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May 01, 2006

Gone West: Col. J.B. Swindal, 88

James Barney Swindal passed away recently, another of the World War II Generation, another retired Colonel whose stories of flying the Hump  and the Berlin Airlift were once the everyday recollections of hundreds, thousands, of Air Force transport pilots. But being a standout even in that august company, he was selected for a special mission. That mission led to his most famous flight -- with a casket for cargo and a grim and shocked load of passengers.

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USAF Loadmasters Use New Parachute Jettison Device

An emergency parachute jettison device was used for the first time during a Joint Forcible Entry Exercise at Pope AFB, April 25.

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