Friday, February 26, 2010

Travis Reunion, 14-15 May 2010

I just received the info from John Burnet. If you can't make the Dover do, the Travis reunion is the next weekend. The banquet is Fri eve, 14 May, at the Hampton Inn. $55/person. The luncheon on Saturday, 15 May, will be at the Jimmy Doolittle Museum, on base, $10/person. A crew directory will be $12.

The Saturday function will have a "special museum presentation," which I'm sure will be C-133A 61999 restored to its military glory.

I'll post more complete info on the web site.

John Burnet is at

Cal Taylor

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Model Complete

Earlier, I mentioned the British modeler, Darius Aibara, who was doing a 1:48 vacuform C-133A. It is now complete, replicating 40143 as it apeared when it was delivered to Dover. Truly fantastic work. Here is the link:

He has also worked up a Thor missile on its transporter to go along with the C-133.

Cal Taylor

Reunion Planning Post #11

Crew Colleague, Tom Talbert can't make the Reunion, but he sent a picture of his cap purchased in 1965......wish it could talk!! That is one tired looking cap!!

We're over half way there!!

As of 13 Feb, we have received payment for 54% of you!! 65 Crew Colleagues have paid $6,770 for 114 people to attend the reunion.

That leaves 54 of you who told us you planned to attend (with 96 people) that we haven't heard from yet.


Made out to: Cargomaster Association,
Memo: May, 2010, C-133 Reunion
Mail to: Sandy Sandstrom, 34772 Frontier Road, Lewes, DE 19958-2649

For more details on event schedules and features, please go to Update #10 on this Crew Blog.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

C-133 Article in September

Last week, I spoke with John Sotham, once an editor with Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine. He has also talked to several people at the AMC Museum and got inside of 90536. John is doing an article about the C-133 to appear in a special issue of SA&S. I also pointed John toward several other people with lots of C-133 experience. I'm looking forward to it.

Cal Taylor

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Reunion Planning Post #10


As of 7 Feb, Sandy has received payment from 43 Crew Colleagues, paying for a total of 77 people. Pretty good for the first three weeks. Keep those cards and letters AND CHECKS coming!

Our list shows that 114 of you had told us you plan to attend with 203 people. So we still have 71 of you for 126 people to "show us your money!" Hopefully by the first of March.


Our Planning Committee has connected with a professional photographer who will be milling around the Hangar Social event on Friday, taking any photos you want of yourself, a group of buddies with the airplane, whatever, delivering on the spot for a modest fee.

Here's the planned schedule:

Friday, 7 May:
0900-1600 AMC Museum open for visits
1600-1900 Hangar Social/Crew Meetings with hors d'oeuvres and cash
bar; photographer available, dinner on your own.

Saturday, 8 May:
0900-1600 AMC Museum open for visits
1300-1730 Hospitality Suite @ DD Hotel for casual gathering
1730 Cash Bar before Dinner
1830 Sit-down Banquet Dinner
1930 Program with Speaker

As always, let me know by e-mail ( ), or cell phone (651-249-9541) if you have any questions.


Made out to: Cargomaster Association,
Memo: May, 2010, C-133 Reunion
Mail to: Sandy Sandstrom, 34772 Frontier Road, Lewes, DE 19958-2649

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Skimming Earth's Atmosphere

Thanks to C-133 Crew Colleague, Carl Benedict, for the following video link.

Fasten your seat belt for a fantastic ride.

This video is a once in a lifetime experience of a British civilian getting
a flight at over 70,000 ft. in a U-2 spy plane. Please note at the take-off
the assist wheels on the outer edges of the wings which drop off upon
take-off. The wings are so long that they need temporary support until
lift-off. What is not shown is at the landing the plane actually slows to a
small enough speed that two guys are actually able to grab the wing tips and
put those assist wheels back on.

The civilian getting the ride is the host of the car show Top Gear on BBC
shown through Europe at 9:00 pm Sunday night in Belgium. The views are
spectacular as the U-2 flies at altitudes which constitute "SPACE."

Use your full screen and sound as this is a high-quality film clip, 10
minutes long.

Click on: U-2 Flight

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Rick Spencer Published Again!

Our 133 Crew Colleague and Book of the Month Reviewer, Rick Spencer, is periodically published by the Caesar Rodney Institute. Here is the opening to his latest:

Do Not Take Lightly the Perils of Peace

Is Peace beyond Humanity’s Reach

By Richard Spencer, Ph.D.

Upon completing college, teaching a year, and waiting to be drafted, I volunteered for active duty with the USAF in 1961. The country soon became embroiled in the Berlin Crisis, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the start of the Vietnam War, the India/Chinese Border War, and a continuing worldwide commitment to the Cold War. I became directly or tangentially involved in all of these while flying thousands of miles every month delivering military cargo. We always considered “peace as our profession” and we were proud to serve the country.

However, during all of these years, those of us in military uniform were largely derided by the public as those who somehow pursued war rather than those who served the country in order to protect its citizens from the ravages of war. We were not seen as purveyors of peace, and it was always an eerie feeling when in public and while in uniform to be treated as the enemy. After all, this was only a few years after the end of WWII and we had great reverence for veterans of that era, many of whom were family members. As well, there was the same public distrust of public and federal law enforcement officers. What had gone wrong? We were at War.

For the full article, click on:
Do Not Take Lightly the Perils of Peace