National Geographic : 1965 Sep
Occidentals taking to Oriental ways, Maj. Leonard A. Hughes, Jr., and his family welcome their Japanese neighbor-landlord and his wife to their home for tea. Kimono-clad youngsters kneel on pads by the table. Major Hughes, a staff officer for the Pacific Air Forces' 441st Combat Support Group at Yokota Air Base near Tokyo, believes that adapting to foreign cul tures strengthens American ties with other lands. Flashing Super Sabres, part of the U. S. Air Forces in Eu rope, thunder across Tripoli, Libya. These F-100's, like all USAFE fighter planes, come to nearby Wheelus Air Base twice a year for desert gun nery practice. The Marine Hymn recalls a march to "the shores of Trip oli" in 1805; naval history records Commodore Stephen Decatur's battle with the Barbary pirates in this harbor. Row of toes of a huge reclin ing Buddha intrigues off-duty airmen at Bangkok's Wat Po. Stationed in Thailand, they help train the Thai Air Force.