Our trip around Scotland is over and we are at our daughter's home. We put 1,150 miles on the rental car. Daughter's family went off to Church which is a 30 minute drive. I did not want to get back into a car just yet. Its R&R time.
While still driving north toward Scotland near the boarder we saw this RAF Radar Site. Long Range Early Warning I guess.
Up north in Scotland we saw this Radar Site on top of a mountain. Military or not I could not tell.
The city of York in England was our first stop after leaving our daughter's near RAF Lakenheath.
We stayed in the top hotel in York called "The Principal" It was next to the National Railroad Museum and across the street from the old walled city. We had a good time in York. Here below are a few photos.
The day is starting off great, up a little early to see our granddaughters off to school, having a good cup of coffee & muffin, hearing the sound of freedom often pass overhead, and later I'll take a walk down the forest road and along the river. This afternoon run a few errons including drop off some mail and get a tire checked on our rental car.
Running low on British Pounds so a few days ago tried to purchase some with dollars at the Bank on the military base (American Bank) and was told they could not help retired military. So, this morning stood in a long line at the English Brakely Bank because of a couple of eastern European men who could not speak English. Finely got to a window and figured I'd exchange this 100 Euro bill for British Pounds. Was told I had to have a bank card to do banking. Could not even use Dollars to get British Pounds. Being on vacation in England is not very friendly if you need to do business about currency. Went through 650 Pouinds in just over two weeks. Lucky they take Visa !
Saw this nutty woman outside RAF Lakenheath's main gate today with an upside down American flag. The English police were there so someone would not run over her. She kept trying to block traffic but the Officer moved her out of the lane onto the dividing line. I guess she never heard about the "Lend/Lease Program" between England and America before the USA entered the battle , and never learned about "D-Day" either.
Belinda and I have signed up for a cruise through the Carrabien this spring. That is not hurricane season we have been told.
I have never been on a cruise so this will be something new and places we have never been to.
Anyone ever been on a cruise in these waters and Islands?
You won't find what is in post number 43 out in the middle of blue water. Me personally, I would forever surrender any cruise in exchange for seeing more of what we have between the Atlantic Seaboard and the Pacific Coast and the Canadian and Mexican borders. I am going to be blunt; "WHAT IN HELL IS WRONG WITH SEEING THE USA"? Even if you don't own a Chrevrolet. Have you seen, Glacier Nat' Park, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Zion Nat'l Park, Wright Patterson National Air Museum? Hell, you could even stop in and see Lorin.... No, I have a thing with people that have seen more of the world than they have of their own country. And I am not talking about what has been seen while stationed overseas, but what was seen afterwards......That is my feelings and I am sticking with them.... Gary you are one of the one with more posts than anyone, so you are fairly well known in the SIXER World, yet you have never been to a reunion. These are voted on on the last day and are generally 2 years apart (it takes that long for volunteer labor to make and finalize plans), so you should have ample time to plan your travels to include a reunion. If you feel you are being chastised, you should, because that is exactly what I am doing. Sandy and I had to miss this one because of inability to fly and the expense of six days travel. This admonition was presented in a friendly Old Sarge manner.........
The Old Sarge What is Irish diplomacy? It’s the ability to tell a man to go to hell, in such a manner he will look forward to making the trip. And buy his ticket!
Jim,,,,I have been to most of the places you have mentioned and quite a few more. I've crossed this wide country 7 times by vehicle.
As for the Six Reunions the last few we have missed because of Belinda's inability to travel well. She broke her ankle and had surgery. Several years later had to have it replaced, then 18 months later a bone grew back and fractured, so another major surgery to fix that. Just a few years ago she had to have a knee replaced. About 18 months ago she had to have the other knee replaced and that went bad on her, so 6 months ago she had to have that redone. These surgeries have just about always conflicted with the reunion dates. I wanted so bad to go to the Denver reunion but we just couldn't. After these major surgeries there are months of recovery and physical therapy. We had plans for pikes peak, the narrow gauge railroad through the canyon, and a few other things to go with the Denver F-106 reunion. As for this cruise, its our 35th anniversary and we wanted to go to someplace we have never been. Heck, I don't even know if I'm going to enjoy a cruise or the Islands.
Speaking of Islands we have been to the Hawaiian Islands 10 times. That's USA.
We go to Europe because our 3 granddaughters are there and want to see them as often as possible. Yes we also do a mini vacation while we are over there. Seems like the thing to do as we are in Europe anyway and space-a (C-17 or KC-135) got us there at no cost.
BTW, after the cruise is over we are spending extra time in Florida.
I've had to put off a trip to Pennsylvania several times to visit relatives because of this. Its not just been F-106 Reunions.
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johncarr: I wonder if any one can help me find a friend from Det 2 48fis Robert Puls He was the chute man Got maried while he was at homestead I left the in Feb 73 my Email is [email protected]
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Bullhunter: Yery well said !
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flypapajohn: SMSGT James Gier, USAF Retired, passed away last evening! "The Old Sarge" was one of many great crew chiefs that I had the honor of knowing! Allan John Kelly, Lt Col USAF Retired
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Diamondback: Wave returned, Mike, though different vintage--my grandfather was a Green Dragon around '65-'70ish including Osan; one of the last out of NATO Chateauroux and a lot of that planeload ended up posted at McChord.
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oswald: what happened to the forum?
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ma1marv: Thank you for this info! I need to get back here more often!
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bobski9933: :-/Hey Sixers, I'm looking for any T.O. that listed weights of MA-1 heavy parts, like Stable Table, Radar Antenna, TR Unit, Magnatron, etc. How much did the "05 hell/door: weigh? How about Ground Service Equipment? for a VA back Disability Claim.
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Bullhunter: Pat Mcgee, I told 3 people how to order your key chains today.
Oct 6, 2019 15:15:34 GMT 9
sand4u: I was a F106 mechanic at George AFB 329th FIS from June 1963 to Jan 1967,swing shift mostly,worked on all the aircraft we had there.
Jul 31, 2019 4:21:21 GMT 9
pat perry: bobdavis Tell Armstrong's son to join Convair F-106 Delta Dart group on FaceBook and post his Dad's info. They have over 5000 members and his chances of finding those who served with his dad are better.
Jun 19, 2019 2:33:35 GMT 9
pat perry: On 12-31-2013 this was posted for LtCol Armstrong, Henry W by his son: I am signing on behalf of my father Lt Col HW Armstrong deceased 1-2-01 Skilled 102, 106, 101, 100 pilot and Cheif or Operations for the QF102, QF106 and QF 100 programs at Holloman AFB
Jun 19, 2019 2:00:59 GMT 9
bobdavis: I met a gentleman on another forum who say my signature F106 photo and messaged me. He said his Dad flew F106's back in the day. He said his name was Hank Armstrong. Did anyone know of him? Thanks in advance. Bob Davis 48th FIS and 4756th ABG
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