||What's new since:
- I sometimes get requests for reprints, so I've added a web
page that explains what my pricing structure is for this service.
The page is linked to the master photo archive pages.
- I've changed web hosting services, which will
hopefully be an improvement from the last host. I've temporarily
disabled the automatic submission feature of the Guest Book.
I'll design a new one and have it online soon. E-mail your guest
book comments to me and I'll manually insert them. Please report
any difficulties you are having with any part of the site. Thanks...!
- Site moved to new Fabulous Rocketeers domain on a test
- new link: Korea
Defense Veterans Alliance
"Dedicated to U.S. Armed Forces deployed to Korea
after 27 July, 1954. An organization of former and current
U.S. Armed Forces members trying to get a rewrite of policy
to award a service medal to those deployed to Korea after the
- I've given the site a minor face lift; new homepage,
guest book & photo archive graphic-based banners.
Reminder: for best viewing of this
site set your web browser's options for "uncompressed graphics".
I've taken great care to create fast-loading graphics,
so surfing my site with your browser set this way should still
be a breeze. For further assistance on how to best view
this site, visit the "Browser
Settings" page linked here and always in the yellow
border at left.
"Beyond K-14" photo section updates:
- New photo section "Beyond
K-14", featuring vintage color photos of various USAF
aircraft including the F-100, T-33, T-28, T-6.
- I recently learned that former Rocketeer Wilbur Leggett
died after a long illness.
- I also recently learned that Lt. Edward Smith, who
flew with the 336th from January 1953 to March 1954, was killed
in Operation Nighthawk at England AFB, Louisiana after he came
back to the states in Aug 1954. Because he rotated back
to the states so early, most of the Rocketeers of the 1954 era
may not have known Smith well -- if at all. However,
my father arrived early enough to meet him. He even managed
to take several nice photos of Smith (I've confirmed the identity
with a friend of Smith's, and also by records my father kept).
Two of those photos have been on this site for quite a while,
and I've since uploaded another. These photos are linked
below. Click your browser's back button to return here.
Smith 2 (that's
him in his bird in foreground -- note the 3 telltale red stars
on his bird)
Smith 3 (that's Smith
standing next to Hall)
- For pilots & other visitors who think that parachutes
are for emergency use only, I've uploaded several of my sport
parachuting photos. Included with each photo are some
FAQs that answer some Frequently Asked Questions about the modern
sport of skydiving. These photos & FAQs can be accessed
only on the page "The Other Sabre",
which is listed in the articles section.
- I've added a new section to the photo archives.
Please welcome "Wing/Squadron Collectibles & Memorabilia".
It's basically a place to sub-classify certain items previously
found in the "Misc. K-14/Rocketeers" section.
- I've added new images: a
color scan of the 1953/54 4th FIW yearbook cover;
a cartoon from the yearbook which I've included, appropriately,
as part of the "FIGMO"
glossary entry; and a B&W image (also from the 1954
4th FIW yearbook) which accompanies the "Harmonizing"
- I'm in the process of upgrading the photos to larger
& higher quality JPGs. The images will also load
a bit faster. Many have already been converted.
- I've scrapped the promised "Japan R&R"
section. Dad took lots of photos during his visits to
Japan, but none really depict the typical R&R experience.
Perhaps this is for the better; I understand the typical R&R
drill was often a bit too colorful for this site's "PG"
rating. However, I've salvaged three photos from the Japan
R&R effort. These can be found in the Officers'
Club section. They show a Japanese beer hall, and
the Sabre Dancer bar.
- New Gazette articles: Motor
Vehicle Sq. Provides Complete Support Service; Service
Sq. Reviews Year: Communications
Squadron Counts Many Changes; Installations
Keeps Base in Top Shape
- new journal entry
- new journal entry
- new journal entry
- New photos (* = photo is accompanied by new journal
entries): Pilot flying T33*,
The Witch, Pilot's
lounge annex, K-14 O'club
bar, officer's mess, K-14
aerial photo, F-86's on the
runway, 18th FBW Acro team,
F-86 instrument panel, 336th
Operations building, Sturdley
the dog, examining tow target*,
playing cards in the alert shack.
- I've given the Guest Book a face-lift. This new
look comes at the cost of instant access to new entries.
Now when you enter data into the book, it won't post onto the
site until I manually update the book. Good news is that
the new system will allow e-mail hyperlinks in messages.
- I've also given the homepage a minor face-lift.
To reduce clutter, I've moved articles -- including JET GAZETTE
and OUT OF THE BLUE onto their own sub-menu page, accessable
by clicking "Articles"
in the vertical link list.
- A number of photos previously posted have been re-scanned
directly from the original slides. The result is sharper,
- The aviation glossary
is now online. The glossary mostly focuses on terms found
at this site, but will eventually be greatly expanded to include
other aviation terms.
- I've created a simple "in
memoriam" page listing those of the Rocketeer's squadron,
circa '53-54, who have passed away.
- For those of you who knew dad in the good ol' days
and have always wondered how well he aged, I've added one of
the last contemporary photos of dad at the end of About
The Photographer article.
- The homepage was getting too cluttered. So I
moved the photo archive categories to a separate page. You can
access that page by clicking "Photo
Archives" on the home page, and any other page where
the vertical links list appears. This should reduce false
hits on my home page hit counter and make navigation a bit simpler,
and more logical.
- The first of several articles from the July 16, 1954
are now online.
- new photo and journal
entry in the Alert/Flightline section showing William Starr
posing by his airplane.
- Homepage left-border hyperlinks now appear on several
pages, making navigation a bit easier.
- This page itself is new. Anytime I add or remove
something, I'll note it here.