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Ro Kellum

Military Service

I enlisted in April 1951, Basic Training at Lackland AFB, Pre Cadets at Goodfellow AFB, Primary at Bainbridge AB, Advanced at Webb AFB and Gunnery at Luke AFB. I was assigned to the 310th FBS at K2, Korea in 1953. After completing my tour in Korea, I was reassigned to the 764th AC&W Squadron in St. Albans, VT. I was a GCI controller until I was reassigned to the 37th FIS at Burlington, VT in 1958 as a pilot. From late 1960 to late 1966 I flew RB-66s at Shaw AFB, SC, Alconbury RAFB, UK, Toul Rosiers AB, France and Tahkli AB in Thailand. My last assignment was as a Physiological Training Officer at Williams AFB, AZ where I retired from the USAF as a Lt. Colonel in September, 1971.

The military aircraft I flew were the T-6G, T-28A, T-33A, F-84G, C-45, C-47, F-102, B\RB-66B&C, and T-38.

Post-Military Career

I worked as a flight and ground school instructor for Sawyer Aviation at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport from the time I retired from the USAF until I was hired by the FAA in September, 1975. Most of my twenty year FAA career was spent as an Aviation Safety Inspector in the New York Offices. I was qualified in the B-720, B-707, B-747, A-300B4, A-300-600 and in the King Air series.


I was raised on the island of Moorea in French Polynesia and attended school in Honolulu, San Francisco and Roswell, NM. My BS degree came from the University of Maryland in 1965.

I am married to Barbara Jean Casavant of St, Albans, VT and we have three sons, two of whom are married and have three children each.  When my sons were growing up, I was very active in the Boy Scouts and the Civil Air patrol.

My hobbies are photography, computers and computer based flying.