Crew Reunion B-52 Midnight Express
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September 2012. after a long period of arranging, the crew of B-52 2584
met again for the first time in 40 years at a Reunion held in
Seattle. They, and their families, toured the airplane, listened
to several presentations, and held several dinners over the course of
several days. Here is a Photo Album of that occasion.
Getting up close to a B-52, and climbing inside, was a first for many of the family members.
See what I mean!
Kathie Gabriel and Linda Gee
Pilot Jim Gabriel back in his seat
Co-Pilot Walt Wegesser
The Team - back together after 40 years
EWO Bob Gee trying out his seat
Gunner Ray Culver
Now there's a Pair! Back home again.
Here's Ray down beneath his guns
RN Alan Kirby
Jim Farmer - Museum Trustee
Jim's B-52 got shot down over North Viet Nam and he was rescued.
He's still smiling....
Some Viet Nam Vets - L-R George Hazel, Charlie Doerlich, Pete Rogojin
I got to meet and become friends with Aircraft Commander Jim Gabriel
And then. the planned Highlight - recreating the Mission departure picture from Guam
40 years of history - a crew and their airplane - Reunited.
She took them in harm's way.... and she brought them home safely.
After a day at Paine Field, there was a B-52 and Linebacker II presentation in the Museum Theater.
Boeing Test Pilot Brien Wygle and Howard Butcher gave presentations
The Reunion Agenda
And, there were several dinners!
Bob & Linda Gee (rear) and Jim & Kathi Gabriel
Carl & Kimberly Carnethon
Ray & Jane Culver
Howard Butcher presents pin to MOF staffer Julia Cannell
Viet Nam Vets - L-R Joe Crecca, Bob Gee, Bill Wilson, Jim Farmer, Larry Writer
An historic occasion and a good time was had by all!
The most important thing - a force was created that day to save 2584.
She had saved them..... now, they would save her.
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