My father-in-law (circled) Frank Tifft went through basic training at Sampson Air Force Base in upstate New York back in May 1953. Frank recently passed away at age 88 and while going through some pictures that we hadn’t seen before found this gem. After the Air Force Frank worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for over 35 years as a jet and rocket engine welder – one of only a few that regularly worked on the SR-71’s otherworldly engines. We miss him greatly. January 2, 1933 to February 10, 2021.
Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by! – Chris and Carol
I recently found this photo of my father-in-law’s (dad) Pratt & Whitney Aircraft (West Palm Beach, Florida) bowling team from the early to mid-1970s. My dad is the handsome gent on the far right. These guys won many championships and trophies during their heyday. My wife’s dad just passed away at 88 years old – we will miss his smile, companionship, and love.
BTW, these guys were true “rocket scientists” as they designed and built some of America’s biggest and best jet and rocket engines. My dad was responsible for making critical welds on the engines for the SR-71 and NASA’s Space Shuttle booster rockets. He was only one of a few that were certified on such technical and difficult welds. He was also an Air Force veteran from the Korean War stationed in the Tokyo, Japan area during the war.
Thanks for stopping by and remember to hug your loved ones as often as you can. – Chris
Remembering back to that March day in 1997 when I retired from twenty-two years of service in the United States Navy. Aerographer’s Mate Senior Chief Petty Officer (meteorology).
This was the last time I wore the uniform. Carol traveled around the world with me for the entire 22 years that I was in and we were able to be together when I was stationed in Japan and Puerto Rico. Of course, there was plenty of stateside duty too. Three ships – USS Midway (CV-41) Japan, USS Forrestal (CV-59) Florida, USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) Florida.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! – Chris
Of course, my dad’s parents are my grandparents and the only one I got to meet was my grandmother Ida Whelan, Nana to all of us grandkids, cousins, and “kin”.
The entire Whelan family – Brooklyn, New York, ca.1933
My dad Paul is the tallest guy in the back row. Back row left to right – Margaret, Janet, Paul, John, Thomas. Front row left – William, Thomas, Ida, Raymond, Mary.
I owe my incredibly curly (frizzy) hair to Nana who directly gave it to my dad who then sent it on to me.
Back left a cousin, Aunt Janey (Sister Raymond Maria), Aunt Margaret, Nana, Uncle Jack. Front row left my mom Mary, a cousin, cousin Ruth. Taken in the backyard of my grandmother’s home in Brooklyn (Bay Ridge).
I guess I’m feeling a bit old today and a bit blue. It’s nice to look back at your roots now and then. – Chris
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