The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 07.10.1983, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 07.10.1983, Blaðsíða 1
pjlteJ^cow Volume 26i Number 38 NATO 3ase» Keflavik» Iceland October 7. 1983 The Naval Station's /new' C-118 aircraft suffered heavy damage during a fire last Saturday morning. The sprinklers in Hangar 885 added a unique aspect to the view of the aircraft after water caused the plane's tail to settle to the ground. (Photos by Dan) One person in custody... * New' C-118 gutted by fire The Naval Station's "new" C-118 aircraft is now, after an early Saturday morning fire of suspicious origin, heavily damaged. One sailor, apprehended near the scene by fast-acting Air Force Security personnel, remains in custody. At about 5:30 Saturday morning the fire call went out. The Naval Station's Fire De- partment arrived to find much of the air- craft's interior on fire. Hall dor Marteins- son, the ground fire commander who was among the first departmental personnel on the scene, describes those first critical moments in attacking the fire. "When we arrived the (hangar) doors were closed and when I entered the building I could see the fire was inside the aircraft. The rear door was open and fire was coming out... and the whole interior of the plane, especially in the rear, was engulfed in flame. We began • to attack the fire from inside with hose lines. The outside sprink- lers in the building were working and they helped us a lot." Although the fire department quickly brought the fire under control, thus reduc- ing the danger to other aircraft which were inside the hangar and to the hangar itself, the fire continued to smolder for hours. Through much of Saturday a department fire watch monitored the aircraft should a rekindling of the fire occur. CAPT Eric McVadon, Naval Station command- ing officer, was on the scene early and was one of the first people inside the still smoldering interior to personally inspect the damage. The captain described the scene and the overall effect as "a heart- breaking experience" for all personnel as- signed to the Keflavik NATO Base. "It seems to me right now," he said in the Saturday morning aftermath of the tra- gedy "that is is not likely the plane will ever fly again. This is the 'new' C-118 that we flew in here last night. That was a very proud moment for us when the plane came around the corner of the hangar. Of course, our flight crew and maintenance people were very proud... all of the sys- tems were working; we were elated because the plane was all that we hoped," he said. "Everything looked so rosy, but, of course, things look so very different this morning," he said with a note of resigna- tion and disappointment in his voice. "How- ever, there are some very positive things. A fire like this, to have been contained within the aircraft, as our fire and crash crew did, is probably a phenomenal thing in itself." (See C-118 FIRE, Page 4) Varied Navy Week activities planned Special sporting events, trips, shows, movies and ceremonies to commemorate the Navy's 208th birthday will commence today through next Thursday for all Department of Defense personnel and their dependents. The base gym offers a vintage (old tim- ers) basketball game between the officers and chiefs today at 4:30 p.m. And there will be a double-elimination racquetball tournament beginning today and ending Sun- day for both men and women. Anyone inter- ested in representing the NATO Base in the CINCNAVEUR tournament, to be held at a later date, must participate in this event in or- der to establish eligibility. A Fall Run Off will be held on Saturday at the base gym. This event, which begins at 10 a.m., will consist of an open competi- tion and an over-40 age group. There will be both a four- and a six-mile run. You can register for this event any time up to the run. On Sunday there will be an intramural swim meet for all interested personnel. It will begin at 2 p.m. A bicycle race is scheduled for Sunday morning at 10, starting from the base gym. The race is over a 30-mile course. Registration for all gym-sponsored events -- except the basketball game -- is $3. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of all events and all participants will re- ceive Navy Week T-shirts. For more infor- mation and to sign up, contact the base gym at 4588 or 5191. Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) De- partment will sponsor red pin bowling Fri- day through Sunday from 6-11 p.m. each day. MWR is also offering, through the Tour Of- fice, tours to Amsterdam and the Westmann Islands and there will be a shopping trip to Reykjavik on Monday at 9 a.m. Contact the Tour Office -- at 4200 — for more de- tails. The DOD-sponsored show "Queens" comes to the Windbreaker tonight at 8. The group will appear at the US0 tomorrow at 3 p.m. and at Rockville at 8 p.m. The Youth Center -- from 3-5 p.m. today — is having a birthday party for children from kindergarten age through 5th grade. There will be a cake, games end other ac- tivities. In the evening, from 6:30-11, 6th through 12th graders are invited to at- tend a formal Navy Ball. On Wednesday, a challenge match of war ball will pit Navy dependents against Air Force, Marine and other dependent challen- gers for the championship. Ongoing throughout the week, the Youth Center with the KCP0A -- Keflavik Chief Petty Officers Association -- will again be sponsoring a Navy Week Poster Contest. Prizes will be awarded for the best posters depicting Navy life drawn by young artists from kindergarten age through 8th grade. The judging will be held on Wednesday and the winners will be announced Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Not to be outdone, the Puffin Preschool will display exhibits of their art work to- day from 3-5 p.m. Refreshments will be served and there will be free helium-filled balloons for the children. The show will also be open Saturday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (See WEEK, Page 10) RUMOR CONTROL It was announced earlier this week that the contract airline Arrow Air, which began making the Wednesday morning "ro- tator" runs from the U.S. to Keflavik and the return flights, will continue throughout the month of October.

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