|Thud on a Stick, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling|
Bugs me somewhat when I don't remember. It happens, usually something else will pop up driving the topic down the memory stack, sometimes it vanishes into the clutter. Oh, I will remember it, someday. That's when I head into the archives and dig up old photos and remembrances.
Take that opening photo of the "Thud on a Stick," of which here's another angle...
|This angle also lets you know where on the base the aircraft sits.|
(Not too far from the "Ceremonial Lawn" - I guess that's what we in the military used to call a Parade Ground. Sigh...)
Republic F-105D-6-RE Thunderchief
Serial number 59-1771 (MSN D83) to MASDC as FK0048 Jun 25, 1981. To AMVET Post 2256, Circleville, OH for preservation in 1998. The plane at Bolling AFB marked as 59-1771 is actually 61-0138.The real 59-1771 would be this bird...
Serial number 61-0138 (MSN D333) noted on display at Bolling AFB, DC in Oct 2000, marked as 59-1771, nicknamed Ohio Express.
Here's the ground eye view...
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The JV tail code denotes the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing out of Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand (obviously?) which initially consisted of two F-105 Thunderchief squadrons, the 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron and 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron.
The real 59-1771 in Ohio was known as "Foley's Folly/Ohio Express" and was flown by USAF Captain Peter K. Foley on his 200th mission, 469TFS/388TFW, Korat RTAFB, 1969. Capt. Foley was the third Thud pilot to make it to 200 missions. A pretty big deal when you considered that most of those missions were "up north", think North Vietnam, think MiGs and SAMs and people who want to kill you. No fun at all!
So that's the story on the aircraft, funny thing, on the way off the base I snapped that opening photo, which is when The Nuke asked, "So Dad, any particular reason you're taking photos of the Defence Intelligence Agency?"
Which question drew a "Huh?" from me. Looking to my left, sure enough, that big building in the photo is shown below, aerial view.
I immediately put the camera away and started muttering, "Me no VC! GI numbah one! VC numbah 10!" Which made The WSO chuckle, The Nuke shake her head and The Missus Herself just mumbled "You're an idiot." She knows me well.
So what does all this have to do with today's topic? Well, this was the first time I had set foot on an Air Force base in nearly 16 years. Now this was back in May of this year (while I'm thinking of it, don't get me started on this whole "Joint Base" thing, I'm old fashioned, it sticks in my craw, but I suppose it does save money) and the last time I had been on an Air Force base was in May of 1999 when I retired at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. So there was that.
But the reason for my attending the progeny and the better half at this base was a trip to the Base Exchange. I had two missions to complete. (I should mention that Little Bit was there too, she had a complete meltdown in the store as she wanted her Mom to buy three pairs of shoes. Mom said "Just one pair" - that's when the fight started. Dear Lord but that little girl has a temper!)
Like I said, two missions. First of all, I needed a cable to hook my brand new camera to my computer, while it does have a Wi-Fi capability, The Nuke's quarters and Chez Sarge don't really have the bandwidth to be transmitting high-resolution photographs through the ether. The cable was relatively inexpensive. (I do believe that I have mentioned that I am a bit cheap. I like to say thrifty, but I'm always corrected, "No honey, you're cheap. In fact you're a frigging miser if the truth be told.")
|The cable, larger than life.|
I also wanted to purchase a web belt for the super cool belt buckle The WSO got me last year...
Now I really wanted to get a khaki belt as used by the Navy (O's and Chiefs) but (of course) they were all out. So I got the Air Force belt. Looks better with my jeans anyway. (Sour grapes? Nah. Well, yes.)
Now those of you who have been paying attention in the past may wonder about that red background which shows up from time to time when I'm showing you my various items of swag. Like these...
|Close up of that 2013 "cruise" patch.|
|The setting for most of my "swag" photos. Primarily decorative, this is used by the feline members of the staff to sit and look out the window. While on break from their busy schedules...|
What really triggered this post is the fact that The WSO's old boat (sigh, okay Skip, ship) USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) departed Sandy Eggo for Japan on the 31st of August. I spent an awesome day at sea on that carrier and I will miss seeing her in Sandy Eggo. But she's needed out there in the Far East. Fair winds and following seas lads and lasses, make us proud! (Story)
Thus ends the tale of my short trip to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (Or Jay-Bab as I kept calling it) back in May. Something I wanted to post about a few months ago.
Hey, eventually I get around to things which I had promised!