Bradford Runyon Interview, 25 February 2005

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BRHe just seemed to want to inform us about everything that had gone on...he mentioned about 14 different sources that had all seen the same thing. Now if all, if 14 different sources all...if their stories all confirmed each other...and it might even be that he talked to Partin separately...I, I have no idea. He might have been there, you know, when they wanted someone from the crew to come in to talk to someone right after the flight—
TTYeah. He also probably had access to Base Ops, you know, when he came in and talked to Base Ops maybe they, I don't know, there's no record of any of that, of the SAC investigation. I would guess that being the 810th Commander he would be the one who everything would be funneled through to the 15th to SAC or straight to operations at SAC.
BRYep everything would be funneled through him that's for sure.
TTAfter that that was the end of it? There was no official interest beyond that?
BRNot that I know of. I was never contacted by anybody about anything, just, you know, some of my friends maybe, you know, other people at Stanboard just asked what I had seen.
TTYeah. What did you think about it at the time? At that time what were your thoughts?
BRWell [laughs] I don't even remember...I was at first I was apprehensive when I thought the thing was going to hit us, but after that, I wasn't really that much concerned about it. I just, and we went out and flew out over the thing, 'course, I was sort of concerned that it might interfere with something on the airplane—power, electronics, or something like that, but really my, my biggest concern was just the airplane itself being affected.
TTI've been listening to you guys a lot so I'm getting a better idea what it's like to be on a B-52, but basically you, most of your time is spent flying that aircraft—
TT—focusing on checklists and so on and so forth, so you really don't have a lot of time to think about much, do you?
BRNo you don't, things happen fast. And the thing about being scared or anything like that, you know, when our engines caught fire that one time and when you have SAM missiles fired at you, things happen so fast that all you're thinking is what are the proper emergency procedures, what are you supposed to do and you don't have time to get scared because you're thinking about what needs to be done.
TTYeah, you are trained for that. OK. This transcript really has me, I mean—
BRI've read it several times myself and I can't get everything out of it.
TTNeither can I. What we're talking about is the pilot transcript that's in the documents, which runs from—well, it runs from uh 3:30 a.m. to 4, for about an hour really. It ends at 9:28 and we know, in the documents it says you want to land at 4:40 [CDT], at 9:40 [GMT].
BROK now, some of it might have been ZULU time and maybe some was Local time.
TTYeah, that doesn't, I mean, it's all ZULU in the document.

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