FROM THE PAST Guest Book Entries for 2017
Leland Haynes passed away on November 26, 2010. I was honored that he and his family asked that I continue keeping this web site going after he passed. Since he passed away, there have been no postings to the Guestbook/Alma Mater page, because all submissions went to his personal email address, to which I had no access.
At the request of many people in the Blackbird Community, I am resuming the Alma Mater page. I have created a new submission site, in the same format and with the same rules as the one created by Leland. All of Leland's rules below will be followed to the letter.
- David Allison (www.habu.org) on behalf of Leland Haynes and family
I have been requested to include recollections from various
personnel that have either worked on the SR-71 or have been closely associated
with the program through support operations. Bear in mind that the SR-71 could
have never flown had it not been for the expertise of personnel in a wide
variety of specialties in the US Air Force and civilian industry. These
include but are not limited to KC-135Q Refueling Support, Air Traffic
Controllers, Security Policemen, Base Fire Suppression Support, Medical
personnel, Lockheed Technical Support, Physiological Support Division (PSD)
and a vast array of top notch people that expended that extra effort to ensure
the success of the program. If you have been associated with the Blackbird
Program and wish to share something with others, please feel free to make an
entry in the:
There are Twenty-One total web pages that comprise the "SR-71 Alma Mater and Recollections of the Past"
The original web page (the one you are on now) had grown to over 3 Megs
in size. To expedite your Browser loading, I have divided the "Guest
book" Entries into Chronological year groups by dates the e-mail was
The first year group starts in 1996 and includes the year 1997
"Eagles may soar, but weasels do not get sucked into jet engines."
Tue, Dec 19, 7:30am MST, MSgt Tom Walton
I was a Com/Nav tech from 1972 until 1978 assigned to the 9AMS. Currently I am a volunteer with the Pima Air and Space Museum Restroration section, I would like to contact someone that can tell me how to change the tires on the SR-71. We have the tires but no tech data.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017, 9:14pm EST, Civ Monica Allison
writes: Gil Bertelson has passed away.
Just saw a note from Les Dyer that Gil Bertelson passed away December 7, 2017. More info at the link below:
Tue, Oct 10, 10:14am EDT, A1C Tim Herman
Great site! I was stationed at Beale 1970-1972, Phase Inspection on the blackbird. Still awesome today and I am 66 yrs. I have pictures and models spanning the walls of my home office!
Fri, Sep 22, 5:45pm CDT, MSgt Menko Christoph
If anyone is interested, I added several photographs to my Facebook "Photos" folder, from the June 2017 Reunion. Be advised, my FB page is public, and can be seen by anyone who is part of FB. For any question please contact me via e-mail, or feel free to call me at: 636-447-8539. Enjoy the pics.
Fri, Sep 15, 4:31pm EDT, Civ. Keith Gill
We are displaying SR-71B 956 at our museum. I am trying to prepare a new exhibit on this plane. I was hoping to gain contact with Claude Nickerson. Any chance you can help me out? I would like to interview him about HIS plane and help with our exhibit.
Keith R. Gill
Director of Exhibits and Museum Programming
6151 Portage Road
Portage, MI 49002
Tue, Aug 15, 2017, 9:14am PDT, TSgt Herb Greathouse
writes: Joe Gaudet has passed away.
Just wanted to pass on some info, Joe Gaudet passed away Aug 9, 2017.
Ron was a true gentleman. He was generous, thoughtful, helpful and very intelligent… and we miss him already.
Sat, Apr 22,4:44pm EDT, Civ John Altson
Hello out there,
I was lead software developer for the Airborne Instruments team that developed the mission planning software for the SR-71. I’d like to write a book about my experiences in doing the software development, but I wanted to ask you a few basic questions first
Was the AIL software actually used?
If yes, who might be a good contact on its usage in the missions?
Would anyone be interested in co-authoring a book with me, focusing on just the mission planning process?
Fri, Apr 21,11:52am CDT, MSgt Menko Christoph
Radio Check with former ANS or INS team members???
My wife Sue and I made our Reunion Travel and Hotel reservations, and we are interested to hear who is planning to be at the reunion, especially my former coworkers from the 9th Avionics Maintenance Squadron. Sue and I look forward seeing everyone again at Sparks in June.
Menko & Sue Christoph
Thu, Apr 20, 2017, 6:10pm CDT, Civ. John Mallozzi
writes: Jim Watkins has passed away.
Hello Mr. Allison,
James Louis Watkins, 91, of Marysville, CA, passed away on April 15, 2017. Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel, (530) 673-9542.
East Grand Prairie, TX
Fri, Mar 10, 7:09pm CST, Civ Jason VanOrsdol
I have a photo of an SR-71 on Deck at Kadena AFB or U-Tapoa in 1972 approximately. My Father, a Captain serving as a Navigator in USAF Strategic Air Command (TAC Vietnam), kept the photo private for many years. While I only have one photo of the SR-71, I would like to digitally share it with the group should the group so desire.
Thu, Feb 2, 2017, 5:22pm CST, Col. Rich Graham
writes: Bill Campbell has passed away.
I received an email from General Halloran; LtGen William Campbell passed away earlier today. He passed peacefully with his family around him.
A full Military Honors Funeral will be held at the Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72 (Clark Road), Sarasota, Florida, for friends and family at 2:00 o’clock on Monday the 13th of February. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Disabled Veterans of America and Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd, Sarasota, Florida 34234.
you have worked directly with the SR-71 or U-2, you may qualify to join the
Blackbird Association. Pilots, Maintenance Support Personnel, Contractors and
PSD support are examples.
Do you meet the following
criteria established to join the Blackbird Association?
1.You must have been Directly Associated with
the SR-71, U-2 Programs. Being stationed where the Blackbirds were operational
does not qualify. We have received numerous requests to join the Association by
personnel that do not qualify, for example CBPO, Supply, Etc. Certainly these
personnel contributed indirectly to the programs but remember the
qualifications states: "Directly Associated".
Association is Not a Locator Service!
Questions directed in this area will be ignored. If you wish to try and locate a
former member you may search
this page you are on to see if the individual has left a message.
3.When you contact Jack
Madison the first time:
MUST include "Blackbird
in the subject
with the Blackbirds (SR-71 or U-2).
Complete Home Mailing Address. Please
ensure the address is correct in all aspects. Sending just your E-Mail address
is not sufficient.