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  • Well known aviation artist and Associate SSS member  Keith Ferris and SSS CEO Hoppy Hopkins working on a rough sketch of what will be a full color, oil on canvas painting of the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center’s F-100D, Serial No. 56-3440.   _________________________________ This working sketch portrays a 3rd TFW combat loaded “Hun” at liftoff on the first evening of the Vietnam Tet Offensive, 31 January 1968. [Where were YOU at that historic time?]......

  • An Associate SSS Member, Jim flew west on 18 NOV 2015, at the time a resident of Manteca, CA. There was no official obituary, but here’s a bit of info on him and his unique history with the Super Sabre Society. When Original Editor & Publisher of our journal, Ron Standerfer, was ramping up a process to produce and publish “The Intake,” he learned that Charter Member Ben Allen had a brother (Jim) who was......

  • When you’re preflighting an airplane that has just rolled out of the factory, you expect it to be perfect. But every pilot knows that perfection is elusive in aviation, and simple mistakes can snowball into disastrous mishaps within seconds. First Lieutenant Barty R. Brooks found that out the hard way on January 10, 1956. That afternoon Brooks and two other U.S. Air Force pilots reported to North American Aviation Corporation’s Palmdale, Calif., factory and signed acceptance papers for three shiny new F-100C Super Sabres. The three men, members of the 1708th Ferrying Wing, Detachment 12, based at Kelly Air Force Base in Texas, would be flying the “Huns” to their new duty station at George Air Force Base, barely a 10-minute hop to the southeast, at Victorville. For the ferry pilots, who routinely trained to deliver new planes across oceans, the day’s assignment must have seemed like a walk in the park....

  • SSS member Leo Joseph Canavan, Jr. headed West on November 19, 2016 at the age of 81. Leo is survived by his loving wife, Logan Iin Canavan, his daughters, Susan Ellis and husband Velton Ellis, Shae McKean, Sissy Letchman and husband Chuck Letchman, and Jennifer Stephens and husband Joe Stephens. After having five girls, he was finally blessed with his only son, Curtis Ryan Canavan. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Leo......

  • Happy Thanksgiving As we sit down today with family and friends for meals of turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce, we are reminded that there are many things for which to be thankful: We are thankful that our forefathers founded a great nation based upon freedom. We are thankful that wise men along the way saw fit to preserve the Union. We are thankful that courageous men in history fought to save our way of life......

  • SSS member Warren “Van” Vanderburgh, 74, headed west November 17, 2016. He was an extraordinary man. He was a fighter pilot and 14 time Top Gun. He retired from the Air Force but loved the flying fighters so much joined the reserves (Some play golf, he flew fighters on weekends). He flew 27 years in fighter and and was an American Airlines captain for 32 years. He retired from both. He built a private corporate......

  • Paper ballots: 98 ballots sent USPS. 44 ballots returned. Vice President 44 votes cast Edward R. “Eddie” Bracken – 32 Lester G. “Les” Frazier – 12 Director at Large: 44 votes cast Richard “Dick” Pietro – 34 David G. “Dave” Mosby Mosby – 10 Votes submitted via Survey Monkey: 1272 ballots sent For VP: 693 votes cast Edward R. “Eddie” Bracken – 478 Lester G. “Les” Frazier – 215 Director at Large: 643 votes cast Richard “Dick” Pietro......

  • From Covey FAC, Tim Eby I Enjoyed the AOPA video about the guys flying the Hun one-more-time. I was an OV-10 Covey FAC, Covey 540 in the 20th TASS based at Pleiku and flying the Laotian mission, 1970-71.  I may be your best non-Hun qualified fan. You guys were the most professional, most accurate, most reliable guys that we FACs worked.  Apparently the feeling was mutual, as one flight lead invited me to come down......

  • Super Sabre Society Veterans Day Message It started with our grandparents, then it was our parents and aunts and uncles, then it was us, and now our kids and grandkids. Veterans all, we answered the nation’s call, not for money, not for fame, but for our country and for each other. We recall the trenches of WWI with aerial combat swirling above in cloth airplanes; the beaches of WWII and 800-plane bomber strikes deep into......

  • SSS member Clarence P. “CP” Bell (82) headed west September 12, 2016 following a long illness.   Interment was at the Missouri Veterans’ Cemetery, Springfield, MO. CP served as the 74th TFS Squadron Commander at England AFB. LA and  as an F-100 Pilot earlier in the 48FBW/492FBS, Luke AFB and during combat tour in Viet Nam. His last assignment after HQ TAC was to Clovis AFB, N.M., as the Wing DCM. Next CP and Mona moved to their......