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Guest Book Entries for 2020

 

2020 Guest Book Entries

Updated June 6, 2020

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

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Fri, Jun 5, 9:45am EDT,
TSgt Steven E. Hinrichs writes:

I was assigned to the Electrical Shop from 1977-1982.  I miss all the friends and people I had met during that time.  Working the SR was tough but yet some of the best times ever.  I will never forget Beale nor its people during my tenure there.

Steve Hinrichs
Crestview, FL
scarrydog@cox.net

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Mon, Apr 27, 11:16am PDT,
TSgt John Floe writes:

The SR-71 was my first jet as a crew chief critical task instructor, quality assurance and phase dock as well.  From 1981-1990.

John Floe
Olivehurst, CA
Jsfloe@att.net

srpatch.gif Mon, Apr 14, 1:41am CDT, SSgt Gary Chaffin writes:
Jack Kennedy has passed away.


Jack Kennedy passed at 18:07 4/13/2020.  He was a great friend..

Gary Chaffin
Daingerfield, TX

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Wed, Mar 11, 12:18pm CDT,
Sgt Neal D Pinkowski writes:

Former crew chief on Q model 135, 59-1520.  I always check into this site and have found a few from the past that remember me.  It feels good to open the hangar doors with someone who has gone through the same as me.  I was at Kadena in 71+72 and would like to hear from anyone who was there at that time.  Hung out in the Bell Bar on Gate 2 Street.  Best C+W music on the island.  Stayed in barracks 134 room 116.  That building is no longer there.  Anyone drop me a line, God bless you all.

Neal Pinkowski
Ponchatoula, LA
nealokipink@aol.com

srpatch.gif Mon, Feb 10, 8:15am PST, TD Barnes writes:
Lonnie Liss has passed away.


I just received word that Col. Lonnie Liss, (#387 - 16 April 1982) passed away last Saturday.  Details on his memorial service are at https://heafeyheafey.com/lonnie-l-liss-col-usaf-ret/.

TD Barnes
Henderson, NV

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Fri, Feb 7, 2020 9:36pm CST,
MSgt Thomas Tegen writes:

Spent 3 years working the bird as a hydro troop 83-86.

Thomas Tegen
De Pere, WI
Orv2485@gmail.com

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Thu, Feb 6, 2020 4:08pm PST,
Civ Marjorie Gersten writes:

Just browsing this site.  I am daughter to RSO Lt. Col. Mark H. Gersten and sister to Maj. Gen. Peter E. Gersten.

Marjorie Gersten
Yuba City, CA
BLACKBIRD1977MLG@att.net

srpatch.gif Wed, Jan 15, 7:03pm MST, Capt Don Shipman writes:
Ron Cade has passed away.


I would like to pass on that Msgt. Ron Cade passed away in Aug. 2018.  Ron was a photo interpreter in the 9th RTS in 1966-69 and was also assigned to VN, March AFB, and DMA as a PI.  Ron was a friend and we worked together on several assignments.

Don Shipman
Littleton, CO
plmcrze73@q.com

srpatch.gif Sun, Jan 12, 12:57pm PST, TD Barnes writes:
Frederick Milton White has passed away.


Roadrunners Internationale is saddened at the final flight of Lockheed engineer, Fred White.  The Roadrunners remember Fred as the one responsible for directing and producing the flight manuals needed for operation of the A-12, YF-12A, SR-71 and U-2 aircraft at Area 51.  In retirement, Fred was the official photographer at the Roadrunners Internationale Association reunions.  More about Fred is available at http://roadrunnersinternationale.com/fred_white.html

Fred White, 98, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, at Summit Estates in Reno, Nevada, where he had lived since September 2018.  He was a longtime resident of Sonora.  A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Columbia Presbyterian Church of the 49ers in Columbia.


TD Barnes
Henderson, NV

srpatch.gif Thu, Jan 9, 11:07am PST, TD Barnes writes:
Robert Murphy has passed away.


The Roadrunners Internationale alumni must sadly announce the final flight of Robert “Bob” Murphy, an aviation icon of the Lockheed Skunkworks and Area 51.  In 1962, Bob was promoted as superintendent for the D-21 development program and also assumed responsibility for the manufacturing of non-metallic fabrication for all ADP programs.  In August 1964, he received a promotion to plant manager of Site 2 in Palmdale, assuming responsibility for production, final assembly, flight test, and delivery of all SR-71 aircraft.

Services for Bob are Monday, February 3, starting at 9:30 am rosary/10 am Mass at St. John’s in Encinitas, then internment at Miramar @ 12:30.  Reception/wake to follow at Officers Club.

The family requests any cards go to address below for sharing with everyone at the service:
Robert Murphy
2127 Oxford Ave
Cardiff CA 92007


TD Barnes
Henderson, NV

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Wed, Jan 8, 2020 2:09am PST,
MSgt Bruce Smith writes:

I worked SR-71 and/or U-2/TR-1 from 75 to 89 in the ANS and guidance and control shoes, at Beale, Kadena and Alconbury.

Bruce Smith
Billings, MT
habu7393@yahoo.com







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