Szalkowski, Chester 1972-02-12

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Chester Szalkowski discusses his work as an aircraft mechanic at Amarillo Air Force Base from its opening to its closing.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Chester Szalkowski

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: February 12, 1972

Location: Amarillo, Texas

Interviewer: David Nail

Length: 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Came to Amarillo in 1942, Describes his first impressions of the Panhandle, Discusses is work as an aircraft mechanic at Amarillo Air Force Base, Some plane mishaps recalled, Home-built B-17 plane explained, Movie "Air Force" and plane used in it described, Base closed from 1945 to 1951, Returned as a civilian instructor in 1951, Organized first Air Force fuel supply school, Strategic Air Command’s operations at the base discussed, Cites reactions to the base’s closing, Experienced a rough flight on a Constellation, Other memorable flights described.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1942-1968

Bulk Dates: 1942-1968

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