Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on September 16, 1973 · Page 10
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 10

Panama City, Florida
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Sunday, September 16, 1973
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rai >c lOA NKWS-HKK.M,!), rananin . I la.. Sunday Scplnnhcr l«, 1973 Col. Jack Young Assumes Command SI IM'I.YCOMM.XNDKK A t'orniei- B-25 pilot wlio flew iiuincrous missions throiiglioiit tlio Pacific dining World War II, recently assumed command of the -17561 li Supply Squadron at Tyndall AF'B. He is Col. Jack D. Young of Memphis, Tenn. Young commands400 poisons in his squadron, and is also c h e i f of supply. His responsibilities include supervising the issue and receipt of all supplies and equipment to support the Air Defense Weapons Center's mission. During his j) i- e v i o u s assignment at Osan AB, Korea, he was in charge of all maintenance, supplies and transportation. His first Air Force assignment was as a B-25 pilot. He flew the Straffers in the Pacific from the Guadal Canal to Okinawa for a total of 59 missions. Young is married to the former Virginia M. McNamara of Memphis. They have four children and four grandchildren. Waddell was transfei'ird to the Pentagon in Washington, D. C. Roney is in charge of 62 officers and enlisted men. Theii' mission is to prepare recent undergraduate pilot trainees for F-106 airci-aft ti'aining. They aLso train pilots for the T-33 and B-57 aircraft. He is married to the former Patsy Cherry of Union City. Their child, Cherri Lynn, is 15 years old. NEW COMMANDER The 4756th Flying Training Squadron at Tyndall has a new commander. He is Lt. Col. Billy J. Roney, of Union City, Tenn. He previously served as operations officer of the unit and replaced Lt. Col. Donald R. Waddell as commander. HEADS UNIT Lt. Col. Jerry P. Holman recently left his post as commander of Detachment 1, 39th Air Rescue and Recovery Wing (ARRW) at Homestead AFB, to become the new commander of the Air Defense Weapons Center's Detachment 5, ARRW. He replaces Lt. Col. William F. Williams who is retirng from military service. A native of Hartford, Ala., Holman is a 1954 Naval Academy graduate. He now has 19 years of active military service. His initial Air Force assignment was in the Aerospace Defense Command. Holman describes the squadron's specific mission as "drone recovery." The colonel said, "Our future programs are designed to increase our ability of retrieving drones in mid-air, possibly to the point of retrieving all drones this way." The colonel's wife, Mary Louise, and their two children, Julie and Tim, now reside in Hartford. Are Flights Necessary ? WASHINGTON - (NEA) Marine pilot Mike Murphy flew 300 combat missions without incident during the war in Southeast Asia, but the last time he went aloft, in the friendly skies of the United States, he crashed and died. Murphy, 29, perished as a member of the Navy's precision aerial team, the Blue Angels. Performing in July over Lakehurst, N.J., his two- man jet was part of a four- plane diamond formation. The planes were moving at approximately 450 mph, their wings no more than three feet apart. A good show. But a deadly one. When the planes began to make a "slow" climbing roll, two of them collided. Murphy was one of three who died. The incident stunned the Navy. The Blue Angels, who perform 80-85 times a year, cancelled the remainder of their 1973 schedule. But the accident, perhaps, should not have been so surprising. Earlier this year two other Blue Angels planes crashed during a stunt show. And since 1946, at least seven people have been killed with the group. The Angels, moreover, have a fairly good safety record compared to other military demonstration teams. There are four aerial teams, including the Air Force Thunderbirds and the Army Golden Knights and Silver Eagles. The T-Birds have had nine crashes and 11 dead since 1953 and the Knights (parachutists) lost 14 peop e in one crash last autumn. The Eagles, a helicopter group formed this year, has as yet had no accidents. In all, as best as can be determined, the demonstration teams have lost 33 dead and damage caused has been in the millions. In the past year alone they've had five crashes and 18 deaths. And, according to an officer connected with one of the teams: "Flying like we do, crazy as hell really, we've actually been lucky." The "luck" has not been in flying alone. Despite the sudden increase in the number of facal mishaps, there seems no serious controversy over the future of the teams. A Blue Angels spokesman says the Pentagon is currently studying the Navy's mishaps, but that "we all expect a favorable outcome." At this time, the spokesman adds, "we're planning to .start up again next year the same as before." But though no critics have come forward — not even Sen. WiUiam Proxmire, (D-Wis.) the military-waste watchdog, has looked into the matter — the issue deserves some public comment. As one Pentagon community affairs man puts it darkly: ' "We have the teams for public relations, but there is a potential for backfire. These planes perform before five to six million people a year, and over large civilian populations in the show areas. What if one of these crashes hits a crowd, or a housing development? Then there'll be controversy." The question is, therefore, are the teams worth it? Military authorities obviously think so. The aerial demonstration idea was pioneeered by the Blue Angels in 1946. Since then the teams have performed for more than 200 million people in the United States and other countries. "That's a lot of people watching the military colors fly over." So convinced is the military of the demo teams' worth, the Pentagon now budgets $5.3 million for them annually. Besides this, the services contribute approximately 300 personnel, including advance men, and a couple of dozen aircraft. What with the new volunteer military, the thinking is the demonstration teams are more important now than ever. The Army, as example, has not filled its recruitment quota in any of the first six months of the volunteer concept. So: "We need all the help we can get. Stunts, shows, anything." The other side of the argument is more passionate than pragmatic. Eighteen fatalities in a year's time can't be ignored. Each time a Blue Angels jet crashes it costs the taxpayers $2.5 million. And is this what the military is for — hot dogging over carnivals in Nebraska? HOW TO WIN A DEBATE? - At a recent debate on federal gun control, Panama City Toastmasters agreed with the affirmative debaters. Denion.strating his di.spleasure at the verdict is negative debalor Gene Miller (left), seen here with the unsympathetic Charles Hughes, a member of the lf,iy Clrunty Sheriff's auxili.j^^ry forte. ... |OOTWIM(£' PgpsOiAL, — LPT CLASS REUNION — Gathered around the piano to 193'3. Thir-ty-six of the 60 graduates, including four of sing old favorites is the Bay High School class of their teachers, celebrated the class reunion recently'; IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EARN THIS MUCH on your prticnt inv«ttm«nf* AFTER TAXES, Ihtn you ow« it to yourself to (Mm moro about Municipal Bonds. MEMBER: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF i «<if»( InrtMort ProlRtion Corp. SECURITIES DEALERS • FRK FROM AU PRESENT FEDBtAL INCOME TAX J|erJFREEJnforinatlon Moil Coupon Bolow to 7 FIRST AUBAMA SECURITIES, INC. lis L Q «4 N It. PMMMla. tl 12MI Pk. NMW-7S7f Name , Address City State Zip .... Home Phone Business Phone THE SUMMER HEIW WMlMl MOIIES INTO MODERATE TO HEAVY AIR CONDITNMIING AND A CHANCE OP r irienclly weatnerman tells you it's going to be 90 degrees in the shade, we have to send you the results of it. An electric bill that, like the temperature, is much higher than in other seasons. Not because our rates have increased. Our average residential rate still is about 12% below the national average. So your bills are higher because you're using much more electricity for air conditioning along with the other appliances you own. Sometime, add up how many appliances you owi|. And think of the inconveniences you'd have without them. But all the explanation in the world may not make you feel better about your electric bill. So we'd like to offer some suggestions about keeping your use of electricity under control: The biggest user of electricity in summertime—as you can see from the chart below—is air conditioning, so let's start mth that. We recommend you set your air conditioner at 78 degrees. And for every degree the indoor temperature is maintained below 78 degrees, electric energy requirements for comfort cooling increase by about 6%. Which can add up. Outside doors and windows left open can raise your operating costs even more. And dirty filters? Expensive. So you should change them once a month. How else can you control your use of electricity? You can avoid prolonged standing in front of the refrigerator or freezer with the door open. You can plan the use of your electric oven, range, and dishwasher. These are just some of the suggestions in o'^^ ^^^^ hnnViPt "VUnfr\n\uj u^,,, to use it for all its worth." It tells you how to control your use of electricity. Write or call your nearest Gulf Power office for a free copy. Or stop in and pick one up. It could make the summer heat a little more bearable. Together, we'll get things done. Size of Home, Sq. Ft. Lights, Refrigerator, Outlets KWH' Range KWH* Water Heater KWH* Clothes Dryer KWH» Air Conditioning KWH* 1,000 ' 200 100 350 75 2m 2,000 500 100 75 3,(XX) 3,000 850 100 650 75 4,000 •Kilowatt hours used in a typical midsummer month in a inmlcrn. msuiated hortie. A kilowatt hour is the equivalent of a l(K)-wati liehl bulb burning 10 Hours.

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