Lowry AFB, CO
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Lowry was a great duty station even as an Airman 3rd Class. A great looking base with a location next to Denver, a short drive to Boulder and Golden, CO.  Second phase Basic Training, Electronics School and B-47 Bomb-Navigation Systems School with classes on C-Shift school (6pm to 12am) were all a part of my stay here. A quick trip to El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico over the New Year's holiday made it even more interesting. Lowry was an experience I will never forget.

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West Gate

Entering Lowry from the West Gate. A busy place.

HQ Building

Unique architecture encompases the Base Headquarters at Lowry AFB.

HQ Building

Side view of Hq Building

HQ Buildings

Another view of HQ buildings.

F-84 Thunderjet

Entrance to Lowry featured this jet fighter of the Korean War.

Chapel #4 at Lowry 2

This was the typical Chapel at Lowry built at the time of the WWII barracks.

Catholic Chapel

This chapel was set up with altar for Catholic services.

Arnold Hall

Here is the recreation hall where dances and other entertainment too place. A popular place for us Airmen who didn't have a car.

School Dorms

The nicer of the school dormitories. We were in the barracks not these dorms.

Lowry From A Distance

View of Lowry 2 from Lowry 1

Hangar & Guardhouse

A close enough view of the guardhoude with hangar to left.

Barracks at Lowry

WWII barracks at Lowry 2. Coal fired furnaces and open bay barracks. Sept '59. I voluntered to be a furnace fireman. Best duty.

My Barracks

My 1st barracks (3rd one) for 2 weeks of 2nd phase basic training (classroom work & movies).

Me, Airman Basic

A no striper in second phase basic training and ready for basic electronics school.

GI Party

Having just moved into these barracks, and being empty so long, we have to get them in shape.

Barracks Cleanup

Hard work going on inside preparing the long unused barracks for our use. Lots of floor polish.

Polishing Brass

A daily chore keeping all that chrome and brass polished.

A Break

Airmen enjoy horseplay and act it up for the camera. Notice the hats formed with heavy starch and #2 cans.

Open Bay Barracks

Typical WWII open bay barracks that we lived in at Lowry. (Picture by Bob O.)

At Attention

Typical toilets at WWII barracks at Lowry. (Picture by Bob O.)

Barracks Buddies

Close friends from Basic Training whose names are now elusive after 50 years.

Smoke Break

A smoke break at a time when it was really needed, which was often.

Sunset at Lowry

One of the rich red sunsets viewed from the barracks.

Mail Line

Line forms for the daily, anxiously awaited mail delivery. Letters were always welcomed.

Reading Letters

I'm reading a long awaited letter from home.

Pass in Review

Saturday morning parades were commom during Phase II Basic Training. DI at right looks on.

Parade Formations

Marching and passing in review meant waiting at attention in the sun was done for the day.

DI & Friends

Fellow airmen from my flight pose with our Drill Instructor.

Acting Cool

Me in front of the camera again....

Going To Town

Denver that is...... How we looked forward to the weekends to take the bus downtown or cruise the drag East Colfax Ave in Denver.

It's Only Me

It's me in my PT shorts posing for animal crackers.

Motley Crew

There were many actors bunked in this active barracks.


Me doing I don't know what, maybe.... an Elvis impersonation? Am I cool?

Going to town?

Two friends and I are ready for a night in Denver. At that time we still had to wear uniforms to go off base.

Larger & Newer Dorms

These were the real nice barracks for the other armament schools. I never got to move into one though.

View from Barracks

From the second floor fire escape you could see the Rockies in the distance, looking West.

Dressed In Civies

Getting back to a normal mindset with civilian clothes to go to town.

A Little Snow

August 31, '59 after a little overnight snow and an 85 degree day.


We're on the way to making a snowman or a big snowball.

Christmas Tree

Squadron tree outside the orderly room.

Barracks Too!

Here's Santa coming down our chimney with gifts for all those good Airmen.

Santa Himself

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause.

To El Paso

Four days off at New Years gave us a chance to travel to El Paso, Tx and Juarez, Mexico.

Somewhere in New mexico

Nice views on way to El Paso.

Aztec Calendar

A stone replica sculpture of the Aztec calendar sits protected in El Paso.

Mission Model

A replica of a Mexican Mission sits in a park in El Paso.

Juarez Church

A busy morning in Juarez, Mexico in front of a church


Somewhere between El Paso and Albequerque. There were two cars of Airmen on this trip.

The Road Home

Mountains in the Albequerque, NM area on our return trip to Denver.

In Civvies

One of my airman friends with model plane and the first week we could wear civvies.

It's Bongo

Yes folks, it's Bongo taking in the warm rays.

Trying to Sleep

Sometimes harrassment was close to normal, especially when trying to sleep late.

Armament School

B-47 Bomb-Navigation Systems School 32 weeks, after finishing Basic Electronics School 10 weeks.

School Entrance

Modern school buildings. Lot of training in 3 shifts. I was on the "C" shift school, 6pm to 12 midnight, then we had midnight chow, then sleep till 10am.

School Buildings

Modern school buildings and classrooms.

New Classrooms

Some of the new style classrooms at Lowry.

Graduation Class

Graduated 19 April 1960. Three weeks earlier we were told the field was overmanned, so half crosstrained to Auto-Pilot School and my half into Weather Equipment School. Off to Chanute AFB, IL.

The Signal Flow Chart for the K-MA-7A Bomb-Navigation System for the B-47 is below. It is quite long and required the merging of 10 scan photos. Click on the Thumbnail to see it full size. You might have to click on the photo a second time when it opens to enlarge it further.

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