The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 14.01.1961, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 14.01.1961, Blaðsíða 1
Our 'mission* Jfs TD PRODUCE Service news /Jnd we intend ^ull coverage jfhi EACH ISSUE Volume XI, Number 2 Headquarters, Air Forces Iceland, Keflavik Airport, Iceland—A MATS Unit Saturday, January 14, 1961 Additive Prevents Fuel System Icing The men who fly Keflavik Airport's jet planes and the maintenance men this week welcomed the news that the Air Force has approved the use of a new chemical additive to prevent ice from form-3* ing in aircraft jet fuel systems According to an Associated Press report, it is approved for immediate use by the Strategic Air command and possibly by other commands at a later date. The additive, developed by Phil- lips Petroleum Co., Bartlesville, Okla., is called FA 55MB. It may also be used in those guided mis- siles that burn jet fuels. * An air Force study in 1958, fol- lowing the mysterious crash of a $5.5 million B52 jet bomber in South Dakota, estimated that al- most 40 jet planes had been lost because of fuel icing. Currently, military and com- mercial jets seek to prevent fuel icing by the use of heaters. Phillips said the use of the ad- ditive eliminates the initial cost, weight, maintenance and in flight operation expense of fuel.heaters, and at the same time provides easy draining of tanks. The Air Force approved use of -the additive on the basis of a series of flight tests including 365 hours of testing in a B52G in which no adverse effects were found. Also, the elimination of en- gine flameouts and engine loss of power was repeatedly demonstrat- ed. The chemical content of the anti- icing compound was not disclosed. A company spokesman said the Whittington Munich Bound For Tax Class Maj. Curtis A. Whittington leaves Jan. 27 for Munich, Ger- many, where he will attend a USAFE-USAREUR jointly spon- sored Income Tax Conference and School. Upon completion of the school, Major Whittington will re- turn to set up a school here for an officer or senior non-com from each squadron. He will teach the squadron representatives how to prepare the simple tax returns; those persons having complicated forms, involving capital gains, dividends from, stocks, etc., will be referred to Major Whitting- ton. Major Whittington said that no forms had been received on base. He said his office had sent a priority wire to assure delivery of the forms. When the forms arrive, announcements will be made through the various media on base. amount to be mixed with fuel would be in a proportion of about one-tenth of 1 per cent. Ribbons Wear Will Become Must March 1 CMS James Mundell Jr, Air Forces Iceland (AFI) says that the directive making it manda- tory that ribbons be worn effec- tive Mar. 1, 1961, has not arrived at AFI Headquarters. Neverthe- less, he is expecting it through distribution channels in the near future. The "dress up" order went to the field in a Jan. 3 letter signed by Maj. Gen. A. P. Clark, Direct- or of Military Personnel . All active duty and retired members, including members of the reserve components, will wear all authorized ribbons when wear- ing the folowing uniforms: * Winter and summer coat and trouser combinations. * Cotton summer service jack- et and trouser combinations. * Winter and summer standard battle jacket and trouser combina- tion. * Dress white uniform. * Semi-formal dress (winter and summer service uniform with black bow tie and white shirt. Ribbons will not be worn on the outer-garment shirt, overcoat, top- coat, or raincoat. Effective June 1,1961, the wear- ing of miniature medals will be mandatory with formal evening and mess dress uniforms. 'A dream come true" Something for Miss Hansen to remember from Capt. Ehrlich. Keflavik Has Florida Weather Keflavik International Airport has Florida weather on the ground; don't believe it? Ask Cap- tains Steven Chester and Robert Shildt of the 57th Fighter-Inter- ceptor Squadron. They found that out last Friday around 11 a.m. when they lost their F-89 canopy at 32,000 feet and were exposed to minus 52 degrees Centigrade weather; and 125 miles out of Keflavik. Captain Chester, the pilot; and Captain Shildt, radar observer; were on an Air Defense practice scramble at the time. As Captain Chester turned on a firing run, the pair felt a tre- mendous blast of cold air. Said Captain Shildt, "I knew right away we had lost our can- opy. I called 'Steve' to see if he had ejected; I didn't eject be- cause I knew we had enough altitude to come out of it. "In the meantime, Steve chop- ped back on the throttle and went into a dive to get to warmer tem- perature at a lower altitude and slow down from the .77 mach speed we were maintaining. "Steve told me to keep moving around as much as possible to avoid frost bite." After slowing the plane, Pilot Chester called Rockville for a vector (direction back to Kefla- vik). Inasmuch as Rockville h-d the plane on its radar scopes, the aircraft's position and dis- tance from Keflavik were quick- ly determined. Captain Chester says he flew back below 15,000 feet at 200 knots. "That made it a lots warm- er and there wasn't so much air hitting us. It was easier to read the gauges, too," Chester said. The Flyers said, "It took us about 30 minutes to get back. When we landed the waiting am- bulance took us to the hospital. It was an hour and a half, two hours before we really thawed out." Captain Shildt noted, "Even then my body temperature was 96.4. We recovered with no after effects, nor frost bite; but when we landed we couldn't help but note that Keflavik was havin" Florida weather." (Ed's note: P was 21 degrees F. on the ground.) Icelandic Girl Gets Wish to Fly Jet Take one T-33 jet aircraft. Mix with equal portions of one experi- enced jet instructor pilot and one lovely Icelandic woman pilot. Take to twelve thousand feet, add a dash of Hekla, a sprinkling of West- mann Islands and produce—"The most wonderful experience I've ever had! I do not have words to (Continued on Page 3.) U.S. AIR FORCE — AEROSPACE POWER FOR PEACE

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