Wright, Bill 1982-10-19

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Bill Wright reminisces over his career in life support at Reese Air Force Base.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Bill Wright

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: October 19, 1982

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Mark Wells

Length: 58 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Billy Jay Wright, Born: Merit, Texas (December 28, 1930), Came to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech (c. 1948), Stayed three months, Joined Navy, Earliest recollections of Lubbock City limits, Housing situation, Reese Air Force Base closed, Rented out barracks, Reese AFB reopened (1949), People unfriendly, Naval career, Married during second enlistment, Repair ship, Eight years regular Navy, Sixteen years Navy reserve, Retired (1977), Returned to Lubbock from active duty (1955), Employed at Reese AFB (1956), Life support system, State of Existence in 1956, Duties to be tended, Life support shop, Parachute packing and use, Buildings, 4th Street, War Highway #5, Impact of jets on life support, New equipment, Phasing out of old aircraft, Equipment change (again), Examining equipment after an accident, Parachutes, Changes in Lubbock (early 1960s).

Tape 1, Side 2: Equipment change over, Training of life support personnel, Chenook Air Force Base, Impact of Vietnam on Reese AFB, Lubbock tornado (1970), Personal experience, Description of damage.

Range Dates: 1948-1982

Bulk Dates: 1948-1960

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