This entry was posted on September 7, 2012 by jetpilotoverseas. It was filed under 1960's, B-50, CWU 1/P, L-2b, USAF, Weather and was tagged with CWU 1/P.
I arrived at Yokota AB in 1966, the old WB 50 Airmen whom had married Japanese gals were still there, by then of course AWS was using WC 130s and WC 135 s and later the RB 57 F, they still had one as a sort of showpiece, I never saw if fly and then one day it was gone, too late by then to go take a look see, I went to the phased inspection where they at that time did 100 hour inspections, tear them apart and put back togeather. The WC 135 B model with serial # ending in 72 had vertical stabilizer problems at that time, I found out much later that it had gone down on landing due to the vertical stabilizer and the 100 hour inspection was not being used anymore, it was the state of the art maintenance program, due to manpower shortage and costs they did away with. I often wander about that, and a Chief Master Sgt at that time had said they are making a big mistake. It was premier learning program for a young airman to work there, the motley crew stayed covered in grease and were the hardest working men in the Squadron. The B 50s were so outdated, but did the mission that these later hi tech birds did, so they must have been one hell of a bird.
Airman Basic Robert Triplett
April 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm
I flew right scanner on those WB-50D’s there at Yokota from 1964-1968. They were tough acft and usually handled the typhoon penetrations without too much damage. They did suffer from the old Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times!!!!
March 7, 2015 at 12:38 pm
Nice photo, I was in Yokota a few times. I was in the 58th at Eielson AFB, Alaska. We have a reunion in Branson , MO every year if any of your group is interested. several of guys served in the 56th as well as many of the other weather sqds. We are always looking for new blood.
February 12, 2015 at 7:21 pm
Just happened across this PIX of a Tough Olde WB50D that I probably flew on as an Airborne Radio Operator 1958-59-60 Lots of Daily Buzzard WX Flights Buzzard-Hotel to the NorthEast past Misawa AFB along the Kurile Islands @ 13K out and 30+K return sorta around ADAK / Buzzard-Golf a SouthEast loop toward Guam at similar altitudes outbound & returning thru Yellow Sea between West of Korea then across Korea along the 38th Parrallel over The Sea of Japan and back to YOKOA. The Date might be after August 1960 when Watasi – Buzzard Budd left “The Land of The Sliding Doors” etc I think Capt Jordan was Co-Pilot with AC Capt BUTZ on my Flight Crew MSgt Lonnie James was the Radio Section HONCHO… Memory clouds after too many moons but I think the Colonel is Squadron Commander COMETH… The Daily flights got somewhat boring after 10 plus hours BUT TYPHOON Penetrations had an excitment of their own and a lot of other stuff that we called H-H-S 11-18-2016 email@example.com aka Buzzard Budd – DiDah – DiDahDit = AR
November 19, 2016 at 3:44 am
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