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We have learned of the passing of 61-Delta Classmate Juan H. Benjamin




Juan trained with 61-Delta at Bartow AB, Florida.


Col Juan H. Benjamin, USAF (Ret)

Juan Benjamin born October 30, 1938 passed away September 17, 2017.

Obituary...Published in The Huntsville Times

Juan grew up in Fort Madison, Iowa, and graduated from Aquinas High School.
He also graduated from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology at St. Louis University.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Carol Benjamin. His Daughters, Alison Benjamin(Alan Brewer) and Kirsten Perry (Daniel); and Sons, Father Matthew Benjamin, Lucas Benjamin, and Marcus Benjamin. and 2 grandchildren Steven Perry and Evan Christopher.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Lucille Benjamin, his brother Patrick, and his son Juan Jr. Loving Husband, Father and Brother.
Juan died peacefully in his home after a long battle with cancer surrounded by his wife and children.
Juan was an active member of the St. Johns Parish for the last 17 years. He served 23 years in the United States Air Force where he rose to the rank of Colonel before retireing and going into the private sector to work for Martin Marrietta and Boeing as a Project Manager and Engineer.
He has gone on to his reward and will be greatly missed. Visitation with Rosary service was from 6pm to 8pm on Friday Evening September 15, At St John the Baptist Catholic Church. Funeral Mass was held at St John the Baptist Catholic Church on Saturday September 16 at 11:00 AM.

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



We have learned of the passing of 61-Delta Classmate Benjamin A. Firth




Benjamin trained with 61-Delta at Bartow AB, FL, and earned his USAF Pilot's Wings with Class 61-Delta at Webb AFB, TX.


Major Benjamin A. Firth, USAF (Ret)

Benjamin Firth born October 18, 1934 passed away December 12, 2017.

Obituary...
Benjamin Alfred Firth, 83, of Littleton, North Carolina passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Duke University, NC.
Born in Warren, Pennsylvania on October 18, 1934, he was the son of the late Albert and Viola (Nelson) Firth.
Benjamin grew up in the Lander area and was a member of Lander United Methodist Church.
He graduated from San Franciso State College and served in the US Air Force for 20 years where he was a pilot serving during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of Major.
He also was a corporate pilot for many years.
He was an All American in Fencing at Fenn College in Cleveland, Ohio ( now Cleveland State College) which later led to his training for the Olympic team in 1956 in pentathlon.
Surviving is his wife of 60 years, Cecile (Hanks) Firth whom he married Plainview, TX; 1 daughter, Nancy (Terry) Firth Raines of Midlothian, VA; 1 grandaughter, Allyson (Wes) Raines Anderson of Leesburg, VA; 1 sister, Susie Zimmerman of Warren, PA; 1 brother, Tom (Karen) Firth of Lander, PA; 1 niece, Julie; 2 nephews, Ben and Jonathan; and several cousins.
Friends will be received Wednesday from noon to 2 pm at the Sugar Grove Branch of McKinney Funeral Homes, 117 Main Street, where a funeral and committal service will follow at 2 pm with Rev. Terry Raines, officiating and assisted by Julie Firth Thomas.
Burial will be in Foster Cemetery in Lander and will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Lander United Methodist Church.
Family and friends may send condolences at www.mckinneyfuneral.com

Published by McKinney Funeral Homes,

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



LET'S TAKE A "DRIVE" DOWN MEMORY LANE


What was your first car?

One of our classmates' first car that he bought... also turns out to be his latest car purchase!

Here' Clem Clements $tory:

click anywhere on the photo to read Clem's memory

Bet you remember your first car...!

Perhaps not so fondly as Clem!

A Critical Intel Flaw Breaks Basic Security for Most Computers !

This is a "must read" article for anyone that owns a computer!

click anywhere on the photo to read the Andy Greenberg article.

WIRED


IS THIS THE CHEVROLET IN YOUR FUTURE?

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.

WIRED


AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES ARE COMING TO A STREET NEAR YOU...


maybe sooner than you think!

$135 million autonomous test center opens in Michigan

Multiple companies have a new place to test their driverless cars

Ford, Visteon, Toyota, AT&T, and Hyundai will do testing here...
on the site of the World War-II B-24 aircraft production facility.

click anywhere on the photo to read the Motor Trend article.

Motor Trend

The former Castle AFB in California, where many 61-D pilots trained in B-52 and KC-135 aircraft,
is also now the location for Google and Waymo to have an extensive autonomous vehicle testing facility.

click anywhere on the photo to read the article.

Slate

HOWEVER...
THESE TEST CENTER FACILITIES ARE AIMED FOR THE FUTURE...
WHY THE AUTONOMOUS CAR SOCIETY IS STILL DECADES AWAY

HOPON...the future is here ?
The city of Las Vegas is expanding its experiment with autonomous technology, offering members of the public free rides on a self-driving shuttle bus making stops in the city’s congested downtown. The shuttle will only make three stops on its 0.6-mile loop, but its operators are calling it “the largest self-driving pilot project in the US.”

click anywhere on the photo to read the article explaining the challenges.

MOTOR TREND


F-86 SABRE PILOTS ASSOCIATION

For those in 61-D that flew the F-86 - Here's your link to the definitive F-86 website!

Just click anywhere on the F-86 photo to enjoy browsing the site:

A painting by Wilf Hardy (7 July 1938 - 2016)
Thanks JR


Enlisted combat pilots?
The Air Force is launching a test that could lead to that.

This is the communication from the Commander, 2nd AF that started the thinking

Click here to read the AirForce Times article

AirForceTimes

...or how about this version:

No, The Air Force Isn’t Really Bringing Back Enlisted Pilots

Click here to read this interpretation

Task&Purpose


AUTO RECALLS ARE STILL FRONT PAGE NEWS ALMOST DAILY !
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

THE CARS AND REASONS FOR RECALLS!

Is your car being recalled?

Find out by clicking on this link: Click here to go to the "safercar.gov" 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)!


PLUS...


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!


LINKS TO URL's OF GENERAL INTEREST

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!



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