The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 26.03.1965, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 26.03.1965, Blaðsíða 1
THE WHITE U.S. NAVAL STATION, KEFLAVIK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ICELAND Volume IV, Number 12 Friday, March 26, 1965 Einarsson — Haveland SKiiiarvson Graduates: lis Lauded Congratulations were extended March 9, to Mr. Throdur Einars- son, position classification techni- cian, by Mr. 0. D. Haveland, in- dustrial relations officer. Presented to Mr. Einarsson was a "Certificate of Training" certi- fying his completion of the course, "Position Classification and Wage Administration," given by the Area Wage and Classification Of- fice in New York, the Navy's east- ern training center for these sub- jects. Mr. Einarsson has been with the Industrial Relations Department since October 1964, and attached to the Naval Station since July 1961, when the Navy took over host responsibilities from the Air Force. He was first employed by the U.S. Government in March 1952 when he was assigned to the Iceland Air Defense Force, MATS. He resides in Hafnarfjordur with his wife, Kristin Linnet, and their three children, Einar, Rosa, and Thordur. In This Issue Red Cross Drive .... Pg. 3 The Grindavik Story Pgs. 4-5 Sports..............Pg. 6 NCO Wives Club Pg. 8 Capt. Turner Lands Jet Plane "In my 2,000 flying hours nothing like this had ever hap- pened to me before," said Capt. John Turner, the pilot who brought down safely a T-33 jet aircraft on just two of its three wheels. Captain Turner's narrow escape from possible serious injury came several days ago when the 57th Fighter Inter- ceptor Sq. pilot was returning to'*" Keflavik from a training mission in which he flew the "target" plane for fellow F-102 pilots. Captain Turner was making his landing approach, going through the necessary procedures to extend his landing gears on the sleek T-Bird, when a hydraulic failure prevented the wheels from com- ing down. He quickly implemented emergency steps and equipment and was successful in lowering his two main landing gears, but got his nose gear to drop only a bit from its cradle, leaving it jam- med at a dangerous angle. The experienced pilot, who was well versed in such emergencies but had never encountered one, said he had too little fuel for an- other pass at the landing strip to try and dislodge the nose gear again, so he made a ground effort. He set his aircraft down hard on the runway in an attempt to jar the gear loose enough to drop, but his effort failed. Although his landing was rough, it was on the mark and Captain Turner was able to lower the nose slowly enough that only minor damage was caused to the aircraft when contact was made, and he controlled it all the way to a final stop. Training and knowledge of emergency procedures were the keys to success that day for Cap- tain Turner, he said later. It was clearly a case of knowing what to do and when to do it that pre- vented major damage to an air- craft and possible injury to its pilot. All Armed Forces Participate In Operation Quick-Kick Drill Approximately 10,000 U. S> Army, Navy, Air Force and Ma- rine Corps personnel will take part in Exercise Quick-Kick VII in the Caribbean, March 22 to April 10. The amphibious-airborne exer- cise is designed to test tactical concepts in joint operations, with an actual amphibious landing and airborne assault conducted on Vieques Island, off the coast of Puerto Rico. Quick-Kick VII will involve approximately 2,500 soldiers, 3,000 sailors, 1,000 airmen and 3,500 Marines, under the command of Adm H. P. Smith, Commander-in- Chief, Atlantic Command. D-Day begins April 9, with PATROL DUTY—Three VP-56 SP-2H Neptunes flying in left echelon follow a routine patrol. The other three planes in the VP-56 Detachment are not shown. strikes by Air Force and Marine Corps aircraft and shore bombard- ments to "soften" enemy positions. Live ammunition will be used in this phase, on the portion of the island normally used as a target range. Following the bombard- ment, troop carrier aircraft of the Tactical Air Command will drop paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division on the island. One hour later, Leathernecks from the 4th Marine Expedition- ary Brigade will storm Vieques beaches in both amphibious and helicopter-borne vertical envelop- ment assaults. The operation will be the first Quick-Kick exercise conducted outside the continental United States. Previous exercises have been held at the Camp Lejeune- Onslow Beach area of North Ca- rolina. — (AFPS) Benny Suggs Sez: Here's a recipe for turning out a quality suggestion — Take one problem and add: 2 cups of facts . 1 cup of thought 2 tablespoons of imagination 1 pinch of zest STIR VIGOROUSLY Place on beneficial suggestion blank and drop it in a sug- gestion box. Result — One worthwhile sug- gestion. SECRETARY OF TREASURY ARRIVES—Arriving for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Icelandic-American Society held March 21 in Reykjavik at the Hotel Saga are Mr. Valdimar Bjornsson, secre- tary of the treasury of the state of Minnesota (in dark glasses) and his wife. Among the dignitaries who welcomed the couple were Mr. Konrad Axelsson, treasurer of the Society (left with briefcase) and, Dr. Benjamin Eiriksson (right), chairman of the Iceland-American Society. (Photo by Travelstead, PH3) Secretary Bjornsson Attends; Anniversary Mr. Valdimar Bjornsson, secretary of the treasury of the state of Minnesota and his wife arrived at Keflavik International Airport Saturday at 9 a.m. and were greeted at the airport by Dr. Benjamin Eiriksson, chairman of the Icelandic-American Society and Mr. Konrad Axelsson, trea- surer of the Society. The secretary and his wife are here at the invitation of the Society which celebrates its'?" 25th anniversary this month. Mr. Bjornsson was the honored guest and main speaker at the Icelandic- American Society's Dinner-Ball held at the Hotel Saga in Reykja- vik Sunday evening. Other Guests Other dignitaries present at the gala event were the President of Iceland Mr. Asgeir Asgeirsson, who was a member of the first Central Board of the Society and Ambassador of the United States, Mr. James K. Penfield. Known as "Mr. Iceland" in his native state of Minnesota, Mr. Bjornsson speaks fluent Icelandic. Besides being prominent in politics in his state, he is also active in Scandinavian affairs. Mr. Bjornsson's grandparents were settlers in Minnesota. His father, Gunnar Bjornsson, became editor of a newspaper in Minne- ota, the city where Valdimar was born. The Secretary is one of four brothers; all have been in the newspaper business and one brother currently works in public relations for a private cor- poration. Runs Against Humphrey In 1952 Mr. Bjornsson ran un- successfully for the Senate on the Republican ticket against now Vice President Hubert Humphrey. This is Mr. Bjornsson's fourth trip to Iceland since WW II. Mrs. Bjornsson is a native of Iceland and was born at Isa- fjordur. In addition to speaking at the Icelandic-American Society Din- ner-Ball Sunday night, Mr. Bjornsson spoke before a Society meeting held in Akureyri on Tuesday. He is scheduled to re- turn to the States tomorrow. New NORAD Chief Named Gen. Dean C. Strother has been named as the successor of re- tiring Gen. John K. Gerhart to head the joint Canadian-United States North American Air De- fense Command. General Strother, a native of Winfield, Kan., will assume com- mand April 1 of the 200,000 man command charged with the aero- space defense of the North Ameri- can continent. General Strother comes to NORAD from a tour of duty as the U.S. representative on the Military Committee and Standing Group of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The announcement, made from the White House after consulta- tion with the Canadian govern- ment, also stated Air Marshall C.R. Dunlap will remain as the Deputy NORAD Commander. IT'S TOM JONES NIGHT SATURDAY 27 MARCH OFFICERS CLUB

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