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18th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron 18th TACTICAL RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON 18th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
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18th TRS
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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

Air Force Photo by A2C Don Ward, from The Heyford Observer, 1967. RF-101Cs were first assigned to Europe during the spring of 1958 when the 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (32nd and 38th TRS) at Laon AB in France converted from RF-84Fs. In May of 1958, the 17th and 18th TRS based at Shaw AFB joined the 66th TRW at Laon. By the end of 1958, 30 RF-101Cs were based overseas. They were stationed at Nouasseur AFB in Morocco and at the Laon and Phalsbourg air bases in France. The 38th TRS moved to Ramstein AB in Germany when Laon grew short of ramp space and facilities. The entire wing moved to RAF Upper Heyford in England. The 66th TRW was inactivated on April 1, 1970.

Source: http://home.att.net/~jbaugher1/f101_7.html

Submitted by Jeff Arnold (Duck), 66th A&E,  1967 - 1970. 66th TRW Gate Guardian
"This photo is of a gate guardian that was on the Queen's Highway at the south end of the base. I believe that the picture was taken in 1967."

Submitted by Jeff Arnold (Duck), 66th A&E, 1967 - 1970.

Patch image Submitted by Terry Horstead. Royal Flush XII "The Eyes Of NATO" May 1967

Submitted by Terry Horstead

ARMED FORCES DAY 1967
The Heyford Observer May 13, 1967

Initially submitted by Doug Casamer, 66th Civil Engineer Sq. Crash Rescue, Nov 1966 - Oct 1969. Also submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967.

Initially submitted by Doug Casamer, 66th Civil Engineer Sq. Crash Rescue, Nov 1966 - Oct 1969.
Also submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967.

"Half Century Of Flying Marks Heyford's History"
From The Heyford Observer May 13, 1967

Submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967. Submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967. Submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967.

Submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967.

66th Wing Serves As Eyes Of NATO
from The Heyford Observer.

Submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967.

May 13, 1967

Submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967.

From The Heyford Observer
Submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967.

Armed Forces Day
May 13, 1967
Submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967.

Artcle from The Heyford Observer. Initially submitted by Doug Casamer, 66th Civil Engineer Sq. Crash Rescue, Nov 1966 - Oct 1969. Also submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967. 'Saluting Those Who Serve'
from The Heyford Observer, May 13, 1967

Initially submitted by Doug Casamer, 66th Civil Engineer Sq. Crash Rescue, Nov 1966 - Oct 1969. Also submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967.

Submited by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS crewchief, RF101C 56-127 Jul 1966 - Nov 1967. 'Saluting Those Who Serve'
An article from The Heyford Observer, May 13, 1967.

Submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS crewchief, RF101C 56-127, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967.

Submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967. B-47 Stratojet
from The Heyford Observer, May 13, 1967
Submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS, Jul 1966 - Nov 1967.


Submited by Gary Cecil RF101-C
Tail Number 56-0132

Submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS crewchief, RF101C 56-127 Jul 1966 - Nov 1967.

Submited by Gary Cecil RF101-C
Tail Number 56-0127

Submitted by Gary Cecil, 66th TRW, 18TRS crewchief, RF101C 56-127 Jul 1966 - Nov 1967.

Submitted by Gene Sannes, 18 TRS Flight Chief, 1967 - 1971.
Submitted by Gene Sannes, 18 TRS Flight Chief, 1967 - 1971.
Submitted by Gene Sannes, 18 TRS Flight Chief, 1967 - 1971. "...photo was taken while a buck Sgt and I were refueling RF 101 tail number 101 in the 18 TRS Squadron area on the far side of the base."


Submitted by Terry Horstead.

Submitted by Terry Horstead.

US Pulls out of France and into England

Submitted by Bob Kerstetter, 17TRS Photo Interpreter (PI) 1966 - 1969.

June 17, 1966

Submitted by Bob Kerstetter, 17TRS Photo Interpreter (PI) 1966 - 1969.


Submitted by Bob Kerstetter.

August 5, 1966

Submitted by Bob Kerstetter.


Submitted by Bob Kerstetter.
August 5, 1966

Submitted by Bob Kerstetter.

Don Dill parking the first F-4 at RAF Upper Heyford. First F-4s arrive at RAF Upper Heyford. First F-4s arrive at RAF Upper Heyford

Don Dill parking the first F-4 at RAF Upper Heyford.

Submitted by Don Dill, 17th & 18th TRS, Crew Chief on 101's and RF4C, 1968 - 1970. Don was Crew Chief on the 1st RF4, tail #555, "Triple Nickle".

. Lt. to Rt. Charlie Bennett, John (Rosebud) Taylor, driving-Gene Sannes (I think), Mike Thompson, (Peehead) & I can't see his face.
Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.
. Lt. to Rt. S.Sgt. Zapata, ? , C. Abbott (Jolly), E. Bennett (Charlie), ? Phase Dock 1967 or 68?
Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.
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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

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Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.

Submitted by Gene Sannes, 18 TRS Flight Chief, 1967 - 1971. "...just a few miles east of Lower Heyford, I took a photo of our new 69 MGC sports car after I got a hard top for it in London."

Submitted by Gene Sannes, 18 TRS Flight Chief, 1967 - 1971.


Voodoos Shatter Transcontinental Record

On Nov. 27, 1957, at 6:59 a.m., six USAF pilots took off from Los Angeles and began what would be called Operation Sun Run. On that day, three new transcontinental speed records were established, and the speed and range of the McDonnell RF-101C was showcased.

Note: This clip has been added only for general informational purposes.

Length: 2 minutes, 24 seconds.


F-101 (Voodoo) Sets World Speed Record

"In Operation Firewall on December 12, 1957, Major Adrian Drew flew an F-101A to set a world speed record of 1,207.6 mph (1,943 km/h) over the 10-mile record course at Edwards Air Force Base in the US. Major Drew earned himself a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for this feat. In Operation Sun Run in 1957, an RF-101 raced from Los Angeles to New York and back in the record time 6 hours, 46 minutes." (National Archives)

Note: This clip has been added for general informational purposes only.

Length: 1 minute, 48 seconds.


Voodoos Shatter Transcontinental Record

On Nov. 27, 1957, at 6:59 a.m., six USAF pilots took off from Los Angeles and began what would be called Operation Sun Run. On that day, three new transcontinental speed records were established, and the speed and range of the McDonnell RF-101C was showcased.

Note: This clip has been added only for general informational purposes.

Length: 2 minutes, 24 seconds.


Warlocks CF-101 Voodoo Air Demonstration Team

A short clip of the "Warlocks" CF-101 Voodoo Airshow team from 425 Sqn Bagotville 1977. Features some behind the scene footage from the ground and the air.

Note: This clip has been added only for general informational purposes.

Length: 5 minutes, 26 seconds.


CF-101 Voodoo 12 Ship

The last CF-101 Voodoo Sqn (416 Chatham NB) takes to the sky with a 12 ship flypast (as seen from the cockpit) 1984.

Note: This clip has been added only for general informational purposes.

Length: 3 minute, 56 seconds.


RF101c, 560070, 66TRW, 1959. Submitted Mike. RF101c, 560070, 66TRW, May 1969. Submitted by Mike.

"2 old RF-101C 66TRW with a timespan of 10 years."

Submitted by Mike.


18th TRS Notes & Quotes

"Royal Flush 12 was won by the 18th Squadron."

Submitted by Lonnie Stahly, TSgt, 66 FMS Jet Engine Shop, 1966 - 1969.

From: w4don@roadrunner.com
To: uhwebguy@hotmail.com
Subject: 17th & 18th RF-101 squadrons
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 16:34:18 -0500

The 17th & 18th RF-101 Recon Squadrons DID NOT arrive at Laon Air Base, France until May 1959, not May 1958 as stated on your web site pages. When I arrived at Laon in Sept. 1958 their were two squadronso f RF-84's, 302nd & 303rd. They remained there until 3rd qtr of 1959.

I was there the day, a Sunday, first flights arrived from Shaw AFB, SC and replaced the RF-84's.

I was assigned to 66 TRW, Base Communications Sqdn, from Sept. 1958 til Oct. 1961.

Some of my photos can be seen on www.laonafb.com. Name is Charles D. Summers

Thank you for web site, pages and history lessons.

formerly A/1C Charles D. Summers
66th Communications Sqdn (Radio Repairman & Operator)
APO 17


This is not a complete representation of the 18th TRS at RAF Upper Heyford, but more information and photos will be posted as they are received from participating personnel.

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