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This F6F Hellcat Pilot and his Puppy were Inseparable until he was shot down over Indochina
‘Rabbit’ Moranville and ‘Gunner’ were inseparable until Moranville was shot down over Indochina in January 1945. On the afternoon of Jan. 12, 1945, VF-11 ‘Sundowners’ F6F Hellcats launched from USS Hornet (CV-12) to attack Tan Son Nhut airport, in French Indochina. Armed with 0.50-cal machine guns and 5-inch High-Velocity Aerial Rockets (HVARs),...
"On this first training mission, while on a navigation leg at 35,000 feet, the pilot got out of his seat for a break. This left me alone and in control of the airplane. I mentally did a little shoulder dance, reveling that I now controlled this giant bomber!," Jay Lacklen, former B-52 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former B-52 pilot...
On Sep. 16, 1991 SAC eliminated the gunner position and deactivated the guns on the B-52 as a cost reducing initiative As we have previously reported, on May 12, 2017, CMSgt (Ret.) Robbie Wellbaum, the U.S. Air Force’s last B-52 Stratofortress (BUFF) aerial defensive gunner retired marking the end of an era. Now the footage in this post tells Wellbaum story. When he...
Over his career Chief Master Sgt. Rob Wellbaum logged over 6,500 flight hours with over 1000 flight hours on the B-52 On May 12, 2017 the U.S. Air Force’s last B-52 Stratofortress (BUFF) aerial defensive gunner will retire marking the end of an era. Twenty-five years after his first career field was retired, Chief Master Sgt. Rob Wellbaum, 15th Operations Group...