Atkins, James, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1950-1965, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Vancouver, WA

Date of Passing
Nov 04, 2009
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

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Last Known Activity
From Patriot Guard Riders:

07 Nov 2009 2:35 AM

Ladies & Gentlemen of the Patriot Guard, we have been invited by the family of Lt. Col. James Atkins, USAF Retired to honor him at his service followed by a graveside service with full Military Honors. James served tours in WW II, Korea and Vietnam. James served with the Strategic Air Command as a navigator in B52?s.

Ride Captain: Steve Guild

Friday, Nov.13

Staging at Pendleton Woolen Mill Parking lot in Washougal, WA.

Staging time: 0820 hrs

Ride Brief: 0840 hrs

KSU: 0850 hrs

Flag line in place: 0900 hrs

Flag line dismiss when service starts approximately 1000 hrs

Flag line in place at Fisher?s Cemetery in Vancouver, WA. 1230 hrs

5 bike escort in place at church 1200 hrs

Graveside Service: 1300 hrs

If you are interested in riding in the 5 man missing man escort please contact me.

Steve Guild

Clark County Ride Captain


Respectfully Serving You and the PGR,
Cullen "Bluelight" Ritchie
Washington State Captain
Other Comments:
At 13 Nov 2009 6:03 PM

RE: Lt. Col. James Atkins, USAF (Ret.), WWII Korea and Vietnam, Washougal, WA, 13 NOV 09
by BornFree

***************** Mission Summary ****************

Today we stood for James G. Atkins, Sr. Lt. Colonel USAF (ret.). Lt. Colonel Atkins served tours in four wars if you include the Cold War. He flew in B-29's during WW II in the South Pacific, he worked on the B-36 Project in the late 1940's and he flew in B-29's over North Korea. James flew in B-47's in the early Cold War mid 1950's before transitioning to the B-52's, with flights over the North Pole, the Cuban Missile Crisis and missions over Vietnam. We were honored to stand, ride and salute this veteran in the rain at his memorial service, the Escort to the cemetery and grave-side services. We had 12 PGR, 2 cages, 9 bikes, one long rider from Tacoma. The family was very thankful for our honors as we were honored to stand for this man that has stood for us. Thank you to all that showed, You made this a very easy yet Stand-Out mission.

Steve Guild
Clark Co. Ride Captain
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 2003-2003, B-47 Stratojet
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Model Boeing B-47E-IV Stratojet
Length 108.01 ft | 32.92 m
Width 116.14 ft | 35.40 m
Height 0.00 ft | 0.00 m
Engine(s) 6 x General Electric J47-GE-25 turbojets generating 7,200lbs of thrust each. 1 x 36,000lb rocket system for JATO launch.
Empty Weight 79,073 lbs | 35,867 kg
MTOW 229,999 lbs | 104,326 kg
Max Speed 600 mph | 965 km/h | 521 kts
Max Range 3,870 miles | 6,228 km
Ceiling 40,499 ft | 12,344 m | 7.7 miles
Climb Rate 4,350 ft/min (1,325.88 m/min)
Hardpoints 0
Armament 2 x 20mm cannons in rear-facing remote tail turret assembly.

25,000lbs of internal ordnance
Accommodations 3 or 4
Operators the United States of America

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Last Updated: Nov 14, 2009
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  37 Also There at This Aircraft:
  • Allen, William, Sgt, (1964-1970)
  • Bailey, James, A1C, (1955-1959)
  • Beardall, Carwin, SSgt, (1953-1957)
  • Cardenas, Robert Leon, Brig Gen, (1939-1973)
  • Croft, Richard, A1C, (1953-1957)
  • Eustic, Robert, A1C, (1961-2010)
  • Feldes, Robert, A1C, (1961-1965)
  • Fowler, David, Capt, (1956-1962)
  • Hecht, Donald, 1st Lt, (1962-1966)
  • Knight, Paul, A1C, (1960-1964)
  • Nottingham, Jay, TSgt, (1952-1972)
  • Reid, John, SSgt, (1955-1963)
  • Schoffstall, Raymond, 1stSgt, (1949-1971)
  • Syman, John, 2nd Lt, (1954-1958)
  • Werlich, Eugene, SSgt, (1954-1958)
  • Whitten, William, MSgt, (1953-1988)
  • Wiechmann, Ralph, A1C, (1954-1957)
  • WOJTAS, ROBERT, A2C, (1957-1961)
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