Venus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1454 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 3 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4234 times:
Came across this on a facebook page I look at alot. I am guessing the mid 70's when this was as we were drawing down in Viet Nam as they refered to it in the past tense. KC135TB is that you in the beginning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1OIBUfigIU
I didn't see a date on the film... but those pickups the alert crews hopped into had '68 reg numbers.. So I figure late '60s early 70s. I also got a kick of the Boom referring to his KC-135 as an "old' bird... LOL... The 135 was just getting broken in about then....
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KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12259 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3838 times:
No, it wasn't me, but I did just about everything mentioned in the video. I did fly some media flights with local news stations, though. Sitting alert really sucked, and your crew would be on alert for 7 out of 21 days, unless you were deployed somewhere. Overall, SAC was a great place to be for an Enlisted Flyer. Being a Boom Operator was the best job I could recommend for anyone, and I loved it. I got to fly to some great places around the world.....and some that were not so great.
474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 6 days ago) and read 3775 times:
I loved the movie, the "alert" portion brought back found memories. I was stationed at Beale AFB from the mid to late 60's. Beale had two wings, the 456 Bomb Wing and the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. I was in the 9th, which flew SR-71's and we didn't participated in any of the "Alert" games. We would all line up on our end the of the apron (which was blocked off with a simple rope and watch the B-52 and the KC-135's firing up their engines (a Brovo Alert) and sitting there in clouds of black smoke or firing up their engines and taxing out (a Coco Alert) sitting on the taxi ways, only to taxi back about an hour later. It was really awe inspiring to see dozens of multi engine aircraft moving in coordinated mayhem.
My best friend was an assistant crew chief on a B-52 and I would tease him all the time about his "war games"!
In the movie the alert was as Delta Alert, the aircraft actually took off. In my three and a half years at Beale they only had one Delta Alert and I was on TDY when it happened.