Posted by: Anonymous

U.S. AIR FORCE - 02/11/05 05:48 AM

Ex Air Force members,

This is off subject, but may be of interest to forum member who have served in the USAF.

Air Force historians are tracking, with photo's, the history of Basic Military Training since the Air Force was formed in 1947. Their goal is 120,000 photographs. They now have 2,000.

Take a look. May see yourself.

Fran in Florida
Posted by: Chuck Piper

Re: U.S. AIR FORCE - 02/11/05 08:50 AM

Hi Fran,

Thanks for the heads up. I have a couple of photographs taken in 1951 during my basic training at Lackland. They are in storage at the moment. Perhaps I can dig them out one day soon and contribute them to the archives. Remember the old one-piece fatigues and the fatigue hat? How about the brown rough leather boots that had to be black with smooth leather and spit shined. We used to use lighter fluid to burn the roughness off the leather, then spend hours working black polish into the leather. Eventually they shined and passed inspection. Ah yes! Those were the days - the days of Ike Jackets, parades, helmets, foot lockers, policing the area, KP, latrine duty, CQ, and so on. Great memories.

Take care, Fran.

Posted by: Anonymous

Re: U.S. AIR FORCE - 02/11/05 10:09 AM

Memories I also entered in 1951. Basic at Sampson NY. Showing our age.

Fran in Florida
Posted by: tony mads usa

Re: U.S. AIR FORCE - 02/11/05 11:01 AM

Sampson AFB ... I have an aunt whose husband was stationed there ... She was quite beautiful, and some of his friends got her photo and entered it into a "Miss Sampson AFB" contest and she won ... From what I recall hearing, a huge pisture of her was hung in the mess hall ... Jack (her fiance at the time) was not happy about it ....
Posted by: jrw

Re: U.S. AIR FORCE - 02/11/05 12:43 PM

Hi Fran; I was at Sampson AFB in Jan. 1952, Flight 1492. Very cold that time of the year.

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