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.