AF Asks for Funds for UK FieldsJan. 31, 1954

Washington – The Air Force is seeking $33,653,000 in "new money" for construction work on 19 air bases in Britain during fiscal year 1954-55 it was disclosed today.

The figure and details of the Air Force program were made public in the transcript of closed hearings conducted by the House appropriations subcommittee early this month.

Brig Gen. Stanley T. Wray, AF deputy director of installations, told the subcommittee that the requested funds will bring forward the base construction program in the United Kingdom to the point where all 19 bases will become available for limited operations.

"This program … provides not quite the minimal operational facilities on 19 stations," Wray said.

Wethersfield ‘Meets’ F100D at Open HouseJune 20, 1957

Wethersfield, England – More than 46,000 visitors crowded into the air base here to welcome the F100 Super Sabre to the United Kingdom. The base held open house as a prelude to the Super Sabre’s being put into service by the 20th Fighter-Bomber Wing.

The open house was so successful that it has reportedly claimed the attendance record for a one-day event held at a USAF base in England. Press attending described it as a unique program. …

Most spectacular in the afternoon’s activities proved to be the USAF Skyblazers, an aerial demonstration team flying the sleek SuperSabers with breath-taking precision.

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