B-66 veterans reunite at Shaw
By Airman BrieAnna Stillman, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 07, 2016
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Former B-66 Destroyer aircrew members and pilots came together for a reunion here, Aug. 30.
Retired Lt. Col. James Weir, former B-66 navigator, arranged a tour for approximately 100 veterans to see the changes that have taken place since they left Shaw.
“These folks and I have spent most of our career in this plane and at Shaw, but haven’t been back for almost 50 years,” said Weir.
After getting a close-up of the B-66 on display, the veterans toured the facilities of the base.
“I haven’t been to Shaw for almost 50 years and it is very exciting for me to come back and see how much the base has improved,” said Retired Col. Kenneth Thompson, former B-66 pilot.
Most of these veterans flew B-66 missions from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s.
As Weir reminisced about his time in the U.S. Air Force, he stated that the B-66 was the best aircraft he had ever worked on because of the strong bond he developed with the aircrew.
After reconnecting with each other and the B-66, the veterans ended their tour in one of Shaw’s original hangars.