[Ads-l] A random oddity

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 7 17:03:26 EDT 2017

Heard on a re-run of _Archer_:

"A typical Luke-the-Spook [bleep]-up!"

When I was in the eighth grade, 1949-50, a classmate, Fletcher Smith, for
reasons unknown, bore the nickname, "Luke the Spook."

_Luke the Spook_ was the name of a Boeing B-29-50-MO Superfortress (serial
44-86346, Victor number 94) configured to carry the atomic bomb in World
War II.

Airplane history

_Luke the Spook_ was one of the fifteen Silverplate B-29s delivered to the
509th Composite Group for use in the atomic bomb operation and assigned to
the 393d Bomb Squadron. Built at the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft plant at
Omaha, Nebraska, it was accepted by the USAAF on June 15, 1945. . .
. . .

The airplane flew to Roswell Army Air Field, New Mexico, in November 1945,
where it rejoined the 509th CG. There, its crew gave it the name, _Luke the

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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