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Gildzyn, James (1961-1964)*


Profile added 3/14/2010 3:35:44 AM

Jim back then.  Played at "The Outpost", which burned down in 1964...

Jim on the dance floor

Base Photo Lab
Jim today...
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Hometown:  Rocky River Ohio

Unit at Loring:  42 A&E;42 Ops;42 Hq

First day at Loring:

Wow, the real deal.  A SAC base. NO chicken shit marching, training etc.

I was 18, what did I know.  A2C, fresh out of photo school, Lowry AFB Co.

Assigned to 42 A&E Camera Shop. Working on B-52's  How cool is that.


Most memorable experience:  

The F-106 crash in the potato field.  The pilot survived (busted up) alive.

I was assigned to the Base Photo Lab at the time.  We took pics of the crash.

I don't know how he made it out of that mess. There was nothing left of the AC.

Last Day at Loring:  

After 3+ Years I was ready to move on.  Just packed and left.


What did you do after Loring:

32 yrs. with Xerox Corp. as a field engineer.  10 yrs in home remodeling.

Retired now, dancing 4 times a week.   Love dancing.


If you agree, people can contact you at (email):  n8kui@cox.net

This is one of my favorite pics. Not for the photographic image, but the story behind it. H-43B,  fire/rescue chopper.     Fire/rescue had a training area on base, in a remote area.  They requested Some photos of the area.  I got the assignment.  Picked up a camera and headed to the flight line. After a quick pre-flight we took off.  Took some aerial shots hanging out the open door.  Said to myself "don't drop the camera, Jim"  They dopped me at the site, to take some close ups. Said, "we will be back", And took off.  I took this as they were coming back to pick me up.  Notice the skis, it was winter. My only flight mission as a photographer,  exciting time for a young guy.