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I was GCA/Tower controller @ Eielson AFB in 1958. I was blown away when I saw first U-2 fly over. I was involved in many operations. We had to confirm IFF worked once airborne from GCA and no radios used only light gun for taxi takeoff instructions. GCA approaches were boring as speed on final was so slow before pilot in Pickup took over 1/4 mile from touchdown. Always bothered me that for top secret operations, the U-S sat on ramp for 3-4 hours before takeoff in full view of highway that paralleled runway!
Gerald Flood <ggf1938@gmail.com>
Royal Oak, MI USA - Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 06:16:57 (PST)
My name is Cody Friso, I am 17 years old. I had the privilege to meet Robert at the Aviation Hall Induction Ceremony at which Robert Gilliland was formally inducted into the halls of history. I was honored to meet this great icon of history. I am building a 2000 horsepower tribute car in honor of Mr. Gilliland and to pay tribute to the great SR-71 Blackbird. I am planning to pursue collage and study Computer Science and artificial intelligence. I can only aspire to reach the success of many on this guest book.
Cody Friso <thatphillipinokid@gmail.com>
USA - Monday, March 26, 2018 at 14:06:29 (PST)
My grandfather was General Robert M. Bond. He was killed in April of 1984 at Area 51 while flying a MIG23 (at least this is what the official report says). I was hoping to find someone that may have known him or known of him that would be willing to share any cool stories or information you might have? Thanks so much and God Bless!

Melissa McKelvey <thebeav8836@yahoo.com>
Chesapeake , VA USA - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 09:41:40 (PST)
At Area51 & Beale AFB 1963-1968 Tag Board & Senior Bowl.
Great web site, great accomplishments by so many true patriots.

Robert Capuro <robertcapuro@gmail.com>
Spring Mills, PA USA - Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 13:05:50 (PST)
I am the grandson of Lt. Col Ralph Richardson and love researching what he worked on. Growing up we asked what he did, and he would always tell us "I can't tell you, but here is a book about what we did" If anybody knew him, or worked with him it would be wonderful to have any stories for our posterity. His first Blackbird flight was on May 26, 1966 listed as "Staff". He was in command of the physiological program during the X-15. Thank you Roadrunners for this wonderful site!
Tim Richardson <Timdskibum@gmail.com>
Park city, Ut USA - Friday, December 1, 2017 at 08:18:47 (PST)
Thanks Mike for a great tour and history lesson of yG€™alls aerothingy. YouG€™ve had quite the career with much to be proud of. CanG€™t wait to tell my fellow mechanics about a special day in Mobile.
Phil Phillips <philtyger@yahoo.com>
Memphis, Tn USA - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 18:39:16 (PST)
thank you roadrunners for all of your hard work and all the years of dedication & team work put forth protecting our homeland at the darkest hours, pushing the enemy's out & securing the future of our great country... true secret heroes! thank you roadrunner international members>
From:Justin Time

Smith,Justin / A.k.A. Justin Time <jsmittyjustinsmithjsmitty@outlook.com>
Apache Jct, AZ USA - Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 19:41:46 (PST)
I'm the president of the Burbank Aviation Museum and have good history of the Skunk Works with lots of photos and friends with Bob Gilliland.
Les Copeland <burbankaviationmuseum.les@gmail.com>
Sun Valley, CA USA - Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 21:07:26 (PST)
I was fortunate to find this site while trying to find information about Accutron Astronaut (apparently it was issued to the pilots!) and not a day after finishing reading Skunk Works! Looking forward to expanding my knowledge here.
SGT Ryan Rubinstein <ryan.ds.rubinstein@gmail.com>
- Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 11:40:28 (PST)
I love this site.Great history and great accomplishments for our country.There is no greater love of country than to place oneself in harms way to achieve the goal of preserving our great republic..
Curtis A Prousalis <cprousalis@icloud.com>
Palmyra, Va USA - Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 14:50:48 (PST)
I enjoyed the folks I met at the re-unions, Roger Anderson, Hank, and few others this was back in the 90's
Lee Lindquist <JLeeLindquist@yahoo.com>
Palm Bay, fl USA - Friday, April 14, 2017 at 06:38:43 (PST)
I was an ELINT analyst with the 9 RTS at Beale AFB doing Elint processing for the SR71using the adage graphics terminal. At that time we were also listening to U-2 mission tapes for SA-2 alerts and launches over the Middle East. I then was reassigned to the 9 SRW/IN planning operational recon missions for the SR, planning targets and sensor operation. Lots of prestigious names on your member roster.
Frank Huddleston <fhuddleston01@msn.com>
Victorville, CA USA - Monday, April 3, 2017 at 20:21:44 (PST)
As another contributor said, I was in the 475th Test Sq. at Tyndall when I met Frank Murray. Frank gave me one hell of a checkout in their F-101 test aircraft. He showed me the edge of its limits. I moved on to an F-106 assignment at Griffiss, but still stayed in touch while he went on to a civilian test job at Nellis. Someone told me about this site and all that Frank did for the organization as historian and story contributor.
While in F-102's in Okinawa an SR reported a lost airspeed indicator and needed some approach speed guidance. I was lucky enough to have one of these magnificent birds fly formation off my wing, even for the short time it took to get configured and approach the Kadena runway. What an honor that was.
My thoughts and prayers are with Frank in StellaG€™s passing.

Ed Peterson <EdPeterson@cox.net>
Williamsburg, VA USA - Friday, February 24, 2017 at 17:49:48 (PST)
With every flight you flew you progressed aviation to a greater level. It was aviations finest hours.
Chris Suchy <Csuchyaz@aol.com>
chandler, az USA - Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 01:38:56 (PST)
The stories on this website are almost as good as the people who shared them. I have huge respect and a little bit of envy for the people involved in project oxcart. Very informative and entertaining!
Robert White
USA - Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 01:16:02 (PST)
Found the site while researching the YF-12A. Outstanding! Looking forward to reading more. Great work.
Al Niedrich <saccollector@gmail.com>
Oceanside, CA USA - Friday, August 5, 2016 at 16:05:14 (PST)
I stumbled upon this site while looking for Bill Park and Jim Eastham, both were mentioned in my Dad's book, I don't think he was a member, but he did work out at the 'Area'--on Tacit Blue--(Richard G. "Dick" Thomas). I see that I am not alone in trying to gather more info about my dad; several others are doing that with their own fathers. Really missing him this past Father's Day so just want to say thanks for the site. It is really important to document all this info!
USA - Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 07:40:54 (PST)
Great website - the people & the machines. Thanks for keeping this alive!
Ronald Jessie McLaren <jessemclaren@yandex.com>
Santa Cruz, CA USA - Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 13:41:39 (PST)
I was stationed twice in Okinawa in the early and mid 70's in the Navy assigned to Anti Sub Patrol squadron flying P3 Orion's. When on deployment to Kadena Air base, I still to this day distinctly remember the sound of the Blackbirds engines. Several things brings back memories of those days. Our flight line was right along side the taxi way for the Blackbird and once was saw the KC-135 take off we knew it wouldn't be too long before we'd be seeing the Blackbird go by. I'd use the emergency access hatch above the filght engineers seat in my P3 to sit up on top, and take pictures of the plane as it taxied right in front of me. What a Site! I even remember one time the RSO in the back seat saw me and waved as they went by! Those engines, there will NEVER be a sound like those engines again. Wonderful site, love it!
Paul <pbpauly@pacbell.net>
Ca. USA - Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 19:34:42 (PST)
Hello my name is Justin I just want to say thanks for all dedication and hard work thank you for keeping us all safe, day & night. God bless usa

(*Smith , Justin *) <jsmittyjustinsmithjsmitty@outlook.com>
Apache Jct, AZ USA - Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 02:49:15 (PST)
Just checking on Frank Murray. Was hoping to see a recent picture or two of him and there was. He looks great! Glad to see he's out and enjoying life with friends. A few years have gone by and we ain't young things anymore.
Frank was my commander at 475th Test Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla. I got to fly with him a few times and always thought the world of him. We didn't know about the A-12's and he couldn't tell us at that time. Thanks

Keith Abrams <f101tow@gmail.com>
Tarboro, NC USA - Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 19:47:02 (PST)
Was a member of 55th FMS supporting the U-2c and r models at OL-19/20 from Bien Hoa, Da Nang RVN and finally Utapoa(sp) Tahiland(sp) 1968, 69 and 70. Completed my military service (22+ years) at WGOHF2YY, bdtter known as area 51. I am at this sight today remembering Carl Overstreet, a dear friend of mine, who passed away yesterday, 28 Oct 15.
Jimmy W. NOELL <c22d55@aol.com>
Bedford, VA USA - Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 11:27:02 (PST)
Was a member of 55th FMS supporting the U-2c and r models at OL-19/20 from Bien Hoa, Da Nang RVN and finally Utapoa(sp) Tahiland(sp) 1968, 69 and 70. Completed my military service (22+ years) at WGOHF2YY, bdtter known as area 51. I am at this sight today remembering Carl Overstreet, a dear friend of mine, who passed away yesterday, 28 Oct 15.
Jimmy W. NOELL <c22d55@aol.com>
Bedford, VA USA - Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 11:26:31 (PST)
Thankyou for sharing ,all the Cold War,History ,and articles,and pictures on here .Please dont stop ,but continue . Love It ,and the History . Mark .Benitez
Mark .Benitez <mark052862@aol.com>
Santa Rosa, Ca USA - Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 11:18:52 (PST)
I was a "Dreamland" air traffic controller from 1978-90 and remember having more than a few drinks at "Sam's Club" with some of the original members. Great memories and extraordinary people
Keith Krejci <dnpc01@gmail.com>
Sioux Falls, SD USA - Friday, July 17, 2015 at 16:58:35 (PST)
Great website. As a retired Lockheed Employee who worked at the site from 1965 through 1968, I found this site extremely interesting with lots of accurate facts.
Dick Feola <fastfe@cox.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 10:57:01 (PST)
Son of John Holt LacyIII. Great site.
JAMES LACY <Jklacy1@sbcglobal.net>
RENO, NV USA - Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 22:14:11 (PST)
As a former overseas employee I really appreciate being able to enjoy your work. I met Francis Powers both in Athens and D.C. Did not have much respect for him.
Bernard A.byrnes <bernard.byrnes805@gmail.com>
Westwood, MA USA - Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 17:11:02 (PST)
What a great site.Thanks for the great job did while ! Habu! Was active!
Ronald P Moats <fatrat40291@aol.com>
Fern Creek, KY USA - Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 13:29:17 (PST)
i was a crew chief at beale afb from 1966 to 1970 on the kc 135q where i was able to earn the air medal best years of my life
DANNY GRATTAN <dgrat100@gmail.com>
new york, Alabama USA - Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 16:25:31 (PST)
the a12 is amazing
Logan <lgh0012.lh@gmail.com>
Robert, La USA - Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 18:31:06 (PST)
I was employed at Firewel in Buffalo, NY in the early 1960's and worked for the Sales Director. That's where my fascination with space exploration originated and has continued to this day. Today I enjoy the International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope pictures. The Internet has been invaluable. Thanks for your part in maintaining aeronautical history.
Marilyn Schuster <marilynschuster1@yahoo.com>
Toledo, OH USA - Friday, May 1, 2015 at 10:47:35 (PST)
Very good, interesting, thanks to all of you for making this happen.
Ric Thistlethwaite <ric.thistle@yahoo.com>
Washington, LA USA - Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 07:47:02 (PST)
In the early 70's worked at the Bendix Corp in South Bend, IN. I was in a "clean room" using a syringe with a large bore "needle" laying a silver alloy slurry around the fuel control coils for the J-58. They immediately went into a furnace to melt the silver. They were then put into a metal frame and disappeared. At the time everyone knew it was for the SR-71. Quite proud of my small part in such a piece of art.
Greg Quist <nuclpharm@yahoo.com>
Flint, MI USA - Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 08:19:36 (PST)

BERNARD A. BYRNES <bernard.byrnes805@gmail.com>
WESTWOOD, MA USA - Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 08:25:05 (PST)
Great to see the history of A-12 transport to Area 51. I piloted SR-71 and was Pentagon PEM for U-2R buy in mid 70's. Thanks for the memories. / Lee
Col. Leland B. Ransom II, USAF (Ret.) <leeransom@reagan.com>
Mansfield, Texas USA - Friday, January 2, 2015 at 12:50:11 (PST)
My Grandfather, Richard "Dick" Henderson worked with this program according to my mom. We have quite a bit of Roadrunner memorabilia scaterred throughout the family since he passed away in 1997. If anyone has any information, recollections, etc. on him I would love to hear back. He was a very quiet man who didn't speak to anyone about all his work. He worked for 40 years with Lockheed and Hughes Aircraft specifically on a project entitled Scarecrow - cannot find anything about that on the web. Thanks in advance!
Matthew Williams <matthgwilliams@gmail.com>
Carson City, NV USA - Monday, December 29, 2014 at 13:38:52 (PST)
Thanks for putting this together and preserving history.

I served at the Ranch from 1980-1983 as an FTE on great defenders of freedom, proven in battle. I'm Proud to claim a small piece of this remarkable history.

Bob Ryan <robert_w_ryan@att.net>
Cave Springs, AR USA - Monday, November 24, 2014 at 18:26:24 (PST)
Hello, I was wondering if anyone remembered my father, Ed Lehto, from the 60's and 70's?
Kim <Kas9731@yahoo.com>
USA - Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 09:03:21 (PST)
My father, Alfred D Purdy(Dave Purdy) was an enlisted who worked many different duties at Watertown. I am trying to find anyone who might remember him. some of his duties would have put him in close contact with the pilots. I recall him speaking about the U-2 pilots pre-breathing before flights and helping them with their pressure suits. He also spoke about chasing the planes down the lakebed in cars and retrieving their wing pogos when/if the fell. I know he served at the Ranch, at Kadena, and possibly In Turkey at Incirlik. I have one of his patches from WRSP3 ,Donald Duck on a pogo stick( he said it was an unofficial patch). His pseudonym he was given in Washington DC was Samuel Helsdegen when he was going through the recruitment process. I really would like to find someone who remembers him. I remember a couple of pilot names, like Bevacqua. I can provide pics of him from those years. My father was also an Atomic veteran, and sadly he died in 2002 from related illness. This is a great site and brings back many memories of me sitting on the floor listening to him tell his stories. I just wish as a child, I had listened a little more intently. Thanks.
Joe Purdy <Twoblades@gmail.com>
Fayetteville, AR USA - Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 23:01:46 (PST)
Still following Roadrunners and forwarding all Pueblo articles to the crew. Richard Arnold is a close friend and crew member of Pueblo.
David W. Diffenderfer <dwdiffenderfer@gmail.com>
Grove City, Pa USA - Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 12:52:15 (PST)
I will remember Slip Slater from our reunion where we got to fly the Preditor on the simulator. I stood by Slip watching as he took his turn only to see him crash his aircraft on landing. I looked at Slip and jokingly asked, "Slip, how come you crashed your aircraft?" He looked up at me in a very gruff voice and responded, "Because it flies too damn slow!!"
Ed Watts
USA - Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 18:00:49 (PST)
Col Slip Slater has gone on his final flight and many of us will miss him for sure.

He was a piller in the RRI and held very early and important positions in the project.

He was the one who at a reunion after a toast was given to the President, Chief of Staff USAF stood up and proposed a toast to the most dedicated and hard working people he ever worked with, the CIA group. We ran the Admin, Security and Communications for the projects in the early years until we turned them over to the USAF in the early 70's.

I had the honor of being in all the spies in the skies projects during 1960-65 overseas and in S. Calif.

May Slip find his final posting to his ever lasting enjoyment and a well deserved reward for a life well lived.

Charles Christian, Former Office of Communications, CIA

Charles Christian <w6clc@sonic.net>
Rohnert Park, CA USA - Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 18:45:17 (PST)
Sorry, I hit the "enter" key by mistake. I am a friend, fan and fellow Texan living in Sacramento with one of your esteemed members, Mr. Vern Calvin. "Thank you" to all Roadrunners for your decades of outstanding service! Thank you also for sharing your website with interested outsiders/civilians such as myself. It is an honor and privilege to have known and cared for many military veterans in the San Antonio and Sacramento area for the past 22 years. My family has military service including the Korean War, WWII, WWI and the American Civil War. I look forward to checking in on this website from time to time for my own education and enjoyment. Best regards to all of you.
Philip W. Poor, M.D. <solomd@earthlink.net>
Sacramento, CA USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 10:48:51 (PST)
Thank You Thornton..Bless You ..Dutch 50..Mr.William Park..America's Most Unknown Aviation Test Pilot a very humble heart and nature.What a True American Hero/Amen
Rob Brown <captainbrown1880@msn.com>
Junction City, Oregon USA - Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 17:06:47 (PST)
Excellent site. Preserves history that needs to be preserved. Shows what educated and patriotic people can do when challenged.
James C. C. Rock, Col, USAF Ret. <jcelrock@hotmail.com>
Bryan, TX USA - Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 19:01:31 (PST)
Great site, thank you for all of your contributions and hard work
Ronald E Lutterman <Rontana2@yahoo.com>
Aurora, Co USA - Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 14:22:34 (PST)
BERNARD A. BYRNES <bernard.byrnes805@gmail.com>
WESTWOOD, MA USA - Monday, November 11, 2013 at 16:22:11 (PST)
Thanks for the great website that preserves the memory of so many great individuals and my grandfather Flo Deluna who served our great nation. Sadly my grandfather passed away last year, unfortunately he suffered several strokes prior to his passing and never got the chance to share his story with me. I was a young child when I first became fascinated with the enigma that is area 51, my grandfather enjoyed teasing me about area 51 and secret spy planes. 20 years later I would learn some information and validate my grandfathers life. I will never forget him teasing me by saying "One day I will take you there"...His legacy lives!
Justin Fleming <eightlivesdown77@yahoo.com>
Las Vegas, NV USA - Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 01:24:27 (PST)
What a Great Site !!
Roy L. Holm <roylholm@yahoo.com>
Palmer Lake,, Co. USA - Monday, October 14, 2013 at 16:13:05 (PST)
P.S. Correction ! The correct e-mail address is cooke@urcad.org
Claude Cooke <cooke@urcad.org>
Davis, CA USA - Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11:32:09 (PST)
I was with Werner intermittently in Area 51. I Managed the construction Engineering for Reeco who did all the construction housing ,feeding, radiological safety etc. for the Nevada Test Site and Area 51.. We had a superintendent by the name of Carl Olson who had just married his wife Fran. They spent their honeymoon in a trailer that Carl and I located in Groom Lake to start area 51. I always thought that Werner was with DOD. I quit the test site in 1964 and started my own company doing Titanium factories, schools,churches casinos etc.
Bill Robertson who was later superintendent for a long time during Werner's stay later quit and came to work with me as superintendent on Desert Springs Hospital and other major projects. Thank you for the web site. It was amazing this morning when I sat down at the computer and for some reason or other typed "Werner Weiss" into Google. I am now 92 and living in University Retirement Center in Davis California after almost 50 years in Las Vegas.
Claude E. Cooke

Claude E. Cooke <cookr@urcad.org>
Davis, CA USA - Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11:25:42 (PST)
Our friend and neighbour (Dick Martin) flew U-2's from Avalon AFB RAAF in the early 60's and was a good friend of my father's (Baden Hibberd). Our families were quite close, but have long since lost contact. I know that he was fired on shortly before the Powers incident and can't help but wonder if William C Reid was describing Dick's aircraft in his navigation article. Would appreciate any feedback on Dick and Nell or their family. I seem to recall a 57th USAF badge on his cap at one time and he returned to the States Feb 1963. BTW, a great site and keep up the good work
Norman Hibberd <normhibberd@hotmail.com>
Altona, Vic Australia - Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 01:53:23 (PST)
Please contact me. My father says he has a lifetime membership in Roadrunners Inaternationale and has never received any information.
Juanita Arnold <ajimjuanita@yahoo.com>
Mount Vernon, Texas USA - Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 17:27:15 (PST)
My brother was Richmond L. "Dick" Miller, Jr. He was the flight test engineer for Lockheed on the SR71 project. I heard he was later the project manager. Sadly, he has passed away and I am trying to learn more about what he actually did in the program, what were his responsibilities, etc. If anyone can fill in some blanks for me I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for your help......Don
Don Miller <donmillertee1up@cox.net>
Ft. Walton Beach, Fl. USA - Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 03:45:10 (PST)
What amazing people who were involved in these projects. I salute you all.You made everyone so proud of you and your sacrifices.God bless you all.
Deon Els <titanic@telkomsa.net>
Bathurst, Eastern Cape South Africa - Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 03:36:25 (PST)
As a Heavy Hauler moving Oversize Loads all over North America, I applaud the hard work done by the trucking company that did this move. The trucks then are no where as comfortable or high horsepowered as we are to day.

Thank you for displaying this part of history.

Dan Keen <rigmover06@gmail.com>
Oak Grove, KY USA - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 19:40:18 (PST)
An outstanding web site, fantastic photos, valuable history for future generations! I was on active duty from 1976 to 2004, very fortunate to have flown for half of my career, C-130E/Hs and the EC-130H. A special thanks to the men and women who designed, built, and operated these systems that were well ahead of their time, but yet that certainly set the stage for our current air/space capabilities. Also, just as important, special gratitude for those continuing this heritage by telling this AF story.
Ernie Woollard <ernest.woollard@hurlburt.af.mil>
Milton, FL USA - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 09:11:57 (PST)
I am Dennis, Son of Alex Chiniaeff who worked for Kelly Johnson and Ron Harris at the Sunk Works for many years. I worked there for at least 3 summers when in college. From the Hot Shed to the Main Stock Room in the assembly building before moving to the P3 project. I am looking for info on my dad from those who knew him He passed in 2005. Will try and attend reunion in Oct '13. Please contact me at denchin@verizon.net if you can give me some insights into his career. I know he spent lots of time at Groom and overseas. Great site give mi information about my past. Keep it up.
Dennis W. Chijiaeff <denchin@verizon.net>
Temecula, CA USA - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 18:01:05 (PST)
Thank you for creating this amazing website. The passing of my step-father Robert "Armo" Armentrout is so eloquently displayed. This part of his life is how he defined his purpose and the Roadrunners meant everything to him. The history contained in this site helps all of us understand the amazing work the Roadrunners are involved with. Thank you for such a superb site & special blessings to all the Roadrunners from myself and my children. RobinGayle, TJ & Dylan. "What a great way to stay close to my Dad".
RobinGayle Egbert <robingayle@AwakeningsIntegratedHealth.com>
Sacramento, CA USA - Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 21:58:03 (PST)
danny (squeek) grattan <dgrat100@gmail.com>
new york, new york USA - Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 17:48:43 (PST)
This is a great website brings back a lot of memories. I worked on the U-2 and SR-71 from 1975-1982 as an Egress Technician first at D-M AFB and then on to Beale AFB when the two squadrons merged. Made all the rotations to the various detachments during that time frame and enjoyed every minute, would do it all over again.
Daniel C Gunter <coralchase@sbcglobal.net>
Bakersfield, CA USA - Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 18:10:38 (PST)
Having covered some of the route of Article #121 during a family vacation in 1952, I enjoy pictures of the era. We went thru Death Valley though.
Arthur J Hulter <ahulter@cox.net>
Topeka, KS USA - Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 15:55:28 (PST)
In spring 1990, I was living in San Antonio TX and happened to be driving along the perimeter of Lackland AFB. We turned a corner and all of a sudden there was a police escort and a wide load being transported in front of us. I pulled off to the shoulder and got to watch as one of the SR-71s was being transported to the Airforce Museum, as San Antonio is home to the USAF.
To see one in real life and close up was not only awe inspiring(prior to their decomission, close inspection was a rarity), but also reminded me of just how amazing out science and engineering was capable of, even in the early 1960's.

C White < cdvw@gmail.com>
USA - Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 08:59:28 (PST)
Between 1967 and 1971 I was a technician in the engineering laboratory at Bendix Corp in South Bend where we built the fuel controls for the J-58 engine. We all knew pieces of info about the A-12 and the SR-71, we had to have "secret" clearance to work on the project.

I have always looked at these aircraft with a sense of pride since I had a hand in a small piece of them. Thanks for the great site!

Dennis Murphy <xk120ots@hotmail.com>
USA - Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 08:53:37 (PST)
I was at the "site", serving as a Red Hat in the USAF in experimental flight test with our playthings in throughout the 80's. I had the opportunity to meet many of the "old heads" from the Skunk Works, then bringing the F-117 into service. I was lucky enough to witness the first flight. Also the first crash. How ironic when Fred Smith, aka "Cranston Snord" told me about the Oxcart crash years earlier that crashed for exactly the same reason. Incorrectly installed cannon plugs in the flight control computers. The Habu was one of the most beautiful jets to take the skies. It remains unrivalled in performance and will never again be approached by an operational, squadron issued system. Be proud, Roadrunners!
James R Hankel <wwthud@gmail.com>
Grapeview, Washington USA - Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 08:39:04 (PST)
I was stationed at March AFB 1966, had the opportunity to go to Beale AFB and work on the SR71, but did not take advantage of such a great opportunity. I have been kicking myself ever since, I was to young to understand the magnitude of my decision. Since then I got to sit in the cockpit of a SR71.
Rudy Endrikat <oldtimeparts@fmtcblue.com>
Payette, Idaho USA - Monday, April 22, 2013 at 18:23:00 (PST)
I am glad that you have this web site. It brings my father( he died in 1992 of cancer)that much closer. My father Tsgt. Carroll A. Neiman (aka Dutch) was stationed at Area 51, He was in supply,there from around June 1963, until he retired from the Air Force and relocated to Palmdale in 1966. After he retired he worked in Burbank, Lockheed, for about ayear, and then at Plant 42 their after.If anyone knew my Dad get in touch with me. Thank you Avis Strauser
Avis Strauser <crochetmaid@juno.com>
El Dorado, CA USA - Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 15:48:01 (PST)
Was a "Ye Ole Dragon" in the 4080th FMS Jet Shop 5/1961-12/1964. Great site, keep up the good work. Brings back a life time of memories. Glade to see TD is still kicking.
Richard Kemp <rwkemp2010@comcast.net>
Canton, GA USA - Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 11:52:45 (PST)
Bill Grosvenor <billgrosvenor@comcast.net>
Madison, MS USA - Friday, April 19, 2013 at 21:14:14 (PST)
I am writing a book titled: "Stratonauts". Hopefully it will be completed by the end of the year. The book covers the very beginnings of man's desire for altitude and comes up to the present time. It emphasizes the people more so than the balloons or aircraft.I found your site usefull for my research. I was a NASA Flight Controller, RB-57F mission manager and sensor operator. All the best,
Dutch von Ehrenfried

Manfred "Dutch" von Ehrenfried <dutch.vonehrenfried@raymondjames.com>
Lago Vista, TX USA - Friday, April 19, 2013 at 12:06:47 (PST)
Interesting site...I was at Area 51 as a communications officer from 1967-1968 and tdy to Okinawa for nine months...exciting times...


Buddy Gillum <bmgillum@gmail.com>
ky USA - Friday, April 19, 2013 at 00:52:42 (PST)
An excellent website with a wealth of additional materials for anybody interested in researching the aircraft handled by the roadrunners. thank you for making your archives avaiable for viewing.
Chris Peters <chrisconwaypeters@comcast.net>
Seattle, wa USA - Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 01:26:46 (PST)
The country owes much to those that gave so much to protecting our country. Thanks you all!
Randy Justus <box2588@hotmail.com>
Mundelein, IL 60060 - Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 14:49:03 (PST)
Hello from the Grandson of a former Firewel employee. My Grandmother , Wanda, worked for Firewel in the early 1960's. I recently found her Honorable withdrawal card from UAW local 55, region 9. She left the company in October of 1963. I never really knew exactly what she did, only that my dad said she "worked for some aircraft company". I am very proud to know she contributed in the manufacture of some of the most amazing ever flown.
Nathan Silvernail <Harleybuck13@yahoo.com>
Lockport, NY USA - Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 20:59:30 (PST)
My prayers go out to the entire family. I just received an e-mail from John from Heavens Gates. I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful man. He is such an inspiration to all of us.
June Marie Johnson

June Johnson <Catsmeow886@bellsouth.net>
Timmonsville, S.C. USA - Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 07:23:20 (PST)
My Dad Hugh Stocker came up with the stellar-inertial navigation system for the Blackbird. As a generalist he had his hand in a number of Skunk Works projects and it was always interesting chewing on these projects as they became declassified. On his passing in 2002 he left a number on interesting artifacts. I recall him saying that the Skunk Works was a sharp team of about 300 folks - half of whom were slide-rule guys, the other half were draftsmen. I don't know if assemblers were also included in this small team. Perhaps someone here would know.
Michael Stocker <mstocker@msa-design.com>
Lagunitas, CA USA - Friday, February 8, 2013 at 17:12:32 (PST)
I was an Ops Clerk assigned to Col Dunaway in the 456th FIS at Castle AFB. While there I was given a T-33 ride by, then, Major Jake Kratt. Later, at DaNang AB I worked in the 366th TFW Command Post for LtCol Hervy Stockman until he became a POW. Wasn't I one of the luckiest enlisted man in the AF to have Efficiency Reports written by these Gentlemen!

Bill Fiest, CMSgt, USAF Retired

Bill Fiest <wdfiest@gmail.com>
New Martinsville, WV USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 13:07:39 (PST)
Hello Everyone,
My dad was associated with the engine program at P&W's West Palm Beach site. He infected me with a lifelong love affair with aviation and space. Love the site!
Mike Vickers

Mike Vickers <nrvmjv@yahoo.com>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 05:06:02 (PST)
I checked out in the U-2 at Groom Lake when the 4028th sent a small group of us out there to get enough experience to ferry our first issue of the plsnes back to
Laughflin, AFB

Richard Mc Graw <dustymcgraw@cox.net>
Phoenix , AZ USA - Monday, January 21, 2013 at 23:39:49 (PST)
I checked out in the U-2 at Groom Lake when the 4028th sent a small group of out there to get enough experience to ferry our first issue of then back to

Richard Mc Graw <dustymcgraw@cox.net>
Phoenix , AZ USA - Monday, January 21, 2013 at 23:38:03 (PST)
I was at the Nevada Test Site from 1961 to 1970. Worked with many black project peopls.
David W. Diffenderfer <dwdiffenderfer@gmail.com>
Grove City, Pa. USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 12:19:56 (PST)
Hi Jeorge. I am a new member of the Roadrunners joining in 2009, and attending the 2009 and 2011 reunions. My qualifications are working on the PWA JT11D-20 (J58) engine development program at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Research & Development Center WPB,FL. I have been very impressed with the entire RR group and the professional manner that they comport themselves. Love the web site and have shown it to many people. Keep up the good work. Look forward to seeing all at the 2013 reunion. John
John C. Evans <pwa.j58.engine@me.com>
Tempe, az USA - Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 07:11:41 (PST)
I just came upon your web page quite by accident. Great site! My dad was one of your compatriots, Dick Thiess. If anyone knew my dad, Could you let me know? I have some questions regarding his time at Groom Lake. He passed away in 1978 due to cancer that was a product of radiation that he was exposed to while on security for the base. I have all of the paperwork for the exposure and his Lockheed 3+ SR71 coffee mug and thats about it. You are a great bunch of men and ladies and I thank all of your for your service.
Glen Thiess <Glen.Thiess@Gmail.Com>
Clearwater, FL USA - Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 09:07:44 (PST)
Great Site! I meant to add that to my post sorry for the repeat posts.
Ann Loray Bartels <doublenaughtniece@gmail.com>
Lake Elsinore, CA USA - Friday, September 14, 2012 at 14:21:46 (PST)
I am the Niece of an Air Force Officer, who was quite high up , and I believe he was involved in many of the RoadRunner type projects, his name Henry Bartels, Lt Col. USAF (retired). I would love to hear from anyone who might know the name Bartels.
Ann Loray Bartels <doublenaughtniece@gmail.com>
Lake Elsinore, Ca USA - Friday, September 14, 2012 at 14:19:26 (PST)
I would like to thank Russ Buyse for keeping our old Area 51 Blackbird INS team informed as well as the operators of this Web Site for a first class presentation job.
Lowell Dubberke <lowell.r.dubberke@aero.org>
Hermosa Beach, CA USA - Friday, September 14, 2012 at 09:26:36 (PST)

Love your site.
David W. Diffenderfer <dwdiffenderfer@gmail.com>
Grove City, Pa. USA - Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 12:57:23 (PST)
Hi everybody! Been a while since I've put anything on here, staying way too busy. I still collect Blackbird patches and pins and continue to research the histories behind each one. Many more I'm still looking for and wanted to ask anyone out there that might still have old insignia if it would be possible to see pictures or scans of them. Always looking to see what's out there. I now have a complete collection of original YF-12 patches and a virtually complete set of original Oxcart patches, plus over 300 other Blackbird related patches. Feel free to contact me to share what you might have or to see what I have or to just ask questions!
Ron Girouard <rrg207@cox.net>
Carencro, La USA - Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 16:15:20 (PST)
Like your website
Have something of interest to you from U-2 E-mail me when you can. ASAP

Tim Bowman <fxreader3@hotmail.com>
Richmond, Va USA - Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 09:58:57 (PST)
Carolyn and I would like to congratulate Frank Murray to his induction in the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame. Frank, hats off to you. This induction is long overdue. You are a true war hero. We wish we could be there in person, but I am sure the Roadrunners will be well represented. Carolyn and I will toast you from the sunny state of Florida. God bless you Frank, and all Roadrunners.
Russ Buyse <rbuyse@aol.com>
Largo, FL USA - Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 07:25:16 (PST)
Frank Vallone Msgt USAF Ret <glockfanfrank@yahoo.com>
luttrell, Tn USA - Friday, August 10, 2012 at 13:21:09 (PST)
The tribute to Gary Powers was interesting. It was a miracle that he survived the crash landing of his U2 aircraft in Soviet Russia. I'm sure that reflects his skills as a pilot. A true American Hero. The group photo (508th Turner AFB)with Gary Powers and my Dad Joseph G. Kondracki caught my attention though. The bottle of champaign in front of the group cracked me up. My Dad mentioned that he briefly knew Gary and had kind words to say about him. Awesome website.
Best Regards Vince Kondracki

Vincent Kondracki <moparvince@comcast.net>
St. Cloud, FL USA - Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 18:35:58 (PST)
Deborah, Redlight where your father Tom worked at Area 51 was in a special maintenance section for our support aircraft. Redlight was actually a priority classification assigned to the maintenance of the support aircraft. The F-101s and other support aircraft were maintained at Hill AFB in Utah and to expedite service and to let the maintainers know that they were not regular military aircraft, your father gave them a Redlight designation that moved them to the head of the line and ensured a bit extra attention to detail.
TD Barnes <tdbarnes@me.com>
Henderson, NV USA - Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 11:27:34 (PST)
My father, Tom Jeffries Teaford was a Roadrunner and worked in redlight area of 51. Upon my mothers death I found pictures, documents etc. in a military trunk of my fathers. Im looking for any of the original Roadrunners still living that could answer questions that my father never could or would. Thank you.
Deborah Teaford <tuckndeb@gmail.com>
Pahrump, Nv USA - Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 19:49:25 (PST)
Since my brother Dick Miller was a part of this program (pressure suits) I've found this site extremely informative and exciting. A phenomenol time in flight history especially knowing my brother was so involved. I know it was an exciting time for him.
Ron Miller

Ron Miller <Ronm@numail.org>
Newnan, Ga USA - Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 20:02:05 (PST)
Was assigned to the 4028SRWS, 349th SRS and 4080th Wg in 1966-1968. I knew just about everyone in the squadron (Pilots Navs and Chinese pilots etc.) When I was at the wing I worked in Standboard and during that time my bosses were Major Roy L. St. Martin, Major Leo J. Stewart, and Major Victor Milam. During my time there I took a vacation to Bien Hoa (OL-20) and ended up leaving to go to intel school when personnel finally realized all the clearances I still held. Good Luck
JerryMcFarland <jerryjmc@aol.com>
Danville, IN USA - Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 13:16:04 (PST)
Was a member of your security force from July 1965 thru July 1968. Worked for Nick Zubon & Jim Croker. Still lifetine friends w/ Roy & Liz Black.
Was really impressed with your site when I found it and am proud to say I served and helped in my little way to the way things happened at Area51.

Peter J. Nichols Sr. <PJ313JESSUP@JUNO.COM>
Jessup, Pa. USA - Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 12:46:05 (PST)
I was stationed on Okinawa in the 15 TRS and got to see a crew suit up and taxi out for a mission. Very interesting. I always enjoyed seeing a "Habu" on the field as I was starting or returning from a flight. The as an air traffice controller in an enroute center got to work them, as if there were other aircraft at their altitudes. What an aircraft.
Roger Thomas <roger8103@comcast.net>
USA - Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 06:27:28 (PST)
I was an engineer at Honeywell in the 60's working on Lockeed programs, and recently learned that there exists an "Area 51 reunion" group that meets yearly. So while attempting to locate some information on this group I stumbled upon your website. I'm not sure how much I can devulge on this site of what I worked on, but I'm interested in contacting some of the co-workers who I lost track of over the years, and who may be members of Roadrunners. The reunion in November looks very interesting, but I'm not sure any of those I worked with are still around!
Bob Wheelecor <bob.wheelecor@comcast.net>
MN USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 22:43:33 (PST)
I am writing a scholarly history of the CIA's Office of Medical Services that will including a lengthy discussion of medical/psychological support provided by the Agency for the U-2 and A-12 program. I am looking for any former drivers or personnel who went through the Enduring Enemy Detention/Risk of Capture program run by Agency psychologists Bill Miller and Ken Bradt, and Ed Sayles (Security) at Camp Peary (aka The Farm) who would be willing to provide recollections of their experience in that program. I am in touch with both Bill and Ken who have provided much background.
Jonathan D. Clemente, MD <jonathan_clemente@yahoo.com>
Charlotte, NORTH CAROLINA USA - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 19:12:23 (PST)
I was in the 84th FIS at Hamilton AFB, CA and met some people from Nevada who came to us for F101-B/F simulator time in 1965-66. I wonder if that has been de-classified.
Lt..Col. USAF(Retd) Lee R. Goettsche, Jr. <Abluefox@aol.com>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 16:45:20 (PST)
I am the grandson of James Hanson Wells. Much of his service was a secret to his family (as expected). I was given a roadrunners patch that was his while he was in. I'm trying to research and find any info on him. I know he was radio maintenance and knew that he had worked with the SR-71, but we never really knew what was behind it. If anyone has any info, I would greatly appreciate it.
Jonathan H Gagle <jonathan.gagle@gmail.com>
Spotsylvania, VA - Virginia USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 08:08:36 (PST)
Thanks T.D. and please keep the stories and information flowing we all love it! Thank you for your service also.
Todd Graham
USA - Friday, February 17, 2012 at 12:35:36 (PST)
.... dedicated to all fighter pilots because the sky is my passion...
"E la Terra sentii nell'Universo. Sentii, fremendo, ch'+¨ del cielo anch'ella, e mi vidi quaggi+Ý piccolo e sperso errare, tra le stelle, in una stella."
Giovanni Pascoli

...sorry for my terrible English.... :-))

Italy - Monday, February 13, 2012 at 09:29:36 (PST)
.... dedicated to all fighter pilots because the sky is my passion...
"E la Terra sentii nell'Universo. Sentii, fremendo, ch'+¨ del cielo anch'ella, e mi vidi quaggi+Ý piccolo e sparso errare, tra le stelle, in una stella."
Giovanni Pascoli

...sorry for my terrible English.... :-))

Italy - Monday, February 13, 2012 at 09:27:54 (PST)
Thank you so much for sharing all of your information, finally we can shake hands, don't you think?
Keep up the good work!

USA - Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 14:28:26 (PST)
I forgot to mention that I still have my 1129th SAS, 1975 gov drivers license signed by Joseph Dobbins. Also one from 1985 for Det 1 AFEREG.
F. Craig Brunson <n7tsz@frontier.com>
Hillsboro, OR USA - Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 09:19:41 (PST)
Your site brought back fond memories & names from the past.
A former life at EG&G SP 11/1971 to 08/1999

F. Craig Brunson <n7tsz@frontier.com>
Hillsboro, OR USA - Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 09:05:49 (PST)
I wanted to stop off and send my regards to the site and all that have contributed! Mr. Barnes, yourself and those who do what you do are an inspirattion for many people... Even the youngest generation...
Don't be afraid to see what you see. ~Ronald Reagan
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
Mark Twain

Aaron Michael Pezet <aaronpezet@aol.com>
Holland, Mi USA - Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 19:45:16 (PST)
I must say the website is top-notch! I tip my hat to all of you cold warriors who existed in the shadows ensuring our country was kept safe! I would like to be put on some sort of mailing list (distro list) so as to receive reminders of up-and-coming engagements.
Ian <yngrep75@yahoo.com>
North Las Vegas, NV USA - Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 17:15:42 (PST)
I want to thank you for your time, and dedication ,for bringing this web-site out for people like me .I was in the cold war ,from 1981 thru to its end ,and have seen alot of aircraft in the us navy ,where I started ,and watched the SR-71 break down in Fallon Nevada ,where they put it in our old hanger for a week ,where every morning I came in ,and admired the men ,Kelly Johnson ,and the other engineers for designing this bird,and the technology ,to make it happen . Repaired and ready to fly ,Lockeed Techreps showed up and handed out pictures of the black-bird ,which I still have to this day ! Flying back over the base after it took off was a sight to behold ,and during my secound tour in the Navy ,brought me to Kedena Air-Force-base in okinowa where it taxied by our hanger every time and admired it every time to . Thanks again for your time and this web site . I joined the Air-Force-National-Guard after 6yrs out of the navy ,and stayed there 16yrs and retired there .Thanks again
Mark .Benitez <1962zoso49@att.net>
Santa Rosa, Ca USA - Friday, December 30, 2011 at 12:49:37 (PST)
I was cruising the web for the latest buzz and happened upon your website. Interesting --
Elizabeth Albert
Erie, PA USA - Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 10:39:12 (PST)
Hi Joerg Congatulations on becomeing a full Roadrunner member and thanks to all the other Associate Members who help to keep the Roadrunners legacey to the fore.


Alan Johnson <ajsr71u2@btinternet.com>
Macclesfield, England - Friday, December 16, 2011 at 23:12:51 (PST)
Thank you, TD and Mike, for your very kind words. It certainly is an honor and a privilege to be trusted with maintaining the Roadrunners web site. I will try to do TD's hard work over many years of building this web site justice, and I hope that I will be able to continue to adequately preserve the legacy of the Roadrunners. Thank you, TD and veteran Roadrunners, for your trust. Not only in myself, but also in Associate member Peter Merlin as Roadrunners Historian, Mike Schmitz as Roadrunners Photographer and Alan Johnson maintaining the Facebook page. And thank you, fellow Associates, for stepping up to the plate. I am proud to be a member of this team.
Joerg H Arnu <webmaster@roadrunnersinternationale.com>
Las Vegas, NV USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 17:05:36 (PST)
Joerg, You know it is an honor to assume any duties and responsibility in the Roadrunners. You are the first Associate to be trusted with duties and responsibility that were for voting members (Groom Lake Veterans) only. As the new webmaster you have done an outstanding job fine tuning and improving the website. I am glad to see the Associates finally get a chance to serve and assume duties within the Roadrunners. I am sure our fellow Associates are proud of you. We would like to thank you. I thank you.
Mike Schmitz <egmike@frontiernet.net>
Elk Grove, CA USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 12:03:06 (PST)
interesting web site
Piergiovanni Vassallo <pgvax@tiscalinet.it>
TURIN, Italy - Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 12:45:11 (PST)
Joerg, I want to commend you on your elevated support of the Roadrunners by your now assuming the duty of webmaster. So many of our members never knew of how you, and our fellow web masters, the late Leland Haynes and Allan Johnson in the UK, supported me in developing the Roadrunner website to make it what it is today. All of you have been there when needed. Your immediate improvement of the website is refreshing and pleases me immensely. It needed re-energizing and you have certainly stepped up to the plate. In behalf of the Roadrunners and our supporters around the world, I thank you.
T.D. Barnes, President Roadrunners Internationale

Thornton D. "TD" Barnes <tdbarnes@nvahof.org>
Henderson, NV USA - Monday, December 12, 2011 at 19:37:04 (PST)
This is the new Roadrunners Internationale guest book. Please take a moment to sign it. We look forward to hearing from you.
Joerg H Arnu <webmaster@roadrunnersinternationale.com>
Las Vegas, NV USA - Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 17:22:56 (PST)

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