49th FIS Retirement 1970
Submitted by Tom Bogansk
“In February 1970 aircraft 0-90069 was the first aircraft to have the Green Eagle painted on it. This was done on non work days (Sat and Sun), and then taken to the ‘cow barn’ on Monday and kept hidden until the Commander of the Air Defense Command gave his approval.
As the Air Defense Commander was getting ready to leave Griffiss AFB he asked if he could do anything else, he was taken to the ‘cow barn’ shown the ‘Green Eagle’ and was asked for approval to have this as the aircraft markings. His remark was ‘send the paper work forward,’ right there he was handed the paper work, he signed it.
The paper work was then forwarded for final approval.”
Web Master Note: Look closely and you can see the 49th Knight shield on the upper part of the tail section.
Photograph from Erv Smalley collection
Erv Smalley, 49th FIS (Sep. ’68 – Jan. ’72) sent the following pictures from the 1970s