AFROTC Gross Insubordination-Jay Hansen

As juniors, we had AFROTC classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the second floor of OregonStateUniversity’s Gill Coliseum. Before class began the seniors inspected us in an open ranks inspection. These were nose-to-nose, one-on-one events where the seniors shouted...

A Shocking Crash

This is an excerpt from “Hijacked, A Critical Change of Plans” ¬†A true story! I entered primary jet training at Laughlin AFB, Del Rio Texas in September of 1967. I made it through the T-41 ‘Wash Out’ program but was still not sure I was meant...

T-37 Spins

My job was to demonstrate some incorrect recovery techniques that the new instructor might encounter from his students. The normal recovery from a T-37 spin was; -Throttles idle -Rudder and aileron neutral -Stick abruptly full aft (elevator) and hold (if inverted this...

World War One Flying

Reminiscing about USAF T-37 basic training brings back many memories but one has stuck with me my whole life. I was doing well and knew I would make it as a young confident Air Force pilot. We broke for the Holidays and, my wife and I, returned to Seattle and my...

50 Years Ago, Riding the “Boom Bucket!”

We were given ejection seat training early in the T-37 flying phase. We had academic classes on the components of the seat, the controls, how to fire the seat, and what to expect should we use it in flight. The seat was powered by a 37mm shotgun-like cartridge that...