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"We sat there for 2 1/2 hours..."
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"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)