The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 29.04.1961, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 29.04.1961, Blaðsíða 1
Buy Ydur Share Df America! Buy BdndsTdday alccH Ydur Investment Is Safest In Savings Bdnds Volume XI, Number 16 Headquarters, Air Forces Iceland, Keflavik Airport, Iceland—A MATS Unit Saturday, April 29, 1961 Voted <)h Please! Don't call Special Ac- tions Section in order to apply for Para-Rescue training (see last week's White Falcon.) Ac- cording to AFM 35-11, only those persons stationed at a base in the Zone of Interior are eligible to apply. However, Special Ac- tions will be happy to explain the requirements to those who wish to apply when they return. Our thanks to SSgt. Robert A. Ross of SAS for bringing this to our attention. * * * A piece of advice once given to rookies ran like this: "If it moves, salute it; if it doesn't move, pick it up; if you can't pick it up, paint it." And paint it—hardware that is —USAF research scientists are urging with a special paint they've developed to resist nuclear blast heat. The new paint can be spray- ed on various hardware making it resistant not only to nuclear heat but also to ordinary heat, moisture, synthetic lubricants, hydraulic fluid and thermal ra- diation. * * # The Air Force has postponed industry competition for a short- field takeoff and landing aircraft to support the intercontinental ballistic missile program. Previously, aircraft manufac- turers had been asked for pro- posals to supply production air- craft capable of airlifting men and equipment to improvised landing strips adjacent to ICBM sites. It was decided that such a re- quirement has not reached a stage where procurement evaluation of such an aircraft is appropriate. * * * Sen. Stephen M. Young (D- Ohio) commended, in the Con- gressional Record, President Ken- nedy's action in assigning to the Air Force the development role of space weapons. "It is the first step in elimin- ating waste, duplication, and in- efficiency in our space program," the senator said. * * * Construction, installation and checkout have been completed on the Atlas ICBM missile sites near Offutt AFB, Omaha, Neb. and the three complexes have been turned over to the Strategic Air Command. The missile facilities work was supervised by the Air Force Bal- listic Missile Division, the Army Corps of Engineers and Convair Astronautics, a Division of Gene- ral Dynamics. Convair is the prime contractor for Atlas. ¦;,¦¦: ; :: : Isigffe ^wMI 'Vj" UP AND AWAY One of Keflavik's rescue copters prepares to shuttle a load of oil drums to the demolition range for simulated air-to-ground rocketry practice by the 57th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. At the controls is Capt. Herbert Zehnder while Lt. David Jarratt holds down the left seat. Making the hook-up is A2C Jack Davis while TSgt. Don Saunders operates the sling. Not shown but assisting were A3C James Kilbride and James Brooks of Civil Engineers. Copter Crews Mark Range For 57th FIS Training—so others can train—is the keynote "of a project dubbed "operation drum drop" now in progress at Keflavik Airport. The problem was to place about 500 55-gallon steel drums to mark the limits ofv the range for simulated air-to-ground rock-^ etry training by the F-89 Scor- pions of the 57th Fighter Inter- ceptor Squadron. The range was marked last year by spraying paint at inter- vals but the moss and lichens growing on the rocks and lava made the markings so indistinct that something more permanent was needed. Of course the tin barrels could be hauled by truck to the inac- cesible range site in the base demolition area near the Stapa- fell gravel pit. But placing the drums at intervals in the 3,450 feet from the sighting point to the target area would have been a time-consuming job because of the rough lava and rocky terrain. E. R. Nielson, project officer for the Civil Engineer, thought about the base's H-19 rescue heli- copter. The idea was eagerly accepted by Capt. Herbert R. Zehnder, rescue alert chief, and the other chopper pilots, Capt. Robert R. Weber and 1st Lt. David A. Jar- rett. This kind of flying is fun— plus providing them valuable re- fresher training in hovering and the precision placing of objects. And it certainly beats sitting around waiting for a possible res- cue mission. The helicopter carries the drums seven at a time in the sling de- signed to handle pre-packaged cargo. This is a separate device from the hoist which is used with the harness and basket in rescue operations. About 100 drums were moved to the range area in one day last week. Weather and other com- mitments permitting, it was ex- pected that "operation drum drop" would be completed the latter part of this week. The two rows of drums and those encircling the target area will be painted white by Civil Engineering to contrast with the drab landscape. Wing cameras in the F-89's will record the proficiency of the crews of the only fighter outfit in MATS as they make their sim- ulated rocket runs over the newly marked range. Thus the readiness of the jet defenders of the northern anchor of the NATO chain will be as- sured by a cooperative project involving old oil drums, a bit of ingenuity—and some "fun flying" for three chopper jockeys. BondCampaign Gets Underway At KA In May A special campaign for military and civilian persons in Iceland, and at other overseas stations, to increase their buying of U. S. Savings Bonds will get underway May 1. Lieutenant Robert M. Stimacf* was named project officer here and he called a meeting of all first sergeants Wednesday to out- line their part in the drive. First sergeants were asked to personally contact each person as- signed to their organizations in order to acquaint them with the drive and the purpose behind it. Defense Department is conduct- ing the overall drive and has set a goal of 50 million dollars each year in additional bond purchases by overseas personnel. A $100 Club has been organiz- ed here at Keflavik Airport. Any person who elects to purchase a $100 bond each month will be photographed and have his pic- ture printed in the White Falcon. Only On Mondays The State Vehicle inspection service will inspect vehicles of Defense Force members on Mondays only, beginning next Monday. This will be in effect from that date until Oct. 31. Hours of inspection will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each day at the Icelandic Police Station ad- jacent to the Njardvik Gate. In addition, he will receive re- cognition over AFRS. Actual cost of a $100 bond is $75. Persons who desire to contract for bonds may initiate a Class "E" allotment in the amount they desire to save each month. The allotment may be made out for an entire bond, or for just a part of a bond a month. Organizational finance clerks will fill out the application for per- sons desiring to buy bonds in this manner. Defense Department announced the purpose of the Bond Cam- paign as a partial solution to the balance of payments problem in conjunction with the "Buy Am- eria" program. In addition to publicity in the White Falcon and on radio and television, commanders will be urged to publicize the campaign at Commander's Call programs. Curtailment of spending for foreign goods has already been requested of persons serving over- seas. The bond drive is designed to attract as many of the result- ing unspent dollars as possible. The goal for the campaign is $50 million per year in additional bond purchases. INVESTING IN FUTURE Tech. Sgt. Wylie Mason got the jump on Defense Department's May campaign to encourage servicemen overseas to buy bonds by investing his reenlistment bonus in U. S. Savings Bonds. Here, Lt. Jorge Flechas, Deputy Accounting and Finance Officer, assists Mason in filling out the purchase form. Mason is editor of the White Falcon and NCOIC of Internal Information. U.S. AIR FORCE — AEROSPACE POWER FOR PEACE

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