I had a simple plan to get back to CCK after my leave--catch a tanker
from California to Thailand, then the C-130 rotator back to CCK.
I got a space-available seat on a KC-135
near Merced. It took me as far as Andersen
in Guam, then things worked out differently.
Enroute to Hawaii, April 6, 1971
The 135 has a few airliner-type
seats so I claimed one. Quite a bit more comfortable.
Andersen AFB, Guam, April 7, 1971
jumped off that U-Tapao-bound bird because I'd miss the CCK rotator
there by 4 hours and have to wait there another 2 days. Sooo, I'm
planning to catch another 135 to Kadena, Okinawa in a couple of
hours. Pax service people here have been quite helpful.
had about a 6-hour wait for the 135 going to Kadena. I was doubly
glad I chose that route rather than going on to U-Tapao when I learned
that the other bird had maintenance problems--they were still working
on it when we took off for Kadena.
In Guam I struck up a conversation with a Capt. Don Woolery, who also
jumped off the Castle 135. I was later able to help him get a
flight from Kadena to Yokota, Japan.
Futema Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, April 8, 1971
sweat getting to Kadena, but there are 144 standbys for Taipei!
Maybe mañana from here or Naha AFB. Hope hope. Don't
care to spend a week here.
Naha Civil Air Terminal, Okinawa, April 9, 1971
I took a cab from Kadena to Futema to Naha to Kadena chasing down leads
on flights to Taipei. Too many people and not enough
the Kadena base ops I ran into a 776th crew who were headed for Korea
and Japan. Small world.
military flights to Taiwan until tomorrow. Sooo I caught another
over here and bought a ticket on Northwest
Orient flight one to Taipei, departing in 15 minutes.
Taipei Airport, Taiwan, April 9, 1971
international section of the Taipei airport reminds me of films I've
seen of the NY stock exchange when the trading is heavy--thousands of
men in dark suits milling about, others waiting in the dozens of ticket
lines, porters in grey surrying hither and thither (or according to
some sources, yon). The one flight to Taichung had already flown
(what else?) and the one C-130 in the military area was going to Clark.
So I took a cab to Taipei
to catch a train to
Taichung. I expected it to be a charcoal-burning local.
diggity damn. The 2 o'clock train is the air-conditioned
out for a little snack (dried seasoned cuttlefish strips and
Not bad really. The Chinese could teach the US railroad people a
I caught a cab to the base. "Home" again.