May 22, 1991 |
Rep. Christopher Cox told the national base-closing commission Tuesday that he supports the Pentagon's plan to close the Marine Corps Air Station at Tustin as long as the military property can be sold for private development. "In the final analysis," Cox said in written testimony, "the Pentagon plan will only make sense if the land that now comprises the Tustin base is sold."
May 22, 1991 |
California lawmakers on Tuesday urged members of a military base-closing commission to preserve Ft. Ord near Monterey, the Long Beach Naval Station and Castle Air Force Base in Merced, charging that the Pentagon erred in branding the bases as obsolete. However, Sens. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.) and John Seymour (R-Calif.) and most of the state's House delegation did not object to shutting down eight other targeted military facilities in the state, including the Marine Corps Air Station at Tustin.
March 8, 1989 |
Painting pinups on airplane nose cones is back in vogue at Castle Air Force Base in California where a KC-135 Stratotanker sports a 1940s-era calendar pinup in a midriff blouse and miniskirt rippling in the breeze. Castle Air Force Base officials said the painting is designed to instill pride in the crews that fly and maintain Strategic Air Command aircraft. A sketch of a knight with a sword and shield mounted on a horse has already been approved for decorating the nose of another Stratotanker.
December 13, 1985
Failure to follow training flight rules caused the Aug. 27 crash of a KC-135 Stratotanker that killed seven fliers during a "touch-and- go" landing at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville in August, a three-member investigative team concluded. The mistakes began when the aircraft from Castle Air Force Base, near Merced, approached on its third practice landing with a rocking wing motion.
August 28, 1985 |
A four-engine KC-135 tanker crashed and burned Tuesday during practice for takeoffs and landings a mile north of the Beale Air Force Base runway, killing all seven crewmen aboard. Capt. Joseph Saxon, information officer at the base 50 miles northeast of Sacramento, said the victims were from Castle Air Force Base near Merced. Their names were not immediately released. An accident board of Air Force officers immediately began an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.