Carmine R. “Dick” Bassano headed west March 29th

From SSS Bio. Obituary not located:


Dick was Born 22 Feb 1936 in Brooklyn NY and graduated from Academy of Aeronautics Aug, 1958 with AAS in Aircraft Design Technology Joined USAF on 8 Dec ’58, Pilot Training Class 60F and was commissioned in USAFR Mar 1960. Assigned to Luke AFB for F-100 transition, then to Nellis for advanced training. From there assigned to 416th TFS as their new “brown bar”. Returned to England AFB, La. Aug, 1964 and deployed to Tahkli AB, Thailand Sep-Dec’64 and rotated into and out of Danang,VN on a regular basis.

He returned to EAFB and released from active duty mar’65 as a Capt. in USAFR.

Dick started a career with Grumman Aerospace Corp. where he became a “Consulting Pilot” for the Lunar Module and worked closely with the Apollo Astronauts until the program ended with Apollo 17. He then joined the F-14 Flight test Program as a Flight Test Engineer for the #3 A/C in the high speed stability tests, travelled to Cornell Univ. and Edwards FTC for some “side force controller” experiments and did stores separation analysis for A6 Intruder w/Cruise Missle.

Dick was caught up in the downturn of A/C industry in late 70’s turned to the automotive industry as a service Mgr and Salesman until retiring in 2011.

Added by Carmine’s friends

Carmine stood in line waiting in his greens like the rest of the men who were with him.  A bead of sweat trickled from under his Air Force cap.  It was going to be another pretty warm day as it had been for the past week.  The weather had been turning hot for more than a week and wasn’t going to let up.  As he stood in line he reminisced about what had happened over the past few years as he reached for goals he had set for himself.  Graduating from High School and then attending Academy of Aeronautics receiving an Aeronautical Degree in Aug of 58 and then joining the Air Force in Dec of that same year.  Things had progress well and now he was standing on the brink of attaining his original final goal.

He smiled as his name was called out “2nd Lt Carmine R. Bassano front and center”.  As he approached the C. O. of Class 60-F he smiled as his wife walked toward both of them.   His C.O. called out his name again “2nd Lt Carmine R. Bassano has completed required training to become and Air Force pilot I present him his wings”.  Carmine gave his wings to his faithful wife Carolina who had followed him to this point and well understood what this meant to him. 

As Carol pinned his wings on the right side of his chest he again thought back about the girl he had meet xx years ago, trying to win her and only then asking for her hand in marriage.  It was hard for him to put it all together, a faithful wife, an education and now to be able to fly higher and faster then ever before and being assigned as a pilot to a tactical fighter squadron the dream of all red blooded young American men that wanted to be pilots

Carmine and the rest of his initial pilot trainees celebrated with their wives that evening, he was as happy as he had ever been in his life.  He look forward to F-100 transition at Luke AFB and then to Nellis for advanced Fighter Training but before this, the dreaded survivor training that included communist torcher.  They were good a playing with  man mind.

During training as things normally go “it is always the pilots fault” had placed a derogatory remark in his flight log.  Carmine was flying a training mission when the axial trim went out of control and he bareily was able to keep the F-100 flying.  Somehow it corrected itself and he wrote it up upon RTB.  Then normal Air Force priorities took over and since technicians could not reproduce the same flight characteristic, the episode was written up as “pilot fault”.  A few days later two pilots were scheduled for another flight.  During this flight you guessed it the same thing happened to the pilot flying the F-100 Carmine had previously flown, but this time with tragic results, killing the pilot.   The derogatory remark was removed.

Upon completing this training Carmine was assigned to the 416TFS as a new 2nd Lt.  This tactical fighter squadron provide, intelligence, interdiction, pilot rescues, flack abatement and close air support.  He returned to England AFB, La in Aug 1964 and was deployed to Tahkli AB, Thailand Sep-Dec of that same year and rotated into and out of Danang, VN on a regular basis.  Now it was May 65 and Capt C. R. Bassano upon returning the England AFB requested and was released from active duty.

Now Carmine began a new career with Grumman Aerospace Corp.  He landed a very special assignment as a “Consulting Pilot” for the Lunar Lander Module working closely with the Apollo Astronauts until the programs end with Apollo 17.

Once the Apollo Program ended he joined the Flight Test Program as a Flight Test Engineer for the F-14 #3 A/C high speed stability test, then traveled to Cornell University and Edwards FTC for some “side force controller” experiments (which was the beginning of fly by wire) and then did separation analysis for the A6 Intruder w/Cruise Missiles.

Now was the time of sterner measures as the economy fell through the floor and a down turn in the A/C industry and the Carter Presidency.  As times continued to get worse Carmine turned to the automobile industry and plied his experience as a Service Manager and Salesman until his retirement in 2011.

Now we come the the hard part of leaving our Commanding Officer Captain Carmine R Bassano to the Ages and in the presents of God and His Son Jesus Christ were he can fly the hallowed blue sun lite skies, soar among the clouds and fly higher, faster and further than any earth bound pilot placing his hand in Christ Jesus our Lord and receiving his final Orders from the Alpha and Omega who we must all face in our final resting and the hands of Almighty God.

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