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Press Releases Related to the
Golden Bear Turnover
Here's a set of links to a number PDF files related to the turnover of the
Golden Bear to the AF at Travis AFB in April 1965. Most were produced by the
Travis AFB Public Affairs office, but there are a few from Lockheed, Pratt &
Download them to your local PC for viewing offline. Just "right-click" and "save-as". Use the Adobe Reader to view it, which you can download for free from their web site if you don't already have it installed on your machine.
This material was submitted from the files of Vernon Smith, by his son, Mark. Here's a copy of his note:
Believe it or not, my dad still had a file which contained the original press packet from the delivery of the Golden Bear on April 23, 1965. There were quite a few documents in the file.
Even though I went on to become a loadmaster I never really talked to him much about what he did in the Air Force. I'm sure he has a lot of historical information in his head about the plane. If you want to try and contact him he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, do you know Bob Swanson? He's my brother-in-law and was a C-141 pilot. He was a ART at the 710 MAS at Travis and eventually moved to the 349th Wing. He made full bird and got transferred to Charleston as the reserve wing commander there. He retired probably six or seven years ago.
You see why I was so interested in your site. My family has a lot of history with the C-141. I just hate to see them get scrapped. But they did serve for a long time.
Last Updated: Wed 12-Dec-2014