Franklin, Irl, Lt Col

Air Operations
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1445Y-Air Operations Officer
Current/Last AFSC Group
Air Operations
Primary Unit
1974-1979, Directorate of Operations (HQ USAF/XOO)
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
1055A-Pilot Troop Carrier
Service Years
1956 - 1979
Voice Edition
Lieutenant Colonel

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Air Force Retired

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 Military Association Memberships
United Services Automobile Association (USAA)Sierra NavadaAF189Post 5
Air Commando AssociationAir Force Together We ServedAir Force Memorial (AFM)Chapter 744
  1958, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) - Assoc. Page
  1975, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Sierra Navada (Reno, Nevada) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1979, Air Force Association (AFA), AF189 (Paymaster) (Las Vegas, Nevada) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2000, American Legion, Post 5 (¬†Winnemucca, Nevada) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2000, Air Force Association (AFA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Air Commando Association [Verified]
  2010, Air Force Together We Served [Verified]
  2010, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Chapter 744 (Winnemucca, Nevada) [Verified] - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I am an independent instructor pilot as well as a ground school instructor for the Norther Nevada Community College. I supervise the adminisration of FAA examinations. I am Deputy Commander of a Civil Air Patrol Squadron. I also fly many search and rescue mission as a qualified Mission Pilot for CAP.
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From 7th SOS:

The 7th Special Operations Squadron was activated on 1 July 1964 as the 7th Air Commando Squadron (7 ACS/USAFE) at Sembach Air Base, Germany. The original cadre came from Hurlburt Field, Florida, in March 1964, as Detachment 4, 1st Air Commando Wing. The new squadron was equipped with 4 C-123s, 6 C-47s and 2 U-10 aircraft, and had 265 personnel authorized. In February 1967, the 7 ACS was designated as the unit to receive the new C-130E(I) Combat Arrow aircraft. In May 1967, command of the squadron was transferred from USAFE to 17th Air Force. Today the squadron flies the MC-130H Combat Talon II at RAF Mildenhall, England.
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 1957-1957, B-25 Mitchell
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 B-25 Mitchell Details

Aircraft/Missile Information
Model North American B-25C Mitchell
Length 52.92 ft | 16.13 m
Width 67.55 ft | 20.59 m
Height 15.75 ft | 4.80 m
Engine(s) 2 x Wright Cyclone R-2600-19 air-cooled piston engines delivering 1,700hp each.
Empty Weight 20,300 lbs | 9,208 kg
MTOW 34,000 lbs | 15,422 kg
Max Speed 272 mph | 438 km/h | 237 kts
Max Range 1,350 miles | 2,173 km
Ceiling 24,196 ft | 7,375 m | 4.6 miles
Climb Rate 1,666 ft/min (507.796 m/min)
Hardpoints Up to 8 (model dependent)
Armament Model-specific armament included:

8 x 12.7mm machine gun array OR 1 x 75mm cannon in forward-fixed nose assembly.

2 x 12.7mm machine guns in forward-fixed lower-left side fuselage position (beneath and behind cockpit position).
2 x 12.7mm machine gun in forward-fixed lower-right side fuselage position (beneath and behind cockpit position).
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in ventral turret (powered turrets in some models).
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in dorsal turret (powered turrets in some models).
1 x 12.7mm machine gun in left waist port position.
1 x 12.7mm machine gun in right waist port position.
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in tail gun position (some models removed).
1 x Torpedo in under-fuselage arrangement (model-specific fitting).
8 x 250lb bombs on 8 external hardpoints (model-specific fitting).

Maximum internal bombload of 3,000lbs (1,361 kg).
Accommodations 5
Operators the United States of America

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2009
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  • Brooks, Robert, Lt Col, (1955-1978)
  • Brown, James H., Lt Col, (1956-1982)
  • Butts, James, SSgt, (1950-1954)
  • Campbell, Ernest, MSgt, (1955-1975)
  • Carde, Benjamin, Maj, (1947-1969)
  • Doyle, Larry, A2C, (1956-1960)
  • Gatlin, Philip, A1C, (1954-1960)
  • Goodall, Richard, Maj, (1951-1971)
  • Greener, William, Lt Col, (1950-1972)
  • Harper, James, Capt, (1956-1966)
  • Johnson, Edwin, MSgt, (1955-1978)
  • Kovach, Russell, SSgt, (1953-1957)
  • Kovacs, John, Lt Col, (1956-1982)
  • Laird, Glyn, 1stSgt, (1954-1977)
  • Miles, Jack, MSgt, (1954-1985)
  • Nadeau, Richard, TSgt, (1954-1979)
  • Patterson, Billy, Lt Col, (1953-1976)
  • Schmid, John, Maj, (1956-1976)
  • Schultz, Neal, MSgt, (1954-1974)
  • Sebastian, David
  • Simonian, George, A1C, (1954-1958)
  • Slabaugh, Samuel, A1C, (1957-1962)
  • Soule, Paul, Lt Col, (1957-1987)
  • Taylor, Jerome, SMSgt, (1954-1975)
  • Trudeau, Paul Raymond, Lt Col, (1944-1968)
  • Vance, Randolph
  • Vermillion, Bayred, Lt Col, (1941-1967)
  • Wilson, Larry, Maj, (1955-1975)
  • Wisner, Donald, TSgt, (1952-1972)
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