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Oral History interview of Philip Hampton. Interview conducted by Bradfield, Daniel at University of Central Florida's Colbourn Hall Room 401 in Orlando, FL.


0:01 Introduction; 0:40 Early Life in Rural Wisconsin; 1:58 Family; 2:56 Father's Military Service; 3:30 Reason for Enlistment; 4:39 Family Reaction to Enlistment; 5:07 Other who joined the service; 5:27 Early Training; 6:21 Reflection on Basic Training; 7:18 Most Memorable Experience in Basic Training; 8:32 Mechanic Training; 9:27 Comparison of Basic and Advanced Training; 10:35 Desire to be Mechanic not instructor; 11:03 Assignment to Hawaii; 11:51 Interactions with other Races/ Desegregation in unit; 13:28 C-54 Assignment/ Leadership Experience; 14:20 Flight Engineering/ Training for Flight Engineering; 16:15 Non-Commissioned Promotions; 16:35 Day to Day Life as a Flight Engineer; 17:40 Hospital Assignments as a Flight Engineer; 18:30 Thunderstorm Flying/ Flying throughout the Pacific; 20:39 Flying Routes Flown; 21:57 Communications with Family; 22:53 Death in the Family while overseas; 23:35 Phone Call to Wisconsin; 24:28 Assignment Following Hawaii/ Massachusetts; 24:58 Day to Day Work in Massachusetts/ Life in Massachusetts; 25:54 Assignment in Charleston; 26:44 Mechanic Assignment vs. Flight Engineer; 27:35 Management for Delinquent Mechanics; 29:00 Problems exhibited by Mechanics; 30:22 Decision to Retire from the Air Force; 32:24 Aircraft Mechanic Engineering Program after Military Service; 33:40 Evolution of flight engineers and his decision to join rocket engineering; 35:23 Employment at Rocketdyne; 36:13 Effect of Military service on professional life; 38:03 Employment with Rocketdyne/ Assignments with Rocketdyne; 42:42 Problems of Pilots commanding a missile silo/ Construction of Missile Silo; 44:10 Reflection on Air Force while a contractor; 44:56 Assignment to Apollo Missile System; 47:21 Space Shuttle Program and the effect of Layoffs after the Saturn Rocket; 49:03 Decision to move to Florida; 50:27 Unemployed Rocket Engineers finding other jobs; 51:20 Value of Engineers in Business World; 52:20 Remaining in Contact with other Veterans; 52:54 Effect of Korean War on Family Friends; 54:23 Advice for prospective soldiers/ Value of Compulsory Military Service; 55:42 Conclusion.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Rice Lake (Wis.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Cold War Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage

Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

Military Air Transport Service (MATS); MOS 43171; 1263rd Air Transport SQD

Location of Service

Texas; Hawaii; Massachusetts; Charleston (S.C.); Japan; England; Africa

Highest Rank

Staff Sergeant; SSgt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury







The veteran served as an aircraft mechanic, and flight engineer on C-54 cargo planes (flights Hawaii to Japan; flights Charleston to England and Africa). He established MATS record of monthly aircraft utilization as crew chief.


418 hrs fly time/1 month

City of Birth

Rice Lake

Country of Birth

United States


Bradfield, Daniel

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida's Colbourn Hall Room 401 in Orlando, FL.


Hampton, Philip W.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida


Bradfield, Daniel

Length of Interview

57 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type