Oral interview at LAX April 29, 1989

Announcer (Kathleen Cooper): “J.D. Burton and song !!”


There were fourteen aircraft parked on the apron,
And room for twenty more.

But BuAer said, “There’s no appropriation.”
We’ll soon be flying barn doors.

The Air Force said, “We don’t need the Navy,
The B-36 has class.

“We’ll keep it in the air 24 hours,
“And win the world [garbled] class.”

Let’s drink a toast to old Johnny Cromelin,
He knows our story well.

If he had his way, they would increase the Navy,
And the Air Force could … go the other way.

Ottumwa, Iowa, Preflight Class 9-46