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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Re: IAC Nationals


Thread: [Acro] Re: IAC Nationals

Message: [Acro] Re: IAC Nationals

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From: Frank Gorham <frankgorham at>

Date: Tue, 03 Sep 2002 12:53:40 UTC


       Exactly right.  I went thru advanced instrument (T-33) and
interceptor schools F-102A schools there in 1961-62. The last class of F-86D
students (Yugoslavians) were still there. SAC's B-58 pilots also went thru a
brief F-102 program before going into that plane.  I think there was also a
GCI operators (Ground Controlled Intercept officers - radar operators)
school at the base.
       Little extra background:  Long time political power and Speaker of
the House, Sam Rayburn's home was in Bonham, just 25 miles East of
Sherman/Denison.  He had a good deal to do with the continuing fortunes of
Perrin.  He died while I was there and the expectation of eventual base
closure was apparent.  I don't know if George Bush #2 did his F-102 training
at Perrin before it closed or not.  I'll ask an old buddy who trained with
him.  Regardless, that beautiful expanse of concrete has survived to the
benefit of all of us.  In fact, I was amazed at the excellent condition of
the pavement this June.

          Cheers,  Frank

----- Original Message -----
From: Scott Poehlmann <scott-p at>
To: <Planedancer at>; <acro at>
Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2002 6:41 AM
Subject: [Acro] Re: IAC Nationals

> Hi Melanie,
> Grayson County Airport used to be Perrin AFB. They are the same place.
> is actually a cool little collection of stuff chronicling the development
> "Perrin Field" during WWII and then the use of Perrin AFB to train
> interceptor pilots during the early to mid 60's in the terminal building.
> memory serves, the base shut down in 1972 and was turned over to the
> at that time.
> Hope this helps.
> Scott
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <Planedancer at>
> To: <acro at>
> Sent: Tuesday, 03 September, 2002 00:14
> Subject: [Acro] IAC Nationals
> > I'm curious about something - I was perusing the IAC site looking for
> info,
> > and noticed that the Nationals are listed as being at Perrin AFB in
> Dennison.
> >  Is this the same as Grayson County Airport?   That may be a bit
> to
> > some as, since I'm a local, I found that confusing.  Thanks for the
> > clarification.
> >
> > Melanie
> > Rhome (Ft. Worth) TX
> >


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