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The 50th Anniversary of the TET Offensive at the  Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum

This event was managed by the Bob “Hoppy” Hopkins from start to finish: the concept, the artist, the financing, getting Udvar-Hazy approval, dinner, et al.  The airplane, the lightbox, the airfoils, the now-enshrined and engraved Wall of Honor are all a fitting SSS monument to our legacies and heritage.

The Misty Pilot’s bank account was used to buy a pig-in-the-poke, just trusting the Smithsonian staff with $10,000 and a couple of concept sketches rushed into production. The museum came through and the lightbox dramatically enhances the painting!

Keith Ferris Painting

What’s New

  • This just in from SSS President Don Shepperd   Richard “Dick” Pietro calls me from Mexico with his tale of real estate woe, telling me he wants to stop thru Tucson on the way home and take me to lunch in a nice restaurant, dress......

  • A new guestbook entry on the Misty website by William Jones (son of Glenn Jones, Misty #3), will remind us of how important it is to share our history with our families and the public at large.  “Thanks to all who work to keep this......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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 kferris303@aol.com 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......

  • USAF/CIA North American F-100A Slick Chick An early F-100A the least known reconnaissance aircraft of the Cold War was the North American ‘Slick Chick’. In the early 1950’s, before the development of the U2, it had become apparent to CIA and USAF intelligence chiefs that......

  • SSS Members…. We’ve been fortunate to have an amazing writer and artist on contract for the past six months and she’s already compiled and/or updated 100 of our bios and pilot stories. Mary Elizabeth  “MB” Barrett uses interviews and researches our history to add to our......

Headed West

  • SSS Member Henry “Hank” Gallmeyer, 75, headed west on February 2, 2018, at Adams Memorial Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. Hank leaves behind many life-long, dedicated friends, and a loving family, especially his faithful wife of nearly 52 years of marriage, Carolyn, and......

  • SSS charter member Robert J. Eccles, of Bridgewater, NJ passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Robert was born in Alexandria, VA to John H. and Lillian “Jane” Eccles. After graduating from Bernards High School in Bernardsville, NJ, Robert married his high school sweetheart, Jean Ortman......

  •  LT. COL. ALEXANDER MCDERMONT, 78, U.S. Air Force, Retired, passed away December 2, 2017, with his loving family and spiritual advisor by his side. Alex was born April 22, 1939, in Hollywood, California. He was raised in Atherton, northern California. After graduating from Oregon State......

  • Lt. Col. (ret.) Donald Langston Headed West  Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Donald Langston was born 1935 in Arkansas and grew up in Springfield, MO. He joined the USAF and graduated from pilot training with the aviation cadets in June 1955 at the top of his class.......

  • Alfred “Fred” Westerberg, Jr. (Colonel, Ret.) Colonel Westerberg started his Air Force career at Luke, AFB in Arizona in 1963. In 1967 Fred joined the New Jersey Air National Guard (NJANG), a relationship that would last until 26 years. His flying career was not limited......

  • 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......

  • SSS Member Lt. Col. Sam R. Winborn, Jr. USAF Ret of Allen, Texas headed west October 24, 2017, at the age of 82. Sam is survived by his wife, Tonai; daughters, Jennifer Gwydir and husband, Ernst, Karen Sinor, and Samatha Myers and husband, Ryan; grandchildren,......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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,......