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No problem, Aharon! Just go back up north where you seem to have so much fun! Prop engines seem to prefer it cold, but not TOO cold, and snowy, rather than HOT and sandy. And I know, after 30 years in Yuma, that the desert is HOT and sandy! Oh boy do I know...

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Had a thought...then there was the smell of something burning, and sparks, and then a big fire, and then the lights went out! I guess I better not do that again!

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Phantomtweak, wow you survived 30 years at Yuma desert!!!!

"Survived" is the right word. That's about all Yuma is good for.

And for 30 years, from the day I first laid eyes on the place coming down out of the mountains from San Diego, I hated the place. I despise Yuma with a passion! I was so happy when I escaped and was able to put the place in the rear-view mirror. Perfect reverse of the route I took into it, come to think of it. We hit the top of the mountains, finally out of sight and I cheered. I got to the beach on the way by, and I stopped and soaked my toes in the Pacific Ocean.

As the saying goes "OHHHHH what a feeling!"

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Had a thought...then there was the smell of something burning, and sparks, and then a big fire, and then the lights went out! I guess I better not do that again!

Sgt, USMC, 10 years proud service, Inactive reserve now :D

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Nice classic there Aharon. I love the old birds time to time myself. :)

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Phantomtweak, enjoy cool waters of Pacific Ocean :)

Believe, me I do, every change I get. I grew up in the Bay Area, did a little surfing and beach partying, went to Boot in San Diego, some training schools n Millington TN (which was a new experience, kinda liked the place), the more school in El Toro. Basically, back to San Diego, which I loved thoroughly. Rode a motorcycle all over LA, went to the beaches a lot, it was a "good year" in my life.

Then...Hell (Yuma). 30 years of it.

Finally, I escaped to Oregon! At last! A real place. At least, as close as I can afford to where i grew up, where back in '08, a bare-dirt, 1/4 acre lot, no services, was $1.0 MILLION!

And there, in a nutshell, is my life's history :D Notice I skipped over Yuma as much as I could...

Still, a Great Picture, you posted! Thanks!

And thank you for the kind words...

Pat☺

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Had a thought...then there was the smell of something burning, and sparks, and then a big fire, and then the lights went out! I guess I better not do that again!

Sgt, USMC, 10 years proud service, Inactive reserve now :D

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some training schools n Millington TN (which was a new experience, kinda liked the place)

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Ah! Another Rat-Center Mucus person! Oh, sorry, I mean NATTC, Memphis-Millington, Tennessee. Late June '68-Feb.'69 AFUN-P school, Basic Avionics training and then Navy AT-A school. Dems were the "Good Ole Days"

 

Nostalgia shots. My first barracks and then the new one. We were the first Co. to move into the new ones.

 

Didn't mean to hijack your thread, Great shot of the C-97, Aharon!

 

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Thanks Mr. Zip!

When I was there, a decade later, the squadron, 902, was in a building just like the left-hand one. I lived, at first, over past the chowhall in the OLD open, and condemned, by the bye, squadbay barracks. The one they caught the sailor and the Base CO's daughter in later on...

Once they figured out that, although I came in as a rotor-head (Helo mech) my test scores said jet mech. Went to AFUN-P (1 day. I challlenged the course and aced the test) and BE&E (1 week. should take 3 I understood), so they changed my contract (AGAIN) and said AV-A! Ok...2 months vs 6. So they changed me again, and AQ! But you have to take AFTA, BUT we'll make you a Cpl when you graduate. Oh, yeah, two year extension.... Ok. Darn lockstep course...6 months and bored to tears most of it. When I finally got to go to AV-A, I lived in BKS 411. Just like the one in the right hand pic, Although I think that's 415, yes?

I lived out in the Mudflats most of it though, with a pair of Bi girl sailors. Lethli (who had the cutest lithp) and Beth. They did keep me in great shape, though a bit tired. We would all pile on my pink Suzuki 500 2-stroke and head into school every day. The girls loved that thing. It vibrated. A LOT (500 2-strrrroke, after all). It started out red, but it faded...

I WAS slated for NCO school after AFTA (say that fast 5 times!), but there was a mix-up. I left the graduation ceremony, put on my NEW Cpl. shirt, went to the Squadron office to pick up my stripes and warrant, and they told me my flight left at 1700. THAT NIGHT. This was at noon. I got checked off base, by 1430. I left my bike keys on the bulletin board in 411, said g'bye to Lethli and Beth, and actually made my flight...barely (LONG goodbye...). What really T'd me off though, was that I had to leave my RC tank, that actually fired little plastic shells, in the barracks too. I had a of of fun with that thing! Of course, I had a lot of fun with the girls, too...

 

Anyway, thanks for the pics, Mr. Zip, and the good, old, memories!

 

My apologies for rambling on and on, Aharon. I babble sometimes. We now return you to your regularly slated thread...

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Had a thought...then there was the smell of something burning, and sparks, and then a big fire, and then the lights went out! I guess I better not do that again!

Sgt, USMC, 10 years proud service, Inactive reserve now :D

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If he is like me, he is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of his 30th birthday! :D :D

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Had a thought...then there was the smell of something burning, and sparks, and then a big fire, and then the lights went out! I guess I better not do that again!

Sgt, USMC, 10 years proud service, Inactive reserve now :D

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If he is like me, he is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of his 30th birthday! :D :D

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Nah! I'm only 33. Or was that (2 X 33)?? One or the other. At least if I go into a bar I can safely tell the bartender that I am NOT 21 years old. ;)

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