Strategic high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft based on B-57 bomber. The first prototype flew in 1966.
|A three-view drawing (710 x 672)|
| ENGINE||2 x P & W TF-33-P-11 turbojets, 80.1kN, 2 x P & W J60-P-9 booster turbojets, 14.7kN|
| Take-off weight||20360 kg||44886 lb|
| Empty weight||13600 kg||29983 lb|
| Wingspan||37.3 m||122 ft 5 in|
| Length||21.0 m||69 ft 11 in|
| Height||5.8 m||19 ft 0 in|
| Max. speed||880 km/h||547 mph|
| Ceiling||25000 m||82000 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||6440 km||4002 miles|
|Alvin Press, e-mail, 11.03.2021 16:37|
Im looking for 7407th ss B57F patch
|Gustavo Marón, e-mail, 07.06.2020 03:11|
Hello to everybody!
Mi name is Gustavo Marón, Aviation Historian from Mendoza, Argentina.
I am very impressed by the stories you are telling here about the activities of RB-57 and WB-57F in my Country, because several former officials of the Argentine Air Force told me that when I was young and, since then, I am searching about the 58 WRS.
I found precise data about some aircrafts used in Mendoza in the Air Force Historical Research Agency. However, I am interested in to know the stories and memories of the protagonists.
Please, contact me to email@example.com
|Ed Bishop, e-mail, 20.01.2018 04:06|
I worked approach control at Yokota 69-70-71. RB 57 Fs were fascinating to me. We could tell who they were on radio checks because the "mikes were hot" and we could hear them breathing in their pressure suits. Call sign as I recall was Robin 35.
|Joseph Devenport, e-mail, 18.12.2017 03:30|
Any one interested in attending our reunion for the 55 and the 58 WRS in June, please let us know, By all means use 55 and 58 WRS in the subject line, it would be helpful. Currently planned for the 6th, 7th and 8th..
|charles large, e-mail, 30.08.2017 21:45|
I was stationed at Kirkland AFB from 1963-1965. I was attached to the 58th Weather Recon Sq as an operations specialist. I would like to hear from anyone that was with the 5th during this time. I always loved working around aircraft. I retired from the airlines (30 years) as an agent.
Please cont act me if you were there or know anyone that was.
|Mick Guthals, e-mail, 23.08.2017 17:22|
F-Troopers. My father, Paul Guthals, was one of you from the very start of the WB-57 until well into the NASA program as the lead for the LASL work. I saw just Monday, 21 Aug 2017 that NASA flew 2 WB-57Fs to follow the solar eclipse. Wonderful article in Aviation Week about the mission which brought back a flood of memories about my time as a youth with the 58 WRS and the WB-57F at Kirtland. Please feel free to contact me. Cheers.
|David McCullough, e-mail, 09.08.2017 08:46|
Aloha all. I'm a VA nurse living in Sebastopol,California. My father was Richard W McCullough or Mac and he died in 1999 at the age of 66. He was a B-57 driver first with TAC on the short wing out of Laon. I was born in 1960 at Elmendorf when the collection missions were on. Later he was on the RB-57F out of Rhein Main. I ran into a B 57 mechanic today while I work and he related the story of that B-57 shoot down (or O2 system malfunction) over the black sea in December 1965. I remember Lester Lackey and his family and the story I heard related over and over was that my dad and he had flipped a coin to see who would fly that day. If anyone can confirm that Or knows anything about it it would be an honor to hear some stories and especially if anyone knew my father. I can be reached at Davidmccullough@gmail.com. Thanks to all of you and the work you did.
|Richard Bryant, e-mail, 13.03.2017 21:28|
My father was Major William P. Bryant navigator on RB57f out of Kirtland. He was a decorated WW-2 veteran B-17. He was buried at Santa-Fe National Cemetery , Santa Fe New Mexico. Did any of you guys know him assigned to 58WRS.
|Joe Smith, e-mail, 07.08.2016 01:18|
I would like to contact CMSgt Isaiah Woods (Woody), if anyone has his address /e-mail. He was my first CMSgt.
|Isaiah Woods cmsgt (ret), e-mail, 19.06.2016 09:12|
I served with the 1211 Test Sq /58 WRS from 1962-until I retired in 1973. I was NCOIC of the MET /ARE sampling section most of my time and participated in most of the missions cited on the web page plus others. I would also like info to contact Brig Gen R. Moeller & Col D. Wolfe
|Emmet Cook, e-mail, 31.05.2016 22:09|
I attended John Penz'z funeral services. A sad day. He was a great NCO. I worked the Flight line and was the Crew Chief on 295 for a short time before I went to Docks. One of my favorite bosses was CMSgt Houghton. My best to all you guys from the 58th. Those were the good old days. I spent 20 more years in the Army after THE Air Force.
|Curtis, e-mail, 03.04.2016 01:28|
TO: Phil Putnam,
Yes, I certainly remember your father, Joseph Putnam. If I recall correctly, he was the oldest man flying in the Space suits as an Air Force pilot while I was at Kirtland (68-72). Seems to me he was the Chief of Planning for the 58th WRS at the time I was there. We flew together at times, and he was a great pilot, all business and did it right all the way. I was Chief of the Command Post for a while, Special Assistant to the Commander for Colonel Douglas "Red Dog" Campbell, then Chief Navigator when Colonel Click D. Smith came in. I made a pretty fast exit as he came in. I did not like him, did not trust him, and was ready to go to Vietnam to fly the EC-47 to get away from him. Best move I ever made.
I will add that I was fortunate, as a Navigator, to be the first navigator to command a flying Unit in the Military Airlift Command--maybe the Air Force. I was Commander of a Task Force at Albrook AB, Panama for a period with two WB-57Fs, three crews, Life Support Personnel, a medic, and maintenance personnel. General Jack Catton, COMAC, cam into Howard AB, CZ, to visit USAFSO, and sent word that he wanted to be briefed by me on the operation of "his" WB-57Fs out of Panama and Mendoza, Argentina. We also had WB-47s, and WC-135s operating into and out of Howard, while we were operating the F's out of Albrook on the other side of the Canal. So I was alos responsible as senior officer for AWS (MAC) for any support needed from our operation. General Catton came to Albrook for the Briefing. It wasn't fancy as I had flip charts, hand made, but they were well done as I had one NCO who was really great at hand made graphics. I had been told to give him a 12 minute briefing, and a Colonel Whitehead was Wing Commander for USAFSO at Howard. Whitehead was a real jerk and wanted to dictate what I did for the briefing. I declined his directions and created the briefing as seems appropriate. But I did adhere to the 12 minutes as that may have come from Catton. Upon his arrival--with Whitehead in tow--Catton told Whitehead to stay outside. I did the 12 minute briefing, and it was apparently just what Catton wanted. Then he started asking questions about the WC-135 and WB-47 operations, and I was answering everything in detail. Finally, he asked me how I knew all of that just off hand. I told him I had flown the 47 for over 1000 hours, about 2000 hours in the WC-135, and held the record for Polar Missions at that time (eventually 178 polar missions including 87 polar crossings) so I knew exactly what all of the missions were and had flown them. His questions ran that 12 minute meeting far beyond anything I'd imagined. Seemed he just wanted an education on his AWS operation portion of MAC. As I finished, he stood, came forward to thank us, looked at me and said, "I just have one more question. Why the hell is a slick wing navigator commanding one of my flying units?" Without blinking an eye, I said, "Because I know what I'm doing, General!" He replied, "I'd say you're right!" When I arrived back at the 58th some time later, there was a nice letter from Catton to Colonel Campbell telling him of the job I was doing down there. That sure didn't hurt my chances when I came up for Lt. Colonel, I'm sure.
Colonel Curtis D. Dale, PhD, USAF (Ret)
|Joe, e-mail, 21.02.2016 06:47|
Don't for get reunion is coming up June 15, 16 and 17 in Branson, MO.
|Joe Devenport, e-mail, 21.02.2016 06:45|
Just to let you guys know, John Penz passed away Feb 9, 2016.
|Ted R., 20.09.2015 06:13|
Did the 58th WRS receive an Outstanding Unit Citation Award in the years 1969-1971?
|Marty, 22.03.2015 07:49|
Stationed at Kirtland in 1969 working on the longwings. The most remarkable person I ever met was CMSGT William Frazell along with many other memorable and colorful characters both on base and off. Loved the TDY of course and I can still remember one particularly long trip back from Mendoza on a C-141. Our plane cracked a front window and we dropped pretty far pretty fast and it wasn't even pretty. The plane made an emergency landing somewhere in South Carolina, as I recall, where we went through a rather "entertaining" customs inspection. Also enjoyed Friday's "The General is coming through the Barracks" cleanups (he never did) and the impromptu FOD pickup parties.
|Raymond Wozniak, e-mail, 24.11.2014 02:27|
Worked on this aircraft at Yokota AFB in 1971. Great plane. Easy to work on. I was a Sgt from the Pneudraulic Dept
|John Penz, e-mail, 04.11.2014 02:23|
Last call you all! Joe Devenport and I have just about finished with the list of identified folks in the yearbook. We are still lacking many, especially the enlisted men in the "mill around" picture on page 14 upper, page 14 lower along with Sam and Pappy, certificate holders on upper left page 15 behind Maj Consta.We will be making an addendum to the book with all the names provided to us, and will furnish it at no cost to those that help ID folks.
hanks and Bless.
Long Live the Longwings!
|Clark Wilberg, 03.06.2014 22:05|
I was an SEO (Special Equipment Operator) with AFTAC and had the pleasure of working with, and flying with, many of the folks listed in these comments. Gordon Blevins--always enjoyed flying with you on the WC-135; had a few flights on WB-47s and thoroughly enjoyed that aircraft as well; 417 was my favorite! I had the privilege of working with -57F navigators--teaching them the operation of the sampling equipment for their sampling operations.
|Joe Devenport, e-mail, 28.05.2014 04:05|
For anyone that owns a 58 WRS book: If you can ID anyone in the photos in the sq book, please let us know. contact John Penz or me. Please provide their name, the page and the location on the page, if required. Please use 58 WRS Photos in the subject line. thank you
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