Monthly Archives: May 2013

Fly-Overs

Had a Cobra do a low-level high-speed fly over one day. The whops were few & far between. Heard it coming in time to enjoy it. That Cobra went by so fast…gave me chills up my back. If I remember correctly the top end on that gunship was around 165 kph.

We had an F105 do some close suppord on firebase Schroeder one night. He put some napalm on the woodline. It is amazing how that stuff first sucks your breath & then the heat…

We had an interesting talk the next day: When the 105 comes over @ tree level you just could not hear it coming. Only when it came over and the full blast hit you did you know what was up. Now the napalm drop took a few seconds to ignite/spread. We wondered whether the charlies had time, between the blast of the jet passing immediately over their heads and the time the napalm crisped them, to get really scared. We of course hoped they did, but that was just GI talk…

Kolten & the Carp

One cold Feb day I took my oldest grandson (about 5 then) up on Little river. He wanted to fish and, other than the cold, it was a nice day. I bought him a box of worms & off we went.

Below the Pine Creek dam is the rocky old river bed which is easilly accessable and harbors many fish. We settled down on a small pool with a gravel bar around it. Being very cold the fish were not biting very well at all.

Something bit his worm & he worked hard to reel it in. When he got it up to the gravel bar it was a carp about 9-10#. He saw the size of it & he threw the fishin’ pole at me & took-off! Had to take it back home for braggin’ & pictures. Got about half of it in the 5 gal. bucket with the tail hanging out.

He remembers that thing and it was a very good day for me…

Waynoka, OK – Trans-National Airport

TRANSCONTINENTAL AIR TRANSPORT

“In 1929 Waynoka, Oklahoma, became part of an innovative concept in coast-to-coast transportation.”

“Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) envisioned a combined air-and-rail service to take passengers across the country from New York to Los Angeles in forty-eight hours Lindbergh laid out the route, making Waynoka a plane-train stop between Wichita, Kansas, and Clovis, New Mexico.”

“Crossing America, travelers would sleep in Pullman cars on trains by night and fly on TAT’s Ford Tri-Motor planes by day. On July 7, 1929, the inaugural Pennsylvania Railroad train left New York City with passengers bound for Columbus, Ohio. There, on July 8 they transferred to TAT and made several stops before arriving at Waynoka, where they boarded the Santa Fe train for Clovis. From Clovis on July 9 they flew on TAT into Los Angeles.”

Miles and then Chet Olson owned the property where the old airport stood just NE of Waynoka. I worked a couple of summers for Miles plowing with Chet. Miles used the huge old concrete slab to dry alfalfa seed. Both my dad and Miles told me the story of the brief international importance of Waynoka to US transportation.

Waynoka once had the largest railroad terminal in the state of Oklahoma. Back in the days when we broiled in the sun while plowing the sandy fields we could watch trains hauling long loads of brand new cars bound for Texas. In those days the railroad cars loaded with shiny new cars were open to the view of all whereas today they are mostly enclosed. Occasionally, there would be several carriers loaded with the most beautiful sports cars in America: the Corvette.

Many times I would dream of how to get one of those dream cars off the railroad and drive it off into the western sunset. I would still love to have one of those little beauties…a bit of a twisted dream of unrequited love.