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  • Col  Kenneth “Sam” Alton Shealy. USAF (Ret)  87, headed west on September 17, 2016. He is survived by wife, Marjorie A. Shealy, daughter Pamela K. Vann and son-in-law Thomas Vann, Colleen M. Moore, Susan L. Gaeta, Daniel S. Shealy and daughter-in-law Alison M. Shealy. Also surviving grandchildren Rachael (Mike) Sorboro, Patrick Moore, Connor Moore, Alexandria Gaeta, Danielle Gaeta, Callie Shealy, and Samantha Shealy. The Shealy family received friends from visitation and viewing on September 21, from......

  • Loving spouse of SSS Charter Member/Secretary Art Oken, Jeanette “Jenny” Frances Oken, 79, headed west on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Jenny was a devoted Air Force wife, mother and grandmother. She worked in real estate as a mortgage broker and as a paralegal at a law firm. Jenny married Arthur in Destin, FL in May of 1969. She loved to garden and was a graduate of Murphy High School. Jenny is preceded in death by......

  • This is an emotional day for me, but for reasons you may not understand. It is NOT because my name is on this airplane but for what it represents. This aircraft happened because of Lt. Gen. (ret) Sid Clarke, former Director of the Air National Guard – Sid Clarke understood the importance of history and culture and where we as Guard men and women came from and who gave it to us and why we......

  • On or about 1 October all Regular and Charter SSS members will receive an email with a link to your ballot for this election. When you get it, just click on the link provided and follow the directions. Do not forward that email to a friend. Your ballot can only be voted once and it can only be accessed thru that email. The voting will end on 31 Oct. Only Regular and Charter members can vote in this election. Those who do not have an email account listed with the SSS, will be mailed a paper ballot on or about the first of October. SSS Election Committee Dewey Clawson Jerry "Killer" Key Bill "Bullet" McDonald...

  • 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...