Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dover Reunion Update

WOW! Talk about exceeding expectations!! 
Our Registered Reunion Headcount has hit 160!!

But the LAST Last Deadline for the LAST Last Reunion is here!

May 1st is it, Folks. Can't add any more after that.
We'll miss all of you who can't make it. But it's going to be a Grand Sayonara to the Old Dover 133 Gang!!

Best wishes to all!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dover Reunion Update

           UP, UP and AWAY!!!!! 
You knocked it out of the park!!

We're closing it out tomorrow with 
             148 ATTENDING!!

               THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!


We'll miss all of you who couldn't make it. But please keep in touch for more reports and photos!

Grateful for your response,
Your Reunion Planning Committee

Friday, March 21, 2014

Dover Reunion Update

    Start your engines, 133 Crew Colleagues!!
Thanks for your great response! We’re well over 100 paid, and if a few more of you get your checks in, we could have 130!!
      So we’re extending our deadline to 3/31
 After that, we really need to finalize attendance for the Saturday Banquet at Dover Downs.

We know that a few of you are “on the bubble” with issues to resolve to make it. We truly hope you can.

We also know there are many who really want to be there and just can’t. Please keep in touch with our updates, and photos of the event will be posted on this blog.

Here’s the agenda for the Reunion:

Friday, 5/09: 

9:00 am to 4:30 pm, AMC Museum Hangar and C-133 Aircraft on Display. 
4:30 to 6:30 pm, beer, wine and chicken & ribs buffet

Saturday, 5/10: 

9:00 am to 4:00 pm, AMC Museum Hangar, more mingling and shared stories.
4:00 to 6:00 pm, Hospitality Suite, Dover Downs (Room to be announced).
6:00 pm, Seating for dinner and program in Banquet Hall, Dover Downs.
Our Diamond Anniversary Party is gonna be Grand!

                          See you in May!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dover Reunion Update

Thank you for the surge in plans to join us in May! If all of you who are paid, plus those who replied "Yes" come through with your checks, we'll have 110 attendees. As soon as I confirm payments, I'll publish a list.

We are well aware of many of you who really want to come, but just can't make it. Please keep in touch with our updates and photos of the event. We know you are with us in spirit!

Friday, March 7, 2014


Here is some very exciting news about the upcoming Reunion in Dover on May 9/10, 2014:

For those of you who have been following our blog the last couple of years, you know about George's major project to build this giant model…he's been working on it 5 years…..AND FOLKS, IT'S BUILT TO FLY with electric motors!!! IT IS AMAZING!!! Now I need to quickly add, he may not be able to fly it at our Reunion for lots of reasons, but he will be able to taxi it around the Museum area.

Here's the short story:

George lives in, and has spent most of his life in SE Michigan, born in 1942, joined the USAF in January, 1962; spent a year at Lackland in electronics training to become a Crypto System Equipment Repairman; then on operational assignment at Fuchu Air Station in Japan until separation in January, 1966 at Travis AFB; then 27 year career at Xerox back in Michigan until early retirement to raise a family of five kids, now with five grandkids, and became a "full time" airplane modeler.

I suggest you Google "George Maiorana" for lots of info and pictures of his modeling competition.

Here's his own story of his FLYING C-133 project that has now become 62008:

"Being stuck at home (in 2009) I was itching to do something different (i.e. not modeled before) and the only documentation I had for a model was the C-133. The C-133 met all my criteria for a model project. A few days spent on sizing it and I was sure it would fly (the determining factor was if the nacelle size to house the motors didn't make the model too large) . So I began. Time is cheap, as are the dollars for materials."

C-133 Model scale:  1:16.5  length 9.45'  wingspan 10.78'  tail height 2.92'  prop diameter 13.09”

He has already provided us with dozens of photos taken during the build process that have been posted on our blog. Now we have a CD with all of them that we'll be showing at the Reunion. Here's a small sample:

The size of this masterpiece, and detail are truly phenomenal! What a privilege for us to have George bring it to our Reunion.

Don't miss this!! Get your Registration forms (see attached) and checks in the mail………NOW!

Dick Hanson

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Another Giant 133 Model Update


Spent the last week making my documentation folder. I had to go back and make some changes to "bits and pieces " of the model.  Got her back together this morning and took some pictures with the flaps down.



Cal Taylor Comment: Realistic even to the black water stain on the fuselage.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Giant 133 Model Update

Hi guys,

Well, I'm just about done. Got the vortex generators, stall strip, and a few  other "bits and pieces" installed. The airframe is complete and now it's time to build some flying props, install the batteries and balance her.

Attached are some pictures of the model and of the prototype which is located in Dayton.



Saturday, January 18, 2014

2014 Dover Reunion Details, Post #2

Since sending out the first e-blast four days ago, I've had replies from 24 of you, 21 Yes for 35 people, 3 can't make it. Great start!

Just received Dover Downs Hotel info from Hank Baker:

Call Dover Downs 866-473-7378, Booking code GC13314. Friday cost $169, SAT.$189, SUN,#139.00 PLUS tax !! Cut Off date 4/21. Info ref. Robin Price C-133 Reunion.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2014 Dover Reunion Details, Post #1

ATTEN—HUTT!! Last Call for Reunion Hall!
This is the LAST Last Hurrah! 
The Diamond Anniversary of our Beloved 133!!

Are you still there??? Come Join Us in Dover in May. Please send an e-mail that you will come! To:

Friday, May 9th: Crew mingling at the AMC Museum, with buffet ribs & chicken, cole slow and BEER & WINE PROVIDED!

Saturday, May 10th: Crew mingling at the Museum in the afternoon; Reception at Hospitality Suite at Dover Downs, followed by a 3 course Banquet & Program, Cash Bar.


Ask for Cargomaster Association Group Room Rates at Dover Downs while they last!

Here's the Registration Form (make your own with the same info), and send with a check to one of the addresses shown below NO LATER THAN MARCH 15th!
Let me know any questions by e-mail reply at  !

Hope to see you in Dover in May!

                                     C-133 Reunion Registration
                             At AMC Museum and Dover Downs
                                           May 9 and 10, 2014

NAME____________________________    GUEST NAME __________________

ADDRESS __________________________________________________________

PHONE _____________________ E-MAIL _______________________________

Price of Friday Social AND Saturday Banquet: $50.00 per person
Does not include accommodations!

SQ/UNIT __________________________________________________________


                    ____   SATURDAY BANQUET

PLEASE Mail Registration with check ASAP!

Hangar Social at AMC Museum Friday; and Banquet Saturday at Dover Downs

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:  Cargomaster Association

CAMDEN, DE 19934



Sunday, January 12, 2014

Aviation Axioms

Thanks to Ted Feindt (navigator, 1st ATS, early 60s):
No matter what else happens, fly the airplane. Forget all that stuff about thrust and drag, lift and gravity.
It's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here.
If you're ever faced with a forced landing at night, turn on the landing lights to see the landing area.  If you don't like what you see, turn' em back off.
A check ride ought to be like a skirt, short enough to be interesting but still be long enough to cover everything.
Speed is life, altitude is life insurance.  No one has ever collided with the sky!
Always remember you fly an airplane with your head, not your hands.
Never let an airplane take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.
"Unskilled" pilots are always found in the wreckage with their hand around the microphone.
If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger; if you pull the stick back, they get smaller.  (Unless you keep pulling the stick back-then they get bigger again.)
Hovering is for pilots who love to fly but have no place to go.
The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.
Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man.  Landing is the first!
Everyone already knows the definition of a 'good' landing is one from which you can walk away.  But very few know the definition of a 'great' landing.  It's one after which you can use the airplane another time.
The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival.
IFR: I Follow Roads.
A Marine knows he’s landed with the wheels up when it takes full power to taxi.
Those who hoot with the owls by night should not fly with the eagles by day.
A helicopter is a collection of rotating parts going round and round and reciprocating parts going up and down—all of them trying to become random in motion.
Helicopters can't really fly—they're just so ugly that the earth immediately repels them.
Pilots believe in clean living.  They never drink from a dirty glass.
Things which do you no good in aviation:  Altitude above you. Runway behind you.  Fuel in the truck.  Half a second ago. Approach plates in the car.  The airspeed you don't have.
Flying is not dangerous; crashing is dangerous.
A good simulator check ride is like successful surgery on a corpse.
Asking what a pilot thinks about the FAA is like asking a tree what it thinks about dogs.
An airplane may disappoint a good pilot, but it won't surprise him.
Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.
There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing.  Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
It's best to keep the pointed end going forward as much as possible.
Any attempt to stretch fuel is guaranteed to increase headwind.
A thunderstorm is never as bad on the inside as it appears on the outside.  It's worse.
A pilot is a confused soul who talks about women when he's flying, and about flying when he's with a woman.
The last thing an Air Force pilot does before leaving the aircraft after making a gear up landing is to put the gear selection lever in the 'down' position.
Try to keep the number of your landings equal to the number of your takeoffs.
Takeoffs are optional. Landings are mandatory.
You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.
Be wary when someone says, "Let me show you something"
If an airplane crashes and doesn't catch fire it is usually out of gas.
Flying at night improves your hearing, that explains night noises.
Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.
Keep looking around; there's always something you've missed.
You can't rewrite the laws of aerodynamics.
There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold, pilots!
The propeller is just a big fan in the front of the plane to keep the pilot cool.  Want proof?  Make it stop; then watch the pilot break out into a sweat.
Flying is the perfect vocation for a man who wants to feel like a boy, but not for one who still is.
If something doesn't seem right it probably isn't.
The difference between a fighter pilot and a pig? A pig doesn't sit at a bar until 0300 waiting to pick up a fighter pilot.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Giant 133 Model Update

Hi Guys,

Hope all is well with you and your families. Have a great 2014.

I've been working on a lot of little "bits and pieces" to the plane. The rudder, elevator, ailerons, and flaps are finalized and connected to their servos. I have gone over the entire airframe and "dirtied" up the aluminum. The pictures show the wing and flap fairings final install.  Still no vortex generators-soon.

All well here. Just touching bases with an update.



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Giant 133 Model Update

Hi Guys,

Just keeping in touch.

It's probably difficult to see any progress from these photos but I have been working on it. I have wing tip lights installed (operational).  Close to getting the landing and and vert fin lights installed. I have made 300 vortex generators  (see photo) and will install them after all the wing farings are installed. Finished up the nacelles with drain outlets,  installed the outboard nacelle LE lights and got the fuel dump tubes made.

While I'm waiting for parts for the lights I'll begin finishing the tail section.



NOTE: A visitor to the site has pointed out a website called "Premium Wood Designs" where you can buy a "hand-carved mahogany wood model" of a C-133, with an 18" wingspan, for $155.10. 

Click on:

They also offer, literally, hundreds of other wood models of aircraft, helicopters, military vehicles, cars, truck, motorcycles, etc.....

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Giant 133 Model Update


Managed to get the static props and flap fairings done this week. The next couple of weeks will be spent on doing the vortex generators  Should prove to be an interesting task.



Monday, October 7, 2013

C-133 Escort for C-121

This came to me via All and direct email. Does it ring a bell with anyone? If it does, please contact me (Cal Taylor) so I can close the loop with Terry Hart.

I served on the USS Lookout, AGR-2, as a Radarman out of Davisville, RI from late 1960 until late 1964. In 1960 or 1961 we were on station about 300 miles due South of Otis. In the middle of the night we were contacted by an RC 121 out of Otis. He was at the time of initial contact some 80 miles Southeast of us and was descending through 5,000 feet. He had lost two engines and was unable to maintain altitude. He informed us he was going to ditch and requested we vector him alongside and prepare to pick them up.

The weather that night was terrible. We had 20 to 30 foot seas, 40 to 60 knots of wind, and zero visibility. We replied that there was zero chance of survival if he ditched. Following some discussion it was decided that possibly he would be able to remain airborne after he passed below about 100 feet on the ground effect. Fortunately that turned out to be true. His ground speed after setting down on the ground effect was only about 90 knots! He also informed us that he   had dumped as much fuel as he could and still make it back to Otis. Also that they were throwing everything out a door that they could to reduce their weight.

As I recall they had between 39 and 59 (don't remember the exact number but it ended with a 9) souls on board which surprised me. We were communicating on 121.5 and 243.0 and a Mats C-133 returning from Europe overhead what was going on and contacted us. He said he had plenty of fuel and if we would vector him for an intercept he could escort the 121 back to Otis. This is what we did. I remember them discussing the fact that Otis was several hundred feet above sea level and wondering how they would be able to climb enough to clear the cliff and be able to land at Otis if they made it back. Fortunately by the time they got there they had burned off enough fuel weight and thrown enough additional stuff out the door and were able to make a successful landing.

I am now 72 and will never forget what happened that night. I would very much like to know the tail number of that aircraft, who those folks were in that airplane, if any of them are still alive, as well as any other details of that extraordinary event.

Terry Hart, Sr.
Waynesboro, PA

Monday, September 23, 2013

Giant 133 Model Update

Good morning,

Things are moving along. I have 99% of the graphics applied and worked on some of the nose tid bits (radome,wipers, defroster ?). Began working on the static props this morning.



The model is looking great. I like seeing LtC Larry Doyle and LtC Don Flanders in the AC and CP seats, respectively. That was the front end crew when 62008 was delivered to the NMUSAF on St Patrick's Day, 17 Mar 1971.

The rest of the crew was

1Lt Don Zartner, CP
Capt James G. Gibson, II, Nav
Capt Bobby E. Battle, Nav
TSgt William Reilly, FET
MSgt Francis L. Dugat, FET
TSgt Richard A. Kjer, LM

Cal Taylor

September 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Giant 133 Model Update


It's been a couple of weeks and thought you may be curious as to how the painting of the top turned out.  It went well so I got into applying the graphics to the forward fuse.  Here are a few pictures.

I'll be working on the rest of the graphics and then begin work on the static display props.  Props in the pictures are paper mockups.

Cheers and best wishes,


Friday, August 9, 2013

C-5A Retirement to AMC Museum

Click on this Facebook link for video of final pass & landing of Zero-One-Four! 

Or go to the AMC Museum Facebook page for more info:

Thanks to Dick Strouse

Friday, August 2, 2013



WHAT: Diamond Anniversary of Dover C-133 Crew Colleagues (Air & Ground Crews!)

WHEN: FRI/SAT, 9/10 MAY 2014


The LAST, LAST HURRAH! The 60th Anniversary of the first contracts released to build this legendary aircraft! Exactly four years ago, on 7/8 May 2010, we had our last "big" reunion, billed as "The Last Hurrah." But we weren't finished yet! So in 2012, we had a "mini" reunion, attended mostly by colleagues living in the local Delaware area. Now we want to give it one last shot for a big one, and hope some of you from around the country can make it, AND BRING YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS!

Thank you for the great response to our survey about scheduling this momentous event! Hank Baker and his planning team are on the case, making plans. The good news is, they picked a date & reserved a place. The bad news is, they had to pick one weekend, and of course they went with the majority and appropriate space availability, but unfortunately there will be some who preferred June and can't make it. So we hope a large number of you can adjust your calendars to fit, and we'll make special efforts to keep those of you who can't, connected with the action.

Many details can now be planned, but the general idea is to have a similar event exactly four years after the last "big one" in 2010. And we really hope some of you around the country can make travel plans to fit. So we're excited about a Crew Meeting in the AMC Museum Hangar and buffet dinner Friday afternoon and evening. Free time Saturday morning for golfers and re-connectors to make your own plans. More casual gatherings in the Museum early afternoon Saturday, then a Reception in a Hospitality Suite at Dover Downs in the later afternoon, before a big Banquet Saturday evening.

These gatherings are a lot about the fellowship of reminiscing the old "war stories." One idea is to give YOU a chance to share your favorite "133 Story" at the Banquet. So be thinking about that…..and stay tuned to e-mail blasts and this blog at CargomasterRaster.

Please let me know questions & suggestions any time. And pass this around to your network to catch anyone who's not on my e-mail list, and make sure they let me know their contact info so I can add them!

Wishing you well,

Friday, July 26, 2013

Giant C-133 Model Update

Hi Guys,

Well, after a trauma filled month, I'm back on the C-133. The first week back consisted of building a fixture to rotate the fuse so that I could install the belly bands.

Belly bands are completed and I'll be installing windows this coming week.

As for the trauma, the Tu-4 pictured in my last update met a terrible death on the first practice flight. I believe #4 quit on a down wind leg and she rolled over and spun in from 200 feet into holding pond located next to the runway. 'Nuf said.  Heart stopping and ugly!

On the bright side, My Chinese AEW Tu-4 was accepted to the National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie, IN.   Pictures attached.



Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Giant 133 Model Update

Breaking News from Super-modeler, George Maiorana!

I have placed the C-133 build on hold until the end of July.  I'm in the process of getting my Tu-4 ready for the Scale NATS held in Muncie, IN, this July 12th.

I've gotten the "itch" to get my planes into the air so the 133 has to take a back seat for a while.  I still plan on having it flying in the Spring of 2014.

I can't promise anything, but your 60th Anniversary Reunion at Dover would be a great place to fly the 133 if you could get us permission to fly it there. Just a thought for now.  All depends on my health and financial situation.

Best regards,


Here's his Tu-4:

Monday, June 10, 2013

Survey Response Update

Again, thank you for the great response!

As of this morning, we've had 79 responses to the survey. That's a 46% response rate (79 out of 172 e-mails sent. EXCELLENT!!)

61 people said YES (Very likely to attend, will plan on it). 13 said MAYBE! 5 said No (can't travel).

The 74 saying YES and MAYBE accounted for an expected attendee total = 143 people! (16 singles, 49 couples, 6 said they'd bring 2 guests each, and 2 said they could bring as many as 9 guests total).

Preferences favored the Maxi = 83% to Mini = 17%, and the Mid-May dates (60% to 40% for Mid-June).

IF YOU HAVE NOT RESPONDED YET, PLEASE DO SO NOW! We need all the input we can get, and would like to grow that expected attendee number.

79 of you have provided some valuable information to help our planning, but it leaves us with some issues to struggle with:

1. The "preference survey" did not tell us how many of the "June Preferences" would or would not be able to make a reunion scheduled in May. We're hoping many of you could, even though you prefer June. If you indicated a June preference, please let me know by e-mail whether you can make a May reunion?

2. Considering some MAYBEs could turn in to NO, and some "June Preferences" can't make it in May, the expected attendee total is actually less than 143. IF the right number is 125, that's about half the number we had in 2010. So the question becomes, what is Half-a-Maxi-Reunion?

Any additional input you can provide to help the planning decisions would be appreciated.

Thank you very much,
Dick Hanson

Friday, June 7, 2013

BG Jack Randolph Cram, USMC

A bit off the C-133 topic. The Naval Air Station (NAS), Ft. Lauderdale Museum has posted my latest article on its site. It is "Jack Randolph Cram: Airport Manager to Marine General."

While researching the Olympia (WA) Army Airfield, I found the name of the Olympia Airport's first manager. He turned out to be very interesting! The first pilot hired by WA State, the first Olympia Airport manager, a key person working for CAA to develop the civilian pilot training program, a certified Marine hero at Guadalcanal! Would you believe sinking a Japanese troop transport with torpedoes launched from a PBY! Then commanded a Marine PBJ (NA B-25 in Marine service) ship-busting unit from Saipan, Iwo and Okinawa. Later commanded a major Marine unit at Pohang, Korea. And more.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Your Survey Response


Within the first 24 hours, 36 of you responded! Great start, but…..

If YOU haven't yet, please do so now (see the e-mail message sent earlier).

EARLY PREFERENCES: So far, 81% of you prefer a Maxi-Reunion (full weekend like 2010, rather than one afternoon like 2012). So far, 34 of you indicated 62 will attend (10 singles & 26 couples). That's enough for a Mini, but doesn't justify a Maxi (need at least 100!). So we will  at least have a Mini-Reunion in Spring, 2014, in Dover. Also, your preference for timing isn't clear yet (it's 52% for Mid-May & 48% for Mid-June).


Please let us know ASAP if you haven't already!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Diamond Anniversary Reunion Survey

If I have a current e-mail address for you on my list, you should have received the following e-mail survey today. PLEASE RESPOND ASAP! If you didn't get one, please let me know your name & address at .

During early May, Hank Baker convened his local planning committee for their initial discussion of the Diamond Anniversary Reunion of Dover C-133 Crew Colleagues in the spring of 2014 at Dover AFB. They need some input from YOU!!

The goal is to provide the incentive for those around the country to travel to Dover for this One Last Celebration of our Camaraderie! BOTH FLIGHT CREWS & GROUND CREWS!

For openers, we have four simple questions:

1. Would you prefer: (it makes a difference in expense, but this is probably our last Hoorah!)

    a. The 2010 Maxi-Reunion model that took place over a full weekend with all the trimmings, or…

    b. The simple Mini-Reunion of 2012 that took place in one afternoon in the hangar?

2. Would you prefer the Reunion to be:

    a. Mid-May, 2014, or…

    b. Mid-June, 2014?

3. How certain are you that you would attend?

    a. Yes. Very Likely (will put it on my calendar and plan to come).

    b. Maybe. Really want to, but too early to tell.

    c. No. Wish I could, but doubt I can make it.

4. If you plan to attend, how many guests would you bring in addition to yourself?

    a. None

    b. One

    c. Two

    d. Three

    e. More than three

We want to encourage your children, grandchildren, family members and friends to be a part of the grand finale that began some 60 years ago, and is now an Air Force Legend: The Crews of the C-133 Cargomaster heavy cargo transport!

To get as much response as possible to this survey, here are several user-friendly ways you can reply:

1. The simplest is to click on the following hot link which will take you to an online MonkeySurvey. Just click on your answers to each of the four questions, then Done:  

2. OR, you can click on Reply to this e-mail message and list your four answers, then Send it back to me.

3. OR, if you have access to a printer and prefer doing it by hand, print out this e-mail, clearly mark your answer to each of the four questions, and snail mail it to me: Dick Hanson, 10849 Falling Water Lane, Unit C, Woodbury, MN 55129.

Finally, attached is the Program from the 2010 Maxi-Reunion to refresh your memory. Please review it and suggest by Reply to this e-mail any changes that you deem appropriate. We need your feedback!


Your C-133 Diamond Anniversary Reunion Planning Committee

PS: We will search diligently for a "big name" entertaining USAF member for our keynote speaker.


Dick Hanson

10849 Falling Water Lane, Unit C

Woodbury, MN 55129

Cell:  651-249-9541


Linkedin Profile:

Facebook Wall:!/profile.php?id=1441451645


PPS: Check with your old buddies and make sure they got a copy of this e-mail and ask them to respond. We have 171 e-mail addresses on this list. If they didn't get one, let me know their e-mail address and I'll add it to the list. If they don't do e-mail, let me know their home mailing address and I'll send them a hard copy.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Update From George

Hi Guys,

Yes, it's been like I fell off the planet. The last few months have been a mess around here. I was happily going about working on the 133 and family matters  took control of my life.  Too many things to talk about.

Around March 1st I realized that it would be impossible to have the plane finished for the Toledo Expo ( 1st week in April) so I backed off and relaxed. I've gotten the rivets finished on the nose and the right gear sponson. Got the deicers on the tail group and was beginning to get out from under all the home stuff Spring brings with it and then about three weeks ago I came down with a case of the shingles around my right eye. Yikes! Ouch!  Well, this little problem is beginning to subside and I'm beginning to get my "drive" back.

Sorry I disappeared. I'll do better.

Best regards,


Monday, April 8, 2013

A Eulogy for Sandy

From our "blog book reviewer" and Reunion Emcee, Rick Spencer:

Sandy, The Brightest Star in Tonight's Heaven

I think I first met Sandy over fifty years ago. I can say for certain that every meeting I had with him always began with a smile, never a scowl. Always with an enthusiastic greeting that lit up my day.

Sandy was one of my veteran friends who defined and lived the 'brotherly love' that is the glue of the military ethos, then and now.  He was the epitome of those who helped form that bond among us who may have had nothing in common but facing the dangerous unknowns of military duty. Additionally, Sandy was constantly performing inherently good personal acts to help each
that he knew, and that he did until his last days.

During this Tuesday and Wednesday his 'brothers' will turn out in full force to honor and to remember him for his goodness,  for his unselfishness, and for his years of military duty. That ethos, 'brotherly love,' remains to our last; and, Sandy shall be so honored for his contributions to the world where we all shared so much together.  In the end it will be, justly so, a celebration of the life of a good man, who will forever be remembered as just that: a very good man.

Tonight when you look toward heaven the brightest star will be Sandy once again greeting us with his smile that never fades. It has been my good fortune to know Sandy, as it has been for all of us.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sandstrom Tribute

I've heard from many of Sandy's friends with condolences, memories and respectful comments. Sandy was the Core of our Dover 133 network and legacy. Thanks to Andrew Fleming for the following tribute that reflects the thoughts and prayers of all of us:

We have lost a great "Warrior," a dedicated volunteer, and a very dear friend.

From my first visits to Dover, to work on the C-133 restoration project, Sandy was one of the key people who made my visits all the more pleasurable.  His happy smiling face always made me feel that I was welcome, and in very good company. 

I was even fortunate enough to benefit from his open-hearted hospitality when he offered to let me stay at his house on subsequent visits in order to save money on hotels.  Riding from his home to the base for air shows was always a fun time which added immeasurably to my enjoyment of the total air show experience.

He will be missed.

May he rest in peace.

Andrew S. Fleming

Friday, April 5, 2013

Sandstrom Obituary

Thanks to Bill Neely for sending and Hank Baker for writing the following:

Sandstrom, Edward B.

Edward B. "Sandy" Sandstrom passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in Beebe Hospital, Lewes. He was 78.

Sandy was born August 13, 1934 in St. Paul, Minnesota, son of the late George and Julia (Burtness) Sandstrom.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, transferring to the U.S. Air Force proudly serving 24 years and retiring as Chief Master Sergeant where is served overseas and had many missions worldwide. The planes in which he served as flight engineer included the C-124, C-133 and C-5. He later worked for Playtex, LD Caulk, and the AAL Insurance Co.

His hobbies included boating, CG Auxiliary, volunteering at the AMC Museum at Dover Air Force Base where he was a Tour Guide and helped with the restoration projects of the airplanes. He also volunteered with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, church and civic organizations.

Sandy was always a leader, very driven to make things happen, was always available and had a pleasant attitude. He had lots of interesting recounts of history and friends were very important to him. Sandy will be sorely missed.

He is preceded in death by a daughter Julie Claire.

Sandy is survived by his son Eddy Sandstrom and siblings George Sandstrom (Peg), Louise DuBois and Joanne Owen (Bill), two granddaughters, Jennifer Wells and Janet Claire Sandstrom and four great grandchildren.

Viewing will be 6-8 pm Tuesday, April 9 at the Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming.

Service will be 11:00 am April 10 at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 20276 Bay Vista Rd., Rehoboth. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Air Mobility Command Museum, 1301 Heritage Rd., Dover AFB DE 19902.

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Arrangements for Sandy

This just in.....

There will be a viewing for Sandy on Tuesday evening, April 9 from 6-8 PM at Pippin Funeral Home in Camden, DE with the funeral being held the next day, Wednesday, April 10 at 11:00 AM at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 20276 Bay Vista Rd., Rehoboth Beach, DE.  Internment will be held at the Military Cemetery in Millsboro, DE at 2:00 PM.

We miss him so much already.

Hank & Dotty

Shock & Awe!

The flood of reactions to the news of Sandy's passing includes the following (please leave Comments on this blogpost):

From Walt McCann....

Here is a picture, taken last year at Sandy's house, in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
Sandy is on the top left and I'm standing next to him.
Jimmy Nolan is front left with Hank Baker on the right.
All four of us were C-133 Flight Engineers, at DAFB, from the late 50's to early 70's.
I will dearly miss my Buddy.      Fond Regards-  Walt McCann

From Bill Neely....

Sad news about Sandy.
He and I only met at the C-133 reunion but we had become friends and exchanged e-mails regularly. I'll miss him and his humorous messages about Minnesota.
At our age we must enjoy every day for we do not have many left in this world.