The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 15.04.1977, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 15.04.1977, Blaðsíða 1
White Falcon Volume XXXIII Number 75 Keflavik. Iceland April 15, 1977 Until 'baker's man' arrives REACHING INTO THE OVEN, Gay Taylor and Karen McMillan prepare bread at the 932nd Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron Dining Hall Kitchen. Assisting them are Betty Curl, Elaine Meyer and June Young (left to right), (photo by Lieu- tenant Colonel James G. Young). Volunteers rescue 'sweet tooth' A baker's wife allergic to flour? Resulting from this occupational hazard, Rockville and Naval Receiver Site personnel would have had no baked desserts since December. To fill in for the missing baker, a group of volunteers have willingly pro- vided such pastry. Some volunteers who participated are: Gay Taylor, Karen McMillan, Betty Curl, Elaine Meyer and June Young. Others who contributed are Ellen Jared and Maggie Tierney. Until a new military baker was as- signed, a number' of wives and even a visiting mother from the states have donated time and skills weekly. Through their efforts, 200 Rock- villites have been supplied with cakes, pies and other desserts. According to Mrs. June Young, wife of Lieutenant Colonel James G. Young, 932nd Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron commander, this beneficial contribution has been one of the most rewarding things they have ever done after seeing the happy expressions on their faces. Arriving last week, the Rockville • site has its own resident military baking specialist who, of course, will have several assistants at his disposal if needed. The site's "baker's man" is Sergeant Michael J. Walker, who will be stationed at the site for a year. The new baked goodie producer specializes in cookies, cakes, pies and sweet rolls. Sgt. Walker remarks about his potential patrons, "The people at Rockville seem to be really nice. It is a very closely knit organiza- tion." 'Murphy's Law' keeps 57th FIS Maintenance Division on its toes The glamour of flight traditionally belongs to those who fly. There is a tendency to forget that modern aircraft are complex machines with thousands of parts and thousands of things that can go wrong. No flier would fly very long without a skilled maintenance crew backing him up. The pilots of the 57th Fighter Inter- ceptor Squadron place their trust in the seven officers and 334 enlisted men and women of the 57th Maintenance division. The job isn't an easy one. The F-4C "Phantoms" and T-33 "T-birds" of the 57th are subject to tremendous stresses. A Phantom, for example, cruises at twice the speed of a bullet from a .45 caliber automatic. This stress, aggravated by adverse weather conditions pushes the average maintenance time on each of the NEWS BRIEFS Flea Market Tickets are now being sold through the month of April only, for Family Services Super Drawing. You can buy the 50 cents tickets from a volunteer. - Daily at the Commissary Store - Saturdays and paydays at the Main Exchange - At the Top of the Rock, Tuesday night bingo. There are 40 prizes offered, so this could be your lucky day. Windbreaker The Windbreaker Club will host an Hawaiian Luau on April 30. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. A floor show will follow at 9 p.m. PTO meeting A general membership meeting of the A. T. Mahan Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. All parents and teachers are welcome. Item to be considered are: Approval of the 1977-78 PTO budget, selection of a scholarship committee and selection of a nominating committee. 57th's fighters to 50 manhours of labor per flight hour. The key word at 57th Maintenance is teamwork. Since no one man can hope to know everything about a machine as ad- vanced and complicated as a modern jet, the job is divided up. Different specialists work on different systems within the aircraft. For example, one of the most impor- tant parts of a Phantom is its inertial guidance system (IGS). The IGS is an on-board computer which keeps track of the aircraft's position, based on mea- surements of forces acting on certain instruments. It sounds complicated, and it is. When a pilot reports trouble with that particular "black box" it is removed from the plane and taken to an electronics shop, adjacent to the hangar which is specially equipped to diagnose and repair the problem. Another critical component of the Phantom is the Weapons Control System (WCS), better known as the airborne radar system. This package contains some of the most sophisticated com- ponents in the F-4. Without this system, the 57th aircrews could not perform their primary mission of interception and identification of unknown aircraft which enter Icelandic airspace. Hence, when the aircrew discovers a problem with the radar, WCS technicians apply maximum effort to correct the problem immediately. Similar separate shops work on weapons, communications, propulsion, life support and other systems. Some are physically removed for work; others are left in the airframe. The Job Control Office coordinates these activities. In addition to staying constantly up-to-date on the operational status of each of the 57th's aircraft, JCO keeps tabs on aerospace ground sup- port vehicles. It also feeds parts re- quirements to Air Forces Iceland Supply. Maintenance is an around-the-clock job. Soon after landing until immedi- ately before takeoff, 57th Maintenance personnel are never very far from the planes. Someday, computers may replace men as pilots, and the day of the glamorous aviator will draw to a close. But, to maintenance crews, the robot pilot would be just one more thing to fix. Staff Sergeant Robert Curtis of Plans and Scheduling reviews the previous day's documentation of flights to ensure that all applicable data is correct. .1 Technical Sergeant Kenneth Warwin from WCS Shop and Technical Sergeant Horace Cheek from the Electronics Shop check out a wire bundle in the left variramp of an F-4C aircraft.

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