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• Monthan Memories - Part Two •

All images Neil Aird © 1966 - 1968 except where noted by Tom Baillie © 1968.

Updated: 18 August 2013

My first trip to Davis-Monthan was back on 10 September 1966. I was not sure about security at this huge facility, so I made do with a drive along the fence-line early in the morning. Had I known what I know now, images would have been better. I watched the fence-line patrols go by, and tried to look "innocent" in my rented big Ford Thunderbird. I made a few snaps of "Celebrity Row" and scribbled down us much as I could. Film was scarce, numbers were too plentyfull and it was - oh so hot, hot, hot!
Smoke emanating from smelting operations!
Soon it was over. I returned my rental "tank" and as I sat back in my Convair 580 N73140, Frontier flight "581" to Phoenix departing Tucson at 10:15 - I took one last snap of distant Davis-Monthan. "I will be back" I smiled - indeed I was, two years later, clutching a coveted USAF Entry Pass!
Above photos: Neil Aird © 10 September 1966
With not enough money for much colour slide film, I had to make do with black and white, hoping to develop and print the negs someday. Well, that day has finally come. I don't even have to go into the darkroom to make the prints.
"Desert Tigers" two rows of the fine beasts. 141818/3L-641 Grumman F-11A Tiger USN VT-26sq.
When NAF Litchfield (now Goodyear Airport) closed, many of these airframe were transferred to MASDC. Here 139531/4B-109 North American AF-1E Fury (209-151) Navy/Marine of VT-86sq is on display by the perimeter fence in an early version of "Celebrity Row".
53-1525 North American F-86H-10-NA Sabre USAF. To Pima Air & Space Museum.
53-0965 North American F-86L Sabre Dog (201-409) USAF ex 354th FIS. To Pima Air & Space Museum.
53-1589 North American F-100D Super Sabre USAF Arizona ANG.
45-8612 Lockheed P-80B Shooting Star USAF. To Pima Air & Space Museum. Displayed as 22nd FBS, 36th FG.
52-6563 Republic F-84F-40-RE Thunderstreak USAF. To Pima Air & Space Museum. Now painted in Thunderbirds c/s.
53-2674 Northrop F-89J Scorpion USAF. To Pima Air & Space Museum.
What a difference colour makes. Photo: Tom Baillie © 09 September 1968
51-5623 Lockheed F-94C Starfire (880-8219) USAF. To Pima Air & Space Museum.
53-2135 Boeing B-47E Stratojet (44481) USAF.
49-0372 Boeing KB-50J Superfortress (16148) USAF.
44-70016 Boeing TB-29-75-BW Superfortress (10848) USAF 4715th REVRON (ECM). Now at Pima Air & Space Museum.
43-27712 North American TB-25J-1-NC Mitchell (108-34710) USAF. Later to Pima Air & Space Museum.
43-22494 Douglas A-26C Invader (18574) USAF. Later displayed at Pima Air & Space Museum.
44-77635 Curtis C-46D Commando (33031) USAF.
41-7723 Douglas C-47 Skytrain ( 4201) USAF Minnesota ANG.
42-72488 Douglas C-54D Skymaster ( 10593) USAF - PACAF.
49-0157 Fairchild C-119C Flying Boxcar (10394) USAF.
144044/01 Beech T-34B Mentor (BG-351) USN, Now resides in NMNA Museum. 49-0236 Douglas C-124 Globemaster (43165) USAF - scrapped.
49-2908 North American T-6G Texan (84-7624) "TA-908" USAF. Now at Pima Air & Space Museum.
53-0151 Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter (16933) USAF - SAC. To Pima Air & Space Museum.
51-0022 Grumman SA-16A/HU-16B Albatross (G-96) USAF. To Pima Air & Space Museum.
128362/S Lockheed P2V-5F Neptune USN/NATC.
39213 Beech SNB-5/UC-45J Expeditor (4297) USN 7L/213. MCAS El Toro. To Pima Air Museum.
133220 Grumman TS-2A Tracker USN.
124629 Douglas TF-10B Skyknight (7499) US NAVY NJ/196. To Pima Air & Space Museum, now painted as F3D-2T2 in Marines c/s. Coded LP-12.
134748 Douglas F-6A Skyray USN. To Pima Air & Space Museum, as F4D-1.
144426 Grumman RF-9J Cougar MARINES 7X/45. To Pima Air & Space Museum, as F9F-8P in VFP-61 c/s.
141363 Chance Vought RF-8G Crusader US NAVY GA/909 VFP-62 Squadron. w/o 18 July 1987 when with VFP-63. ??

Colour image: Tom Baillie © 09 September 1968

145445 Chance Vought F-8B Crusader US NAVY/MARINES 6A/11. SOC 29 July 1974.
145470 Chance Vought F-8B Crusader US NAVY/ MARINES 6A/4. Production Control Number (PCN) 2F108 Photo: Tom Baillie © 10 September 1968
Ten Chance Vought F-8 Crusader aircraft, including 144614/CY MARINES VMCJ-2sq; 146845 US NAVY; RF-8G 144608 US NAVY Johnsville; 145425/6A; 145473/7W RAW-93sq; 143762/UA; 145488/7W RAW-93sq.
143190 Lockheed EC-121K Warning Star (4464) United States Navy AEWBARONPAC SH/23. Sold to Kolar Inc., 09 October 1974 and broken up.
48-0614 Lockheed C-121A Constellation (749-2606) USAF "Colombine". Now in Pima Air & Space Museum.
145842 Bell HTL-7/TH-13N US NAVY HT/22 HC-4 Squadron. To Pima Air & Space Museum.
56-2159 Vertol H-21C Shawnee (C.321) US ARMY. To Pima Air & Space Museum now in 93rd Transportation Company, South Vietnam, 1962 markings.
145221 McDonnell F-3BA Demon United States Navy VF-13 Squadron AK/104 USS Shangi-La. Note Tom in the distance, his shot below! Photo: Neil Aird © 09 September 1968
145221 McDonnell F-3BA Demon United States Navy VF-13 Squadron AK/104 USS Shangi-La. Photo: Tom Baillie © 09 September 1968