Bird, Frank C., SMSgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Senior Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
111X0-Defensive Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1949-1976, 111X0, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
Service Years
1949 - 1976
Senior Master Sergeant

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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1929
 
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Home Town
Oklahoma City
Last Address
Port Angeles, Washington

Date of Passing
May 27, 2012
 
Location of Interment
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Last Known Activity
Longtime Port Angeles and Sequim resident Frank C. Bird died of natural causes on Sunday, May 27, in Port Angeles with his family close by.

He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Frank C. Bird and Verna Gertson Bird. They moved to Bremerton, Washington, in 1940. Frank graduated from Bremerton High School in 1947. He met Erika Louisa Johnson while in Bremerton.

In 1949, he joined the U.S. Air Force and achieved the ranking of senior master sergeant. He flew more than 60 missions in the Korean Theater and 330 missions during the Vietnam conflict with the Strategic Air Command as a B-52 gunner. He retired from the Air Force on May 31, 1976.

Frank and Erika were married July 31, 1951, in Bremerton. Frank and Erika have a daughter, Karen (Walt) Lovell of Elko, Nevada, and two sons, Erek Bird of Port Angeles and Steven (Jill) Bird of Vancouver, Washington. He was also the proud grandfather of five grandchildren.

Frank enjoyed fishing, boating and model trains. He had a great love for animals and all music, and very much enjoyed the poetry and prose of Robert Service.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/PeninsulaDailyNews/obituary.aspx?n=Frank-C-Bird&pid=158053783

Frank and Erika loved to winter in the deserts of Arizona, and they also enjoyed their trailer and used it to travel from Alaska to Mexico and coast to coast.

 
   
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 1955-1976, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
From Year
1955
To Year
1976
   
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Aircraft/Missile Information
Model Boeing B-52H Stratofortress
Length 160.89 ft | 49.04 m
Width 185.10 ft | 56.42 m
Height 40.68 ft | 12.40 m
Engine(s) 8 x Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3 turbofan engines generating 17,000lbs of standard thrust each.
Empty Weight 172,743 lbs | 78,355 kg
MTOW 487,993 lbs | 221,350 kg
Max Speed 595 mph | 958 km/h | 517 kts
Max Range 10,000 miles | 16,093 km
Ceiling 54,954 ft | 16,750 m | 10.4 miles
Climb Rate Not Available
Hardpoints 2
Armament Mission-specific armament can include any of the following:

20 x AGM-86B ALCM cruise missiles (internal)
20 x AGM-129 cruise missiles (internal)
2 x AGM-86B ALCMs cruise missile (external)
2 x AGM-129 cruise missiles (external)
Free Fall Nuclear Bombs
12 x AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles
12 x AGM-142A air-to-surface missiles
AGM-86C CALCM cruise missiles
JDAMs

Up to 51,570lbs (340kg) class bombs or mines
Accommodations 6
Operators United States of America

   
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