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Rowan, Michael (1962-1966)

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Hometown:  Collingswood, NJ

Unit at Loring:  27 FIS

First day at Loring:

I landed at Presque Isle airport on a Northeast Airlines DC-3. I remember the airport terminal being just a small house. I was met by a staff sergeant from the base who drove me to Loring. During the drive I remember a sunny cold November day, snow covered roads, bridges and lots of pine trees. When we arrived, the sergeant showed me my barracks room and later that evening we had chow together. I feel bad I can't remember his name, but he was a really nice person.

Most memorable experience:

I like telling about the 27 FIS Operational Ready Inspections, the pride we all had in getting our aircraft off the ground, the sound of the F-106 hitting afterburner on takeoff, the fly overs so low you could see the underside rivets weeping streaks as they flew overhead. Then there is the snow and cold weather, snow so high cars would have something on the top of their antenna to be visible over the snowbanks and so cold that tires would be have a flat spot on the bottom as you drove off in the morning.  

Last Day at Loring:  

During my time at Loring I had married, had our first child at the base hospital and made airman 1st. class. I didn't want to make a career of the service, so the last day we had all our belongings packed in a small U-haul trailer hitched to a Volkswagen beetle and headed south to New Jersey.


What did you do after Loring:

 Two weeks after leaving Loring and the Air Force I was hired by Boeing as an aircraft mechanic working on CH-47 helicopters. I later moved into computing and data communications. I retired from Boeing in 2002.


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