Taking the Gooney bird across the Pacific
September 3, 2011 4 Comments
Seeing the “Old Gooney Bird” under “Generations” on your aviation webpage reminds me that I flew one from Miami, Fla. across the Pacific to Vietnam. The trip segment from the West Coast to Honolulu had us in the air for 18 straight hours traveling at 130 MPH. It seemed like we would never get there. After Hawaii, we went to Midway Island, (where we observed the real Gooney Birds nesting all over the island and endured a mighty thunderstorm that had been predicted by the clairvoyant Jean Dixon, to sink the island on that date…obviously she was wrong! ). We then flew to Wake Island, Guam and on to the Philippines before flying into Vietnam. The total trip took 75 hours of flying time and 20 total days. I got to know the “Old Bird”, C-47, pretty well in that time. The over 400 combat sorties I flew in that year in Vietnam proved to me that the “Gooney Bird” was one of the great all-time aircraft.