More Firebird photographs will be added soon. Please send scans, original pictures, artwork, and slides for duplication and posting. All pictures and slides will be returned upon request. Credit will be given to the person providing the photograph and/or slide. All commercial rights to photographs are retained by the photographer. If your era is not represented, it is because photographs or slides have not been sent to the historian.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Association now owns a Polaroid Sprintscan 35 Plus scanner, which will accept 35mm slides, 35mm color negatives, or 35mm black & white negatives. Slides and negatives that are loaned will be scanned onsite and returned as soon as possible. Scans made directly from slides and negatives will produce the best quality.  Photographs and documents can also be scanned by the webmaster for posting on the Firebird Association site.

If you would like information about having the quality prints made from your slides, contact The Slideprinter, Denver Digital Imaging Center, PO Box 9506W, Denver, CO 80209 (303-698-2962) or Prices range from $1.40 each for 4 x 6 inch prints, to $3.00 for a 5 x 7. Return postage is included in this price.



  C-130D Departs DYE II - Aircraft Commander Bill Bless and Crew

  Iron Mike Kidnapped by 17th TCS - Where is the Mascot of the 317th FIS? (100K)

  Greenland Ice Cap DYE Site - (136K)

  Aero Commander Rescue - Dye III (100K)

  Mike Nash, Bill Bless, and Crew - (104K)

  Firebird Group Photo 1 - October 6, 1965 (48K)

  Firebird Group Photo 2 - October 6, 1965 (52K)

  Firebird Group Photo 3 - October 6, 1965 (64K)

  Firebird Group Photo 4 - October 6, 1965 (55K)

  Firebird Group Photo 5 - October 6, 1965 (19K)

  PDF File of Entire Squadron  - October 6, 1965 

  Firebird Crew Members at Blue Ice Site - (06-15-96)

  C-130D Painting - Gift to Guy E. Ridgeway...Artist Ken Barker (06-18-96)

  WW II Pilots and Navigators - 17th Troop Carrier Squadron (135K) (06-22-96)

  After Hours WW II - 17th TCS Officers Relaxing After a Long Day (06-22-96)

  17th TCS Patch - Original Squadron Patch From World War II (06-23-96)

  CBI & USAAF Patches - Original 17th TCS Patches from WW II (July 9, 1996)

  JATO Takeoff on Ice Cap - The Dangers of Flying in Greenland (July 17, 1996)

  517th Airlift Squadron Patch - Evolution of the Firebird Emblem (July 17, 1996)

  517th Airlift Squadron Scarf - Scarf Authorized for Current Firebirds (July 17, 1996)

  Ice Cap DYE Sites - Remote Radar Sites in Greenland (July 18, 1996)

  Herky Bird in Retirement - Tail Number 70-493 in Storage at Pima Air Museum (July 18, 1996)

  Ice Cap Engine Change - C-130 Loses Number Four Engine on Takeoff (July 18, 1996)

  Close Shave For Hitchcock - Crew Members Improvise in WW II. (July 30, 1996)

  Alaska ANG C-123 on Floats? - Operation "Cool Rope" (October 7, 1996)

  Firebird Bags Brown Bear - Bear hunt on Kodiak Island in 1966 (Nov. 25, 1996)

  C130D in Storage - Ski-bird photograph taken in 1986 at Davis-Monthan (Dec. 22, 1996)

  Drooped Main Ski - Greenland Ice Cap in 1967. (Dec. 24, 1996)

  Greenland DYE Site - Photograph by Nolan Bailey in 1967 (100K) (March 28, 1997)

  Turning Final at Sondrestrom - Photo by Roy Jared in 1969 (March 29, 1997)

  Forced Landing '69 - Photo by Roy Jared in 1969 (March 29, 1997)

  Firebirds Fishing '69 - Photograph by Roy Jared in 1969 (March 29, 1997)

  Alaskan Ports of Call - Remote sites supported by Firebirds (April 17, 1997)

  Visit to Midway Island - Firebirds meet "gooney birds" in February, 1973 (April 17, 1997)

  Arctic Survival School - Bob Davis sets snare for hare...Roy Jared photo. (April 20, 1997)

  Ski Bird in Peru - Hercules 57-0491 in Lima, Peru. Courtesy of Tom Fabyanic.

  Iron Mike Visits Sondrestrom - Mission Commander's door. (44K) (October 4, 1997-May 1, 1999)

  Bob Hope Meets Firebirds - Sondrestrom AB, Christmas 1961 (296K) (October 25, 1997)

  Marginal Runways in Alaska - Lisburne, Newenham, and Romanzof (August 31, 1998)

  Claxton DZ - Remembering Claxton Drop Zone, Ft. Richardson, Alaska (April 5, 1999)

  Iron Mike Photos - Courtesy of Dave L. "Buck" Buchanan, Firebird Pilot (May 1, 1999)

  Willie the Musk Ox - Nemesis of the Firebirds at Sondrestrom AB, Greenland (May 1, 1999)

  70-490 Incident - Additional photos by Bruce Huff (FE) and Roy Jared (P) (May 2, 1999)

  Firebirds in the 1970's - Photographs by Don Bowers, 17th TAS Pilot (May 20, 1999)

  Gilbertson Photo Album - Photographs by Steve Gilbertson, June 72 - Jun 76 (December 7, 2004)

  Fulton Photo Album - Photos taken by Linzel Fulton in mid to late 1960's. (Dec. 7, 2004)

Jack Cayton Album from the "Ski Bird" years: 1962-68 (May 7, 2005)

  70-495 Accident Photos - Loss of aircraft on 5 July 1972, at DYE III

  Operation Ice Cap 1965 - Bill Deboe and crew show completion graph.

  Buddy Start in 1966 - USAF Photo. Alleged to have been done at Churchill, Canada.

  Rader Photo Album – Photos taken by John Rader, Firebird pilot, 1975-1978.

  70-488, 70-492, and 70-494 Being Scrapped at AMARC – Photos by Richard and Kaye Tinney

  Final Approach to Sondrestrom AB  - Photo of base from final approach taken during 1960’s.

  Winter on the West Ramp at Elmendorf – Photos of  “D” models in snow by Gerry Harris

  Firebird Filming in Kotzebue – Photo taken in “downtown” Kotzebue by Don Wilkerson

*  Prototype C-130 Ski Model on Ice Cap – Photo courtesy of Jim Pirie

*  Ski Model on the Greenland Ice Cap – Photo by former Firebird Pilot Warren Miller                           

 *  Waiting for MaintenanceFirebird crew waiting on West Ramp in 1960’s.  

 *  Firebirds Escort Maj Gen. George A. Carver -  Commanding General of the United States Army, Alaska.

*  Cherry Hill Housing circa 1966.      A “then and now” comparison.

*  The ALCAN in April of 1964       How driving to Alaska used to be.  Road is now called the Alaska Highway.



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