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2016.0710 - Meyer Ltr
2016.0118 - OWH article
2016.01 _SMSGT Johnston promotion party

Subject:    B-47 Book

Date:   Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:21:52 -0500


The publisher has just announced it is having a pre-Christmas sale of all books, including mine. For any orders placed before midnight Nov. 30, they are offering a 40% discount.   (Since starting the project, I have received orders for 66 books including 6 more to the Air Force Museum bookstore, which had already bought and sold over 125. )

Subject: B-47 Book
       A few years ago I had published the book shown below. The book shown is actually the hard cover version with its rather pricy cost. Only 5% of buyers buy the hard cover, and another 5% buy the EBook, on-line. Paper cover represents 90% of my sales, over 1,000. It has been purchased by individuals and museums. The Air Force Museum has sold over 100 and the 8th Air Force Historical society has sold over 50. Other museums where it has been sold include the Smithsonian, SAC, Eglin, Valiant, Castle, to name some, but not all. Many former B-47 crew and maintenance personnel have bought it and I have a folder full of email praises. As much as they enjoy the book itself, the commend me for telling about the long-forgotten Cold War. I discuss the Cold war, Khrushchev, some on the fact that it is the first mass-produced, swept wing, multi-jet engine plane and to exceed over 500 mph and fly over 40,000 feet. I also describe 34 of the 229 fatal accidents, from briefing room to final conclusions direct from the USAF Flying Safety Tab A. The 229 represent about 11% of all 2041 that came off the assembly line, none of which saw combat, 54 just on takeoff or touch and go.

If you are interested, email me and/or send a check for $29.00, for the soft cover, which includes about $3.00 shipping costs, in the U.S. Send to:       Louis J. Malucci, 20 Glenbrook Dr., Fairport, NY 14450.   
I am willing to guaranty it. Not satisfied, I’ll return your $26.00. Fair enough?

B-47:Stratojet  By Louis Malucci       Hardcover, 234 Pages
Price: $37.17     Prints in 3-5 business days

         A real-life story of being a crewman on a Boeing B-47 Stratojet, the world’s first multi-engine jet aircraft, with its nuclear payload, during the era of the cold war. It brings in the evolution of the nuclear generation and the threat to the free world. It is historical, informative, educational tragic in many areas, humorous in others and delves into human emotions. It is about the crews and their ominous mission and the preparation and training to qualify for this mission.

        "A great read!" If you have any interest in B-47s, or the Strategic Air Command during the Cold War, this book is a treasure. Mr. Malucci manages to share facts, first-hand accounts (and not just a little opinion!) in a very readable account. His very honest portrayal of the difficulties, as well as the satisfactions of being on a SAC crew are nicely done. He takes us through the initial training process, where we get a learning glimpse of how a good or bad instructor (or later on, a crew) can define a career. After a questionably-decided ‘wash-out’ flight, he trains to be a SAC navigator. By readable, I mean that you can spend six or seven pages reading exactly what it took to navigate these planes if you wish, or skip around and get wonderful small vignettes of how it felt in the ‘hole’ of a B-47, the smells and noises in the cramped quarters during hours-long missions. The life of a SAC crewman and his family are also covered, but I wish with a little more depth. Having been an Air Force ‘brat’ I would have liked to have seen more about securing housing at bases, the constant moving, the schools, etc. In fairness, he says the book is about B-47s, but he touches on the family life enough that I wish there was a little more of it. More sobering is his accounts of some of the many accidents towards the back of the book. Many people paid the ultimate price in this machine. It was a dangerous life. All in all, a good, honest read of life in the Air Force during the height of the Cold War. And no, I have never met Mr. Malucci or even heard of him before finding this book. I add this only because some ‘reviews’ seem questionable to me. But this is the real deal, a great, personal recollection of the times.
…. Tom Hanley, author of “Flyboys.”

From: David Frutchey     [mailto: dfrutchey@gmail.com
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 4:02 PM
Subject: 82nd SRS
​B/Gen Urschler-
       We've never met.  My name is Dave Frutchey (Col, USAF Ret.) a member of the 55th SRW at Forbes and later in the 82nd SRS, E-03 at Yokota and later Okinawa.  Flew with Vic Prislusky, Max Moore, et al., before picking up my own crew.
        Got your email address from Ron Nickerson here in San Antonio.  We have a group of old timers who meet for lunch once a month.  One day, Charlie McBride brought in the two  82nd SRS photo albums that he got from Shirley Hoover in Omaha.  We looked thru them, told war stories, and decided that they should be  preserved in some fashion.  I volunteered to put them on a web site for anyone to look at.
Now comes the problem...I've got 67-70 and 70-72 covered but nothing beyond that. 
         I'm looking for history, pic's etc, beyond 72.  Who replaced you?  got any names I can go to for photos?"   Trying to cover the years 72-77.
         If you haven't gone to the website, try     
goo.gl/huyuBK     top right corner of home page sends you to the year groups I've got.
         Thanks in advance for your help!
From: <J1a2c3k@aol.com>                    Date: Mon, May 29, 2017
Subject: Remembering those who died / National Museum of the USAF Gardens
                   Just a reminder of those who paid the supreme sacrifice  while serving our country..........
The 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Association (now 55th Wing Assoc.)
       Cold War Memorial located at the National Museum of the USAf"s Gardens near Dayton, Ohio
The 55th Wing Association
along with the local Aksarben Chapter of the Air Force Association
 provided the flag pole for the Offutt AFB Cemetery , and each year
provides a new flag for the Cemetery.

The 2017 Memorial Day Ceremony featured a trio of great speeches by
Neb. Gov. Pete Ricketts, 55th Ops Gp Cmdr. Col. Joe Santucci, and 55th Wing/CC Col. 'Moose' Reynolds.
NEB Gov. Pete Ricketts L-R: Jim Thomas, Max Moore, Steve Stevens,
Chris Canada, & Jim Maloney

From: John Kovacs
Date: Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 10:37 AM
Subject: Monument background

Just noticed today, that they have cut the lower branches of the pine trees behind the monument. Now their mowers can drive under the trees. So far, they have not cut our Blue Spruce.

In a message to Max Moore dated 7/6/2016 1:54:11 P.M. Central Daylight Time,kmeyer@stanton.net writes:

1.  Max,  Yes, I got the newsletter and like I suppose like others do, read every word of it.  Thanks a bunch. 

        The Heritage booklet is also an enjoyable addition, and thanks for sending that.  It puts some of our stories in print.  There are many which are still not told and it would be enjoyable to hear those, too.  There have been many near misses which would make exciting reading.  The Cuban crisis, when we flew under wartime flight restrictions, using all of the runway and the lowest possible minimums, has some untold stories.  What was Britton’s crew doing, for example, and what about the airplane that went into Tampa Bay flying out of McDill?   Would it be possible to get some of those declassified so the membership could share?  The Freedom of Information Act should allow some of that stuff to finally be seen.  It would take some detective work, which would likely begin with members telling us they have a story to tell, collecting that list, and getting Air Force historians to share their files on those matters.  Just an idea, but it would flesh out the real history of the wing for all of us to share.  Thanks a bunch for all you do.  I have mostly quit practicing law and am in full retirement up here in Stanton.  Am 77 now and Health is kind of lousy.  My time in the 55th was still the best part of my life, and it is a source of pride to me to be “the last man standing” on the bell, my name there along side Harry Tull and Robb Hoover, the backend crew from crew S-67.  Glad to see the report that the bell is still the symbol I hoped it would become.  Robb Hoover would be proud, too, the bell being his idea during that TDY to Upper Heyford.  Of course, Howard Rust, Vic Prislusky, and Arlen Howe are there, too.
Chuck Meyer


Omaha World Herald Article   Jan 18, 2016
For a nation, the Gulf War lasted weeks; for Nebraska-based unit, the mission never ended
By Steve Liewer / World-Herald staff writer | Posted: Monday, January 18, 2016 12:30 am

55th Strategic Air Reconnaissance

Rivet Joint crew members from the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing pose in front of RC-135V at Riyadh Air Base, Saudi Arabia, during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

click herte for full article
|Jan , 2016

At the Wing's Stripes promotion ceremony, 15 January 2016, Patriot Club, newly promoted SMSgt Vanessa Johnston, 55th Wg Assn Board member is pictured with:

L to R:  Assn President Jim Thomas, CMSgtAF(#6) Jim McCoy, Board members Max Moore and Paul Jeanes.

Second photo is Vanessa with her 97th IS squadron friends.
SMSgt Johnston (center) with certificate; also in picture Col Marty Reynolds, 55th Wg CC, and Command CMSgt Mike Morris, both in Class A blues.