General Goddard (USAF RET) Working To Restore “His” Vietnam F-100

GoodardF100RestorationEDITWARBIRD RADIO – The Museum of Aviation is getting some VIP help with the restoration of a special historic fighter plane.  According to a recent news release, Retired Major General Rick Goddard, former commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center from November 1997 to February 2000, is showing up in jeans these days to help bring an F-100 fighter plane back to life that’s close to his heart.  The single engine-rugged fighter plane with many corroded structural parts and missing pieces is the aircraft in which Goddard flew in Vietnam some 45 years ago.

As a young fighter pilot, Goddard completed 226 combat missions in F-100s, 180 of them in this exact aircraft (#56-2995) from September 1968 to October 1969 while assigned to the 309th Tactical Fighter Squadron in Vietnam.  The aircraft was eventually retired from active service in 1978 and put on display at Otis AFB, Massachusetts.  The General found out about it from a web site and notified the Museum of Aviation.  Museum Director Ken Emery then contacted the Massachusetts base that had the aircraft on display and negotiated a deal to trade the plane for another less significant F-100 in the Museum’s collection.  The trade took place and the aircraft came to the Museum in December of 2010.

Work has slowly progressed on the restoration for the last 3 years and it will take at least another year to complete the restoration.  When done, the aircraft will be displayed in the Museum’s Vietnam display hangar, known as Hangar One. In the meantime, if you see bruises on the General’s knuckles, you’ll know why.

LEFT PHOTO: Rick Goddard, left, and Museum volunteer Aaron Robinson work to restore the F-100 that Goddard flew in Vietnam.

Quick-acting Georgia Guardsmen Save Woman’s Life – Robins Air Force Base, Georgia

AirNationalGuardWARBIRD RADIO – Our hats off to some quick acting Georgia Guardsmen!  According to a recent news release from Robins Air Force Base, what should have been a routine flight to McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nev., turned into a lifesaving opportunity for three members of the 116th Security Forces Squadron headed to a pre-deployment training exercise at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., Aug 22.

Security forces personnel were traveling on a commercial flight when a passenger passed out and showed no signs of life. As the daughter of the passenger frantically tried to revive her mother, three Airmen from the 116th SFS stepped into action.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgts. Tim White and Dominick Andrews, with the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, lifted the daughter out of the way and immediately began performing CPR on the mother.

At the same time, Master Sgt. Richard Ross assisted a flight attendant in retrieving an oxygen tank and ensured the Airmen performing CPR had everything they needed.

“I have not seen or heard such clear authority in action since I was in the Army a number of years ago,” said Allen Jones, son-in-law of the passenger being treated.

Shortly after starting CPR procedures, the mother responded to the treatment and regained consciousness. White and Andrews continued to monitor their patient and traded seats with other passengers so they could remain in close proximity for the remainder of the flight.

“If it had not been for the action and determination of these troops it would have been a terrible situation for our family,” said Jones.

Unbeknownst to the Airmen performing CPR, a doctor on board the flight stood by, observed their actions and saw no need to inject or take any action of his own.

“This is a testament to the background and training of our personnel,” said Lt. Col. Patrick Cotter, commander of the 116th SFS.

Cotter went on to share how the three Traditional Guardsmen, who were involved with saving the passenger’s life, came to the Air National Guard from the U.S. Marines, U.S. Army, and the U.S. Air Force.

“These Airmen came together from different backgrounds and worked together flawlessly to save this woman’s life,” shared Cotter. “The synergistic efforts of these three are a representative of what our unit is about.”

The 116th SFS is the security arm of the nation’s sole E-8C Joint STARS flying operation. Flying out of Robins Air Force Base, Ga., the JSTARS wing provides joint airborne command and control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and combat support forces to meet state and national objectives.

LOOK INSIDE – The Convair F-106 – “Delta Dart”

F106_FeatureWARBIRD RADIO – The Convair F-106 (“A” model shown) was the last of the true “interceptor” aircraft of the United States Air Force. The Delta Dart served from the 1960’s until the 1980’s.  After that it saw limited service as the QF-106 drone and was used until 1998.  The subject for our photo tour is currently on display at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia.

For more info on the F-106 or the Museum of Aviation simply click on the Quick Link posted below.

QUICK LINK:  The Museum of Aviation

Photo Tour

F-106 “A” General characteristics

* Crew: 1
* Length: 70.7 ft (21.55 m)
* Wingspan: 38.25 ft (11.67 m)
* Height: 20.28 ft (6.18 m)
* Wing area: 661.5ft/61.52m (Original Wing) or 695 ft/64.57m (Conically-Cambered Wing) ()
* Airfoil: NACA 0004-65 mod root and tip
* Empty weight: 24,420 lb (11,077 kg)
* Loaded weight: 34,510 lb (15,670 kg)
* Powerplant: 1— Pratt & Whitney J75-17 after burning turbojet, 24,500 lbf (109 kN)
* * Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0083
* Drag area: 5.8 ft (0.54 m)
* Aspect ratio: 2.10

Performance

* Maximum speed: Mach 2.3 (1,525 mph, 2,455 km/h)
* Range: 1,800 mi (1,600 nm, 2,900 km) combat
* Ferry range: 2,700 mi (2,300 nm, 4,300 km)
* Service ceiling: 57,000 ft (17,000 m)
* Rate of climb: 29,000 ft/min (150 m/s)
* Wing loading: 52 lb/ft (255 kg/m)
* Thrust/weight: 0.71
* Lift-to-drag ratio: 12.1
* Time to altitude: 6.9 min to 52,700 ft (16,065 m)

U-2S Helps “Operation Unified Response”

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U-2S arrives at Robins AFB in support of "Operation Unified Response". Photo Courtesy RAFB

WARBIRD RADIO – A U-2S surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft will be flying missions from Robins Air Force Base, GA in support of Operation Unified Response, the ongoing relief efforts in Haiti.

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