"Another day on the pad is behind me... As we were getting
out of the cockpits, 4 or 5 army men got out of a truck and came
over to take a look at the planes. I stuck around to see that they
didn't get into anything that they weren't supposed to.
They were awed by the whole thing,
and even went so far as to ask me to pose by the plane for some
I think that the one thing that impressed
them the most, and which they will all tell their friends about,
was the little pop-out hand grip on the side of the fuselage.
I guess that it was the one thing they could comprehend, and I
must admit that it does have a certain attraction to gadget minded
One of them was largely impressed
by the brakes. I guess that it had never occurred to him
before that a whale of a brake was required to stop 15,000 pounds
of airplane going 120 or 130 knots (especially when there are
only two braked wheels)."
Lt. Wm. Starr
June 20, 1954
Notes on slide:
"Ready to fly (me), K-14, Jan