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Pueblo Eagles Squadron - Mar 2010

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Eagles Learn About the Superfortress
Important Dates:
13 MAR — Cadet PT and Orienta-tion Flights, Weisbrod AircraftMuseum, beginning at 0900 hrs.
13 MAR — Colorado Wing CadetCompetition, Peterson Air ForceBase. 0700—1600 hrs.
16 MAR — Pueblo MunicipalAirport Advisory CommitteeMeeting, Airport ConferenceRoom, 1430 hrs.
1 APR — Change of CommandCeremony, Weisbrod AircraftMuseum, 1900 hrs.
9 APR — Military Affairs Commit-tee Meeting, Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 hrs.
15 APR — 26th Annual SpaceSymposium, The Broadmoor,0800—noon.
Inside this issue:
Eagle in Profile — This MonthCAPT Alix Brockman
2
Change of CommandSlated for 1 APR 2010
3
Eagle News… Briefly!
4
Aerospace Education, Eagle Style
Story and photos by 2LT Shad L. BrownSquadron members assembled at the Pueblo Weis-brod Aircraft Museum on 13 FEB to assist the PuebloHistorical Aircraft Society with their popular “opencockpit” tours of the museum. The T-28C trainerwas on display, and cadet flight members assistedthe public climbing into and out of the T-28.Customers ranged from the very young to the veryold, and included a person that many Civil Air Pa-trol cadets aspire to emulate in the near future — avisiting cadet from the United States Air ForceAcademy! Cadet Commander Miranda Abbas, C/MSgt Haelie Compton, C/Amn Matthew, Samuel,and Tadeusz Nitka, and C/AB Stephen Crandall metFourth Class Cadet Chris Olson, from Oak Harbor,WA. Cadet Olson answered questions about acad-emy life (“not as scary as it seems,” he said) andSee Open Cockpit, Eagle Style, Page 2 
RMR-CO-179 Pueblo Eagles Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, Colorado Wing (USAF Auxiliary)Volume I, Issue 7 — 12 MAR 2010
The Eagles’ EyrieThe Eagles’ Eyrie 
Leadership, Service With Honor!Leadership, Service With Honor! 
Pueblo Eagles Composite Squadron members weregiven an in-depth education about the operations of the B-29 Superfortress bomber during the squad-ron’s aerospace education night on 11 FEB 2010, bya former Air Force technical sergeant who served onthe bomber at the end of the Korean War era.Gerald Putnam was a tail gunner and central firecontrol gunner between 1953 and 1955.He volun-teered to teach the squadron more about the B-29after reading newspaper accounts of tours that theEagles give inside “Peachy”, the Pueblo WeisbrodAircraft Museum’s fully-restored B-29.Based on his own research, as well as memoriesfrom serving on the bomber, Putnam was able topaint a picture of the day-to-day operations of thebomber that won the war in the Pacific Ocean atthe close of World War II.“The B-29 was developed to have the necessaryrange for Pacific missions,” said Putnam. The B-29had a maximum range of 5,500 miles on a full fuelload. Over 2,500 of the long-range bombers werebuilt by the Boeing Corporation, with others built bysmaller companies.One of the largest bombers ever built, the B-29 hasa wingspan of over 141 feet, and the top of the tailrudder is almost 28 feet above ground. The emptyweight of the bomber was 74,500 pounds, and itroutinely carried over 120,000 pounds with fuel andcrew, up to a maximum load of 135,000 pounds.The B-29 was also the first U.S. bomber with pres-surized compartments, although the entire aircraftwas not pressurized — only the cockpit and the tailcompartment. The pressurized areas were con-nected by a tunnel which Putnam says was usedsparingly. “A crewman in the tunnel would becomea cannonball if there was explosive decompres-sion,” said Putnam.See B-29 Superfortress, Page 3
 
Gerald Putnam explains the duties of the tailgunnerand central fire control gunner on the B-29 Superfor-tress Bomber during the squadron’s aerospace educa-tion night on 11 FEB 2010 at the Pueblo WeisbrodAircraft Museum.
Photo by 2LT Shad L. Brown
 
This month, the Eagle’s Eyrieprofiles
Captain Alix Brockman.EE:
Captain Brockman, how longhave you been a Civil Air Patrolmember?
AB:
I have been a continuousmember of the Pueblo EaglesCadet (now Composite) Squadronsince May, 1999.
EE:
How did you learn aboutC.A.P.?
AB:
I learned of Civil Air Patrolthrough a friend in the PuebloWest Fire Department who had ason in the unit at the time. Heknew how much I enjoyed beingaround young people.
EE:
What motivated you to jointhe squadron?
AB:
I thoroughly enjoyed work-ing with cadets and watchingthem grow in all aspects of theirlives.
EE:
What jobs have you held inthe squadron? What was yourfavorite job? What was yourleast favorite job?
AB:
There was a time when Iwore around eight differenthats. Fortunately, that load haslightened a bunch. I enjoy beingthe squadron finance and supplyofficer, along with assistingCaptain Zordel in testing. I am alittle “OCD” when it comes towanting things in order, so thesepositions fit me pretty well.
EE:
What is your “day job”?
AB:
My “day job” before beinglaid off was taking care of fivebusinesses owned by one family,one of which was a commercialconstruction business. I still goback and help out the ownerwhile he gets everything re-duced and re-set up. I was re-sponsible for bookkeeping, pay-roll, leases, rental units, taxreporting, invoicing contracts,and basically everything neces-sary to run these businesses.Since my “forced” retirement, Iam able to do what I really en-joy: painting, making jewelry,and carving items for sale later.When spring finally returns, Iwill work in the yard and gar-den.
EE:
What advice can you offerour members about managingtheir own money?
AB:
I learned to manage moneya long time ago, while raisingfour children by myself. A“cooling off” period works best.Do I really need this, or can Idownsize some, are a couple of questions I ask myself most of the time. However, I do splurgeon occasion. You have to oncein a while, just to survive!
EE:
When will you finally pro-mote to Major?
AB:
I hope to promote to Majoras soon as I can attend the CLCcourse. I’m trying to get intothe next one, but there are onlytwenty seats open in each class.
EE:
Do you have a husband orchildren?
AB:
I have a husband (Chuck)who is not very well right now. Ihave a son and three daughters,thirteen grandchildren, and asunbelievable as it feels, fivegreat-grandchildren!See Brockman, page 4.
 
States Air Force and UnitedStates Navy for primary pilottraining until the 1960s (and intothe 1980s for the Navy, Marines,and Coast Guard).The model at the Weisbrod mu-seum is the T-28C turboprop,used by the Navy for primarytraining (and which is still usedat some naval air stations to-day!).
Continued from Page 2.
and the types of things that youshould strive for during highschool to achieve an appoint-ment to the Air Force Academy.The T-28 was a piston-enginedmilitary trainer built by NorthAmerican Aviation between 1950and 1957, with almost two thou-sand built during that time. TheT-28 was used by the UnitedOpen cockpit tours continue inMay with the P-80 Shooting Staron 15 MAY from 1000 to 1600hrs. In August, the ever-popularB-29 “Peachy” tours will con-tinue on four days, 7-8 AUG and14-15 AUG. The 2010 OpenCockpit series concludes on 13NOV with tours of the C-47“Skytrain” (Dakota) transport.
Eagle In ProfileEagle In ProfileEagle In Profile 
Open Cockpit, Eagle Style
Page 2
The Eagles’ Eyrie
 
CAPT Alix Brockman grins andbears it for the camera duringa recent squadron meeting.Photo by 2LT Shad L. Brown.
The Eagles’ Eyrie
Published onlinemonthly by the Public Affairs Unit of thePueblo EaglesComposite Squadron.
Publisher
MAJ Stephen D. Heffler
Editor In Chief 
2LT Shad L. Brown
Contributors
CAPT Alix Brockman
Submit your stories or  photos to:cappao179@gmail.comOur monthly look at an interesting squadron member… who also getsto pick next month’s subject (err, victim)! Squadron beware!
Eyrie:British variant of theword Aerie (Noun):1. The nest of a bird on acliff or a mountaintop.2. A brood of birds of prey.3. An elevated, often se-cluded dwelling, struc-ture, or position.
Courtesy of Merriam-Webster.com onlinedictionary.
 
Volume I, Issue 7
Page 3
Continued from Page 1Putnam added, “it was up to theaircraft commander whether thetail gunner stayed in the tailduring flight. If he left the tailor had to enter the tail, theentire plane had to depressurizeand go onto oxygen once thebomber was above 10,000 feet”The Superfortress carried a crewof eleven — the bombardier,aircraft commander, pilot, flightengineer, navigator and radiooperator in the cockpit (4 offi-cers and 2 enlisted), with leftand right gunners, a radar/observer, a central fire controloperator, and the tail gunner(four officers and one enlisted)in the aft compartment.Putnam said the bombardier wasthe critical crewmember. “Theprimary mission of the B-29 wasaiming and dropping bombs. Thecrew’s mission was to get thebombardier to his target.” Oncethe aircraft reached its “initialpoint”, it was controlled by thebombardier through the bomb-sight. The B-29 routinely carried20,000 pounds worth of bombs,which the bombardier could dropsingly, alternate drops from theforward and aft bomb bays, orrelease “in salvo” (i.e. all bombsin a bay at once).The central fire controller wasresponsible for the top gun tur-rets on the Superfortress, whilethe left and right gunner oper-ated the aft lower and forwardlower turrets. Putnam said thatmany people do not realize thatmost of the guns on the B-29were operated by remote-control. Any gun station couldassume command over any of the remote guns. Putnamproudly noted that once, whenthe Soviet Union was able tocapture a B-29 bomber intact,they were able to duplicate theplane design but were unable toduplicate the remote controlgun system. The tailgunner haddirect control over his gun, andalso operated auxiliary powerunit during takeoff.In addition to weapons duties,the left and right gunners alsoscanned the engines every fif-teen minutes while in flight tomake sure there was “a little oilleakage, but not too much” andto observe the exhaust smokefor signs of engine trouble.They also notified the cockpitwhether the landing gear suc-cessfully deployed or retracted,and whether flaps were up ordown.The crew entered the cockpitthrough the nose wheel well,while the gun compartmentcrew entered from the starboardside “aft main entrance.”What did the crew eat duringflight? Putnam says the crewcarried packaged lunches“similar to MREs”, with somebox lunches as well. They drankfrom three gallon jugs of coffeeor water stored on board. Andwhat happened when the crewdrank too much liquid?“You went to ‘The Can’”, saidPutnam — which he explainedwas an unpleasant onboard toi-let system that had to be emp-tied by hand once the aircraftlanded. Since the unofficial ruleof the flight crew was that thefirst one to use it had to emptyit, “everyone had a contest tosee how long they could hold it…no one wanted to be the first touse it.”Putnam believes he served be-tween 600 to 800 hours of flighttime in the B-29, usually flyingbetween 10 to 14 hours per day.He recalled that his last flight onthe B-29 was from Topeka, Kan-sas to Davis-Monthan Air ForceBase in Tucson, Arizona, wherehis bomber was mothballed inthe airplane graveyard.Story by 2LT Shad L. Brown meetings. Major Heffler wasespecially broken up as he noti-fied the cadet flight of his reluc-tant decision to step aside.However, Major Heffler assuredthe squadron that he will not be“going away”, and that he plansto remain active as the squad-ron’s Emergency Services Officerand to conduct weekend train-ings and help out with physicaltraining on Saturdays.Major Heffler has endorsed 2LTShad Brown to Group 3 Com-By 2LT Shad L. BrownPublic Affairs OfficerPueblo Eagles Composite Squad-ron Commander Major StephenHeffler surprised the squadronon 18 FEB with the announce-ment that he will be steppingdown as squadron commandereffective 1 APR. Major Heffler’swork schedule with the Depart-ment of Homeland Security,Transportation Security Agency,has changed so that he will nolonger be able to attend eveningmander LT COL Donald Thomas,who has forwarded the recom-mendation to Colorado WingCommander COL Edward Phelka.Both commanders have beeninvited to participate in thechange of command ceremony,which is tentatively scheduledfor 1900 hrs. on 1 APR 2010.Major Heffler thanks all of youfor your support of the squadronduring his two tours of duty ascommander!
B-29 Superfortress
Change of Command Slated for 1 APR 2010
“I want to thank each and every one of you for what you’re doing,as a group and individually… youaren’t looking for recognition,but I want you to know that someof us know what you are doingand we’re proud of you.”Gerald Putnam, former B-29gunner, addressing the cadet flight of the Pueblo EaglesComposite Squadron.
Gerald Putnam and the cadetflight at the nose gear of “Peachy”, our adopted B-29.
Photo by 2LT Shad L. Brown
Major Stephen Hefflergiving blood, sweat, andtears for the Pueblo EaglesComposite Squadron andthe Civil Air Patrol!
Photo by 2LT Shad Brown

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