My first duty assignment was as an aviation maintenance technician assigned to the 6091st Recon Squadron, Yocoda AFB, Japan. (RB-50 series aircraft) After discharge from the USAF, I secured a position with Intermountain Aviation, Inc., a sole proprietary company of the the CIA, in July 1962.
I started out as a mechanic and rose through the ranks to a director level position. I was also a flight engineer on DC-6 and Lockheed L-188 aircraft. I flew all over the U.S., Canada, South America, and some Far East trips. We did a lot of R&D work on aerial delivery systems and aircraft modifications for special purposes. I work with the development of the Fulton Skyhook rescue system installed on a B-17 aircraft and later on C-130 and other aircraft.
In the late 1960's and 70's, I flew out of Area 51 during the development of an unmanned aircraft in support of Douglas Aircraft, Huntington Beach plant. I stayed with Intermountain until their liquidation in February 1975.