Boeing RB-47K 'Stratojet'
| A2C John L Kricho|
| I was stationed Forbes AFB from 07/1961 to 07/1965 I was assigned to the 815th Combat Defense Sq. (Security Police)I was on post in the alert area as a interior guard . I heard and saw the whole event happen . It was early morning right before guard change I suspected that something was wrong just by the sound of the engines when it came into view on lift off it just went violently into a right roll and down .I did not see any smoke from the right engines just smoke from the left engines . Thank God it didn't flame out on the left side because it would have ended up in the Alert Area with 12 armed B-47 that would have been the end of Forbes |
07/29/2015 @ 15:17 [ref: 69183]
| Marvin Smith (A2C)|
| I was stationed at Forbes AFB, KS from 1961 until August 1964. I later spent 33 years working for the USAF as a civilian. I was there when 53-4279 crashed on takeoff. I was in Base Ops and saw the whole thing. We were on the scene quickly. I was in the 55th OMS as a ground crew (Crew Chief) and worked on most of the RB-47Ks there. Winters were a bear! |
05/26/2014 @ 12:56 [ref: 68487]
| bernie larkin|
| was stationed at forbes afb 55th oms 1963 went pcs to offutt afb. went tdy to inchlick turkery and ellison afb. looking for ajohn sparta. or dennis k dupuy also george aquino from hawaii |
08/20/2011 @ 12:40 [ref: 46563]
| bernie larkin|
| was stationed at forbes afb 55th oms 1963 went pcs to offutt afb. went tdy to inchlick turkery and ellison afb. looking for ajohn sparta. or dennis k dupuy |
08/20/2011 @ 12:39 [ref: 46562]
| Joseph R. Kingston Jr.|
| My dad was a part of the 90th stationed at Forbes in Topeka, Ka. in 1955. He and the rest of his crew were lost during a run down near El Paso, Tx in late March of 1955.He originally was a part of the Army Air Corp before resigning from the Air Corp to join the new USAF. I have been trying to piece together more info about his life prior to the crash in 1955. It is my understanding there were observers as well on board and a total of seven lives were lost.Is there anyone who recalls that time and even possibly having known my dad? |
04/23/2010 @ 14:49 [ref: 26073]
| A1C Douglas Aquino|
| I was stationed at Forbes AFB Topeka, Kansas 1961-1965
Asst.Crew Chief - Crew Chief on following acft. 55th OMS
B-47K , RB-47H
Notable experiences while at Forbes, AFB :
1. Cuban Missle crisis - assigned acft. flew numerious (12 hr shifts )sorties out of Homested AFB, Florida supporting the mission 2. John F. Kennedy assasination in Dallas, Texas. Base on
restriction (lock down) 12 hour work shifts.
3. RB-47 crashes on take off at Forbes. Crew chief who was suppose to be on board traded off with another crew chief so he could get his flying time for flying status.
4."Operation Greased Lightning" assigned B-47K Model flew
wheather Recon. sorties out Anchorage Alaska and Elmendorf
Alaska in support of B-58 Hustler record run.
5.During freezing cold wheather slid off of wing on RB-47 on back after opening a manual defueling valve located in back bone..Lucked out and landed on both heels when hitting tarmac. Sent to base hosp. for check up.
6. TDY @ OL-3 Yokota AFB, Japan (unforgettable experience)
7. Just before getting out of AF was chosen, atta boy, to
go to Barksdale , AFB LA with assigned aircraft in support of unspecified mission sorties.
8. As a side bar when going home on leave from Amarillo, Texas just before going to Forbes, AFB I got to fly on a
vintage TWA "Super Connie" What a "Nut House Noisy Experience" that was. But who cared "I was Going Home" to some Real Cooking...
01/06/2008 @ 18:10 [ref: 19178]
| D Wood|
Ft. Leavenworth, KS
| I noticed your postings about the 90th Strategic Recon Wing at Forbes AFB, Topeka, KS. I'm trying to find anyone who might have served with my father, A2C Richard B. Inzerillo, during 1956-58. Please email me if you can help point me in the right direction. |
10/09/2007 @ 07:18 [ref: 18141]
| Richard Woodard MSGT USAF|
| I served with the 55th recon wing from 1957 to 1962. I was a fire control technician. Contrary to what Murphy says those were not K models at eilson they were RB47Hs. The K model was a weather ship assigned to the 55th. The A5 fire control system was accurate and we maintained a 90% fire out rate. |
07/13/2005 @ 22:32 [ref: 10745]
| GEORGE HOUSTON|
| I WAS A MEMBER OF THE 90TH STRATEGIC RECONNAISSANCE WING AND STATIONED AT FORBES AIR FORCE BASE FROM MARCH 1952 TO 1955 WE WENT TDY TO ALASKA IN 1955 THE R,B 47 WAS ONE BEAUTIFUL AIR PLANE I WORKED ON THE ENGINES.IF ANYONE READ THIS AND SERVED WIHT THE 90TH PLEASE CONTACT ME BY E MAIL OR PHONE 410 798 7422 I WAS WITH THE 90TH PERIODIC MAINTENANCE SQ.
01/18/2005 @ 15:25 [ref: 9173]
| GEORGE HOUSTON|
| I WAS A MEMBER OF THE 90TH STRATEGIC RECONNAISSANCE WING AND STATIONED AT FORBES AIR FORCE BASE FROM MARCH 1952 TO 1955 WE WENT TDY TO ALASKA IN 1952 THE R,B 47 WAS ONE BEAUTIFUL AIR PLANE I WORKED ON THE ENGINES.IF ANYONE READ THIS AND SERVED WIHT THE 90TH PLEASE CONTACT ME BY E MAIL OR PHONE 410 798 7422 I WAS WITH THE 90TH PERIODIC MAINTENANCE SQ.
01/18/2005 @ 15:24 [ref: 9172]