The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 72, No. 62, Ed. 1, Tuesday, July 2, 1985 Page: 1 of 4
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By LAURA SMITH
The flnt of four B;1B bomben
scheduled to arrive at Dyeis Air Force
Base in 1985 never arrived. Instead
the B-1B bomber No. 1 had to stand in
Saturday Tor the B-1B bomber No. 2
because of damage that occurred while
enroute to Abilene Air Force officials
"The Star of Abilene" or the B-1B
No.2 landed Thursday at Ofiutt AFB
Neb.The damage was discovered by
the plane's post-flight diagnostic com
putcr program said officials.
Two engines were damaged when
metal pieces broke off and became
embedded in them officials said. Beth
engines can be repaired and the orgiaal
"Star of Abilene" will arrive early tkU
week said offickk.
-ACU group comes close
I . .
By the time the 17-day ordeal was over
for the hostages in Beirut the dramatic
event had touched many lives. But
most Americans came dese to the
news only through a television or a
' Jed of nine travelers came closer than
most to the June 14 show of terveriwn
- they were in the Athew akport
when the hijacked Trass World
Airline flight 847 departed.
"I was surprised to think I was right
there in the same area of TWA" Mc-
Caleb vice president and dean of cam-
pus life said.
After' two weeks pf touring the Holy
Lands McCaleb and nine of his
original group of 13 ACU students
and alumni were to head back to the
nited States June 14.
But instead of experiencing a
trouble-free mum trjp the ACU
group came within oaelfllght of a hi-
jacking that led to more than two
weeks of worldwide concern.
McCaleb and his group were to
depart the Athens airport at 1 1 a.m.' on
receives first bomber
The B1B Ne. 1 the first ever built
U based at Edwards AFB Calif.
where it is used ia B-1B flight test ac-
cording to a news release.
Some slight modifications in the
design have been made between the
construction of the B-1B No. 1 and
No. 2 officials said.
The three other bombers scheduled
to arrive this year are being assembled
in Palmdale Calif. at Rockwell Inter-
national's Aircraft Assembly Complex
according to & new. release.
The B-1B bomber is designed for
law-level high speed penetration of
enemy defenses according to a release.
The bomber will be able to fly long
twiaslons witheut refueling and will be
abk to 'cress eaeny defenses using
"ekctroak jaaantng devices infrared
counter measures radar location and
warping system aad tow-altitude
TWA flight 1;TWA fUfht 847 left
at a.sa. Kwerwr Mrtcmaitoai travel
riqukW the group to be at Ac airport
two hours befeec their flight was
scheduled to Wave.
After leaving the Athens airport
TWA flight M7 was hijacked in the'
air. The effects ef the action were felt
in the airportwithia half ant.hour Mc-
'I was surprised to think I
was right there in the same
area of TWA' McCaleb
"We first heard the flight (TWA
881) was cancelled at about 9:30
a.m." McCalebsaid. No reason was
given for the canccllationfat that time
Rumors spread through the airport
that the cancellation was a result of
'Why did they do it'
Senior asks why the trees
cut down: 'ACU fs in pretty sad shape for trees and land-
scaping anyway he said. A-2 '
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high-speed flight" according to a
These advances in the design of the
B-l will increase its survivability and
will make it "the most capable and for-
midable strategic bomber in the world
today" according to a pamplet.
With the arrival of the bomber to
Dyess the base is expected to increase
its population from 5897 to 6620 an
increase of 679 military personnel and
44 civilian employees over a three-year
period according to a release.
An economic boost of $121.1
million also is predicted to occur over
the next three years for Abilene and
the Big Country according to a
Dyess will have to build several new
facilities to accommodate the new
weaponry and personnel that are
associated with the B-l said officials.
equipment problem. McCaleb said
they heard from another passenger
that a hijacking had taken place but he
discounted it at the time as a rumor.
Flight 881 was rescheduled to leave
at 2 p.m. and by noon the ACU group
had passed through security checks.
By this time because of the cancell-
ed flights McCaleb said (he airport
had become "a mass of humanity."
"Everyone had to get a new boar-
ding pass" he said.
'Although flight 881 was rescheduled
for 2 p.m. McCaleb said by 12:30
p.m. passengers that had been boar-
ding the plane were coming back into
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around Gardner dorm were
The construction of these facilities
will contribute to the economic boost
because of local contracts according to
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
in the Fort Worth District are manag-
ing the design and construction of the
facilities according to a pamphlet.
The Corps has been working with
private architects engineers and con-
struction contractors' who will build
31 B-1B projects for Maintenance
Weapons Storage Security Training
and Operations according to a
The estimated price of the construc-
tion is $90 million according to a
November 1986 is the estimated
time to sec Dyess with its full comple-
ment of 29 B-1B bombers according
to a release.
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Editor's note: Before the June 30 release oj the American hostages in Beirut the Optimist conducted an informal poll Thursday
in Chapel. We asked students and faculty what they would have done about the terrorism kicked off by the June 14 Beirut h.h
jacking of Americans. Out of 93 respondents here are the results. (Graphics by Ellen Cranfilt) ; '.
Students had diverse suggestions for
dealing with the Shiite hijackers ac-
cording to an informal Optimist poll
taken Thursday after Chapel.
In answering the question of what
they thought could be done to prevent
further hijacking many students
showed concern for airport security.
David Morehead senior
Recruiting worries dissolved
Coach Hood glad he was wrong about new entrance re-
quirements. "I just made some assumptions" he said
Top Photo: 'The Star of Abilene' 13'the center of attention as an:
estimated 45000 visitors welcomed her home. Inset: 'The Star' lays
back her wings and shows that she has all the right moves. (Photos
by Brian Chlsm)
no I I
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psychologyhuman communicaton ma-
jor from Temple said he thought
security should be increased at all in-
ternational airports. "The U.S. should
agree not to use those airports that
don't increase security" he said.
Some students thought punishment
and retaliation were the most ap-
propriate ways to handle terrorism.
tuesday July 2 1 985.
David Malone freshman
businessfinance major from Fotf
Worth said hijacking could be.
prevented by "giving stria punish-
ment to the hijackers and theif people;
- they would think twice about doing
Ellis For senior psychology majqr
See poll. A-3.
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