Coyote Heritage ~ October 2009

  • Published
  • By Master Sgt. Bill Gilliland
  • 190th ARW Historian
In this picture, taken in 1959, Lt. Col. Carl Boggs, 117th commander, is showing one the squadron's aerial photos to a local businessman from the Hutchinson area. The squadron regularly held what was known as "Bosses' Day" for the employers of the men of the 117th. 

The photo consists of a series of photos taken by unit aircraft, which would fly a particular pattern while shooting. The film was then processed and meticulously pieced together by the men of the photo lab to give a view of several miles in length and width. 

There were several instances where the 117th was called to take pictures of trouble spots, most notably the Topeka Tornado of 1966. This was the only type of photo that the unit could produce.