An Important Message for a Sunday Night
OK, Houston---We have a problem! At this point it's impossible to see what's going on but the blog software is buggy tonight. We don't want to lose what we've already done so the beginnings of this week's blog are staying up and there's more to come, so please stay with us while we deal with whatever-it-is that's causing the problem. What you see below will become an honest-to-goodness regular blog in a day or two, but as of Right Now This Minute everything we've tried in order to fix the problem has failed. Your patience is greatly appreciated! The Editors (That would be me!)
UPDATE: Now it's Monday and we obviously overcame most of our problems, but it's been a fight. Please enjoy what we've got for today and come see us next week when we're back to the normal thing again!
Big and Beautiful
There we were, sitting at the dining room table having a family meal with our next-door neighbors, when my dad mentioned his first tour in Japan or, more properly, how he got to his first tour in Japan because, like so many other servicement during the 1950s and early 1960s, he went overseas inside a C-124. It was a memorable trip for him, mainly because it took so long to get there. In point of fact we have to wonder if Rod Serling didn't experience a flight in a Globemaster II and use the event as the basis for his classic Twilight Zone episode about the airplane that went up and could never come back down. One has to wonder...
One thing we don't have to wonder about is Jim Sullivan's photography. Dave Menard started the ball rolling with his comments regarding the 3rd SSS a few issues ago (we accidentally ran a photo of one in our F-94 piece), and Mark Morgan helped us out with a complete listing of those unique C-124 squadrons used in weapons-hauling. Those two things led Jim to ask if we were interested in some Guard "Shakeys" and, of course, we were...
"Old Shakey" was a big 'un, if you know what we mean. Our next photo gives us a really good idea of how far up there the flight deck really was. That extra "0" in the serial number means she's more than ten years old, which the airplane certainly was by the time Jim photographed her in 1960, but the type was still hauling folks and stuff back and forth to Southeast Asia even at that late date. Note the deflection on her elevators as she heads towards the barn. J. Sullivan
Old Timers at a Classic Airfield
Some roads are paved with Good Intentions, and this could well be one of them. Doug Barbier used to fly out of Selfridge, and has done more than a little bit of research there too, so it was a natural to ask him to look for some of the older stuff that might be hanging around in their archives. He promptly went digging for us, and we just as promptly put the photos aside, meaning to run them week after week after week but never quite getting around to it. There's no excuse to be offered---the fault is ours---but here are the photos we asked Doug to locate. We hope you enjoy them!
Other Stuff We've Been Meaning to Run
That's pretty much a cop-out of a title, but we've had some problems with today's issue and it's time to wrap it up before something else goes wrong. Before we leave you, we'd like to run a couple of photos that were meant for other articles but never quite made it there, for whatever reason. They're pretty neat photos in their own right and we think you'll enjoy them.
The Relief Tube
Here's how it is today, folks---we're dead tired and, on top of that, we've fought (and mostly lost) the Battle of the Blog for the better part of two evenings. Because of that, and because we're essentially editing and re-writing a live blog rather than a draft copy, we're getting out of here before something else goes wrong. Don't despair, though; we'll be back next week as good as ever we were. Until then be good to your neighbor, and we'll meet again soon.