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  • The Summer 2018 edition of our journal went to our printer on 29 June and was delivered to our mailing contractor on 6 July.   It is now winding its way through the process of getting your copy to you … wherever you are. It should......

  • Ft Wayne Flying Event June 17-23 Slide Show!!...

  • A A week-long flying the F-100 at The Fort Wayne at the Aero Center with Dean Cutshall and Super Sabre Society members. Photo credits …Cathe Johnson...

  • Medal of Honor Recipient Bud Day Posthumously Promoted Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein posthumously promoted former prison of war and Medal of Honor recipient retired Col. Bud Day to brigadier general during a summer concert series at the Air Force Memorial on Friday evening. Goldfein used......

  • Formerly called, "Decoration Day," and established to decorate the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers, the last Monday in May is now called, "Memorial Day," on which we honor the memory of those who have fallen during service to their country. The shopping malls will be full of sales; streets full of parades, flags, bent veterans and marching bands; hot dogs in backyards; laughing children; some fireworks; baseball games; small flags by white grave markers in Arlington and military cemeteries across the country. For we members of the Super Sabre Society, today has a special meaning – memories of friends gone, but well-remembered. We see their faces, hear their voices and remember their laughs – our friends, our classmates, squadron mates, wingmen, commanders. We flew together in good weather and bad, over land and water, day and night. We drank together in bars from Rangoon to Racine; deployed to Europe and North Africa, South America, the Middle East, and Asia. We sat nuclear alert and fought together dodging AAA, ground fire and SAMs, and a couple even had MiG encounters. We loved tankers, Sandys, Jolly Greens and PJ’s. We ran to bunkers under rocket and mortar attack. We scrambled from alert and pulled out all stops to support our ground troops....

  • Half our daily website traffic reads Biographies…about 150 each day....

  • To date, we have added and updated 595 bio pages for members. We began with 100 just over a year ago. There are still more than 700 to go and we are making progress every week. Why does this matter? Every journey, every narrative, every......

  • I had the pleasure of working for Jack VanLoan for two years as Squadron/Group Commander…he loved to visit Patrick AFB and fly our OV-10’s! I admire him for being a man of his word, click the link below to see his interview about his time......

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  • Lance LaGrange was raised in Maspeth, NY and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York with a BSEE Degree. He also graduated at the top of his USAF pilot training class 68A at Craig AFB. His first operational assignment was flying F- 100s with the  306th......

Headed West

  • SSS member Jerry A., Hallman, USAF (Ret) 79 headed west after a six-week battle with lung cancer. Jerry died peacefully at home in Gulfport, Florida, on July 8, 2018, surrounded by love. Jerry was born on May 2, 1939 in Fort Valley, Georgia and graduated......

  • SSS member Daniel O’Brien Walsh headed west May 30, 2018. Dan was born on July 22, 1930, in Des Moines, Iowa to Robert E and Cecilia O’Brien Walsh. Shortly after his birth the family moved to St. Paul, MN. Dan attended Cretin High School graduating......

  • Super Sabre Society member Richard “Bubba” Heinisch, 83, of Kansas City, Missouri, headed west Friday, May 4, 2018, at NorthCare Hospice House. He was born August 7, 1934 in Topeka, KS, to parents Alfred and Rose Heinisch. He attended Hayden High School and St. Benedict’s......

  • Lance LaGrange was raised in Maspeth, NY and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York with a BSEE Degree. He also graduated at the top of his USAF pilot training class 68A at Craig AFB. His first operational assignment was flying F- 100s with the  306th......

  • Clayton E. Fox, February 9, 1933 – February 4, 2018, an early F-100 pilot, headed west, surrounded by family and friends, in Mountain View, California, on February 4th, 2018. Clay was born in Rockford, Illinois, and grew up in Marengo, where he attended high school.......

  • James A. (Jim) Bustle, Lt. Col. (USAF Ret.), 86, of Alexandria, LA,  Headed West November 21, 2017. Jim proudly served our country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War as an F-100 fighter pilot and later with the 23rd TAC Fighter Wing as an......

  • Lt. Col Donald L. Abbott, USAF (Ret) Headed West October 16, 2017.  Don was born November 23, 1932 to Gerald L. and Bertha M. (Roberts) Abbott of Maple Rapids. Don graduated from USAF Pilot training class 54F (1964) and was selected to fly USAF Fighters. He......

  • Jon Prescott Haddock Headed West – A gathering of family and friends for Jon Prescott Haddock, 77, will be held in Columbia, S.C., Friday, April 13, 2018 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Interment will be held at a later......

  • James Thomas “Jim” Harwood (87), of Hot Springs, Arkansas headed west March 10, 2018.  He was born Feb. 2, 1931, in Jonesboro, Ark., to Thomas and Pauline (Summers) Harwood. He is predeceased by his son, Raymond; brother, Marc; and sister, Joan. Jim is survived by......

  • Remembrance of Ron Bewley by SSS member Jerry Wetterling Ron and I went, consecutively, through Class 68A at Vance AFB, OK, F-100 RTU Class 68FR at Cannon AFB, NM, and were also together in the 31st Wing at Tuy Hoa AB, RVN, June ’68 to......