David Ray Basinger

Preferred Name: David

Nickname/Call Sign: Base

Date of Birth: 04-10-1933

Highest Military Grade Held: Capt. USMCR

Hometown: North Canton, OH

 

David Ray Basinger - early life
David Ray Basinger - later life

Biography

I left active duty in May 1960. I came back to flying via a transfer to the Marine Corps Reserve flying A-4’s out of Alameda, California. That led to my career as a pilot for TWA where I started on the Connie, flew the 707, 747, and briefly as Captain on the 727. But my best experiences came while on active duty in the USAF flying the Hun.

Units Assigned

  • 1956 Primary Pilot Training, Bainbridge AB, GA, T-34 / T-28
  • 1956 Basic, Bryan AFB, TX, T-33
  • 1956 Advanced , Luke AFB, AZ, F-84-F Nellis AFB, NV, F-100A
  • 1956 – 1957 – 561st FBS, 388th FBW Etain AB, France F-100D
  • 1957 – 1960 8th TFS, 49th TFW Etain AB, France and Spangdahlem AB, Germany F-100D and F-100F

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

Military Education

  • ROTC, OWU

Civilian Education

  • North Canton High School, 1952
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, 1955, BA
Biography

Biography

I left active duty in May 1960. I came back to flying via a transfer to the Marine Corps Reserve flying A-4’s out of Alameda, California. That led to my career as a pilot for TWA where I started on the Connie, flew the 707, 747, and briefly as Captain on the 727. But my best experiences came while on active duty in the USAF flying the Hun.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1956 Primary Pilot Training, Bainbridge AB, GA, T-34 / T-28
  • 1956 Basic, Bryan AFB, TX, T-33
  • 1956 Advanced , Luke AFB, AZ, F-84-F Nellis AFB, NV, F-100A
  • 1956 – 1957 – 561st FBS, 388th FBW Etain AB, France F-100D
  • 1957 – 1960 8th TFS, 49th TFW Etain AB, France and Spangdahlem AB, Germany F-100D and F-100F

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

Military Education

  • ROTC, OWU

Civilian Education

  • North Canton High School, 1952
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, 1955, BA