| Bob Elliott|
The A-7D was the first military aircraft I worked on in the 178 TFG (Jul 1979 - Dec 1981), until I went active duty. Now retired after working the A-10 for 14 years on the F-16 for 12 years. Am now on to my second career as a professor and director of a baccalaureate degree program in aviation in New Mexico. Like they say: you can take the man out of aviation, but you can't take aviation out of the man!
12/27/2012 @ 09:29 [ref: 55390]
| Michael Kelly|
San Angelo, Texas
My father flew with the 178th in the 1950s and early 1960s. I believe he flew F-51s at first and then F-86s. I used to go to work with him in the ops room when he wasn't flying and have very fond memories of all the people there. The 162nd gave him an Emud radio when he retired in 1962 and I still have it — and it still works. I'd be pleased to hear from anyone who knew him at that time. He was Maj. Mack Kelly.
07/09/2010 @ 18:05 [ref: 9660]
| tony del prato|
1967 lockheed air service.worked on several of your f84 s.1974 joined 116th at dobbins arb ga.h.alltop visited here yrs ago.love springfield
07/09/2010 @ 13:37 [ref: 9659]
I was a mechanic on the F-84's from 1965 until they were phased out around 1970. They were fun to work on. Note that these planes did not have afterburners, and took a lot of runway to get off the ground (except the one I saw that took off with JATO bottles strapped on).
Also worked around the T-33's and the old C-47 we had out there. Long live the 178th!
09/13/2007 @ 08:14 [ref: 6309]
| The Great Carlini|
Shelby Twp., Michigan
I grew up in Yellow Springs in the 1960's . Back in the day, I remember the 178th OANG jets blasting over the town, full AB, wide friggin' open, 300-500 yds over the house. I could hear the rumble of the launch, and I knew which bearing to look towards. I'd see y'all, two jets, in pairs, knowing that the sight of the jets was a few seconds ahead of the sound. I'm sure the vintage F-84 on the plinth was one of those monsters of the day. CKG
01/30/2007 @ 19:52 [ref: 5580]
| Richard E Bruce|
San Diego, California
For some information about the 162nd FIS at Vanda lia and Springfield in the 1950s go to aeromuseum.org and click on mustang restoration.
09/12/2005 @ 20:04 [ref: 4431]
| Eli James Webb|
Corpus Christi, Texas
I was Air Force Advisor with 269th Communications Squadron back in the 60's../
Wonder what ever happened to the unit..
Does it still exist???
I loved Springfield.....Go Reds...
08/29/2005 @ 16:04 [ref: 4384]
| Jeffrey Faucette|
This is a follow up on a previous comment regarding Richard Lutz, a possible former member of the 178th from the Springfield area. If anyone knows his whereabouts please advise, thanks
04/27/2005 @ 22:44 [ref: 4019]
| Joe Frederick|
Troy OH, Ohio
Greetings. I used to be a pilot in the 162nd TFS, 178th TFG. I flew the F84F Thunderstreak and F100 Supersabre. They were good years and I have fond memories. I often wonder what happened to some of the guys in the squadron. Anyone know of any reunions? You can contact me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
03/23/2005 @ 15:45 [ref: 3928]
To answer a couple of questions...
"Vegas" is still with the unit. Richard Lutz is no longer in the ANG. But I believe that he is still in the Springfield area.
12/11/2004 @ 13:30 [ref: 3628]