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ROBERT DONLEY HUGHES

MSGT, USAF

F-101B CREW CHIEF GROOM LAKE, NEVADA

Graduated from Oak Hill High School, Oak Hill, Ohio in May 1950 and attended Ohio University for one semester.

Entered the USAF in February 1951 and assigned to basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. After basic training, was assigned to A&E (aircraft mechanic) School at Sheppard AFB, Texas and was later transferred to Randolph AFB, Texas.

From Randolph AFB, was transferred to Tyndall AFB, Florida as crew chief n P-51D and P-51H aircraft.

Transferred to Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio and later to the 51st Field Maintenance Squadron at Naha, Okinawa.

Transferred to Griffith AFB, New York as crew chief on F-94C, F-89, F-102, and F-101B aircraft.

In November 1962, volunteered to CIA Project OXCART and was selected in January 1963 for assignment to 1129th SAS in Las Vegas, Nevada as crew chief on the F-101B VooDoo plane providing support for the Top Secret A-12 Blackbird Mach 3+ surveillance plane at Groom Lake. Served two TDY tours at Kadena as crew chief on the F-101B during the operation phase of Project OXCART, Operation BLACKSHIELD, flying CIA surveillance missions over North Korea and North Vietnam.

In 1969, was assigned to Bitburg AFB, West Germany.

Retired from the USAF in June 1971.

After retirement, was hired in April 1972 as a civilian security guard at Area 51. Retired in February 1980 after 22 years, 10 months and 7 days at Area 51. Since Area 51 was turned over to the USAF, it was time to explore other opportunities.

In March 1980, was hired by Lockheed Aircraft Company (Skunk Works) as a supervisor in Quality Assurance for F-117A (flight test).

Retired from Lockheed in June 1990.