The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 11.02.1977, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 11.02.1977, Blaðsíða 1
White Falcon Volume XXXIII Number 6 Keflavik, Iceland February 11, 1977 57th FIS tests anti-exposure suits Five hardy volunteers from the 57th I Fighter Interceptor Squadron, entered |he frigid waters of Lisco Bay, near Rafnir, for operational tests of life support equipment, Feb. 4. All 57th FIS aircrews wore anti-expo- sure suits, made of waterproof materi-' als, to increase their chances of sur- vival in the North Atlantic waters. Of particular interest in this evaluation was the performance of the ventile mate- rial of which the anti-exposure suit is constructed. This space-age material is woven to allow passage of air when dry, but, when immersed in water, the cloth seals to become completely waterproof. Anti-exposure suits, made of the new fabric, herald a new era in crew comfort and enhance survivability for aircrews downed in frigid arctic waters. Captain Carl Decker, Captain Pat Gan- dee, Lieutenant Karl Schneider, Lieuten- ant Donn Flinn and Senior Airman Dave Morgan plunged into the 35 degree water to gather data that will be forwarded to the Air Force Research and Development Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH. The test participants experienced a variety of effects from the nearly freezing water. Numbness of the feet and hands, along with degraded motor re- flexes were noted by most participants. Vital body functions of the test sub- jects were monitored by the Air Force Flight Surgeon, Major (Dr.) Charles M. Girard, who helped to ensure the com- plete safety of the test participants. Pararescuemen from Detachment 14, 39th Air Rescue and Recovery Wing, also par- ticipated as safety monitors. This test marks another step in a continuing program to provide Air Force flight crews the best possible chances for survival In the severe climatic con- ditions encountered in the Air Force's global mission. TO TEST THE NEW ANTI-EXPOSURE SUITS, Captain Pat Gandee and Senior Andy Moser simulate actual conditions. Ai rman »_-* Norwegian guests visit VP-45; tour Iceland Defense Force A group of senior Norwegian military officers and government officials vis- ited Patrol Squadron FORTY-FIVE as part of an Iceland Defense Force orientation tour last week. Major General Johan Berg, who is the Commandant of the Norwegian National De- fense College, led the group of senior officers from the Royal Norwegian Army, Navy and Air Force. Senior government officials repre- sented the Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Police, Education and Ecclesiastical Affairs and the Norwegian Defense Command Head- quarters. Rear Admiral Karl J. Bernstein, Com- mander Iceland Defense Force, welcomed the Norwegian visitors. Following the admiral's remarks, the Norwegians re- ceived a briefing on IDF operations and activities. Then they visited the Ice- land Anti-Submarine Warfare Team, VP-45 and its Tactical Support Center , after which included an overview of the Kef- lavik based ASW team operations at the TSC. The Norwegian guests also viewed a static display of VP-45's P-3C "Orion" aircraft. Commander Stephen F. Loftus, VP-45 commanding officer, welcomed the tour group. Lieutenant Tom Creath and Lieutenant junior grade Alan Harms, Orion tactical coordinators, along with Orion Plane commanders, Lieutenant Tom Snyder and Lieutenant Chris Beloncik, as well as Aviation Electronics Tech- nicians Wayne Pasanen and Steve Barbee explained the aircraft's systems and capabilities. W The Norwegian Air Force operates Lockheed ASW aircraft from two bases in Norway. However, the Norwegian P-3's are the original Alfa model which do.' not have the safe computerized, in- tegrated sensor data processing of the VP-45 Charlie model P-3. From their bases in Norway, the Norwegians patrol the southern Barents Sea off the coast of northern Norway. Exchange ideas Cdr. Loftus thanked the Norwegian of- ficers and officials by saying, "Vis- its such as these are an invauable op- portunity to exchange ideas between mem- bers of the NATO Team, which help to promote the spirit of cooperation be- tween allies." The VP-45 Pelicans have hosted sev- eral foreign military visitors before their deployment to Kefalvik. While in Jacksonville, FL (their homeport) they hosted the Chief of Staff of the French Navy, who is the French equiva- lent of the Chief of Naval Operations. Patrol Squadron FORTY-FIVE continues to extend its cooperation among allies by scheduling liaison flights to NATO mari- time air facilities in northern Europe. The visits, in addition to promoting the spirit of cooperation, also have an added benefit to flight safety. North- ern European maritime air facilities serve as weather alternates for Pelican aircraft unable to land in Iceland be- cause of severe weather. Following lunch, the Norwegians vis- ited the 57th Fighter Intercepter Squadron, touring its alert facility and hanger area. Then the Norwegians visit- ed Detachment 14 to observe IDF Search and Rescue Teams. AF sergeants propose benny suggs Air Force Sergeants James A. Watson, 57th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, In- struments Maintenance Branch, and Charles E. Owens, Vehicle Operations Supervisor for Air Forces Iceland, re- cently received $660. Colonel William E. Lindeman, Air Forces Iceland Commander, recognized them for their ideas they submitted through the suggestion program. Although many personnel at Keflavik have received cash awards in quite some "time, TSgt. Owens suggested that truck bodies from salvaged trucks on the Nav- al Station be used to convert chassis on Air Forces trucks, instead of using new truck chassis. This meant that no mon- ey would be spent for procuring new chassis or for delivery charges. SSgt. Owens estimated that approximately $9,137, plus about two months time would be saved, using his suggestion. SSgt. Watson's suggestion improved repair procedures on the Air Data Com- puter for the F-4 aircraft. His pro- posed procedure reduces repair time Vy approximately four hours per computer and also increases the reliability of the work. It is applicable to all mo- dels of the F-4. As it turned out, everyone benefit- ted from these suggestions, the spokes- man commented. The Air Force saved approximately $9,000; the jobs were completed quicker and the suggestors not only saved time but also received money for their ideas. The suggestions program benefits everyone and it can pay a big bonus when making a good, sound suggestion, just ask TSgt. Owens and SSgt. Watson. Afterwards, they saw the Keflavik Base Operations Department. Admiral Bernstein, in a message to all those who participated in the Nor- wegian visit, expressed his sincere ap- preciation for their special efforts which made the visit a success. He con- veyed to all personnel the appreciation of both the Royal Norwegian Ambassador to Iceland, the Honorable Olav Lydvo and Major General Johan Berg. EXPLAINING THE NEW P-3C ORION SYSTEMS, Lieutenant Tim Creath guides the Norwegian visitors through the airplane. Valentine's Day - fa matter of the heart' Have you ever stopped to think of the endless expressions, poems and songs about the heart? When you are depressed you are "sick at heart", a vocalist sings out "here is my heart" and the poet warns "give crowns and pounds and guineas, but not your heart away". For centuries people have been fas- cinated by the heart. Ancient legends and myths are still perpetuated in the modern observance of Valentine's Day. Feb. 14 is a tribute to the heart, the symbol of love and life. On February 14, 270 AD, a Roman priest, Saint Valentine, was put to death because he refused to pay tribute to pagan gods. The Roman Catholic Church canonized him as a martyr. The date of his death coincided with the Roman feast of the Luperalia, when youths chose their sweethearts for the following year by drawing lots. Today, we celebrate Valentine's Day by sending cards and gifts to loved ones. February 14 will always be "an affair of the heart". JO-vehicle inspection The JO—numbered vehicle inspec- tion continues Monday through Thurs- day from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. at the base motor pool car wash, Bldg. T- 507. The schedule is as follows: Monday—JO-4795 JO-5069 Tuesday—JO-5080 JO-5351 Wednesday—JO-5352 JO-5560 Thursday—JO-5571 JO-5752

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