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Martin Coddington, e-mail, 28.10.2020 00:54

I was doing basic training at Lackland during February & March of 55. We would get to see the plane coming and going at Kelly. Our Tactical Instructor would try to get the formation in an area where no one was watching us and them halt the formation and go At Ease so we could watch the plane. Thanks Sarge!

Noname, e-mail, 31.03.2020 10:24

What a Plane! I was stationed at Keflavik Iceland in 1954 and used to see this wonder when she came in. I took many pics of her as she sat eating up cargo like a piranah. It reminded me of an oversized C-124

Walter Wade, e-mail, 26.05.2017 21:50

I grew up just North of the McClellan middle marker beacon and right on the localizer. Twice a the XC-99 would come in for a landing. My mother's collection of salt and pepper shakers always danced around from the noise. My job was to straighten them out. Little did I realize what greatness I was witnessing.

leeroy meadows, e-mail, 15.05.2017 00:18

I have been on board this aircraft. It,s a work of art,when you consider the time period of its build. It,s a piece of history that should not be let rot somewhere.Find volunters to help. get the money from hillary for selling US uranium to russians, if we agree not to prosecute her, or sasha obama, where did she get 300 million?

James Raby, e-mail, 22.08.2016 21:53

My father walter Raby flew the xc 99 from 1952 to 1956 He is the only 99 pilot still living. They took the 99 to many airshows around the country and had big crowds of people where ever they went To this day the xc 99 is the largest piston powered land based plane to ever fly

WILLIAM GRIMSLEY, e-mail, 21.04.2016 02:25


James C. Wheeler, e-mail, 06.11.2015 18:05

While I did not work on the XC-99 I do have a few memories of it especially on it's takeoff, you did not have to see it to know what it was.
I arrived at Kelly in Feb. 1956 to the 19th LSS and the C-124's across the new runway along the east-west taxiway.
I do have a photo of the tail section of another (looks like an XC-99) with a Tail Number "3570", could this be the Model 37 mentioned at the top?
Take Care. James C. "Speedy" Wheeler MSgt Retired

Tommie Rusin Durst, e-mail, 23.07.2015 23:42

does anyone remember the names of the men that worked at KAFB on this plane, I think I remember that my late father did, it would be nice to know what part he played in it

MERRITT LAWLESS, e-mail, 22.02.2015 06:02

I was assigned to Ramey AFB as a Philco TechRep from 1956 thru 1958. It was a pleasure to see the giant XC-99 visit Ramey from time to time

Bob Kusterer, e-mail, 21.05.2014 00:00

I saw the XC-99 at Kelly in 1965 when I was going through OTS at Lackland. At the time, it was the biggest plane I had ever laid eyes on. It was in rough shape then after only 8 years since it's retirement. I can just imagine what it looked like when the AF museum finally decided to restore it.

Heidi Harber, e-mail, 15.03.2014 22:42

My dad , Eldridge Ellis Harber, worked at Kelly Air Force Base when my brother and I were growing up. He and two other guys were put in charge of the XC-99 project. He would take my brother and me with him when he would tinker with it. That plane was awesome. We would sit in the cockpit when a couple of F100s would take off ( the runway was across the little road from where the plane sat)and the XC would shake from the takeoff. Not to mention loud. We loved it. We played inside checking out everything we could.I went from the cockpit all the way to the bubble dome at the back. This thing was absolutely huge. My brother got out on the right wing and jumping around he got the plane to rock a little. I think I remember it was perched on concrete pillar things of some sort. My brother also fell out of the front landing gear section when he didnt get the door locked in place. We had many great times in that plane with Dad. It brings a tear to my eye to think that its now in corroded pieces. Being what it is and the ONLY ONE IN EXISTENCE, it should have recieved better attention. Some kind of a protective shelter should have been built over it when it sat at Kelly all them years. To know about this plane and its rarity makes me feel even more blessed to have the memories I do . To know my brother and I got to physically touch, see and play inside this monster plane of history is priceless. Thank you Dad for that experience and memories.I would love to have seen it in its glory flying. It was in the 70's that we got to do this. Hate seeing the pictures of it in pieces, possibly never being complete again. It was one friggin awesome plane.

Carl Plummer, e-mail, 24.12.2013 00:12

My father, Walter Harvey Plummer, showed me the aircraft at the North End of Kelly. Sad. It was in such disrepair. He told me he had been one of the few pilots of the aircraft and commented it was horribly under-powereed.

Carole Fleming, e-mail, 06.12.2013 21:26

My dad was Ken Smith. He was Convair's tech rep for the XC-99 and told me many "war" stories over the years.

ALLEN MILLER, e-mail, 02.11.2013 18:54

I sat in the Pilots seat when the aircraft was on static display at Kelly AFB in 1956, I was going through basic training at Lackland AFB at the time.TSGT Allen Miller USAF RET

Thomas C. Indoe, e-mail, 23.10.2013 06:11

I flew in this plane from Kelly AFB to Walker AFB at Roswell
New Mexico. I was a radar tail gunner on the B-36 and we had
taken our B-36-1079 to Kelly to get the White painted on the bottom of our plane. We left a skeleton crew there and the rest of us flew back to Walker AFB with several 4360 engines. This was a flying bowling alley with an extension
ladder to get up to the cock pit. What an experience this was and it was one I will never forget. I will cherish this flight as one of my best flights while serving in the United States Air Force.

kurt entress, e-mail, 25.06.2013 16:51

there is a very good picture of the XC99 at an air show in 1953 at the hutchinson NAS it is on the web site abandon little-known airfields

Francis K. Newman, e-mail, 16.11.2012 01:18

I was stationed at Kelly AFB from Aug '50 - Aug '51 and this big aircraft was about 300' from our barracks. It was such music to hear the engines fire up and then take-off. It was a unique aircraft, indeed.

Jim Hoak, e-mail, 31.10.2012 13:45

I saw this aircraft fly over while in U.S. Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB in June 1956. It flew out of Kelly AFB. Later was mechanic on B-36 ( similar aircraft ).

Jim Wells, e-mail, 28.10.2012 06:34

My brother and I saw this aircraft sometime between, 1959 or 1960. Our uncle, Herbert Eaton, a Staff Sgt. station at Kelly AFB, Took us to see this huge aircraft. I was only 8 or 9 at the time. I'll never forget the sheer size of it. What an experience for a young kid from the Rio grande valley. We were told that the machcanics were able to walk in the wings while in flight to check the hydraulics. Wow a memory that will be with me always!

Tom Clark, e-mail, 29.07.2012 06:40

I THINK I first saw the xc99 at Wright Field from Airway Road in 1954. It was parked in the same area where it now lies in pieces. (I know I also saw it parked at Kelly AFB in 1964 while stationed at Lackland AFB.) Can anyone support or confirm what I think I saw at WPAFB?

jeff patton, e-mail, 15.06.2012 19:42

My father, Gene M. Patton, flew this aircraft from Kelly AFB in the mid 50's. One complaint about the a/c was it was slow. It was scheduled to receive jet engines on the outboard of the wings like the late model B-36s had but a crack was discovered in the wing box which was deemed unrepairable and the aircraft was grounded. It sat slowly deteriorating at Kelly AFB for several decades until General Dynamics (formally Convair) agreed to transport teh aircraft to Ft Worth for restoration for display but not for flying.

Tom Williams AS1 USNR, e-mail, 09.05.2012 17:35

I have lived in San Antonio all my 70+ years and when I first saw this aircraft it was so amazing and big, real big. All of my times over seas and in the US Navy visiting so many places and seeing this plane it has always amazed me and I will always hold it dear to my heart. I do hope they restore it for the kids of the future to visit and see it. It kinda reminded me of one of the Aircraft Carriers I was on. Big.

Joseph Salm, e-mail, 21.02.2012 16:41

The first time I saw this aircraft, it was parked near the roadway between Lackland AFB Texas and San Antonio Texas. It was my first in town leave from Lackland back in late 1959. I was really impressed with this aircraft and find it a shame that it was left so long to deteriorate before being rescued for restoration. Would have been nice to have it still on that road where I first saw it. To me it was a real landmark.

Al, e-mail, 26.12.2011 18:38

I grew up in San Antonio about 10 miles from Kelly AFB. I remember my mother was outside hanging cloths to dry and called me to see the XC-99 flying over our house. She was quite familiar with the plane because it was mentioned many times in our neighborhood. I saw it flying at about 1,000' altitude and got a good look. It was huge. I was about 5 yrs. old at the time. The next year it was the most popular plane at the Kelly Field Air Show. Around 1954 or 55. My father took me to the exhibit and I got to go inside the plane. I am very glad to know the XC-99 will be restored.

"Lucky" Cuoco, USAF Ret, e-mail, 02.10.2011 07:48

Al Gervaise, Navigator,and I were leaning out of our 2nd
story office windows when Bird was rolling for take-off.
He looked over at me and said, "Just think, Lucky" someday
that aircraft will be the largest hunk of junk owned by
our Air Force! I had to agree!

leo morris, e-mail, 13.06.2011 03:58

i was at goose bay when the beast started ferrying emergency supplies. it would zoom right over our unit and shake the rafters. it was a sight to behold!

George Hardy, e-mail, 02.06.2011 12:31

I was just a kid of 10 when my dad and the whole family
parked on the hillside overlooking Lindberg Field in San Diego, when the XC-99 took its maiden flight in 1947. At
74, I still haven't forgotten the excitement watching that
bird take flight. It was pretty massive, but didn't take long to get off the ground. A great experience.

Richard S. Blair, LTC USAF Ret, e-mail, 01.05.2011 05:19

I was an Airman in the USAF Band at Bolling AFB from 1953 to 1957. The CX-99 was parked just at the foot of our block across from the (old) chapel - during an Armed Forces Day Open House. I believe this was in 1955. Contrary to what R. Lewis states, above, it did come to Bolling after 1952. We were all so proud of American Aircraft Engineers!

deaftom, e-mail, 31.03.2011 05:53

John Thralls, only one XC-99 was ever built, and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has it now. NMUSAF plans to restore it, at least externally.

Donaldwhite, e-mail, 23.03.2011 22:24

I remember the c-99 being at Dover AFB IN 56 OR 57 As best i can recall it was still there when i got out of AF
in Nov.57.Not shure when they took it back to Kelly.
Don White .

Frank Albrecht, e-mail, 20.02.2011 17:42

I was ststion at Elmendorf AFB when I seen this monster it took 3 days to onload the pay load,never seen it again.

Edward Smith, e-mail, 15.02.2011 03:23

What a Plane! I was stationed at Keflavik Iceland in 1954 and used to see this wonder when she came in. I took many pics of her as she sat eating up cargo like a piranah. It reminded me of an oversized C-124. I hope they do actually restore it.

Wilber Rea, e-mail, 14.02.2011 21:12

I was stationed at USMCAS El Toro Ca. in 1956 and was on my way to the PX one Sat. morning when this giant shadow came over the street and I knew that it was not a cloud as the day was cloudless and when I looked up I saw this hugh monster and I thought Ol boy You can't come in here as this is a fighter base. I went on in the Px and did not hear any crash crew sirens so I assumed that she had go on. When I returned to the barracks my buddy Chester A. Ball said the hugh bird was setting behind the PX. We wen over and did a self guided tour for about two hrs. On Monday 14 WWI fighter aircraft in crates was placed aboard and flown to NAS Pensacola where they were reassembled and used in the filming of Wings of Eagles staring John Wayne.

VINCE TALLUTO, e-mail, 27.01.2011 04:44


Dr. Roger G. Miller, AF/HOH, e-mail, 05.01.2011 15:39

My father, Charles O. Miller, was an industrial engineer at Kelly Field from 1953 through 1978 and often took my brother and me to Kelly during the 1950s. The XC-99 was a major attraction for us either on the runway or in the air. I remember walking out the door in the vertical fin onto the stabilizer when I was about twelve or so. I watched it deteriorate during visits home to San Antronio until well after 2000, and saw it last in June 2010 when I lectured in the History of Airpower Course at the National Musum of the USAF in Dayton, Ohio. It is still in several huge pieces in preparation for restoration, which will be a monumental undertaking.

Robert E. Butler, e-mail, 19.10.2010 02:26

I was at Kelly AFB in summer 1955 as an Air Force ROTC cadet from Mississippi State College/University when they loaded 225 of us cadets and crew on the last remaining XC-99 for a flight to Carswell AFB where we were treated to a plant tour and lunch.I was seated in the bottom row of seats where I could look down and see the runway. Pilots backed up the plane to the very end of the Kelly runway since it was a very hot July day. They told us that it was an Air Force record flight for the largest number of people onboard at that time! I visited Kelly several years ago to find the XC-99 in terrible shape. I have always wished it could be placed at Wright Pat. I am overjoyed to read that it is happening. I fly my homebuilt RV-6A and plan to tour Wright Pat soon and looking forward to seeing the old bird that very few people ever heard of.

Kenneth benner, e-mail, 14.10.2010 23:37

I'll have to agree with all the rest, that it was a awsome bird. I went thru basic at Lackland in Nov.,Dec., and Jan of 1953, & 1954. It would take off, and land over our barraks. It would really shake the place up. I would alway's go out and watch it when I could. One big awsome bird.

Robert Brown, CMSgt, USAF (Ret, e-mail, 19.09.2010 00:15

In 1951 I was assigned as a Supply Liaison from Castle AFB to Kelly AFB, expediting priority shipments to Castle by getting the material over to the air terminal ready for "pilot pick-up". Many times I looked at my C-47 load and then glance over at the massive XC-99. Boy, what a plane. Then orders came down transferring me to SAC Hqs, so I had to go back to Castle and clear out. I was able to con the people in the air terminal for a ride to Travis on the mighty XC-99. What a great one time ride. A trip I will always remember.

R Clarke, e-mail, 19.08.2010 22:37

I flew every flight on the old girl from January 1953 to June 1954 when I got discharged and there was no such thing as a dull or routine flight. She definitely was one of a kind. We drew a crowd wherever we went.

Jon Thralls, e-mail, 10.08.2010 08:10

I was in basic training at Lackland AFB from September to October 1956, and observed the C-99 taking off from Kelly AFB on several occasions. I understand that there were only 3 or 4 of them built, and the one currently at the AF Museum awaiting restoration is the only survivor. What happened to the others?

Ted Clark, e-mail, 02.06.2010 03:39

During my Basic Training days at Lackland AFB from late May thru early Aug 1955, I had the opportunity to see the XC-99 fly over several times. Later in the early 1990's I visited Lackland AFB and drove around an access road to view this proud big bird. It was in a sad condition, with only some donkeys to keep it company. I'm glad to know that it is being restored for later generations to view.

R Lewis, e-mail, 17.05.2010 19:50

My dad (Ron Lewis) was a member of the USAF band from 1949 to 1953. He recently told me of seeing the XC-99 land at Boling AFB, Washington, DC. After some heated discussion by the top brass the XC-99 landed on Armed forces day 1951 or 1952. The debate was centered around the extreme weight of the plane and possible damage to the runway. The plane landed and did subsantial damage to the runway. No further attempts were made to land at Boling again.

Jack Mulanax, e-mail, 15.04.2010 05:36

In Early 1952 I was stationed at Vance AFB, Enid, Ok. Got to take a trip in an old twin beech (c-45 I believe)to Kelly AFB with my Communications Caption. We were tied down just next to the XC-99. They would not let us get any closer than our plane from it. In 1953 while stationed at Weisbaden, Germany the XC-99 flew in with what was stated the largest load of rebuilt aircraft engines that had ever been transported. They took back a lot of used engines due for overhaul. Quite a lot of fan faare was made of this. After it was retired from service and just off the runway at Kelly AFB I took my family and was able to take a tour inside the XC-99. Quite something. Later I met in Fredricksburg, Tx an Air Force Sgt that had been the crew chief on the XC-99 at one time. He sated it had a lot of engines failure primary due to being pusher type Props.

Russell g.Moore, e-mail, 15.03.2010 18:13

I was stationed at Lackland in the fall of 1955 and remember seeing the xc-99 flying out of Kelly Field. It was an awesome plane.

William Lear, e-mail, 10.03.2010 21:01

As a Convair engineering employee I can never forget the day the whole city of San Diego turned out to see thi huge airplane take off from Lindbergh field. We were just awestruck to see it lift off and rise over Point Loma. Unfortunately I can't come up with a date, but it was staged on a Sunday in order to allow the greatest number of the citizenry to witness the long-anticipated event.

Wayne Ramer, e-mail, 30.01.2010 07:57

I took basic training at Lackland AFB IN 1953 and watched the 99 several times as it took off from Kelly and climbed out over Lackland.Fantastic Airplane! I later had the priviledge of crewing B-25's at Maxwell AFB in Alabama

K.W. Boughton, e-mail, 04.01.2010 23:28

I was stationed at Lackland AFB 1959-1961 & again from 1962-1963 and the XC-99 was in a grassy area beyween Lackland & Kelly. In 1981 on a return trip from Mexico I stopped in San Antonio to see how things changed and ofcourse I nearly got lost traversing the loop around S.A.
Anyway, the XC-99 was still parked and tours of the plane were being handled by a Veterans group. I could see a big change in its condition over the past 20 years.

robert emery, e-mail, 18.12.2009 23:46

i used to see the old 99 @kelly in the early 50s i have some pictures of it. i flew on c124s out of castle and would periodically go to kelly .that ac always fasinated me

Julian H Naugher, e-mail, 30.10.2009 23:05

I was stationed at Walker AFB 40 Bomb Sqdn in 1954. We took our B36 to Kelly for weight and balance,had engine trouble en route so took a few days at Kelly working on the engine. While there the C99 came in, she causes much excitement while there. After a day or so lay over she is ready to go again. Many airmen are gathered on the ramp and in the hangar beneath the control tower awaiting take off. A permanent party M/SGT there and I were in conversation when the engines started,she taxied out,made her pre flight engine run up and rolled onto the runway. I had earlier ask the Sgt if she was taking off and was told yes ,to Puerto Rico. I pointed out the rudder locks were still installed. The Sgt gave a short expletive and ran up the stairs I assume to the tower.Meanwhile the 99 was lined up on the runway with power set, then idled back, a door opened on the vertical stabalizer, an airman came out and removed the locks,went back in and closed the door,
Power was again set,brakes released and the 99 was on its way to Puerto Rico. Fifty five years ago and I still hear those engines on B36s and C99.
Next day we removed the rudder locks on our B36 and returned to Walker AFB.

steve, e-mail, 22.06.2009 02:34

have original 78 rpm recording made in 1947, first flight of xc99 at lindbergh field san diego,ca. take off and landing. i worked at convair, salvaged record from trash bin.will consider selling record.

stevecouvelis, e-mail, 17.06.2009 01:18

ihffvea78recordmadein1947atlindberghfieldtelling ofthefrstflightofthexc99takingoffandlandingc

james raby, e-mail, 23.04.2009 18:27

my father walter raby flew this in the 1950s He was the youngest pilot to fly it at the age of 27. He was a c124 pilot at kelly afb. Had over 10000 hours in c 124. He is 84 years old living in seattle wa. He flew b25 in ww2. Night missions in korea and c130s and 141s in vietnam.
moved to seattle 1960s boeing pilot 727 737 757 retired 1986.

Daniel L. Berek, e-mail, 22.03.2009 23:34

Interestingly enough, a double-deck passenger version, known as the Model 37, was proposed. Pan American expressed interest in this giant, but this was dropped in favor of the Stratocruiser. I have a few pictures of this aircraft here:
along with other fantasy aircraft (such as the Lockheed Constitution and Martin Mars).

Ron Myers, e-mail, 19.02.2009 02:37

I was stationed at Goose AFB, Labrador 54-55 and saw the beast land and it was on the flightine parked next to a C124. I took a photo of them. It was a sight to see, we were used to seeing B36 land a Goose. The XC99 was on it's way to Germany that day. They weren't economical to fly unless the had a return cargo to bring back.

Tim Christman, e-mail, 22.12.2008 02:11

This aircraft has mesmerized me for al long as I can remember. I first saw it in the early 50s at Armed Forces Day at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton Ohio. During the late 90s I was fortunate enough to be allowed onto Kelly AFB where I found the poor old girl sitting on the ramp in terrible shape. I still live in Dayton, and it is now currently in pieces here at the Air Force Museum awaiting restoration. Given their backlog with the Memphis Belle and other aircraft, I doubt it will be on display anytime within the next 20 years.

Dan Dylag, e-mail, 20.11.2008 18:33

AS a impressionable 4 year old I first saw the XC-99 at Kelly AFB in 1972 when my family traveled to San Antonio for My Uncle,s wedding. He was stationed at Kelly as a WEATHER OFFICER there.One day he took us out to the XC-99 when it was still on blocks and was still in it,s last paint scheme my mother took several pictures outside. This was the largest airplane I had Ever seen at the time even bigger than the C5-A,s sitting on the tarmac just a few hundred feet away. We then climed inside and went to the cockpit,which was in pristine condition. It looked as if it was ready to fly that day.Mom took a few pictures of the cockpit with one being an excellant photo of the instrument panel I,m sure the Air Force Museum might like to see to use in the restoration. Many years later I joined the Air Force and was stationed at Lackland AFB as a Medical Technician at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Any way when my daughter Krista was born in June of 1997 my mom came down to see us and asked if the XC-99 was still at Kelly and I really didn,t know so I asked and someone told me that there was an aircraft on kelly but it was in pretty bad shape and it was near the access road fence on kelly. So we took a drive and there she sat in the worst condition I had ever seen an Aircraft. Mom and I were both Appalled. Right before I got out of the Air Force in 1999 I started to hear that the MUseum was going to restore it and display it. this was great news as I live in Cleveland,Ohio and Dayton is only 3 1/2 hours away. In May of 2007 I was at Wright Patterson AFB for a class for my A.F. Reserve unit and went to the museum to see if the XC-99 was there yet. I was told some of it was near the restoration building waiting for the rest to arrive. they then showed me the model in the cold war exibit and to my luck there were a few old crew members visiting that day and I spoke to them for hours about the aircraft and it,s hey day. I then remembered that I had brought the photos my mom had taken some 35 years ago. I showed them and a it brought a tear to more than a few of them as I also had taken a photo of the 99 in It's deteriorated state. I still remember one gentlemen stating that this was the best aircraft he had the priviledge to fly and be a crewmember on. and he was a WW II vetern and I took this as law. So as the restoration will begin some time in the next year I can,t wait to see the 99 come back to life and see the 4 year old come back and reinspire this 40 year old. The only other thing I wish and I know will not happen is to see it fly as I never have.

Maj.Ron PooleUSAF(Ret), e-mail, 09.07.2008 20:45

One of the last flights of this bird was to Eielson AFB,AK in 1975. They were carrying rocket motors from Wallops Island to Prudoe Bay. We had to isolate it due to explosive nature of cargo.

M. Rima, e-mail, 02.07.2008 23:23

The X-C99 is in the process of being disassembled and moved to The USAF Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB where it will be restored and evenually put on display. A one of a kind.

Harry Van Den Heuvel, e-mail, 22.05.2008 17:08

I was stationed at Rhein Main in the early 50s and the XC-99 came in. I guess because the parking ramp wouldn't take the weight, the aircraft was parked between the two runway ends by the Autobon. German traffic was very light those days but what there was caused a jam to see the XC-99.

S/SGT Charles Chapin, e-mail, 21.04.2008 18:15

I was on the flight line at Fairchild AFB. WA. watched it land and take off at brought us spare parts from Kelly AFB. TX. for the B-36's stationed there, at that time there was two wings the 92nd and 99th bomb wings, so we used lots of parts.

Freddie Ordones, e-mail, 09.02.2008 10:12

I grew up in San Antonio and remember when my Dad took me to see the XC-99. I was around 6 yrs old and it cost around $3.00 dollars. I graduated in 1975 but my year book of 1974 had a arial view of the westside area. And it showed the landing strip and the XC-99 location. I'm glad it is being restored.

Walter Wade, e-mail, 03.02.2008 04:30

While growing up, my family lived just north of the middle marker beacon for McClellan AFB. Twice a week the XC-99 would fly between Kelly AFB and McClellan AFB. Twice a week my mother would rearrange her collection of salt and pepper shakers that would "dance on the shelf" when the aircraft flew over the house. With props in high rpm, and lots of power, the entire house would vibrate.

Kenn, 11.12.2007 22:55

It has been disassembled at Kelly AFB and is being transported to the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB for restoration.

Dr.D.B. Mathews, e-mail, 10.10.2007 22:38

Actually the XC-99 was paarked ouside a hanger at Kelly AFB in April 1958. I was there and saw it. Where is it now?

Ross Calvin, 06.09.2007 21:32

This aircraft was on display near Randolf AFB, San Antonio,
texas during the early 1960's.

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