The GOAT, JATO, and Anatomical Terms
The Plane Crash, The Gator, and MeI was stationed at CGAS St. Petersburg, Florida in the early 1960s and one day an annoucement came over the PA system, "PO Dugan contact OPS." I called and was told, "Get to the ready helo on the line and bring your .cal 45 pistol."
Alaska Earthquake 1964During 1963-64 I did a tour of duty at AIRSTA Kodiak. On March 27, 1964 I had the duty and at about 5:30 PM we had a 9.2 Quake that lasted about 4 min. It was the most powerful quake ever recorded in North America. Shortly after the quake, seawater came over the seawall and into the hanger. I started a tractor (Mule) and moved over to our C-123 to hook the towbar up and move it out of the hanger. By that time water was over one foot deep. Our CO was standing on the hood of the mule.
The GOAT and The ChaplinBack in the Mid-1960s while on a tour at Kodiak we took an HU-16 on a fishing trip to a lake high in the mountains at Kodiak. Our passengers were our CO at Kodiak, CGD-17 CO, and the USN Chaplin at Kodiak.
Remembering ADCMAP John Greathouse, USCG
ADCMAP John Greathouse
Official USCG Photo A small bit of history for some of you newer Aviators. ADCMP Greathouse was the last enlisted pilot to serve in the CG or any branch of the Military. He had 14,000 some hours flight time and over 10.000 was in the UF or HU-16. He retired at ATC Mobile in 1979 and died in Sept. of 2005 at Biloxi,MS. During the late 1970's while stationed at ATC mobile I was on a Post Hurricane flight in a HU-16 with Greathouse as the pilot. After some nine plus hours we were returning to ATC Mobile when CGD8 diverted us to search for a man overboard south of Gulfport,MS. Greathouse told CGD8 he needed to land at Keesler AFB to take on fuel.