Jones, Gerald, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
60650-Flight Traffic Specialist
Last AFSC Group
Transportation and Logistics
Primary Unit
1966-1966, Military Airlift Command (MAC)
Service Years
1959 - 1966
Staff Sergeant

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Navy SA Diane Short (TWS Chief Admin) to remember Jones, Gerald (Jerry), SSgt.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Claxton, Georgia
Last Address
Boynton Beach

Date of Passing
Sep 29, 2018
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

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US Air Force Honorable Discharge US Air Force Honorable Discharge (Old Style)

 Military Association Memberships
Chapter 25Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2004, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Chapter 25 (Palm Beach, Florida) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Last Known Activity
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Other Comments:

The Military Airlift Command (MAC) is an inactive United States Air Force Major Command, headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Established in on 1 January 1966, MAC was the primary strategic airlift organization of the Air Force until 1974, when Air Force tactical airlift units were merged into MAC to create a unified airlift organization.

In 1982, the World War II Air Transport Command (ATC) (1942-1948) and the postwar Military Air Transport Service (MATS) (1948-1966) were consolidated with MAC, providing a continuous history of long range airlift. Inactivated on 1 June 1992, its personnel and equipment were reassigned to the new Air Mobility Command.

MAC supported USAF Special Operations forces organized under MATS on an as-required basis until the establishment of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) in 1990.


 Tributes from Members  
His obituary posted by 203 McClelland, Robert Bruce, Jr. (Bruce, aka Mac), SSgt 44
Notice of Death for SSgt Gerald (Jerry) ... posted by 00 Bucy, Darrell (TWS Admin) 3
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 1966-1966, C-131 Samaritan
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 C-131 Samaritan Details

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The CV-240/340/440 series was used by the United States Air Force for medical evacuation and VIP transport and was designated as C-131 Samaritan. The first model Samaritan, the C-131A, was derived from the 240 model, and was delivered to the USAF in 1954. A trainer model, designated the T-29, was also based on the Convair 240 to instruct navigators and radio operators. The T-29 was eventually replaced by the T-43. A planned bomber training version of the T-29 (designated T-32) was never built. The 340 model was used for most C-131Ds.

The U.S. Navy used the Samaritan as the R4Y. Nearly all of the C-131s left the active inventory in the late 1970s, but Air National Guard units operated a few into the mid-1980s. The C-131 was eventually replaced by the C-9 Nightingale.

A Samaritan was the first aircraft used as a flying gunship testbed in mid-1963, in a program known as Project Tailchaser. A C-131B (#53-7820) was given a gunsight for the side window, but instead of guns it had cameras in the cargo area. Eventually the C-131 was ferried to Eglin AFB in Florida and a General Electric SUU-11A/A 7.62 mm Gatling-style Minigun was installed. Live ammunition was used and both over-water and over-land tests were successful.

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Last Updated: Feb 12, 2010
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