of Hickory, North Carolina
Recently we had visitor Ray Haag from California who was in visiting his son. Ray served 25 years in the USAF. He had time in over 25 different aircraft types!! Of interest he related a story to me of flying EC-121 Connies out of Korat, Thailand during Vietnam. He said that the electronic systems got so hot that the crews would fly at around 11,000 ft to keep above groundfire and under pressurization levels. They would peel off their shirts, open the windows,and roll their flight suits down to beat the severe heat. Later in the war when most POWs were executed they would orbit over a lake in Cambodia where if they had to get out they wouldn’t be captured and executed. He also spent time with NORAD in Alaska where he was over radar systems. With Gen. Boswell on board they pioneered intercepts of Tu-16 Badger aircraft with F-102 Delta Daggars!!! He also remembered he was scared when seeing AiR-2 Genie nuclear missiles loaded aboard F-106 Delta Darts at McChord AFB during the Cuban Missile Crisis!! What a great guest!! He came in while Roger Clements was there and it was magical listening to them converse!!