ONE WHO CAME BACK

1966 Troupe Poster Comments to crew: L/C C.W. Heuther, L/C W. H. Copp, CAPT H. W. Rogers, TSGT E. B. Candelaria, TSGT R. W. Fralix. SSGT M. L. Kelly, A2C W. D. Bailey

An embarassment of riches - you not only fly well but you're all handsome!  Betty Lanigan

Thanks so much, you're the tops, love and kisses  Joey Heatherton

May you never give out of airspeed...altitude...and ideas simultaneously  Clay Daniel

Things go better with the 314th Troop Carrier Wing, to all the crew, you're great.  Anita Bryant  Note: She loved Coke and Bill somehow found a case of it and it was sitting in Anita's seat when she returned from a show.

​Hey gang! Somebody up there like us and I'm sure it's you guys. Thanks for a great trip!  Bob Hope

I've enjoyed flying with you and thanks a lot for a great time, especially to my namesake SSGT Kelly! Kelly Hope

To a wild bunch of aeronautical gypsies and the only pilot I know who flies like I drove my model "A" Ford, Nicodemous! Phyllis Diller

P.S. Free cue cards anytime.  Barney McNulty

Thanks so much for all your help.  Diana Sherlton

Many, many thanks. Stumpy Brown

Korean Kittens, we love you  Kim, Lee, and Yoon

It was great! Bob Green 1966

We know you're great, but are you strong enough to face us next year? Best,  Jean Maas

It was an honor flying with you guys - the greatest!  Vic Damone

John Worshek

You're a No. 1 crew and great people. Thanks for everything. Lloyd Moreles

Everything up about this group.  Bill Faith

Good luck to a great crew  Lou Ciotti

To all the crew on board - this is the best  Dick Collins

Thanks for a wonderful Christmas '66   Les Brown

To a great bunch of men who made this a great trip for us. Thanks.  Onne Morrow

Thank you. Good Luck  Patti Miller Xmas 66

Mike Marschelloy, Makeup

May God bless you.  Fred Marion

Best luck, good wishes, happy new year.  Andre

Best of Luck to a swinging crew.  Bob Clark

Crew, good bunch of guys, best of luck.  Jack Laybay

God bless you all. Mickey Maynard

I like the way you land the plane - right side up! Good luck Charles Lee

With Appreciation. Rita Faria (Note: Miss World)

Good luck.  Ron Smith

Thanks, wish you could see the Rose Bowl Game.  Charles Salomar 

The best always.  Ralph La Polla

You guys are a complete gas - thumbs up  Slyde Hydr

Great crew and great plane. I'd hate to be up there without you.  Johnny Rapp

You've been our family and home while being away from both. Thanks for all you kind attention. Be happy!  Corrine Carr

Your delivery of the punch lines was perfect, all 6,000 pounds worth. Thanks,  Jack Fellandes

5 - EDGEWATER BEACH HOTEL

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PHOTO ARRAY

Bill's portable Smith Corona traveled with him everywhere so that he could keep up with their daily epistles. He glued his patches on the case because he had no other place to put them and because his life & the patches changed often.

AIR DEFENSE
​COMMAND 
(Now Aerospace Defense  Command)

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Vandenberg Hall

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NORTH AMERICAN AIR DEFENSE COMMND 
(Now North American Aerospace Command)

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PHOTOLINKS

Many, many plane photos 
J-3 Grasshopper
J-4 Cub Coupe
C-14 Cessna 140
Cessna 150 Skyhawk
PA-38 Tomahawk 

Photo of B-17 Flying Fortress courtesy of John Olafson.​

2ND AIR FORCE

TYPEWRITER

15TH AIR FORCE

TACTICAL AIR
​COMMAND

3RD AIR FORCE

3 - HOTEL SHERMAN

Later my parents used tape recorders for their daily correspondence. All communication is stored in the 167 boxes.

Placeholder for typewriter

1ST AIR FORCE

UNTED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

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9TH AIR FORCE

Victoria Falls​

​No gas available so in and out at the falls. "What an in and out it was." Everywhere you would hear the noise of the falls . Where ever you stood they looked different. To Bill it looked like a big circle. Victoria Falls seemed to Bill about twice as high as Niagara Falls. (Spot on Bill! 355 to 167 feet).

Bill considers these falls a favorite. They are gorgeous. Many times he saw multiple rainbows. Temperature changes made color changes in the rainbows.

When the very small Manitou Springs Historical Society bought this structure on February 17, 1976 to house their collection the interior had been broken up into apartments and was in disrepair. They had 5 mortgages and Shirley had the pleasure of paying off the last one and burning the mortgage within 10 years of beginning the project.  It might be noted that in the beginning Bill and Shirley were the youngest members of the (seven member?) historical society - the next youngest we think was 80.

Bill put the counter-balanced cable cars from the Manitou Incline, mounted the on truck frames, and created the two-bit trolley. Shop-owners would take turns driving so each tour was unique. Great for shopping because a door opened at each seat.

And you thought lighting your house for the holidays was a chore! After retirement from the Air Force Bill strung these  thousands of lights for Miramont Castle Museum in Manitou Springs, Co. Surprisingly, Bill, the executive director of the historical society, did not count the lights.
The whole town began lighting their architectural features after that.

​USAFA building dedication ceremonies came under Bill's purview.

Fairchild Hall

8TH AIR FORCE

Almost everyone in the troupe signed Bill's poster on this memorable tour. See comments below 

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STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND
(Bill's wife, Shirley Ann Copp, signed her name 'SAC' when transferred to this air force.)

1 -THE ARAGON

2 - THE TRIANON

6 - THE BLACKHAWK RESTAURANT IN THE LOOP

DANCING
at 6 amazing places
(Vivid Memories)

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This page seems to be focusing on big buildings lately. No account of Bill's webography would be complete without showing you this edifice and mentioning the influence of the Broadmoor on the area in the 1950s and 60s. The resort was home to Olympic skaters and the golf club hosted the leading golfers (and I emphasize both women and men) of the day. You will soon see the stories associated with this grand lady on the Honorable Mention page.

Bill and Shirley admire the Citizens of the Year plaque given them by the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce for the 10,000 volunteer hours they worked over the years restoring Miramont Castle. The 1985 presentation may also have reflected Bill's development of a town trolley system by adapting the counter-balanced cable cars from the Manitou Incline pictured in front of Miramont at the right. 

Miramont was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 3, 1977. The structure has nine kinds of architecture and currently 42 rooms.

Harmon Hall

Twin Towers

Bill and Shirley had the opportunity to helicopter around New City with the head of the World Trade Center before 9/11

PLACEHOLDER FOR TYPEWRITER

The Broadmoor hotel much as it looked during the USAFA years. The four Tutt brothers purchased the hotel and brought it to this point when Bill met Thayer Tutt. He impressed Bill by using the fewest amount of words possible in his correspondence. The four brothers all died within a short period of time.

The goal of the photo array page is to give you a window on some things that happened in the last nine decades. We will attempt to caption each topic with the corresponding page. I don't do links. It is probably a good idea to also put the disclaimer here. If any image infringes on anyone's intellectual rights, we apologize and will remove it.

7TH AIR FORCE

One time a general said to my dad, "Copp do you even know what air force you're in?" As you can see it was confusing

William H. 'Wild Bill' Copp

ONE WHO CAME BACK

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5TH AIR FORCE

4- THE PALMER HOUSE
(and that's just the lobby!)

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DANCING
at 6 amazing places
(Vivid Memories)

The Broadmoor Resort as it exists today.
   It has been a 5 star hotel for 52 years.