Presentation on theme: "”57 Years in the Jet Stream”"— Presentation transcript:
1 ”57 Years in the Jet Stream” Bob Krone:Mr. Tamiya, Mr. Hirooka, Mr. Makino, Mr. Fred Medel, Mr. Richard Poulsen, and you Tamiya Modelers who have travelled from afar toBe here for Tamiya-Con XI.Thank you for your invitation to be your guest speaker today.It’s a pleasure to be amongst the worlds finest model creators.I would like to introduce m co-pilot, Sue Krone …she flies with meEverywhere.And I want to acknowledge those Distinguished Flying Cross membershere today .. Please stand .. Thank you for coming.Can everyone hear me? Loud and clear?I have titled my talk today “Models I’ve Liked for 50 Years”Actually, it’s been 53 years..I started fling in 1953
2 MENU 1. Planes I Flew 2. Combat Planes & Flying: The Reality that Models Model3. Space4. QuestionsSo these are the main subjects I’ll talk about today. And youWill have an input into how much detail we go into anything.
3 North American T-6D Specs & Performance Span, 42 ft Length, 29 ft Height, 11 ftWeight, 5,617 lbsArmament, smoke rxEngine, PW, R-1340,600 hpCrew, 2Max Speed, 206 mphCruise Speed, 145 mphRange, 1,000 milesCeiling, 23,200 ftHere’s my first airplane…. Pretty awesome for a 23-year oldGuy who had never flown in an airplane before.Bob Krone flew, Pilot Training, Marana Air Base Arizona, 1953
4 North American T-28 Specs & Performance Span, 41 ft Length, 32 ft Height, 13 ftWeight,Armament, 2, 50-Calguns, 1800 lbs storesEngine, Wright R-18201,425 hpCrew, 2Max Speed, mphCruise Speed, 230 mphRange, 1,060 milesCeilingThen I graduated to the North American T-28 ….a little bigger andHeavier and could fly over mph.Bob Krone flew pilot training 1953, Big Springs, Texas
5 Lockheed T-33A Specs & Performance Span, 37 ft Length, 37 ft Height, 12 ftWeight, 15,000 lbsArmament, calmachine guns, noseEngine, Allison, J-33,5,400 lbs thrustCrew, 2Max Speed, mphCruise Speed, 455 mphRange, 1,000 milesCeiling, 45,000 ft.At Big Springs, Texas I get my first jet flying… in the T-Bird ….Bob Krone flew pilot training 1953, Big Springs, Texas
6 And you will recognize this model of an F-84G, my first fighter Jet … getting my first weapons training at Luke AFB, AZ in earlyI also flew a “Cold seat T-33” there with 50-cal machine guns in the nose.2006 Tamiya Catalog
7 Lt Jack Harper With F-84G 50 Cal Ammunition, Turner AFB, GA 1954 Here’s my squadron mate, Jack Harper, holding 50-cal ammo with the F-84G behind.
8 F-84FThunderstreakThen, in early I was assigned to the 31st Strategic Fighter Wing at Turner AFB Georgia for my first operational squadron…. It turned out to be my Longest USAF assignment years to 1958… and I transitioned into the swept wing F-84F, Thunderstreak.
9 F-84Fs, Turner AFB, Georgia 1954-1957 Specs & PerformanceSpan, ftLength, 43 ftHeight, 15 ftWeight, 27,000 lbsArmament, 5, 50 calmachine guns, Rx,6,000 lbs bombsEngine, Wright J657,220 lbs thrustCrew, 1Max Speed, 685 mphCruise Speed, 535 mphRange, 1,900 milesCeiling, 44,450 ftHere are the specs for the “Super Hog” and pictures I made atTurner AFB. Georgia as a First Lieutenant.F-84Fs, Turner AFB, Georgia
10 Here is an airborne shot with the gun sight on an F-84F
11 Fifty-Four Years Ago 31st Strategic Fighter Wing - F-84Fs Lead Crew of theYearLt. Bob KroneI may be one of a very small group of fighter pilots that earnedA Strategic Air Command Lead Crew of the Year Trophy. GeneralCurtis LeMay was the SAC Commander and for a few years heTolerated fighters as part of his command. We trained to act asEscorts for the SAC bombers and we had a nuclear mission.
12 RF84F - Thunderflash Specs & Performance Span, 33’ Length, 47’ Height, 15’Weight, 25,390Armament, 4/50CalMachine Guns, wingEngine, J-65-W-77,800 lbs thrustCrew, OneMax Speed, 629mphCruise Speed, 542mphRange, 2,000 milesCeiling 39,390’And here is the Republic Aviation’s first USAF fighter plane to beDesigned as a recce fighter… the RF84-F. Note the big difference between the F-84 and RF-84F … the intake changed from the noseIn the F-84 to the wings in the RF84 .. And that design you willSee again in Republic’s F-105D. …my favorite model.I had the privilege of flying ag RF-84F across the Atlantic fromFarmingdale, Long Island .. Republic’s plant .. To Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands in MayRF-84F, High-Flight, Republic Aviation, NY to Denmark
13 North American F-100D/F Specs & Performance Span, 39 ft Length, 54 ft Height, 16 ftWeight, 38,048Armament, 4 M-39,20mm cannons,5000 lbs ext storesEngine, PW J-57,16,000 lbs thrustCrew, 1/2Max Speed, 926 mphCruise Speed, 590 mphRange, 1,970 milesCeiling, 55,000 ftIn the Summer of our 31st Wing changed from SAC to the Tactical Air Command and from F-84Fs to the F-100D Super Sabre.After a year flying the Hun from Georgia, followed by a year as a General’s Aide-de-Camp in Korea, I returned to F-100 flying atItazuke Air Base, in Fukuoka, Japan from … including being a member of the Fighter-Weapons team.Bob Krone flew Turner AFB, Georgia ; Itazuke AB, Japan
14 F-100 & KC-135 Probe and Drogue Air Refueling Air refueling was a continual challenge throughout my flying career.Here is a KC-135 Tanker and an F-100 with a probe and drogueAir refueling system.F-100 & KC Probe and Drogue Air Refueling
16 Pipers & Cessnas Bob Krone flew Aero Clubs 1954 - 1963 I obtained an FAA Commercial Pilot’s License in and flewSmall civilian planes in aero clubs until Mixing the Piper andCessna flying with jet flying added tremendously to my airbornePerspectives.Bob Krone flew Aero Clubs
17 North American F-86A Specs & Performance Span, 37 ft Length, 37 ft Height, 15 ftWeight, 13,791 lbsArmament, calRx, lbs bombsEngine, GE J-47,5,200 lbs thrustCrew, 1Max Speed, mphCruise Speed, 540 mphRange, milesCeiling, 49,000 ftLieutenant General Bob Lee, selected me from the 31st Tactical Fighter Wing in Georgia to be his Aide-de-Camp for 13 months in Korea, where had been appointed to be the Chief of Staff, United Nations Command,The #2 military leader in Korea. The Republic of Korea Air Force,ROKAF, was flying F-86’s. All it took was a letter from General LeeAnd I flew the F-86 with the ROK pilots.Bob Krone flew Osan AB, Korea
18 Army Cessna 0-1, Bird Dog Specs & Performance Span, 36 ft Length, 25 ftHeight, 9 ftWeight, lbsArmament, smoke RxEngine, Cont ,213 hpCrew, 2Max Speed, 150 mphCruise Speed, 115 mphRange, milesCeiling, 20,300 ftDuring the same year in Korea the U.S. Army let me fly the01 Bird Dog. There were no rules for flying in South KoreaThen except you can’t fly north over the DMZ.Bob Krone flew K-3 Korea
19 Douglas C-47 Specs & Performance Span, 95 ft Length, 64 ft Height, 17 ftWeight, 33,000 lbsArmament, noneEngine, 2 PWR-1830, 1,200 hpCrew, 6Max Speed, 232 mphCruise Speed, 175 mphRange, 1,513 milesCeiling, 24,450 ftWhen I went to work on my Masters Degree at the University ofPittsburgh in , it was the Gooney Bird that I flewBob Krone flew Pittsburgh, PA
20 North American T-39 Specs & Performance Span, 44 ft Length, 44 ft Height, 16 ftWeight, 18,650 lbsArmament, noneEngine, 2 PW,J-603000 lbs thrustCrew, 2, 7 passengersMax Speed, 538 mphCruise Speed, 500 mphRange, 1,348 milesCeiling, 42,000 ftThis little North American jet-liner was fun to fly out ofRandolph AFB,Bob Krone flew Randolph AFB, TX
21 Bob Krone checked out in the F-4 at Eglin AFB,FL, 1967 Max speed – 1,400 mph, Ceiling – 59,600I checked out in the F-4 in in Florida, but my all-time favoriteAirplane was the F-105 Thunderchief.2006 Tamiya Catalog
22 Republic F-105D/F Specs & Performance Span, 35 ft * Max Speed, mphLength, 64 ft * Cruise, 778 mphHeight, 20 ft * Range, milesWeight, 52, * Ceiling, 51,000Engine, PW, J-75, 24,500 lbs thrustCrew, 1,2Armament, M61 Vulcan 20mm cannon,12,000 lbs ordnanceBob Krone flew George AFB, CA; McConnell AFB, KS;Korat Air Base, Thailand
23 OLIVER NORTH INTRODUCTION OF “ROLLING THUNDER,” 2 OCT 2005, “WAR STORIES”, FOX NEWS
24 You choose the subject(s) and the order COMBAT FLYING MENUThe F-105D, My combat airplaneThe North Vietnam Scene,Ending the Bombing Halt MissionBob Krone’s Meaning of theVietnam WarYou choose the subject(s) and the order