The last destination for nine weary cartoonists on this fantastic USO tour was Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey. Adana is in south central section of Turkey above Lebanon and Israel. However, before making our way there, I managed to snap a few shots of locals in the Istanbul airport where we had a layover.
Armed Forces Television also did a piece on us while we visited Adana. While I was over at the base store, they interviewed the guys who were drawing over at the bowling alley. I heard later from someone stationed in Djibouti that he saw the report on television all the way over there, so it went out to all our troops who had access to the military’s media feed.
While striking pins was a goal, I managed to prove on an air base that you don’t need an airplane to become airborne. When bowling, never ever ever step across that line. I did so accidentally, and found myself getting some very real air before landing with a thud flat on my back on the alley. While no one had their cameras ready for my wingless flight, Rick Kirkman remembered it well enough to commit it to paper later.