UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

PILOT TRAINING CLASS 61-DELTA

THE WEBSITE FOR USAF PILOT TRAINING CLASS 61-D


We maintain this site because no official records of our class are accessible through USAF channels.

If the memories of our past are not passed on, for all intents and purposes they cease to exist.
It was worth doing...it is worth remembering...
Our participation in the United States Air Force Pilot Training Program was a life altering event. We feel it worthy of recollection.
During this training we knew that we were in the company of a special breed of young men.
Men of courage. Men destined to lead others in time of adventure and danger.
This site recounts part of the start of that adventure.
It keeps class members up to date on class reunion information and current news about classmates.
It also informs visitors about the class...and it may inspire others to earn their wings.


The database for the class is currently maintained by the webmasters in three popular formats (html, xls, and pdf).
If you are a member of the class and desire a current roster (with addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses) via e-mail,
click here to contact Chuck Nettle



You are on our primary site: 61-D.ORG
Click here to visit our primary site from the entry page. ...It is the only remaining original unchanged page.
61-D.ORG has no pop-ups, no banners, no cookies and no ads that distract and waste your time. We will endeavor to keep it that way.
Our original site was provided by free service GeoCities-Yahoo in 1995. It served us well for 14 years, but is no longer available.
Another free cite was provided by Fortunecity. It served us well for 13 years, but it also is no longer available.

The site originally was built and contained entirely on one 1.44 MB floppy diskette!
Todays website is hosted starting in 2002 by "GoDaddy" and would require over 125 such diskettes.


This is your website.

We invite your comments and suggestions on what you would like to see.
...and please nitpick the errors, it's the best way we find them.

TECHNICAL NOTE:

Since the creation of 61-D.ORG, this website has been accessed and viewed by folks using:
at least 40 variations, or combinations of browsers and operating sytems up to and including Windows 10 and its many updates.
We test as many of these as possible, but, we need your input if you are experiencing any difficulty viewing any portion of the site...thanks.


AND YOU CAN BLAME US FOR ALL YOU SEE:

WE GATHERED THE EXTENSIVE INITIAL ROSTER DATA FROM SCRATCH

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DAVE and LYNNE ROBERTS


I DESIGNED THE ORIGINAL GEOCITIES PAGE LAYOUT (AND TAUGHT CHUCK ALL HE KNOWS ABOUT IT)

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MARC, BETTY and "TAB" TABYANAN


YOUR WEBMASTERS

WE PUT IT INTO IBM FORMAT AND ON THE NET

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CHUCK and POOH NETTLE


For 23 years until his death in 2018, GIL UNANGST collaborated on the website.
Keeping all class data current, tracking E-mail addresses and providing current rosters.
Using an Email package he designed, Gil kept the class informed with news.

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TAMMIE and GIL UNANGST


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

The roster data base contained on these pages was the brain child of Dave Roberts. Dave compiled and maintained the information by hand for quite a while, then put it on the Apple Computer before most of us knew what an Apple Computer was. Chuck assumed the the job on an interim basis in 1988. Converting to IBM format and eventually building the website in 1995.

Gil Unangst brought his communications and other creative skills onboard in 1995.
Gil provided updates of all 378 class members on rosters until his death in 2018.
Gil kept the class informed of news via email to 166 members using email.

Dave Roberts has taken over keeping the class database updated. He will provide current class rosters to all classmates.
Future email to the class will come from Dave.

Thanks to the four men and their wives who organized the very first reunion (1973 San Diego) of Class 61-D:
Dave Roberts, Fran Pieri, Ed Collins, and Larry O'Day.

Thanks also to all those classmates and their wives (who probably did most of the work) that have kept the data current while hosting subsequent reunions.

Our special thanks to Enrique Tabyanan. He is a great teacher and without his help, this website would not exist.

Thanks to the USAF Thunderbirds for the use of their motion .gif files.

"T-37 On the numbers" by Keith Ferris.

Aviation Cadet photos courtesy of Gale Webb and Ted Tweet.

Aircraft photos are courtesy of Ted Tweet, Gil Unangst, and the Air Force Museum.

The eagle, goldwall images and casualty data are courtesy of The Wall-USA. (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Homepage)

Copyright 2018 Chuck Nettle, Gil Unangst, and Dave Roberts


Send e-mail with questions and/or comments to Chuck Nettle...or...Dave Roberts