Pittman
Collierville,TN

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Thu, May 20, 1:48am PDT,
MSgt Tommy Spahr writes:

At Beale AFB March 1972 to 1980, assistant crew chief on 58-0103 with Paul Scott then crew chief on 59-1460.   Started on B-52's then about 75 went to the tankers.   What great job, I enjoyed every minute.  Hopefully there are still some Beale Bandits out there?   Now I'm retired Master Sargent in Atwater, California.

Tommy Spahr
Atwater, CA
skyraider456@yahoo.com

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Sun, Apr 18, 3:41pm PDT,
Civ Timothy Gardner writes:

As a Senior Technical Representative from Itek Optical Systems Division, I supported the SR-71, OOC (Operational Objective Camera System) and the OB (Optical Bar Camera System).  I served at both Beale Air Force Base, Ca. and OL-8, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa from 1969 thru 1971.

Timothy Gardner
San Jose, CA
timothyegardner1@gmail.com

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Sat, Apr 17, 10:10am CDT,
SSgt Pete Fischer writes:

I was in the SLR Shop from May of 74 to August of 79.  Bat Approved!

Pete Fischer
Forest Lake, MN
fischbat@aol.com

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Wed, Apr 7, 7:29pm CDT,
Maj Ronald B. Jenkins writes:

Every now and then I log onto this web site to see if anyone from my old unit has popped up.  I was a Side Looking Radar (SLR) Spec. & part of the first group assigned to Beale in '67.  Our unit was the 4200 SMW, later, it was changed to the 9th SRW.  I was selected for the AECP, went to CSU, commissioned a 2nd LT in 1970.  Retired 1985 as an 04.  Now a resident of the Army Retirement Community for 11 years with my aussie bride of 40 plus years, from a hardship tour down under.  Love to hear from any survivors from Beale or Oz.

Ronald Jenkins
San Antonio, TX
arby0056@aol.com

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Sat, Feb 20, 9:04pm PST,
E4 Dennis Dunne writes:

Beale AFB, Yokota AFB, Hickam AFB.  1969-1973, Precision photo processor, QC.

Dennis Dunne
Reno, NV
ddranch@redshift.com

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Tue, Jan 19, 12:08am PST,
TSgt Eloy Sandoval writes:

Former SR crew chief turned tanker boom operator.  Just wishing all of you a blessed life.

Eloy "Sandy" Sandoval
Albuquerque, NM
lolon45ncc@msn.com







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