Mike: I really enjoyed that trip, too. I was in the Army Guard at the time but went as a newsman. The PIO for the Idaho Air Guard was a former member of our Army Guard unit and he set it up so I could go. Did you spend any time in the Officer's Club at Bardufoss? Nothing more entertaining that a bunch of pilots from about six different countries talking to each other with their hands after consuming prodigious quantities of alcohol. Sorry I deleted some of my posted photos a while back,
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Thanks for the response to my post. No, I did'nt get to the O Club, I spent just about all of my off duty time travelling to every city that we could get to and back in 48 hrs. Met many locals, and Norway made a very good impression on me as a very friendly Country. It was great timing for me, as the Air Guard was finally becoming an integral part of the Total Force Concept. Between 1979 - 1982 I got to participate in 5 Military Excercises. I was able to return to Norway (Trondheim) and three other excercises to Germany ranging from far northern Germany to southern Germany. Like the first trip to Norway, I was able to travel quite extensively to the surrounding countries and meet a lot of people and take hundreds of pictures (slides). These trips were the most memorable of my military career. Again, I hope to post some of my pix in the future. Thanks!
I managed to get out to the island of Senja. Also Tromso and Narvik while there. Was also befriended by some Norwegian Army Conscripts who were tankers (German Leopards). Since I was armored cav. in the Guard they could relate. They even gave me a black tanker's beret with an Olaf V crest on it. The Norwegians were really great hosts.
Nothing like spending 17 hours packed in the web seats on a C-141 Starlifter to make one appreciate commercial avaiation, however.
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