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We have learned of the passing of 61-Delta Classmate Major Carl Goolsby, USAF (Ret)


Carl was born on March 19, 1937 and passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2018.
Carl was a resident of Suwanee, Georgia at the time of passing. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Shadowbrook Church, Suwanee, GA with Rev. Bobby Linkous and Rev. Jerrod Rumley officiating.
Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Hunter's Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Carnesville, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, October 15, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Carl trained with 61-Delta at Bainbridge AB, GA, and earned his USAF Pilot's Wings with Class 61-Delta at Vance AFB, OK.

Our belated condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the Goolsby Family.

LtCol Thomas R. Nordstrom, USAF (Ret)

Thomas R. Nordstrom passed away October 4, 2018.

Thomas R. Nordstrom Thomas R. Nordstrom, 81, of Hilton Head Island died on Thursday October 4, 2018 at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center. He was born on May 24, 1937 in Oak Park, Illinois to the late Roy and Annette Nordstrom. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Elena Nordstrom after 48 years of marriage.
He was a devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed by friends and family alike.
Tom was a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. After graduating he joined in the United States Air Force, he was a pilot, a member of the Air Commandos, and a Vietnam Veteran.
With his active duty and as a reservist Tom retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and served his country for over 30 years.
Along with his military service Tom was an Airline Pilot for TWA for 30 years.
He was a Captain flying the DC9 and prior to retirement served as a Check Air Captain.
He is survived by his children, Matthew, Anne and Sylvia Nordstrom; granddaughter Nina Elena Nordstrom; and brother and sister-in-law, Pete and Joie Nordstrom. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday October 27, 2018 at 10:30 am at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Greater Carolinas MS Chapter, 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27609. Arrangements by the Island Funeral Home and Crematory.

Thomas trained with 61-Delta at Malden AFB, MO, and earned his USAF Pilot's Wings with Class 61-Delta at Laredo AFB, TX.

Our belated condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the Nordstrom Family.

We have also learned of the passing of 61-Delta Classmate Lt Col Thomas A. Gilkeson USAF (Ret)


Thomas Andrew Gilkeson died on Monday May 28th 2012 at Jackson Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Julia (Judy); son David and his wife Kary of Marietta, GA and his children Ashleigh, Julia, Josie, Zackary and Amy and Megan Jones; his daughter Susan and her husband Jeff Key and their daughters Caroline, Katherine and Anne.
He was preceded in death by his son Thomas Andrew Gilkeson, Jr. He was a very faithful member of First United Methodist Church and the tower class as well as active member of the Montgomery Kiwanis club.
Tom retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Air Force and retired as Director of Research for the Alabama Department of Corrections

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser from May 30 to May 31, 2012

Thomas trained with 61-Delta at Malden AB, MO and earned his USAF Pilot's Wings with Class 61-Delta at Webb AFB, TX.

Our belated condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the Gilkeson Family.


click anywhere on photo for latest news on the Boeing KC-46 Tanker Program

Current situation.

The Air Force plans to buy 179 of the KC-46.
Once it begins receiving them, the service will start phasing out its older KC-10 tankers.
It will hold on to 300 of its KC-135 tankers, which average 55 years old.
That would expand the tanker fleet to 479 KC-135s and KC-46s from the current 455 KC-135s and KC-10s.

Under their contract, Boeing is responsible for costs beyond the Air Force's $4.82 billion commitment. But delays in delivery could mean the Air Force will have to keep 19 KC-135s in service through 2023 at a cost of up to $10 million a plane annually.

Although the service could accept its first tankers with unresolved category-1 deficiencies, officials have been reluctant to do so.

The five existing category-1 issues are:

Visibility problems with the tanker’s remote vision system, or RVS, which Boeing is hoping to resolve via a software fix.
Scraping of the receiver aircraft by the KC-46 boom, which Boeing and the Air Force believe will be resolved once the RVS is corrected.
A mechanical lock on the centerline drogue system sometimes inadvertently disconnects during a refueling. Boeing plans to fix this with a software update.
The flight control stick sometimes induces loads on the boom while it is in contact with a receiver aircraft and does not convey that information to the boom operator.
The boom of the aircraft is sometimes too stiff during some portions of the refueling process.
The Air Force and Boeing have not announced how they will try to resolve the latter two deficiencies.

The most serious problem facing the tanker has been the risk of its refueling boom scraping the surface of planes receiving fuel, which can damage stealth aircraft and potentially ground the tanker.

A major problem — this time a "category one" deficiency — arose during testing in late 2016, when the refueling boom was found to have scraped the surface of the aircraft taking on fuel.

Though the damage was minor, the problem not only posed a threat to the aircrews involved but also risked compromising the low-observable coating on stealth aircraft like the F-22 and F-35 fighters or B-2 bombers. A KC-46 with a refueling boom contaminated by stealth coating may also have to be grounded.

Other issues include the operation of the remote vision system, which is used to guide the boom; problems with the unexpected disconnection of its centerline drogue system, which is used to refuel aircraft; and concerns about the plane's high-frequency radio, which uses the skin of the plane to broadcast. The latter two issues were downgraded to category-two deficiencies earlier this year.

The first new deficiency, which the service has labeled “No Indication of Inadvertent Boom Loads,” refers to situations where boom operators unintentionally provide an input into the flight control stick that induces loads on the boom while it is in contact with a receiver aircraft. The KC-46 currently has no way to notify that operator that this is happening.

The second deficiency was found when pilots of receiver aircraft reported that the boom is too stiff during the part of the process when the receiver plane moves forward into the fuel transfer zone.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has been publicly dismissive of the Boeing’s progress, telling lawmakers that the company has perhaps been too focused on its lucrative commercial business to give the tanker program the attention it deserves.

Huge, high-flying 'pseudo-satellite' will stay up for months

The Odysseus built by Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences of Manassas, Virginia,
is one of the biggest unpiloted aircraft ever built.
Powered by six electric powered propellers.
Fueled only by hundreds of solar panels and onboard rechargeable batteries.

click anywhere on the photo to read the story
NBC l Mach Aurora Flight Sciences

Car companies knew Takata airbags were dangerous, suit alleges

Takata airbags being installed on 70 million cars even while being recalled!
Takata agrees to $1B fine for hiding airbag defect
CBCNews |Business

BUT NOW IT'S NOT JUST DEFECTIVE TAKATA AIRBAGS or VW DIESELS...Find out more by clicking on this photo link:

click anywhere on the photo to read the story

photo- carcomplaints .com


Is your car being recalled?

Find out by clicking on this link: Click here to go to the "" website.

Links to complaints and investigations are also available on this site.

Your vehicle VIN number can be found on your insurance verification document (Security Verification Form)!

F-86 Drivers...more info about this famous warbird.

Painting by Wilf Hardy

Retired LtCol J.R. Alley, F-86 Sabre Association president, informs us that the F-86 web manager, Eric Yocum, has added huge amounts of F-86 info and the Korean War since we first put on the link to the F-86 website.
It might be of interest to you to browse around it again.

Click on the photo to visit the website.

61-Delta classmate Ken Brodeen Bainbridge and Reese has retired from a busy San Antonio real estate career...
to fully exercise his unique skills and training as an artist.

His website has information about the artist, his training, as well as his artistic talent on display with various of his works.

This is an example of an aircraft work titled "Thirsty Huns"

but the majority of his work captures something much more serene and quieter than aircraft.

Living in Texas for the last 40 years, Ken is still fascinated by the spaciousness of rural areas...
...and strives to portray their heart and soul as in his work "Bend In The Road":

Take some time to look at Ken's website to appreciate his talent for doing just that.

Ever wonder how Boeing produces over FORTY 737 airplanes a month?

A train arrives with the main body in the morning.

They turn them out about one every 18 hours and every part is supplied by the lowest cost supplier.

Really Amazing: A must watch for all aviation maintenance personnel - The Boeing 737 Assembly Line -
This is why Boeing is on track to achieve its previously announced production rate of 52 airplanes per month in 2018.

click anywhere on the photo to watch fascinating 3 ˝ minute Youtube video



Cruise AV is GM's first car to be built without a steering wheel...or other conventional controls!

Photo General Motors

click anywhere on the photo to read the article in WIRED about the ultimate autonomous car currently in production.



MedlinePlus Trusted Health Information for You:
A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine... From the National Institutes of Health,NIH.
The A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations, as well as information on drugs and supplements.

Thanks Frank for recommending this website!


Here's a link to another website related to the USAF Museum. It includes photos of every aircraft pilots in 61-Delta flew in their careers!
The site includes a total of 215 photos of aircraft ranging from the 1909 "Wright Military Flyer" to the B-2 "Spirit".

Pay no attention to the map of the museum on this site, it is dated 2010!


This applies to all three formats...Use the clickable links that Chuck has emailed to you, or contact either Dave Roberts, or Chuck for the clickable links,or help with rosters.

Helping my fellow octogenarians understand life:

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