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Jim Zerkel B-47 pilot

Interview with Webb City resident Jim Zerkel about his life as a young boy learning to fly in Ft. Wayne Indiana.  Later graduating from West Point Military Academy and going on to a distinguished Air Force military career.  Starting his basic military training in a North Ameican T-6 Texan and progressing through the Mitchell B-25, the Lockheed T-33 and finally flying the Boeing B-47 for the Strategic Air Command.  Involved in planning the B-47’s role in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.  Step son-in-law of Colonel Travis Hoover a member of Jimmy DoLittle’s W.W. II B-25 raiders. Interviewed by Boyce Mouton.

Hang gliding in Cardin
Oklahoma

Interview with Webb City resident Jim Zerkel about his life as a young boy learning to fly in Ft. Wayne Indiana.  Later graduating from West Point Military Academy and going on to a distinguished Air Force military career.  Starting his basic military training in a North Ameican T-6 Texan and progressing through the Mitchell B-25, the Lockheed T-33 and finally flying the Boeing B-47 for the Strategic Air Command.  Involved in planning the B-47’s role in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.  Step son-in-law of Colonel Travis Hoover a member of Jimmy DoLittle’s W.W. II B-25 raiders. Interviewed by Boyce Mouton.