Charles R. (Russ) Davis

United States Air Force


179 Combat Missions, Southeast Asia, B-52D
 U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield, Thailand, 1969-1975



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 The famous B-52D / KC-135 picture of “Buddha Mountain”
at U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield 


B-1 Flight Test Program
Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, California, 1976-1981


USAF Official Photo
As a Lieutenant Colonel in 1986

Headquarters, US Air Force, 1981-1984
Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1984-1988

(Tired ol' Crow after 21+ years)

High Flight

By Flying Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr, RCAF

"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-splits clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there
I've chased the shouting wind along and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
Where never lark, or even eagle flew;
and, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod,
The high untrepassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."

Bombers run in the family.  My favorite painting of my dad's B-17G, "Little Patches."  He was assigned to the Eighth Air Force, 91st Bombardment Group, 401st Bombardment Squadron, RAF Station 121, Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, 1944-1945.

The real thing.

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