Martin Luther King Riots / Airlift



Ron Payne



I was a loadmaster assigned to the 75th MAS at Travis from 1966 to 1970. In 1968 we took troops from Texas to Chicago during the riots that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King.

( Check out this link for a brief recap of those tumultuous few days.)

We then we met up with many other C-141's at Peterson Field in Colorado. We loaded troops and equipment, ready to go in case of more riots. The funeral went quietly and we all went home. Here are some photos I took on that trip.

All Photos below: Copyright, 1968
Ron Payne

O'Hare on our arrival

Arrival at Peterson

On the Ramp at Peterson
A world away from the mess in Chicago

Getting Ready

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Running the Mill-Around Checklist

Pick One: 1) Coming. 2) Going.
The Mother of all Bag-Drags

All shiny and ready to go



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