General Frederic H. Smith arrives at Itazuke Air Base, 1956 (4)

The general (and the Missus) are warmly greeted on the Itazuke ramp. T-33’s stowed in revetments are in in the background.  General Smith was commander of the 5th Air Force at this time.  An old-time pilot from the open cockpit days of the Air Corps, Smith eventually retired as a 4-star after serving as Vice-Chief of Staff, USAF.

Indicative of aviation’s quantum leap – from biplanes to B-58 Hustlers in one man’s career – Smith had seen it all.

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