“Those were the days my friend!” 

I bumped into a movie on the internet this morning and wanted to share it with you all.

Dedicated to “Clyde” and “Dribble,” two of the most memorable Radio Operator partners ever.

If you have about 25 minutes to spare, it’s about WB-29s and Air Weather Service and a typhoon and bombers. It’s very authentic. Watch the radio operator trying to send Morse Code while flying in the middle of a typhoon. He was using a Bug (semi-automatic key) which I found much more stable in turbulence than a hand key. Here’s the movie https://goo.gl/N3ZMiK You can skip quickly past the commercial.

We flew WB-50s depicted above. To the untrained eye, it’s difficult to tell the difference between a B-29 and a B-50.

Do you see the box on top of the aircraft aft of the wing? That was the “Bug Catcher.” There were fabric screens in that box that picked up Soviet radioactive fallout that we searched for and often found over some interesting territory. That was our other and at that time highly classified mission called “Specials.” I still have my flight logs with the Specials and the named typhoons depicted.

s/ “The Ole’ Buzzard” who is named after the 56th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron … the “Buzzard” squadron stationed at Yokota AFB, Japan 1958-61.   z56thairwthrsqkorwarobv

“Those were the days my friend” is a song that can touch every “Ole’ Buzzard’s” heart and soul and can be heard below.

Dedicated to “Clyde” and “Dribble,” two of the most memorable Radio Operator partners ever.


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