Submitted by Steve Pearce on Wed, 2010-07-14 18:02
By: Steve Pearce
In 1971 when my pilot training was complete I was one of two members of class 71-06 at Reese AFB to be assigned as copilots to the 463rd TAW at Clark AFB. Most of our missions were out of Cam Rahn Bay AB, Viet Nam. When we were there the C-130 detachment was on a side of the base sort of by itself.
Submitted by Steve Pearce on Tue, 2010-07-06 14:42
By: Steve Pearce
When I completed pilot training in January 1970, I received orders to fly C-130’s out of Clark Air Base in the Philippines. My transition training into the C-130 Hercules was at Little Rock AFB then, I learned the tactical flying we would experience in Viet Nam at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina. The transition training instructor, Major Shelton, was one of the few Black pilots I encountered in the Air Force. He was as good as any C-130 pilot I met during my Air Force service. And because he was good, I had good training.
Going to war was not my idea. I drew a low draft number and entered ROTC in order to finish college. I was not one of the anti-war types and never considered fleeing to Canada to avoid the draft or serving. It was just not my first choice of careers when I finished college. But I was called and I did my duty.
After graduating from UPT (Undergraduate Pilot Training) at Reese AFB, Texas, I received orders to fly C-130’s in Southeast Asia for 18 months. Arriving in mid 1971, my orders would carry me thru the end of 1972 in the war zone.
Submitted by Steve Pearce on Sat, 2009-11-07 14:51
Fears, Death, And Flying
1957- My Earliest Memories of Fying
Lying on my back beside my oldest brother whom I deeply revered- I was 10 or 11 and he was 14 or 15. The crop duster would fly right above us- he always said that he could touch the wheels of the plane as it flew over us but I was always scared to reach up.