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Guest Book Entries for 2022


2022 Guest Book Entries

Updated May 28, 2022

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

srpatch.gif Thu, May 26, 4:37pm PDT, David Allison writes:
Glenn Chapman has passed away.

Sylvia Chapman called to tell me her husband Glenn has passed away.  TSgt Glenn Chapman worked on both the U-2 and the D-21 Tagboard program.  He shared his experiences with the U-2 in his book Me and U-2: My Affair With Dragon Lady.  There will be a memorial service on September 17, 2022 at the Arizona Veterans' Memorial Cemetery at Marana.  More details will be posted as the date nears.

David Allison
Wardensville, WV

srpatch.gif Wed, May 4, 8:58am PDT, TD Barnes writes:
Ken Collins has passed away.

The aviation community is saddened by the passing of Colonel Kenneth S. Collins, Sr., USAF (Ret).  Known in the CIA and Air Force aerial reconnaissance communities by his callsign, Dutch 21, former CIA A-12 and Air Force SR-71 Blackbird pilot Ken Collins suffered a sudden heart attack and took his final flight on 3 May 2022 at his home in Prescott, Arizona.

TD Barnes
Hendersonville, NV

Fri, Mar 4, 7:14pm PST,
MSgt Douglas Quimby writes:

I was a PSD Tech from 1966-1972 with Partial Pressure suits, Full Pressure Suits, Altitude Chambers, Hyperbaric chambers, OL19 & 20, from U-2C to U-2R to SR-71.

Douglas Quimby
Roland, AR

srpatch.gif Wed, Feb 23, 6:49 AM EST, Tony Landis writes:
Don Emmons has passed away.

Just read that Don Emmons passed away yesterday.  His obituary is at

Tony Landis
Clayton, OH

Fri, Jan 14, 8:43pm PST,
TSgt Wayne Wilkins writes:

HABU 1969 - 1972 Astro-inertial Nav Systems (ANS) Supervisor OL-8/ OL-RK.  Retired USAF 1974.  Retired Boeing Helicopters Manufacturing Engineer/AMC Com Technical Writer AH/WAH-64 - 1998.  Knew Agerd S. Kanavich.

Wayne Wilkins
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

srpatch.gif Thu, Jan 13, 12:52 PM PST, Civ Lou Mellott writes:
Lou Mellott Sr. has passed away.

My dad Lou Mellott Sr. served at Beale from 65-79 with the 9th.  He was very proud to part of the Blackbird program.  On 1/19/2018 he went home to be with the Lord.

Lou Mellott
Fallon, NV

srpatch.gif Mon, Jan 10, 2:27 PM PST, Civ Kevin Wedman writes:
Bob Wedman has passed away.

My father Robert John Wedman passed away on December 31.  Bob thoroughly enjoyed his exciting service to his country working as an Electronic Intelligence and Countermeasures Technician and Supervisor for the U-2 and SR-71 aircraft programs.

Bobís family welcomes you to visit his obituary posted at Cochrane & Wagemann Funeral Home:

Services will be January 13 and 14, 2022, more details on this page.

Kevin Wedman
Sacramento, CA

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