Photo of the Week
March 22, 2015
Hello Bill, my name is Marvin Hughey and I
want to tell you how much I enjoy your web site. I look forward to
seeing it every week to check out your latest photo of the week.
Last week you posted two great pictures that your father took
from the top of Sosa Hill in the early 50's.
In his photos he captured a great picture of an Air Force C-47 on
final approach into Albrook. This
brought back great memories my living at Albrook.
My father was a pilot and flew many, many flights in this type of
air plane which was affectionately referred to by those who flew them as
"Gooney Birds". We
were stationed at Albrook during the early 50's, 1951 to 1955 and this
could have been flown by my father, of course they had at least 10 of
these aircraft and a lot of pilots that flew them.
My Dad also flew a B-26 while stationed there and this type of
aircraft was used for various types of missions mainly photo
reconnaissance. I remember him telling me that the government carried
out photo surveillance on numerous areas in Panama, of course he never
told me what they were monitoring and where.
With all this said, I have attached two photos that I think you
might like and undoubtedly the only ones in existence.
Only one is of any significance and the other is just in
reference. Occasionally when
he was flying these photo missions and when completed they would at
times to do a little sightseeing and taking photos of interest and
occasionally he would bring some of these home.
I'm sure they just classified these as equipment testing.
The one of any significance was taken on returning to Albrook on
final approach looking down at the administration building with all of
material required for the construction of the Goethals Memorial laid out
awaiting to be built. The
other picture is of the aircraft being pre-flighted and fueled prior to
take off, my father is standing to the left of the fuel truck and facing
the aircraft. You will
notice that this aircraft was fitted with a Plexiglas nose where the
photo equipment and operator would sit (bombardier position during the
war). Hope my rambling on did not bore you, and maybe the photo will be
of some interest to you.
Take care and keep up the great work, one of
your thankful fans
Thank you so much Marvin for sending in these wonderful old captures in time.
Next week, more photos my
dad took from Sosa to complete the rotation around the hill.
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