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"...there was a strange Gooney Bird on the field."

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"The next day I signed up on the courier, but just before I was to get on the manifest I noticed that there was a strange Gooney Bird on the field.  On a chance, I asked the Op's clerk where it was going.  It turned out that it was a 4th bird and was on its way back -- by way of Itazuke, no less.  So I climbed on and it saved me the trouble of staying overnight at Brady, as I would have had to do if I had gone on the courier.

When we landed at K-14, I began to wish that I had waited for the courier.  The pilot seemed determined to ground loop, and actually ran off the side of the runway on his first attempt to land.  The second try wasn't much better, but we made it, so I don't guess that I have any gripes coming."

Lt. Wm. Starr
June 15, 1954

Notes on the slide:

"Hartenbower, Moose and Fox getting off Gooney Bird at K-55 on Bugout.  K-55 Jan '54"