About the Prop Wash Gang

The Prop Wash Gang is a group of hundreds of former USAFSS, ESC, AFIC, AIA, AFISRA, 25th AF, and current 16th AF Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) reconnaissance flyers. The group was founded by LarryTart in conjunction with the establishment of Vigilance Park at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, where a memorial was erected in memory of the lost crew of C-130A tail number 60528, shot down by Russian fighter aircraft over Soviet Armenia in 1958.

Many Prop Wash Gang members participate in an active Groups.io Forum where they tell war stories, discuss current events, plan philanthropic activities such as their "Christmas for Troops in the Sandbox" supporting deployed active-duty flyers, past reunions and regional get-togethers, and the intention to resume annual reunions when those become safe again. If you are a current or former SIGINT flyer and would like to join the Prop Wash Gang, send an email to propwashgang@gmail.com with a brief list of your duty assignment(s). If you have been out of the service for a while, please include your post service activities. We are also proud to have as Prop Wash Gang members two U.S. Navy SIGINT flyers who participated in our missions while assigned and serving in USAF billets.

There are no membership dues or fees.

Note:  Above is the "official" description of the Prop Wash Gang. In a recent post on our Forum, one of our members put it this way:

We are a group of rapidly aging and steadily disappearing veterans, of a war that was fought with skills and talents not normally associated with the military, nor understood by the general public. Our pride is in accomplishments that are often secret, and memories are about things that happened, but will be officially denied.

-- Bill Mahan, 15 June 2008