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Please join your Super Sabre Society friends on 31 January 2018 for an unveiling and dedication ceremony of the Keith Ferris F-100 oil painting, at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Center near Dulles Int’l. Airport.

The Smithsonian will permanently display a high-resolution reproduction of the painting next to their static display F-100D. As you know, the painting depicts the aircraft taking off during the first day of the Tet Offensive. That is why we’ve chosen to hold this event on the 50th anniversary of Tet, which began on 31 January 1968.

The plan is for attendees to arrive at the Udvar-Hazy by the F-100 display for a 4 PM dedication ceremony. Street clothes are appropriate since it will be a cold winter day outside. The ceremony will last about 20-30 minutes and afterward, there will be time to return to the hotel and change for our dinner together.

A coat and tie dinner will begin about 6:30 PM in celebration of our newest addition to the museum. We’re so proud of our memorial, the painting, and the F-100D, 56-3440, that flew in Vietnam for six years, received battle damage numerous times and flew many missions during its 2,200 days there. 45 members including Fast Eddie Levell have indicated they are interested in attending. We hope to see you there. Family and guests are welcome.

The SSS has reserved some hotel rooms at the Dulles Hilton Hotel for $149 plus tax. That includes breakfast. Please click on this link to reserve your room.

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  • SSS member Colonel Willard Selleck Gideon, 85, of Mt. Pleasant, widower of Jeannine H. Gideon headed west on October 10, 2016. Burial will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.  He was born on June 3, 1931 in Takoma Park, MD, son of the late Willard Gideon and Eloise (Selleck) Gideon. He graduated from Washington and Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia in 1949. After attending Butler Prep School, he enlisted in......

  • Our newest SSS member, Lieutenant Hayden J. Lockhart, was the first USAF Pilot to be shot down and captured during the Vietnam War. He was shot down March 2, 1965, while flying an F-100 Super Sabre with the 613th Tactical Fighter Squadron on flak suppression on a North Vietnam ammo dump. Hayden’s element Lead was young Capt. Harv Damschen, who saw 40 feet of flame coming from Hayden’s F-100 and transmitted “better get out” to......

  • The Fall 2017 edition of our journal went to our printer and was approved for publication on 31 October (Halloween).  It is now winding its way through the process of getting your copy to you … wherever you are.  The print job went to our mailing contractor today, 9 November 2017, and the finished documents should be put into the USPS First Class, Pre-Sorted Mail on Monday, 13 November 2017.  So, expect to see it in your mail-boxes a few days later, depending on how far you live away from Ft. Worth, TX. Meanwhile, you can go to our website and explore the contents of Issue 35 and other information about our journal....

  • The briefing rooms are empty now, only echoes of flying boots and voices, long ago and far away: “Time hack, 5,4,3,2,1, HACK. Lineup card, I’m lead, #2…3…4. Engine start, 0800, check-in 0810, taxi 0815. Takeoff 0840. Takeoff data’s on the card. Emergency of the day is…The weather’s 800-3, light rain for takeoff. En route should be OK, 2500-5, broken clouds, no rain. Range weather, good, scattered clouds. The weather is moving from the west, predicting......

  • JOE CARUSO FOR PRESIDENT!  Our former Misty “admin clerk,” Joe Caruso, MSgt USAF (GS-13, ret.) created a dynamite program for our 50th reunion of the Misty F-100 Fast FACs of the Vietnam War. 68 Mistys, and their spouses attended. The Ramada Beach Resort treated us splendidly with soft pillows, air conditioning, a dedicated “Whisky Room” for war stories.  There was even a sparkling beach for those with the courage to wear their bikinis and Speedos.......

  • The sales of the the F-100 lithographs thru the SSS website is closed. However, there are still 8 of the Litho’s available. You may contact Keith Ferris at to purchase one....

  • SSS Member Arnold “Eb” Ebneter had 1200 flying hours when he entered USAF Pilot Training in 1953 as an Aviation Cadet and snagged an F-86, followed by an F-100 in 1955.  He’s had an amazing flying career and has meticulous records of the early “supersonic flight” era.   The Story begins….18 January 1955 – Eglin AFB, Florida – F86F 24759 “It’s a big airplane and mean and ugly-looking – but right now it’s grounded because the......

  • SSS Member John A Stottlemyer, 84, headed west after complications from Lymphoma on Thursday, October 12, 2017. He spent his last days peacefully with his family gathered around him. John was born on February 16, 1933, in Dayton, Ohio to Doris and Samuel Stottlemyer. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eleanor; sister and brother in law Ann and Ted Hardy; children Karen Payne (Dan), John Stottlemyer (Randi), Amy Campbell (Joe), Beth Battreall......

  • Robert L. Finkenstaedt, Jr. Major, USAF (Ret) Jun 5, 1940 – Oct 9, 2017 was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He graduated from Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois, the University of Denver, and received his Master’s Degree from Pepperdine University. A proud veteran of the United States Air Force, Bob flew the F-100 in Vietnam and also served as a Forward Air Controller in the 0-1. During his 23-year military career, he lived in many......

  • SSS member Robert Leroy Groshner, Col, USAF (Ret) headed west unexpectedly in Loudon, TN on September 14, 2017. He spent his final week doing the things he loved most: golfing, sipping a martini, and spending quality time with loved ones. Known by most as Bob, he had a smile that spread from ear to ear.  He was born to Roy L. Baker and Addie Elizabeth McMillen in Meadville, Pennsylvania on August 11, 1938. After his......