Remember When…


First Minute Missile Launched from Pacer Link Modified EC-135                16 March ’87
First Ever Strategic Connectivity Performance Test (Outstanding Results!)   14 April ’87
Runway Closure Deployed Operations                                              March ’86 – Oct ’86
             (Minot AFB, Offutt AFB, Malmstrom AFB)

TRIVIA  (what?)                                                    NICKNAMES – (who?)
Doomsday Machine =                                                       “Buck” –
Rollover Coffin =                                                               “Cracker” –
MESK =                                                                            “Hutch” –
Too Sick To Fly =                                                              “Pappy” –
AEAO =                                                                            “Tic-Tac” –
“Lays on belly and passes gas” =                                    “Spank” –
Right Seat =                                                                     “Speedy” –
Delta-01 =                                                                        “Lucky” –
Delta-09 =                                                                        “Mud Slide” –


“SHOW and TELL” 
with SSGT Dan Martone
First Fully Pacer Link modified aircraft (EC-135L)

39         FINAL SCORE        36 4ACCS Deployment Patch




41 thoughts on “Remember When…

  1. Remember when Luke Disilvestro and I were the lead in a 2 ship MITO with Bryan Anderson as #2…..I told Luke to delay rotation by 5 seconds and so did Bryan….we were filmed by the tower as rotating simultaneously…it was wrong …but awesome site

  2. During an alert at Minot, I remember being the first one to the hold line and the last one to cross it, and still made my timing. Long story short, my crew and I had a face to face with the DO that day and we weren’t invited to sit.

  3. Famous last words before you pray from “Mad Jack” Elliott A/C – “Ladies and gentlemen I am about to demonstrate how the space shuttle re-enters”.

    • Flew with Mad Jack many times both at 4 ACCS and Slik Purse. Saved my life and got me home on time on several occassions. In one case, i think we would still be sitting waiting on winds in the Azores if Jack hadn’t been at the controlls.

      • Tom, Does this sound familiar , ” Bonzo 52, Bonzo 52, Minneapolis Center, Break Left, Break Left, Break Left…” followed by a shadow passing by the missile compartment window.

    • Famous last words from a parked aircraft while doing an early morning training upload following a late night pub crawl during runway closure: “I think I’m gonna be sick!”

      • This can only be one person, the first and only 4 ACCS/ALCS female airborne missile crewmember.

  4. Famous last words from the A-2 aircrew on alert at Minot after they launched to refuel The Glass, “We were supposed to wake up the back end crew?”

  5. My first alert at Minot was with Jeff Mikesell. He and the crew went out a few minutes before I did – as I stepped out of the alert shack Jeff waved me over to the jet. I asked if I still needed to walk all the way to the ECP or was I cleared to cross RED. He assured me it was safe to stroll across the red line since we were parked right there in front of the shack. The moment my foot landed inside the red line the jeeps started rolling and the securtity guards were yelling at me to get down. Jeff said “you better run!” So I turned around and ran back inside the alert shack and hid under my bed. I heard the guards rummaging through the rooms until everyone came back inside. I suppose they saw and heard the whole thing because they stopped looking for me after awhile. Dang… thanks Jeff.

  6. I remember when Luke and I did a tandem carrier landing on tables at the zero club during a Navy promotion party. I also remember the bill everyone had to pay to cover the damages.

      • Hey Tommy no kidding. I can remember flying with your crew (you must have been busy up at Johnson Siding) when the roomies got in a bit of a “disagreement” during the approach. Danger Mouse is telling them to knock it off and I’m in the jump seat laughing…

  7. I remember an alert tour during the Winter/Spring of 1984, I think it was. Alert facility personnel warned us beforehand that a big storm was on the way. They even warned us that we’d lose power and should tape all the windows (yeah, no emergency power for the alert facility). They were right. Storm blew in during the night, power went down, and the fun was on. The next morning someone had run a bunch of extension cords from a pole where our alert vehicles were parked, into the facility, and we had a lamp and a coffee pot going in one of the small rooms downstairs. Later, we found out the the alert chow hall still had power and two people had spent the night. The base was shut down and only two (so I heard) artic cats were running base-wide, so we couldn’t even get box lunches sent down from BASOPS! So the next best thing to do, was get inside the chow hall, and with the help of the two folks there, they came up with some food for us. Eventually, I think the box lunches got delivered! Power finally came back on later that day and the Cold War, which pretty much came to a screeching halt that day, was able to continue. Alert at Ellsworth. Great times!!!

  8. I remember when I was a fresh new A/C pulling my first alert on the C model….went out for the horn, couldn’t fire up the cartridge, so we used air. We taxied down the runway and the MSgt came up afterwards and informed me we had a GOOD cart in the engine….I had squeezed the switches wrong. I was so thankful the WARNING in the Dash one was wrong that time about it being dangerous to taxi with a good cartridge in the engine!!

    Jeff Kaloostian

  9. Carm Auwater popped my true believing, tight ass Stan/Evil cherry during an Ellsworth Air Show. Just prior to takeoff, he’s telling me to shut off the water injection just as soon as the gear was up. What?? Clear no-no, but he’s the all knowing SQ/CC, and he’s CARM. I’m more worried about the butt chewing from Fran Goelz when he finds out. (more like a slow stare accompanied by a head shake that would pummel your soul)
    So we take off and I stop the water waaay too early. Carm sneaks the plane around the back of the audience, comes roaring in at min altitude. We’re crossing over the crowd, he bends the throttles over the fuel panel and yells “Start the water!”. What’s better at an airshow than noise and smoke? Well, he hauls back on the yoke, and we pitch that nose up and hold it at 45 degrees spewing black stinky until the water finally gives out. Eat your heart out Thunderbirds – the sky pig has a few tricks of her own! Regulations be damned! I didn’t stop grinning for a week.

  10. Carm also flew the last C model back from Malmstrom after runway closure. The base was turned out to watch. He pulled and most beautiful “S” roll ever done in and EC-135………..and blew all the oil seals in the engines. It was a great show!!!

  11. Sounds all too familiar. Like the time I looked out the side window expecting to see sky and saw runway. This was immediately followed by “I have the airplane”

    • Think I was on that one too. Weren’t we doing “crash and dashes”? I remember the Comm guys got bounced all over the place. After we got whoa’d up, A/C got on interphone and checked to see if we were all OK. Interesting way to end a flight……

  12. Great reunion in Rapid City over the weekend. My thanks to Mary and Duane for all their hard work and although the ROs were in short supply, it was great seeing those who were there. I hope we keep this going.

    • I second that Bill. Great time was had by all. I still think Carm is related to Dick Clark maybe Bob Parker too! Thanks Mary and Duane!

  13. Remember: The third B-1B [85-0076] crash happened on approach to Runway 31 at Ellsworth AFB, SD on 17 November 1988. … It was a dark and very low ceiling night…sometimes breaking out below minimums. Got diverted to Offit and stuck there for 3 days while they cleaned up runway “yard sale”. The four crewmen aboard ejected and escaped injury. The aircraft struck three wooden poles, a high-voltage power line and an approach light stanchion about 2,900 feet from the approach end of the runway. The Air Force concluded that the pilot and co-pilot had lost track of altitude as they tried to line up their landing approach in heavy overcast.

    • I was on a SAR Team right by the alert facility SGt Adams and SGT Dewrock we were watching touch and go,s and one plane before this B1 also had a rough landing me and Tony looked at each other and said dam hope we dont loose one we will never get off shift . Guess what 10 mins before shift change one went down.

    • I was TDY with a crew to Mather (I think) when the B-1 went down. We were the first A/C to land at Ellsworth a few days after the accident and we landed with a displaced threshold. All of the wreckage was still in place as we landed. Somewhere I have a pretty good picture of the wreckage as we were on short final.

      • The A/C was later promoted and eventually became a negotiator for the initial START Treaty and its implementation.

  14. I remember the Fall of the Berlin Wall 10 November 1989 while on alert in the new alert facility at Ellsworth (the tanker crews did a good job building that for us. hahaha), seeing the East Germans storming and swarming it and then tearing it down. It was a bit surreal, realizing that my aircrew mission to man the ICBM force may be going away in the next few years…the beginning of the end of the Cold War…the “glacer” was melting and cracking and falling down.

  15. Lucky to be duty crew coming back from Minot TDY. Squall line roaring thru Ellsworth. 60 miles from home plate I look at radar, tell pilot, John Lott, uh.. Pilot? Whatcha got at 10 o’clock, 40 miles? Nav, a Tornado, doing a number on Box Elder. Pilot come right 30! Wx avoidance.

  16. Another Carm story. Just took off heavy to fuel a buff. It calls it off. TU. end of quarter, nobody needs anything. Has me calling any body within CONUS to come play ….. No joy. So we ask Denver permission and get to circle Devils Tower at MEA. Flaps, gear, anything to burn off four hours gas so they can land. I swear you could see tourists staring at us.

    Then was asked on way home to do the flyover at Mt Rushmore. Busted missions with Carm were better than anything you could plan.

  17. We were on a Glass flight, and had a receiver refueling scheduled that day. I asked the general (forget who it was) if he wanted to sit in the jump seat for the refueling, and he said yes. Vince Kramer was in A/C upgrade training at the time, and I asked the general if he minded if I gave the A/R to Vince, and he agreed. I was in the right seat and Vince was in the left. As we closed near the contact position, the tanker had an autopilot pitch-up malfunction. You know where his tail goes when his nose pitches up – down toward our heads! We did a no-@#$% breakaway and luckily didn’t have a midair. With some negative Gs, the battle staff in the back was a total mess along with a few flight suits. We eventually completed the A/R with the tanker autopilot off which made for a few angry back enders. The smartest thing I did that day was to ask the general to sit in the jump seat – saved a lot of explaining on my part.

  18. I remember that morning, my due date, i woke up feeling “froggy”, I called Ernie Haycraft to let him know I would be late. I was 10 mins late. I went to lunch at 11 and felt a pain and was back to the office by noon so Dan Bird could go to lunch. Dan said I should go to the hospital, but I still had work to do. When Dan got back he was getting nervous. “I don’t want you dekivering on my desk!” (Dan was kinda serious about germs.) By 2, I called John Buckland to let him know I was headed to the hospital. That was Chuck Counsellor’s cue. He and John were conducting a dorm inspection with the Wing King. John was left to explain the reason Chuck and not he was heading to the hospital. (You see, Cuck had delivered a baby in the back of a snow cat, while john had only ever delivered kittens, and this was January 1990. Jasmine came on her due date, patiently waiting until after my normal work day…

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