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#5 Johnny Thompson jthomp20@gmail.com  2013-10-08 16:58
I was a flight engineer on 1016 when it was at NOLA from 1980 to 1983. Frank took my place when I tranferred out.
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#4 Ronald C. Knight ron@knightsplace.com  2010-12-05 00:00
My father, LCDR Hale B. (Stormy) Knight and our family were transferred from NAS Kodiak to NAS Glenview in July, 1960. He was assigned to R4Y-1 141016 under RADM Arnold McKechnie, as his Plane Commander. 141016 was used for VIP flights as part of CNARESTRA. The Convair was originally painted the Navy�s mid-50�s-era white, silver, and bright orange. One evening, my dad brought home several sketches of the plane, stating that it was scheduled to be completely repainted, dropping the orange, and asked what we thought of the concepts. We all loved it. I happened to zero in on the black nose, which abruptly ended right after the nose radar. I sketched a different version that stretched out the black, bringing the top and bottom to a center pinstripe along the fuselage. Dad liked it, and took my idea back to share with others involved with the paint design. A couple of months later, we were shown the �new� plane, and to my great surprise, it had the nose design that I suggested. I see now through other photos that the design was replicated on the other 29 planes in the fleet as well, with a later variation including the nose design added to the engine cowlings as well. (Personally, I like the cowlings without it better � showing off the polished aluminum.) A ton of work went into remodeling the inside, transforming it from a more traditional passenger plane, to an authentic VIP transport. It was gutted down to the metal, and rebuilt with a new galley, seats - including a special recliner, and a private compartment for the Admiral and/or other VIPs on board to conduct work, or rest. My mother, Janice Knight even sewed and installed the special window curtains for the private VIP compartment. To say that the Knight family, Admiral �Mac�, and my Dad�s entire crew were proud of �016� would be an understatement. After Admiral McKechnie�s departure, Dad served under Admirals� Martin and Caldwell, with 016 continuing its mission as their VIP plane. Dad retired from the Navy at NAS Glenview in 1964, with his final flight of his career logged on May 30th. 141016 was the last plane he ever flew. One of the most memorable flight assignments my Dad had in 016 was in October 1962. Former President Harry S. Truman had a speech to give in Las Vegas (we believe it was for the American Legion). Dad flew 016 to Kansas City to pick him up, and then on to Las Vegas � and back when he was done with his speaking engagement. A humorous note: Dad was born and raised in Kansas, with his mother living in Wichita at the time. President Truman wanted to sit up in the cockpit with Dad to watch and �chat� for a while. Pleased to accommodate his request, he had him sit in the copilot seat and told him �Mr. President, if you look down to your right, you will see Wichita.� Truman replied back with a big grin� �you mean� �WiShita�? Dad immediately recognized his inference back to his childhood days as with Truman�s where there has always been a strong friendly rivalry between Kansas and Missouri (Truman�s state) � especially between Kansas City Kansas, and Kansas City Missouri where the state line crosses right through the city. So in retort, my Dad replied �Now be careful sir, my Mother lives in Wichita� � Truman thought that was pretty funny and a good comeback, and laughed. Dad said President Truman enjoyed the trip and visiting with him and his crew � and was very impressed with the plane and how they refitted it. We have a framed photo of my dad with President Truman at the foot of 016�s steps. He also autographed my Dad�s flight plan for that trip. Dad was very proud of 141016 and his crew. They gave him a framed photo of it as a retirement gift. With both my Dad and Mom gone now, my Brother Dennis and I hold the proud and fond memories of �The Convair�, 016 very close to our hearts. I hope that writing this piece of information will add extra significance to this airplane, and help AMARC to preserve it for many decades to come. Ron Knight
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#3 SGT EDWARD A. OLSON cowboyed@garlic.com  2009-01-01 00:00
141016 was stationed at NAS Gkenview IL in the 60s and 70s. My father, CDR Dennis A. Olson US Navy flew this aircraft from 1969 until about 1972. It was the RADM's flagship.
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#2 fRANK bALLANCE   2007-05-20 00:00
IT WAS ASSIGNED TO THE COMMANDER, NAVAL AIR RESERVE SUPPORT DETACHMENT, NAS NEW ORLEANS DURING THE 1980'S FOR VIP AND LOGISTICS SUPPORT. I WAS A CREWMAN ON IT FROM 1983 TO 1984.
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#1 fRANK bALLANCE   2007-05-20 00:00
IT WAS ASSIGNED TO THE COMMANDER, NAVAL AIR RESERVE SUPPORT DETACHMENT, NAS NEW ORLEANS DURING THE 1980'S. I WAS A CREWMAN ON IT FROM 1983 TO 1984.
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