Colonel Austin O. Davis, Commander 32nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron During Deployment of F4E At Height of Cold War, Camp New Amsterdam, Soesterberg Air Force Base, The Netherlands, F4E Phantom; Brigadier General Yeager VCINC 17th Air Force


Colonel Austin O. Davis was Commander of the 32nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Camp New Amsterdam, Soesterberg Air Force Base, The Netherlands. This blog pertains to the deployment in August 1969 of the F4E Phantom two-engine aircraft with its exotic weapon system the most advanced aircraft in the world. They were replacing the aged F102 Delta Daggers one-engine aircraft which had been stationed at Soesterberg since 1960.  Many dignitaries lined up to inspect these awesome machines  like  Ambassador J. William Middendorf II.  I wonder if they had to special order his flight suit , for he was a giant, at least 7 feet tall.  I will caption the photos as I have time, but in the mean time I will post what I have done.

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Ambassador Middendorf in flight suit with Major Wells (to his right) as they embark on his courtesy flight in a Phantom F4-E. Colonel Austin O. Davis and either a military attachés or John A. Bovey, Jr. that served as charge d’Affaires in Amb. Middendorf absence.

 

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Ambassador to the Netherlands J. William Middendorf II receiving a certificate and model of F4-E from Colonel Austin O. Davis to commemorate his flight in the Phantom F4-E on 10 October 1969

 

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Ambassador Middendorf first flight in the F4-E. Quite an experience

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Royal Netherland Colonel and wife

 

 

 

 

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Lt. General Simler, VCINC 17th Air Force arriving for 15th anniversary festivities of the 32nd TFS as part of NATO

 

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Lt. General Baker, CC 17th Air Force visiting Camp New Amsterdam 31 October 1969 for 32nd TFS Fifteen Anniversary in NATO celebration. Here we see Colonel Austin O. Davis welcoming the Lt. General.

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Lt. General Baker CC 17th AF speaking with Lt. General A. B. Wolff, Chief of Staff of the Royal Netherlands Air Force at 15 Anniversary celebration of 32nd TFS being in Holland and NATO; Colonel Austin O. Davis and Lt. General Simler are enjoying the conversation by the look on their face.

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Here we see a page from Colonel Austin O. Davis scrapbook from where the above photos were taken

 

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Colonel Austin O. Davis discuss the intricacy of the F4-E with Major General Van der Wolf Commander ADC Zeist on 15 October 1969 as unknown RNLAF Colonel inspects equipment.

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Colonel Blanshan, Major General Van der Wolf Commander ADC Zeist and Colonel Austin O. Davis in the F4E testing hangar

 

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F4E testing in Hangar

 

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Informal visit to Camp New Amsterdam by Colonel Blanshan, Unidentified RNLAF Officer, Colonel Nolli, Major General Van der Wolf Commander of ADC Zeist and Colonel Davis in the F4E testing hangar area.

 

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Political cartoon the “Box” that ran in the Stars and Stripe newspaper 9 October 1969 where a double page layout called “F4E Phantoms, Love at First Flight” ran describing the arrival of the newest jet to Camp New Amsterdam

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Star and Stripes newspaper; back of layout describing the deployment of the F4E to Camp New Amsterdam.

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Star and Stripes newspaper; back of layout describing the deployment of the F4E to Camp New Amsterdam.

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Star and Stripes newspaper; back of layout describing the deployment of the F4E to Camp New Amsterdam.

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Star and Stripes newspaper; back of layout describing the deployment of the F4E to Camp New Amsterdam.

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Thursday October 9, 1969 Star and Stripes newspaper article. Full caption reads: Pilots of the 32nd who underwent additional training for the F4E at Homestead Air Force Base, Florida; call the new Phantom a “hot rod.”

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Thursday October 9, 1969 Star and Stripes newspaper article. Full caption reads: Pilots of the 32nd who underwent additional training for the F4E at Homestead Air Force Base, Florida; call the new Phantom a “hot rod.”

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Thursday October 9, 1969 Star and Stripes newspaper layout pertaining to deployment of F4E to Camp New Amsterdam

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Thursday October 9, 1969 Star and Stripes newspaper layout pertaining to deployment of F4E to Camp New Amsterdam

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Thursday October 9, 1969 Star and Stripes newspaper layout pertaining to deployment of F4E to Camp New Amsterdam

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Thursday October 9, 1969 Star and Stripes newspaper layout pertaining to deployment of F4E to Camp New Amsterdam

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Thursday October 9, 1969 Star and Stripes newspaper layout pertaining to deployment of F4E to Camp New Amsterdam

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Thursday October 9, 1969 Star and Stripes newspaper layout pertaining to deployment of F4E to Camp New Amsterdam

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Thursday October 9, 1969 Star and Stripes newspaper layout pertaining to deployment of F4E to Camp New Amsterdam

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Thursday October 9, 1969 Star and Stripes newspaper layout pertaining to deployment of F4E to Camp New Amsterdam

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Thursday October 9, 1969 Star and Stripes newspaper layout pertaining to deployment of F4E to Camp New Amsterdam

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Thursday October 9, 1969 Star and Stripes newspaper layout pertaining to deployment of F4E to Camp New Amsterdam

 

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Thursday October 9, 1969 Star and Stripes newspaper article. Full caption reads: Pilots of the 32nd who underwent additional training for the F4E at Homestead Air Force Base, Florida; call the new Phantom a “hot rod.”

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Thursday October 9, 1969 Star and Stripes newspaper article. Full caption reads: Pilots of the 32nd who underwent additional training for the F4E at Homestead Air Force Base, Florida; call the new Phantom a “hot rod.”

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Ground crewmen Master Sargent James Evans, Staff Sargent Gary Walton, Sargent Sandy Clements

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Dutch air force rescue squads practice emergency evacuation on the F4E

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“Back seat” of the Phantom is now exclusively the navigators

 

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Colonel Austin O. Davis

 

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Thursday October 9, 1969 Star and Stripes newspaper layout pertaining to deployment of F4E to Camp New Amsterdam

 

 

 

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Commanders Conference held at Ramstein Air Base Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany 13-14 October 1969. Only able to make out the names on the first row of officers: Colonel Smith, Colonel Austin O. Davis, Lieutenant General Baker, Brigadier General “Chuck” Yeager

 

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Brigadier General “Chuck” Yeager visited Camp New Amsterdam to attend the Formal Dining In as a Guest-Speaker in the Officers Club on 10 October 1969

 

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9 August 1969 Coming Home Party of all the Maintenance personnel who went to Bitberg for F4E training. Pictured are men in no particular order Anthony D Hoade Thomas N or W Jopson Larry Jackson Brian Gaston Danny J Goss Zbrigrief Filipiak John J Campbell John Mayersky Robert L Davis Don Lawson Terry W Pittson Douglas B Fritz The sign above them has windmill, tulips with wrench, Soesterberg with bottle of Heineken Holland, the famous wolf that logo, and the names of maintenance men, including the honored guest Joe Klauzar and Joe Cartus

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29 August 1969 Ambassador J. William Middendorf first visit to Camp New Amsterdam with his son

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29 August 1969 Ambassador Middendorf son looks at photographer as Colonel Davis enlightens the ambassador of the sophisticated equipment that is standard in the F4E Phantom

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Colonel Austin O. Davis explain to Ambassador Middendorf son the intricacies of the cockpit

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Ready to Fight Good-Bye Colonel A. J. Marinus, Commander of the Soesterberg Air Base, brings standing a salute to his people. The base commander said farewell at the party August 30, 1969 in the Dutch Officers Casino, before he left to Rome where he is going to follow a half yearly course at the NATO Defense College. They even say that he took off in this Roman Battle Carriage….!!!!!

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6 August 1969 Here we see Brigadier General Yeager talking to Captains Sam Adair and Bill Malerba the two pilots that flew in the first of two F4E that landed that afternoon. Colonel Austin O. Davis is enjoying the conversation from the look registered on his face.

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6 August 1969 First of two Phantom that landed this afternoon. The 32nd TAS will be increased by 16 two-engine F4E Phantoms that will replace the one-engine F102 Delta Daggers that had been stationed at Soesterberg since 1960

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6 August 1969 In the morning we received a picture of the F4E from the McDonnell Representative Mr. Butler. Colonels Davis and Blanshan look on. This photo was taken by Sgt. S .H. Wise. In the afternoon the first two of our 18 F4E aircraft would be landing

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6 August 1969 The first two F4E Phantoms to join the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron fly over the Netherland countryside on their way to their base at Soesterberg.

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Close-up of F4E photo presented by McDonnell representative to Colonels Davis and Blanshan by Mr. Butler

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6 August 1969 Afternoon landing of second of the first two of 18 two-engine F4E Phantoms that will replace the one-engine F102 Delta Daggers that had been stationed at Soesterberg since 1960

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6 August 1969 The first two Phantom F4E of 18 that will makeup the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron that will be stationed at Soesterberg Air Force base sitting on runway receiving congratulation from Colonel Davis and living legend Brigadier General Yeager who had landed earlier that day in a F4C at Soesterberg that 22 years before was the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound in his Bell X-1, an experimental plane that was built just after World War II

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