In 1959 I took part in an Air Cadet exchange.
5 Youngsters from The Netherlands arrived in Oklahoma.
A first-time visit for all of us to the mighty U S of A! Overwhelming to say the least.
The Civil Air Patrol welcoming committee at the airport was positioned right at the stairs of the Connie that flew us in from New York.
(Unexpected honours, and a trifle embarrassing I might add)
A trip to Tinker AFB had been planned, but in 1959 times were different.
Cold war, B 52 quite new, and everything hush hush.
A visit to the military part of the base was denied, although we were on a kind of 'official' visit.
Did we mind? A bit.
We drove to the opposite end in order to be able to see some aircraft in front of the buildings.
Pressed against the fence, we took our pictures, no telelenses of course.
We saw tall fins and drooping wings, two miles away.
They really existed! We were elated!
Once at home, the snapshots revealed little, but digitalized, 50 years later, this is what we saw:
I had a wonderful time...