Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

A happy new year to all who read the blog!  Here is a picture of Bub in Germany in 1953 in front of the post exchange at Gibelstadt where he was posted with the 603rd A. C, and W Squadron. More to come in 2013.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Remember Pearl Harbor

71 years ago an event happened that propelled my father into a future he could not imagine.  On December 7, 1941 an attack by Japanese forces occurred at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii that propelled the United States into World War II.  He was already in the Army Air Corps and was stationed at Eglin Field in Florida.  I asked him once what occurred to him there when news of the attack reached his base.  He related that someone raced through his camp yelling that Pearl Harbor had been attacked.  He remarked that at the time he wondered where Pearl Harbor was and what would be the implications would be of it.  In time he would find himself involved with the war effort at his base and his travels later in his career were related to the  effects the war had on the United States. It is unknown to me if anyone from Dad's hometown was at Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack but soon afterward his fellow townsmen would be scattered across the globe fighting the good fight.  It is to them that this note is dedicated in honor of their service.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Another view of a P-36c

Scouting around the internet I came across a clear image of one of the aircraft that my dad had seen at Eglin or Orlando.  The pictures of the P-36c's he took are not quite clear but this one was taken during the same time period.  It also has the tail code for the 23rd Composite Group and the MM stands for Maxwell Field in Alabama. I know its somewhat confusing but this was a time when units were moved  from their home fields faster than their tail codes could be modified to reflect the change. The plane in question is painted in the same scheme that Dad saw.  It is in a wind tunnel test stand to test for aerodynamic efficiency.  All in all a clear image of a elusive aircraft.  The photo is from the Langley photo archives.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans Day 2012

Dad in the Army Air Corps approx. 1944

Happy Veterans Day to all who served!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Flight Line at Orlando Field.

Here is a photo from about the summer of 1941. It was taken at the Orlando Air field in Florida that was being used as a satellite field in conjunction with Eglin field.  The aircraft is a P-36c in a transitional paint scheme.    By 1942 the tail stripes were gone and it would have been painted all olive drab.The aircraft was there as an evaluation aircraft as part of the 1st Pursuit's duty to test and evaluate aircraft and their systems.  Originally P-36's were left in a natural metal state with only the tail painted in red and white stripes and national insignia on the fuselage  and wings.  This plane is probably painted olive drab with grey undersides in a  pattern  used in 1941.

Friday, September 21, 2012

A lull in the blogging

Sorry for the long break in blogging but sometimes life intrudes to the point that writing is secondary.  Hopefully soon will post more interesting stuff.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Happy D-Day

Sorry for the long term hiatus, but life and work sometimes intrude on writing.  Today is the anniversary of D-Day.  My dad did not participate but several of his friends did and the work he did on testing aircraft was an important contribution to the final victory.  More posting to follow in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The LeMay Look

In rummaging through pictures of my father, Nathan Harrell Moran, I came across one of him in his dress uniform glaring at the camera. Dad was not one to smile at a camera but in this instance there may be a reason.

At the time Dad was in the Air Force one of the better known Generals was Curtis LeMay the pugnacious leader of the Strategic Air Command. LeMay was known as a no nonsense leader.  LeMay was often belligerent and didn't censor his words.  He was the inspiration for the character of the paranoid Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper in the movie Dr. Strangelove.  Though he was often caricatured the fact remains that he was the right man in the right place at the right time and many lives were saved because of it.

Quotes by Curtis Emerson LeMay:
If you kill enough of them, they stop fighting.

Every soldier thinks something of the moral aspects of what he is doing.  But all war is immoral and if you let that bother you, you're not a good soldier. 

We should bomb Vietnam back into the stone age.

And from his autobiography:
I had blood upon my hands as I did this, but not because I preferred to bathe in blood.  It was because I was part of a primitive world where men still had to kill in order to avoid being killed, or in order to avoid having their beloved Nation stricken and emasculated.

Compare Dads picture to LeMay and you might just see the resemblance too.

Gen. Curtis LeMay
Nathan H. Moran