Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 5, 1968 · Page 5
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 5

Tucson, Arizona
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Tuesday, March 5, 1968
Page 5
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TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 1968 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N Former Thimderbird Awaits Reunion With His Buddies By LAWSON ALLEN Citizen Staff Writer Capt. Chris G. Patterakis, USAF, flashes a broad smile at the prospect of the approaching reunion with his former teammates, the Tnunderbirds. The Air Force's crack aerial demonstration team will be a principal attraction, at this year's Arizona and Aerospace Days celebration at Davis- Monthan AFB Saturday and Sunday. Static exhibits of aircraft and high performance takeoffs also will highlight the show both days. Among the spectators who. will watch the Thunderbirds perform, Patterakis is'prflb'ably unique. He has flown with every member, of the team except one,' the pilot who replaced him on the left wing of the leader in the diamond formation. This .probably makes him the most knowledgeable critic of the Thunderbirds at D-M today. The shows will be the first he has seen from the ground since joining the team in December, 1965. Whether he will be "sweating it" less on the ground than he did in the air is problematical. Certainly he will be keenly aware, as always, of the many factors that can go wrong as four supersonic aircraft soar a bare 30 feet off the ground with a three-foot wing overlap. "Naturally I would say that my old position, number three, is the most difficult," he says with a soft laugh. "But kidding aside, none of them is easy. It Jackrabbits Are Peril At Airport SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A growing colony of Jackrabbits at the Salt Lake City airport is causing consternation for pilots. Joe Bergin, airport manager, said the rabbits attract eagles and dogs, adding to the danger of landings and take offs. "At times, you can see hundreds of Jackrabbits streaming across the runways and taxiways," Bergin said. Capt. Chris Patterakis depends on the maneuver. Or even which phase of the maneuver you're talking about. "For me, the most difficult was our clover leaf changeover roll, in which I move from behind and below the number two man to my normal position on his left wing while he's moving to the right wing of the leader. At the same ime we are performing a roll. This is about as difficult a maneuver as the number three man has to do." There is, however, one position with the team that Pate- rakis admits is more difficult than the others -- the leader. "The leader's many responsibilities make his position really the most difficult on the team," he says. "He has to 'worry about the sites where we fly; how we fly (he field where we are performing, the temperature, humidity, altitude -- all of which affect our performance and make each show a different situation." Of the 2,700 hours flying time in his logbook, Patterakis has spent 55 in the Air Force's F4 Phantom II, now being used extensively in combat operations in Vietnam. It is then- use in the war that prompted him to request training in this type aircraft at D-M. "With training in the F4, there is a better chance of going up North. That is where the Migs are along with the antiair craft and SAMs (Surface-to-Air Missiles). Up there, there is a greater element of risk. "That, after all, is what it means to be a fighter pilot. For me, it is what I want to do. Any fighter pilot wants to test his training and skills against the enemy. I'm not brave and I'm not stupid. But I know my train ing is the best in the world and I want to use it." PAGE 5 FBI Hunts Minutemen In Blast Plot SEATTLE (AP) -- The founder of The Minutemen and one of lis top aides were hunted by the FBI today after being indicted in a plot to blow up a police station and power plant as a diversion for bank robbery. Secret federal grand jury indictments returned Feb. 20 against Robert Bolivar DePugh, founder and head of the paramilitary organization, and Walter Patrick Peyson, 24, were made public Monday by U.S. District Judge Wiiliam T. Beeks. Bail was set at $30,000 for each man. The 44-year-old De Pugh and Peyson, both of Norborne, Mo., were charged with conspiracy in plans to blow up the police station and power station in nearby Redmond before robbing three banks there and another bank in suburban Des Moines. The (FBI said DePugh was last seen several weeks ago in Norborne, where he is owner and operator of Biolab Co., an animal-drug firm. The FBI said the plot was not carried out because an inside tip resulted in the arrest of seven other men here Jan. 26, the day the alleged plans were to go into effect. Duane I. Carlson, 35, one of those arrested Jan. 26, was described as a full-time Minutemen employe, but DePugh denied this at Norborne at the time. Some of the others also were linked by officials with the secret group, described by the FBI as a group whose purpose is to defend the United States against internal Communistic takeover. Booze On Sale-So Is Coffin LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Thousands of imported items in the hands of customs officials, including 8,500 bottles of liquor and a coffin, go on the auction block Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The U.S. Customs Office said most items were unclaimed merchandise. The liquor was confiscated because California's import laws restrict tourists to one fifth apiece. Federal law allows five fifths. High Court To Review Full Train Crew Law WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has agreed to decide i£ states can force railroads to carry more workers on trains Mian the railroads think necessary. Last October a federal courf In Hot Springs, Ark., deckled tho practice puts an unconstitutional burden on interstate commerce. Railroads unions, backed by Arkansas, appealed to the Supreme Court for review. The Arkansas laws at issue date back more than half a century. They require switch engines to carry at least one engineer, one fireman, one foreman, and three helpers. Small trains are exempted. (Arizona's full crew law was repealed in 1964 by a vote of the people.) The railroads contend technological advances over the years have made crews of this size unnecessary. Such laws, the carriers say, result in "absurd rituals" such as adding crew members at the border of a "full train crew" state and dropping the workers off when leaving the slate. The unions, meanwhile, claim these laws assure the safety of the public and that state legislatures have a right to impose job conditions on the railroads. The Arkansas laws have been before the Supreme Court on five previous occasions. The last time was in January 19C6, when the justices decided 7 to 1 that Congress did not inva'idale state "Full train crew" laws in its 1963 approval of an arbitration award that eliminated thousan' 1 of train crew jobs. Six states besides Arkansas have laws specifying miivmum crews on freight trains. Four states in addition to Arkansas have such requirements for switching crews. Arkansas and 14 other states also have laws i 'quiring a minimum number of workers on passenger trains. These were not directly at kcue in the case. RULING STANDS GM Is Not Liable In High-Speed Case WASHINGTON (AP) - The! Supreme Court turned aside Monday an appeal that claimed automobile m a n u f a c u t r - ers should be held responsible in accident suits for m a k i n g high-speed cars. The appeal was made by Phillip Michael Scheme!, 22, of Springfield, Ohio. Injured in an auto accident near Oakland City, Ind., in April 1964, he charged General Motors with negligence in designing a car capable of "excessive and unlawful rates of speed." The suit was dismissed by a U.S. District Court in Evansvilte in November 1966. Schemel was a passenger in a car struck, his appeal said, by an Impala traveling at 115 miles an hour. He claimed GM had a legal duty not to "create an unreasonable risk of serious personal injury to innocent bystanders" by designing a car that can go so fast. Schemel also charged GM with negligence for "emphasizing speed in its advertising." The Supreme Court made no comment in refusing to consider these claims. This let stand a ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court in Chicago last July in the Schemel case that the manufacturer "is not bound to anticipate and guard against grossly careless misuse of his product by reckless drivers." 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