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Canadian Forces Base Goose Bay

THE GOOSE

As much as I can recall, back in the middle of 1966, the 46 AREFS picked up the commitment to provide alert crews with aircraft to Goose Bay AB, Labrador. The alert tour was for a 7-day period.

I remember getting to the aircraft at K.I. around O-dark thirty. We got our gear aboard, then ourselves, put on a parachute (remember that), and then strapped ourselves in a seat. As soon as the wheels were in the well, we unstrapped ourselves from the seat and parachute, found a nice spot on the floor, and went to sleep for a few hours.

When we got there, pulling alert was pretty much the same as back home at K.I. We were housed in an alert facility, our planes were parked for rapid response in a tree pattern, and we had alert trucks to use for travel.

Our contribution amounted to keeping 4 crews up there. Bunker Hill, Griffiss and Lockbourne also sent crews. From what I recall, everyone got along.

The O'Club was nice. A big band played excellent music, led by who I thought was Louie Prima. Remember the duo of Louie Prima and Keely Smith? Their hit song was "That Old Black Magic." If you were old enough, their music was the best.

We pretty much had the place to ourselves, and found it to be a nice complement to the alert facility. Sometimes, I even ate dinner there and skipped the alert food.

Goose's Base Exchange had unusual items inside. Many crewmembers bought the Grundig Stereo cabinet with stereo phonograph, AM, FM, and short wave radio inside along with some nice speakers. It cost around $400, as I recall.

Once, I bought a nicely packaged Irish Linen table cloth and napkin set. It served as a wedding present. Not sure who I gave it to, because we had so many young crewmembers getting married at K.I.

One day, right after going off alert at Goose, an enterprising co-pilot (shall remain nameless) got a dogsled ride into a nearby town named HAPPY VALLEY. He went into a Hudson's Bay Company store there and bought around 25 silk panties. They came in one size (HUGE), had fur lining around the crotch area, and had HAPPY VALLEY inscribed across the butt area.

 

So, I actually bought a pair of the panties. I was going with a gal down in Miami and I figured next time I saw her, I would try to humor her with them. Well, it didn't work out so well. As she spread them out, I sort of chuckled, expecting to hear a chortle or two out of her. NOT SO! I guess she was insulted, because she "smashed" me atop the head with her purse so hard, it really hurt. Needless to say, we "split." Now, the way I figure it, there "oughta" be 24 more follow-on stories to this tale.

 

On the return trip, we flew mostly over the Canadian Province of Quebec. We had to make position reports by radio. One of the reporting points was Mont Joli. Sometimes, a co-pilot would squeeze the mike button and say "MOUNT JOLLY RADIO THIS IS_____ , OVER!"   "MOUNT JOLL."

Before he could finish a repeat call, the irate operator on the ground would try to correct us by saying something that sounded like "_ _, this is (MOAN-JOE-LEE RADIO!)" Anyway, it was all in good fun.

Back at K.I. the fun continued as we went into pay and allowances to collect $22 for our 7-day affair. NOT BAD!

Name withheld by request--for fear of retribution.

 

The famous Goose Grundig
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The gal who didn't like the Goose undies!
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Don Prouty and Desert Strike nose art

The story behind the story:

           I put the rattlesnake and Desert Strike on the side of the plane with the concurrence of the crew chief one afternoon that we were on alert at March AFB. I used some colored grease pencils that the crew chief came up with. When we returned to K.I., eventually the Wing Commander saw it and wanted it taken off. Well it had been on long enough for the grease pencil color to etch into the aluminum. They tried everything to get it off, but ultimately had to re-skin that section.

 

Don Prouty

 

Payne Stewart Accident

 

On October 25, 1999, a chartered Learjet 35 was scheduled to fly from Orlando, Florida to Dallas, Texas. Early in the flight the aircraft, which was cruising at altitude on autopilot, gradually lost cabin pressure. As a result, all on board were incapacitated due to hypoxia— a lack of oxygen. The aircraft failed to make the westward turn toward Dallas over north Florida, and continued flying over the southern and midwestern United States for almost four hours and 1,500 miles (2,400 km), until it ran out of fuel and crashed into a field near Aberdeen, South Dakota after an uncontrolled descent. Among the six people on board were golf star Payne Stewart and Bruce Borland, a highly regarded golf architect with the Jack Nicklaus golf course design company

 

The 42-year-old captain, Michael Kling, held an airline transport pilot certificate and type ratings for Boeing 707, Boeing 720, and Learjet 35. He also had Air Force experience flying the KC-135 and E-3 Sentry. He was also an instructor pilot on a Maine Air National Guard KC-135E. According to Sunjet Aviation records, the captain had accumulated a total of 4,280 hours of flight time (including his military flight time) and had flown a total of 60 hours with Sunjet, 38 as a Learjet pilot-in-command and 22 as a Learjet second-in-command. Mike Kling was a former member of the 46th Air Refueling Squadron.

 

 

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