Encinas, Ruben L., SSgt

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Current Service Status
USAF Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
25251-Weather Observer
Current/Last AFSC Group
Meteorological Services
Primary Unit
1967-1973, Air Weather Service
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
25210-Weather Observer Trainee
25231A-Apprentice Weather Observer
25271A-Weather Observer Technician
Service Years
1967 - 1973
Voice Edition
Staff Sergeant

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 Military Association Memberships
National Rifle Association (NRA)Thailand-Laos-Cambodia BrotherhoodAir Weather AssociationAmerican Legion
Air Commando AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  1969, National Rifle Association (NRA)
  2001, Thailand-Laos-Cambodia Brotherhood [Verified]1 - Assoc. Page
  2005, Air Weather Association
  2013, American Legion - Assoc. Page
  2014, Air Commando Association [Verified]
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Retired from Federal Civil Service with 40 years.  Most memorable:  QA Specialist Ammunition Surveillance (Dept of the Army Civilian) and National Weather Service at Stephenville, TX (Weather Radar/Upper Air Specialist)

I travel to places of my choice in my Lance trailer, do a lot of reloading and shooting, reading, genealogy, photography and whatever else I fancy.

Serve as a Campground Host Volunteer at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, NM and have also campground hosted at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, NM.

Have worked on three Archeaological Surveys in New Mexico as a metal detector specialist and cartridge identifier.

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 1969-1969, A-26 (B-26) Invader
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 A-26 (B-26) Invader Details

Aircraft/Missile Information
Model Douglas A-26B Invader
Length 50.00 ft | 15.24 m
Width 70.01 ft | 21.34 m
Height 18.50 ft | 5.64 m
Engine(s) 2 x 2,000 hp (1,492 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-27 Air-Cooled Radial Piston Engines.
Empty Weight 22,370 lbs | 10,147 kg
MTOW 35,001 lbs | 15,876 kg
Max Speed 355 mph | 572 km/h | 309 kts
Max Range 1,401 miles | 2,255 km
Ceiling 22,096 ft | 6,735 m | 4.2 miles
Climb Rate 1,250 ft/min (381 m/min)
Hardpoints 0
Armament 6 x 12.7mm machine guns in forward-fixed nose assembly (removed in A-26C in place of Bombardier position).
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in locked forward-facing turret.

Up to 4,000lbs of internal ordnance.

4 x dual 12.7mm machine gun "packs" underwing (two-guns per pack for a total of eight possible underwing gun positions).

Additional air-to-surface 5-inch rockets as necessitated by mission-specific parameters.
Accommodations 3

Major Variants

* A-26B - Initial Production Model in service with European Theater.
* A-26C - Pacific Theater Production Model with 6 x 12.7mm nose-mounted machine gun assembly removed for bombardier position.

Type Number built/
converted Remarks
B-26K 40 Counter insurgency aircraft

Serial numbers: 64-17640 to 64-17679

Span: 71 ft. 6 in.
Length: 51 ft. 7 in.
Height: 19 ft.
Weight: 38,314 lbs. maximum
Armament: Eight .50 cal. nose machine guns, eight wing pylons capable of carrying 8,000 lbs. of mixed ordnance and 4,000 lbs. of bombs internally
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-52Ws of 2,500 hp (maximum with water injection)
Crew: Two
Cost: $577,000

Max. speed: 323 mph/281 knots
Cruising speed: 310 mph/270 knots
Range: 2,700 statute miles/2,346 nautical miles
Service ceiling: 30,000 ft.

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Last Updated: Feb 27, 2009
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  • Ashley, Roy, SSgt, (1966-1972)
  • Barnes, Dan, A1C, (1966-1969)
  • Bettis, Royal, MSgt, (1963-1983)
  • Bodin, Ronnie, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Boone, Danny L, MSgt, (1969-1989)
  • Chandler, Riley, Sgt, (1967-1970)
  • Deckelman, Larry, Sgt, (1967-1971)
  • Dupras, Michael, SMSgt, (1962-1982)
  • Fish, Byron Gene, CMSgt, (1954-1978)
  • Garcia, Winiberto, MSgt, (1959-1979)
  • Goldstein, William, Sgt, (1964-1969)
  • Goodrich, Ed, Lt Col, (1960-1982)
  • Ishman, Dana, MSgt, (1966-2004)
  • Jacoby, James, Sgt, (1967-1971)
  • Kirkpatrick, Ed, CMSgt, (1968-1994)
  • Meek, Jerry, Maj, (1956-1976)
  • Neff, James, SSgt, (1967-1971)
  • Nowak, Fred, SSgt, (1965-1969)
  • Parker, John, SSgt, (1966-1970)
  • Rabideau, Kenneth, SSgt, (1968-1972)
  • Rhiness, Martin, Sgt, (1965-1969)
  • Richebacher, Dennis, TSgt, (1964-1986)
  • Robinson, Alan, SSgt, (1966-1970)
  • Romero, Anthony, MSgt, (1961-1985)
  • Sanders, Robert, CMSgt, (1966-1996)
  • Treat, Charles, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Wiss, A. J., Sgt, (1967-1970)
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