Boeing EC-135H 'Stratolifter'
|Notes: KC-135A modified for airborne national command post.|
|  Base model:||C-135|
|  Designation System:||U.S. Air Force|
|  Designation Period:||1925-1962|
|  Basic role:||Transport|
|  Modified Mission:||Special electronic installation|
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| Duane Reynolds|
| I left Amarillo TX in Sept. 1966 with orders for Chatearoux France. These orders where changed while I was in transit due to the request for all US servicemen to leave France and I found myself at Mildenhall with the 513th CAM Squadron. I was a structural repair tech in a shop behind hanger 3. In 1968 we had an accident in which a cherry picker which was working on the vertical stabilizer of 285 malfunctioned and crashed through the roof of that aircraft. I did what repairs were necessary to fly it to depot in OK and flew with it. We lost an engine over the Atlantic and set down in the fog at Griffith AFB in Rome,NY. I left the aircraft there, made my way to Dover where I got on a 141 to Torrejon. At Torrejon I caught a ride on a 124 that belonged to an ANG outfit out of California which had been activated after the Pueblo incident and rode it to Munich and then back to Mildenhall. I left Mildenhall for separation in May of 1970. All 5 aircraft that have been mentioned in other posts were there at that time. |
11/20/2013 @ 04:23 [ref: 68172]
| Joe Bruch|
Black Hills, WY
| I was assigned to Silk Purse Control Group (USCINCEUR ABNCP) RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom from April 1982 through April 1985 as a Battle Staff Emergency Actions/Operations NCO with Delta Team initially then Bravo Team. Being assigned to Silk Purse was the best three years out of my over twenty year USAF career. Coming to Silk Purse from the 2nd ACCS (SAC ABNCP - 'Looking Glass" 24/7 airborne alert operations) Offutt AFB, Nebraska flying on the EC-135C's with fan jets (TF-33's) was really different flying on the EC-135H's with water jet J-57's and ground alert operations. After my arrival to Mildenhall, the EC-135H's were re-engined with fan jets(JT-3D's). The re-engining really enhanced the performance of the EC-135H. Later in my tour we moved our primary ground alert operations to Lajes Field in the Azores. The support that Silk Purse Control Group received from the 10th ACCS crews (ops, comm and 513th TAW maintenance troops) was outstanding. Silk Purse was a three year vacation compared to the 24/7 airborne alert operations tempo with "Looking Glass". |
03/07/2013 @ 18:16 [ref: 67650]
| Steven Wilken|
| I was stationed at RAF Mildenhall from 1986-1990 in the 10th AMU as a Comm/Nav tech. It was the best assignment in my near to end 28 year career. I am finally going to retire in May 2013 from the Reserves after working on C130 for the past 19 years. I still keep in an occasional touch with John Small who lives in Tampa and Ken Medvetz located in Springfield, MA. Lost contact with all others I worked with. |
02/09/2013 @ 16:49 [ref: 67565]
| Ken McEwan|
| I worked at 513th OMS from 1972-1974.
I keep seeing TSgt Todd mentioned. Is he the same Todd that also served in the British Air Force?
If it is then he was my next door neighbor in the barracks. He would get mad because we would play our music too loud.
01/27/2013 @ 10:14 [ref: 67525]
| Jammie A. Romee|
Oklahoma City, OK
| I was stationed at RAF Mildenhall with the 10ACCS circa April 1977 - May 1980 as an Operations NCO. I worked directly for Major David Purcell who was then the Squadron senior navigator. Our CO was Lt Col Trent Martin, and then near the end of my tour Major Roger Rupp. Our first shirt was Smsgt Chuck Emmerling. I often flew on all four of our EC135H aircraft as an unrated additonal crewmember. One of our 135 aircraft had served in an Air Force One capacity during JFK's administration and had a seat in the back end that had been modified for the President. For the life of me I cannot remember which AC it was. I can recall flying many Silk Purse missions back then, including a few that wound up down in Spain for "shopping" purposes. Those were great times with great aircraft. |
12/15/2012 @ 09:39 [ref: 67422]
| Keith Zorn|
| I knew Tsgt Todd and Nick V, I also ran into Maj. Jackson in Saudi,I can remember Sgt Todds line "if you don't like it, get out of my Air Force" I was one of the Crew Chief U. s grads. |
09/25/2012 @ 18:37 [ref: 67248]
| Pat Craddock|
| I was at Mildenhall from 1988-1992. I was assigned to 282 and 286. It was a great assignment. I look forward to re-visiting there next year when my son graduates from school over there. |
08/21/2012 @ 06:21 [ref: 66155]
| Bill Wilson|
| I was stationed at RAF Mildenhall in the 513th OMS from 1971-1975. That sure was a great tour of duty. I was the crew chief on 282 then drove the dispatch truck about 6 months before leaving. The 5 EC-135H’s there at that time was, 282, 291, 286, 285 & 274. Just found this web site, sure brings back some good memories. |
03/13/2012 @ 06:09 [ref: 54250]
| Stephen Todd|
| I can't believe it's been a year since I posted that.
Al, I would love to know if you found a picture. I actually have my dad on the phone right now and he wanted me to point something out.
He said that HE and Nick Valetene (if I spelled that right) started crew chief university, gathered the T/o's, etc. The maintenance officer did nearly nothing. He has just come from Beale AFB where he was an instructor, so that aided greatly in the formation of it.
He made the comment that when the USAFE IG came in, they talked to him directly, not the maintenance officer. However, the school did help the wing commander make Brig. Gen.
He also says he still has the dart board they used to throw at all the time. (I grew up with that thing!)
He also wants me to say that 291 was his favorite. In his opinion, 291 and 282 were the best planes there. He can't remember if it was 285 or 286, but one of them was nose heavy and, apparently, even on water had a hard time getting off the ground. (nose heavy?)
He says he's open to talking if ya'll remember him. He would love pictures of the planes, and if you want to send one along of you, that might help him remember. Yall can write me at stephen_r_Todd@yahoo.com or get me on facebook under the same email. I will also check back here more often. (like.. weekly)
11/17/2011 @ 12:50 [ref: 50262]
| Richard Mudd|
| I was an administrator (orderly room) for the 513 OMS from 1980-83. If I remember correctly, the crew chief university was started by Capt/Maj Rich Jackson (Tanker Branch?) around 1981 or 82, and even got a writeup in the AF Times. Then-Maj Pat Bartness was my second commander, after Lt Col Larry Parent. Tough working environment in OMS, but what an experience! |
08/21/2011 @ 20:22 [ref: 47016]
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