"At 14:30 we were all in the cockpits and ready to go,
lacking only an ATC clearance. We sat there for 2 1/2 hours
before the T-bird that was ahead of us got cleared out, and then
we got our clearance.
We had one APU, and so we had to start up one at a time.
When we finally all got started and ready to go, I found that I
still didn't have a radio compass and also I didn't have an attitude
gyro. I called Dave and told him that I was going to abort,
and he said that he didn't have a radio compass either. So
we shut down and went back in."
Lt. Wm. Starr
July 7, 1954
Notes on the slide:
"Price waiting for ATC clearance
at K-2, enroute Johnson -- K-14. July '54"
NOTE: this F-86 aircraft, 24780, was later lost in a 1957 crash
in Korea, with loss of pilot (not the pilot pictured here)