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B-36 MUSEUM LECture JANUARY 21, 2020 7:00 pm

SPEAKER: RICHARD L. BATES

LECTURE:         FLYING F-4's AND BEING A PRISONER OF WAR IN NORTH VIETNAM  


Richard was born April 2, 1948 in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  He graduated from the University of North Dakota in June of 1970. with a BA in English Literature. He attended the AFROTC program there and was Commissioned a 2Lt. in June of 1970. 


He attended Undergraduate Navigator training at Mather AFB CA Aug 1970 to June 71. After receiving his wings he attended combat crew training in the F-4 at George AFB CA Aug 1971 to Feb 72. In March of 72 he reported for duty at Ubon RTAFB Thailand.


In the next six months he flew over 135 combat missions [92 to North Vietnam] and over 350 combat hours. On Oct 5, 1972 his F-4 Phantom was shot down over North Vietnam [RP-1].  Richard spent the next six months as a Prisoner of War.


In Jan of 84 he was assigned to Edwards AFB, Ca where he was the Chief of the Standardization/Evaluation Division of Air Force Flight Test.


In Feb 1988 he joined American Airlines where he served as a instructor in the MD-80 aircraft simulator. In 2012 he upgraded to the AirBus A320 aircarft, which he taught untill his retirement  from American Airlines 2019.


Richard has over 3500 hours in fighter aircraft, 350 hours of combat. He has flown over 20 different aircraft.


His awards include three Distinguished Flying Crosses, The Bronze Star with "V", two Purple Hearts, three Legions of Merit and thirteen Air Medals.


He earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in 1989.

He is married to the former Jeannette Grohs of Apple Valley, CA. 

THE LECTURE IS HELD AT



U.N.T.  HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER

3500  CAMP BOWIE BLVD

FORT WORTH, TEXAS


IF LOST CALL 817- 905-1889

B-36 PUBLIC LECTURE SITE - UNT Health Science Center

ROUTE TO LECTURE

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  From I-30W go North on Montgomery Street to Camp Bowie Blvd. Turn Right onto Camp Bowie, proceed one block and turn left onto Clifton Street then immediately turn left into the  University's Parking Lot.  Drive to the end of the lot and turn left. Go to the south end of the building and park.

ENTRANCE TO BUILDING

GO INTO THIS DOOR

Enter building's second floor through the glass doors and walk around the room to the elevators. Take an elevator down to the first floor and a docent will greet you and lead you to the meeting hall.

BELOW IS COL KNOX BISHOP LECTURE

THIS VIDEO IS A 7 MIN PREVIEW OF KNOX TALK ABOUT                                                  "WEIRD WINGS OF THE LUFTWAFFE"

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