ABX Air's Snedegar to Speak at WPAFB

2006 Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series Features "Reflections on Operation Babylift"

WILMINGTON, Ohio - May 23, 2006 - CMSgt. (Ret.) Ray Snedegar will be one of three speakers May 23, 2006, as part of the 2006 Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio.

Currently Director of Training & Regulatory Compliance for ABX Air, Snedegar was the senior loadmaster on the Operation Babylift flight on April 4, 1975.

"I was not originally scheduled for this flight, but was requested at the last moment due to the nature of the mission - combat loading of passengers - due to my experience in this area," said Snedegar. "Once assigned to the mission, I became senior loadmaster in charge of the operation to oversee the potential transport of as many as 1,200 evacuees on the aircraft."

The mission was to airlift Vietnamese orphans from Saigon, but the C-5 crash-landed shortly after takeoff. Flight and medical crews were able to rescue 176 of those onboard the aircraft.

Snedegar, as well as other flight crewmembers, share the details of the mission at safety conferences, seminars and aircraft conventions periodically.

This lecture is one in a yearlong series that started in January. The series is presented by the National Museum of the United States Air Force and the Air Force Museum Foundation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Museum Auditorium. Admission is free, and the series is open to the public. For further information on this lecture or the series, contact the Special Events Division at (937) 255-8046, ext. 312.

Snedegar retired from the Air Force in January 1990 after over 31 years of service. He served as a radio intercept operator, base ops dispatcher and an aircraft loadmaster while with the Air Force. Some of his duty assignments involved him in the recovery of the MIG-25 from Northern Japan after the defection of Russian Lt. Victor Belenko, as well as the development of the Space Cargo Transportation System trailer used to transport the Hubble Space Telescope to the launch area at Kennedy Space Center.

At ABX Air, Snedegar has been with the Ground Training Department for 16 years. He oversees the Regulatory Ground Training for ABX Air and DHL, manages the Charter Professional loadmasters, and audits and oversees Ramp Security for the airline.

ABX Air, Inc. is a cargo airline with a fleet of 112 in-service aircraft that operates out of Wilmington, Ohio, and 18 hubs throughout the United States. ABX Air became an independent public company effective in August 2003, as a result of the separation from its former parent company, Airborne, Inc., which was acquired by DHL Worldwide Express B. V. In addition to providing airlift capacity and sort center staffing to DHL, ABX Air provides charter and maintenance services to a diverse group of customers. ABX Air is the largest employer in a several county area in southwestern Ohio.

For more information, contact ABX Air.