Coyote Heritage ~ January 2015

  • Published
  • By MSgt (Ret) Bill Gilliland
  • 190th Historian
A beautiful photo of four B-57s shown on a late day approach to their new home, Forbes Field, August, 1967. 

This photo shows the unusual structure of the wings, similar to the World War II British Mosquito. The Mosquito had the distinction of having an almost entirely wooden construction; it was also the fastest prop driven fighter of the war. The British Canberra was the follow-on version. 

The U.S. Air Force, caught short by the Korean War, needed a small bomber quickly and the Canberra was thought to be the best option. Martin aircraft acquired the license to build an American version and the B-57 became the newest addition to the American arsenal.

Fairly short lived as a bomber, it became a staple of the Air National Guard  for a decade during the Cold War. During the Vietnam War it was pressed back into use as bomber and became the first jet to fly in Vietnam.  The 190th, having flown the jet since it had left the active duty, became a training squadron of sorts, under the classified program "Patricia Lynn," training active duty crews before they left for Vietnam.