When I was a LT and your were a CDR and XO of the squadron, you were always "CDR Langfur" -- but with all these years, I hope "Josh" is OK.
I was one of the flight meteorologists and Assistant Meteorological Officer (Don Sumner was the Met. Officer) -- normally assigned to Crew 2, but, as you probably remember, we were always one or two flight meteorologists short, so we flew with all crews.
I first got to know you when we were chasing the Portuguese cruise liner the Santa Maria -- I think it was January 1961. I was sent on to Recife, Brazil and set up fuel trucks, maintenance, arranged for hotel rooms, etc. and had a hotel room in a 4 or 5 story hotel where the road from the airport dead-ended at the beach. You and I shared a room in that hotel for a few days. I remember the mosquitoes were pretty bad and you had insect repellent that was like a corkscrew and when suspended from the middle (in an ash tray) could be lit at the end and would smolder and put off a foul smelling smoke that was supposed to repel insects -- pretty vile stuff.
Also, you were the PPC in the crew that was used in the Walt Disney Wonderful World of Color film Hurricane Hannah and I was the flight meteorologist. My daughter who lives in Texas brought me a book a few years ago that is entitled: "Disney A to Z". There is an entry in that book (page 279) as follows: "HURRICANE HANNAH (television) Television show; aired on December 16, 1962. The story of a hurricane from its birth, told with the cooperation of the U.S. Weather Bureau National Hurricane Center in Miami. It is spotted first as an unusual cloud formation by a weather satellite, then the meteorologists follow its progress as it grows to a full-blown hurricane and threatens Galveston, Texas. Stars (as themselves) Gorden E. Dunn, Cmdr. Joshua Langfur, Lt. John Lincoln. Narrated by Robert P. Anderson."
I hope you are well and enjoying life in the Memphis area. After 32+ years in the Navy, I retired and was offered a position with the World Meteorological Organization (a specialized agency of the United Nations) in Geneva, Switzerland. I was there for 6+ years till I retired a 2nd time. We now reside in the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and spend about four months each year at the 17th century house my wife inherited in France.
If you get this, I would be pleased to hear from you.
John R. Lincoln
Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Fellow of the American Meteorological Society
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