The 360th TEWS Records 75,000 Hours
Accident Free Combat Flying

Members of an EC-47 crew pose in front of their aircraft after setting a flying safety record for the 360th Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron. They are from left, (kneeling): 1st Lt. Steven F. Baum, Jerico, N.Y., co-pilot; SSgt Larry S. Walker, Tulsa, Okla., crew member; and SSgt Maurice W. Atkinson, Smithfield, N.C., crew member. Standing are Capt. William J. Crennan, Flushing, N.Y., navigator; TSgt Delmer L. Aldrick, Vacaville, Calif., flight mechanic; MSgt Lester T. Kimball, Harveyville, Kan., crew member; Sgt Michael R. Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah, crewmember; Lt. Col. Rohn R.Q. Brown, Satellite Beach, Fla., pilot; Sgt Paul Jageloviez, Sheboygan, Wis., crew member; and Sgt James R. Lowery, Ellisville, Mo., crew chief.

1969 -- Tan Son Nhut - Flying the oldest type aircraft in the Air Force inventory, the 360th Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron here recently completed 75,000 combat hours of accident free flying.

"A record for accident-free flying in any aircraft, even one as reliable as the EC-47, isn't as easy as it appears," said Lt. Col. Kenneth J. Revoir, commander, 360th TEWS.

Colonel Revoir, Springfield, VA., further stated, "United effort by everyone was needed. Considering that this record started back in April 1966 and covered more than 12,600 missions shows the level at which the crews and the ground team members can do together.

"Every section and man was responsible for maintaining the outstanding safety record set by our predecessors. The record reflects credit across the board to all members of the 360th, both past and present".

The colonel continued, "It was an outstanding achievement even under normal conditions, but it is especially noteworthy from the standpoint of flying under combat conditions. The record is a direct result of safety consciousness throughout the organization.

"Teamwork, professionalism, alertness and the individual's acceptance of responsibility for his own actions are the keys to our passing the 75,000 hour mark," Colonel Revoir concluded.

Photo above was taken from 83,000 feet by an SR-71. Thanks to George Dye for the photos and the newspaper clipping.