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  • An Ace 50 Years in the Making | Before Top Gun, there was Lt. Gen. Charles G. “Chick” Cleveland. And unlike today’s era of unmanned predator drones, Cleveland was at the controls during the dawn of the jet age, engaged in aerial dogfights over the infamous “MIG Alley” during the Korean War. His designation of “ace” was not made official for more than 50 years, but thanks to a lifelong friend and a little help from the Soviet Union, Cleveland’s place among the flying stars was eventually assured. His biography, Once a Fighter Pilot, was published in 2012....

  •   February 1, 1946 – August 4, 2016 SSS Member William John Lamb—Bill to his friends, “Chops” to his fellow pilots—was born February 1st, 1946 in Mineola, NY to William and Doris Lamb. Bill grew up primarily in Lake Oswego, OR, attending Jesuit High School and the University of Portland. It was at the University of Portland that Bill met Janie Lei Smiddy, his wife of forty-eight years. They both graduated in 1968. An ROTC......

  • OSHKOSH, Wisconsin-Legendary airshow performer R.A. Bob Hoover almost "Went West" on the eve of this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh due to life-threatening anemia. It could have deprived his body of oxygen as effectively as carbon monoxide poisoning. Fortunately, Dr. Robert Liddell was visiting the 94-year-old Hoover at his home in Palos Verdes, California. Liddell, who was director of aviation medicine for Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (nee Civil Aviation Authority) from 1988 to 1997, noted Hoover's shortness of breath and other signs of anemia. He immediately called a local hospital to order blood tests....

  •   SSS Member Lt Col (Ret) Frank C. Gioco, age 80, of Tucson, AZ headed west  July 20, 2016. He was born in Methuen, MA, in 1936. Frank served in the United States Air Force for 21 years as a fighter pilot and was the recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses and nine air medals. He then graduated from the University of Arizona with majors in real estate and finance before He subsequently owned and......

  • SSS member Garrett Lynn Redeske headed west July 12, 2016. He graduated from Minnehaha Academy in June 1959. and began his college career at the University of Minnesota in September 1959. His engineering courses in Chemistry, Math and Physics as well as Biostatistics from the U of M Medical School helped Garrett obtain his job with Pillsbury Flour Mills in 1962, whose world headquarters was in Minneapolis, setting up statistical quality control procedures for Pillsbury world-wide....

  • Our team was flying low level in spread formation from Fairbanks to Elmendorf in 1960 when I felt a pretty good vibration … and then things smoothed out. I climbed to about 2,000 AGL, and one of the wingmen took this photo. We continued to Elmendorf, had no cross wind and landed without a  problem! Our Maintenance crew replaced the rudder and we flew the next day! Neil L. Eddins...

  • Good news: The second decade of our three-times-a-year journal begins when Issue 31 goes to the printer on 5 July 2016. It should be mailed from Fort Worth, TX, on 13 July via USPS First Class and in your hands soon thereafter (how soon depending on your whereabouts). We think you will be pleasantly surprised with this issue, the first published in our phased transition from Editor Medley Gatewood to Editor John Schulz. Here’s a sneak peek of the Front Cover and Table of Contents on page 2....

  • Happy 4th of July to those who came before us and gave us our freedom; to those who were in cockpits, in alert shacks and on flightlines with us to maintain it and to those who are fighting now to assure it’s future – it is our honor to have served this great country – GOD BLESS AMERICA! FROM THE BOARD AND OFFICERS OF THE SUPER SABRE SOCIETY: Shep, Eddie, Hoppy, Dick, Jim, Dave, JJ, Medley,......

  • “One day we were going off to fly and I had forgotten it, and I got out to the airplane and I thought, ‘Oh crap I don’t have my scarf,’ so I quick grabbed the Jeep and went back and got it,” Haerter recalled. “It was almost like it would have been very bad mojo if I hadn’t.” Nancy, their sons, Chris and Matt, and their grandson Nicholas were on hand for Haerter’s flight at......

  • Photo Courtesy of Jon A. Reynolds 429th TFS, Cannon Deployed to Incirlik AB Turkey, June-Oct 1962 Front Row: Buchanan, Shoenberger, Col Mel Hodges C.O,, Walter Savage, Ops, Doughea, Paape, Graltwohl, Sam Shirk. Second Row: Woody Hall, Bob Revisky, Fredericks, Rick Goddard, Jon Reynolds, Al Vogelin, Baker. Third Row: Dick Nelson, Vince Kelly, John Leight, Bon Roksoz, Unknown, Tom Rush, Bob Wilcox Orange Suit: John Downey Back Row: Unknown, Dick Gibbons, Flight Surgeon (Unk) Note:  The next......