Legacy: Genesis of Aviation
Over thirty years ago, a squadron of
B-52Hs lived at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.
The 34th Bomb Squadron came under the auspices of the 17th Bomb
Wing there. The squadron amassed records and flying
accomplishments, both in war and in peacetime, and was known as
the very best of the best.
Captain (at the time) Charles B. Brown,
otherwise known as Charlie, B-52 pilot of the 34th Bomb
Squadron, was much like any other pilot, but with a few small
differences. He could fly an airplane better than any
As seen above, this is Charlie with his
crew. Handpicked instructors who had the task of evaluating
other crewmembers in flight. Only the best were chosen to
evaluate. Charlie's crew was the top evaluator crew, S-01.
That's Charlie standing second from right, and Charlie's
evaluator nav mentioned also in the book, is Roger Villines,
second from left. Charlie appears to be saying, "well, let's
get on with this."
On the night SPA 12 flew, the crew
Charlie was sent to evaluate was Bob Smith's E-18. The
pilot, Bob Smith, is farthest left, and his copilot, John D.
"Dan" Weaver, is second from left. Even though Bob was the
pilot, the best pilot onboard should fly in the seat in an
emergency. That's why Charlie jumped into the pilot's