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Keith Ferris

Draft Keith Ferris F-100 “oil study”

Lithographs ordered

F-100 Lithograph signed by Keith Ferris

The draft below shows F-100D “440” launching at twilight on the first day of the 1968 Tet Offensive. This “oil study” is a draft the 20”H by 30”W Lithograph. Only 25 of these signed and numbered prints remain at $250 plus $15 S&H ($265). Keith Ferris has started this project (see details here).

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  • Charles “Chuck” William McClarren, Colonel, USAF retired, passed away on Sunday, July 30, after a battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born on July 26, 1930, in Spencer, IN. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950, and in 1952 he was accepted into Aviation Cadets and was awarded the Jet Flying Award when he graduated from Officer and Pilot Training. Chuck was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and pilot. In 1954, he was assigned as......

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  •   Robert (Bob) Ellsworth Jamison was born in Artesian, SD on September 10th, 1930 and headed west August 2nd, 2017. After graduating from Washington High School in 1949, Bob began his military service at 17 when he enlisted in the SD Air Guard as an aircraft mechanic. He was activated for service in the Korean War and upon his return was selected for pilot training. On December 26th, 1953 he married the girl next door,......

  • Super Sabre Society member Walter J. Rabe, Col USAF (Ret) headed west on July 23, 2017, at age 83. He is survived by his wife, Janet, five daughters, one son, and nine grandchildren. In 1957 as a cadet at West Point, Carl Rabe marched along the parade route during the Inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Sixty years later his grandson, Ethan Rabe, a Fishburne Military School student was one of the members of the corps......

  • Hello SSS Members! It’s been a busy month and I’m excited about publishing the stories many of you have submitted. There have been quite a few new bios added and many more updated with the new format or new information. Some good Caterpillar stories are available, see Charlie Summers’ bio and find out about his Security Blanket and read the harrowing story of Bruce Gold and Larry Peters. A short bio story by Don Delauter......

  • John Roderick Wilson Headed West April 24, 2017, two days after his 87th birthday. He died peacefully, surrounded by family. Raised in Garden City, New York, in high school he was a champion wrestler, all-star soccer player, and president of the student council. He graduated Colgate University ’52, Delta Kappa Epsilon. John had had three careers, each highly successful, which reflected his patriotism and vibrant personality. “Truly a giant among men. John was always going......

  • 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 of an ammo dump. Lockhart’s F-100 was hit by ground fire, he ejected, and his chute was seen on the ground. Forty-five minutes later a rescue helicopter recovered his chute and helmet but there was no......

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  • Bruce Gold and Larry Peters share their story of a harrowing night mission during the Battle of Dak To. See their bios for an account of this pivotal battle. Here are the direct links: Bruce Larry...

  • SSS member Joseph S. Gordy, Jr., 87, Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret) of Greeley headed west on Feb. 9, 2017. He was born Sept. 30, 1929, to Joe and Vada (Gladish) Gordy, on a farm east of Weinert, Texas, where he grew up and attended school. On Sept. 3, 1949, Joe married Helen I. Rothe, at Cheyenne, Wyoming. He first enlisted in the Army Air Force on June 12, 1947, and served as an F-100 Crew......