Colonel Billy L. Skipworth Colonel Billy L. Skipworth was born December 12, 1928 in Van Alystyne, Texas. After graduating from basic flight training at Perrin Air Force Base, Texas and advanced pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, he was assigned to the Combat Evaluation Group at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Col. Skipworth flew several aircraft, eventually moving from KC-97 tankers to KC-135s. In July 1968 he became Commander of the 38th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron. Beginning in January 1970, Colonel Skipworth began directing the conversion of the 38th SRS to an airborne command and control squadron, which became the Second Airborne Command and Control Squadron (2nd ACCS). Colonel Skipworth served as the first Commander of the 2nd ACCS. Colonel Skipworth was TDY to Hickam AFB, Hawaii at the time of the accident. He was survived by his wife, a daughter and a son. In August 1974, a new airborne command operations center at Offutt AFB was dedicated and named the Colonel Billy L. Skipworth Operations Center. 61-0331 disappeared on 13 June 1971 while returning to Hawaii after observing the French Encelade atmospheric nuclear test at Mururoa. The aircraft was enroute from Pago Pago to Hickam Air Force Base. Colonel Billy L. Skipworth was one of the 24 crew members that were lost.
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Colonel Billy L. Skipworth Colonel Billy L. Skipworth was born December 12, 1928 in Van Alystyne, Texas. After graduating from basic flight training at Perrin Air Force Base, Texas and advanced pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, he was assigned to the Combat Evaluation Group at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Col. Skipworth flew several aircraft, eventually moving from KC-97 tankers to KC-135s. In July 1968 he became Commander of the 38th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron. Beginning in January 1970, Colonel Skipworth began directing the conversion of the 38th SRS to an airborne command and control squadron, which became the Second Airborne Command and Control Squadron (2nd ACCS). Colonel Skipworth served as the first Commander of the 2nd ACCS. Colonel Skipworth was TDY to Hickam AFB, Hawaii at the time of the accident. He was survived by his wife, a daughter and a son. In August 1974, a new airborne command operations center at Offutt AFB was dedicated and named the Colonel Billy L. Skipworth Operations Center. 61-0331 disappeared on 13 June 1971 while returning to Hawaii after observing the French Encelade atmospheric nuclear test at Mururoa. The aircraft was enroute from Pago Pago to Hickam Air Force Base. Colonel Billy L. Skipworth was one of the 24 crew members that were lost.