The first test pilot of the F-100 Super Sabre was George Welch. Born George Lewis Schwartz in May of 1918, his parents changed his name for fear of anti-German-sentiment. Welch grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of a research chemist at Dupont.
After graduation from St. Andrew’s School in 1936, he attended Purdue University for three years, studying mechanical engineering. In 1939 he joined the Army Air Corps, serving in WWII, becoming a Flying Ace and a Medal of Honor nominee. George Welch is one of the few P-40 pilots to engage Japanese forces in air combat during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The National Air and Space Museum Wall of Honor representative has agreed to import about 600 of our most complete SSS website Biographies during the next few months. We currently have about 1000 bio's online, and this ...03 January, 2019 No comment 0 Likes
We have to start this New Year with a huge “Thank You” to Don Shepperd. Several of you have already done so, but I want to add that we owe him a huge debt of gratitude for all he has accomplished while he was president....03 January, 2019 No comment 0 Likes
Super Sabre Society member Air Force Lt. Col. A. T. Ballard, Jr., 87, of Spartanburg, SC, died Thursday, May 23, 2019. Lt. Col. Ballard was the second son of nine children born to Arthur T. Ballard, Sr. and Carrie DeStaf...16 July, 2019 No comment 0 Likes
Col. John “Jack” Gilchrist “Headed West” July 7, 2019 SSS Member Jack Gilchrist passed away suddenly on July 7, 2019. He had been admitted to the hospital two weeks earlier for kidney stones. Unfo...08 July, 2019 No comment 0 Likes
“Misty 101” James A. Nugent “Headed West” May 26, 2019 Col. James (Jim) Andra Nugent (USAF, Ret.), died May 26 at the VA Hospice in Lexington, KY. Jim graduated from Tioga High School in 1958 and went on to a distinguish...05 July, 2019 No comment 0 Likes
Colonel Douglas R Young of Henderson, NV (USAF, Ret.) “Headed West”, May 21, 2019. Doug was born on January 29, 1938, to Burton H and Marjorie D (Reiniger) Young of Rathdrum, Idaho. He graduated from Washing...27 June, 2019 No comment 0 Likes
Leaving behind a legacy of love for his family and country. Our dad, “Grandpa Don” passed away peacefully with his two daughters Janet and Kirsten by his side. Don is also survived by his jokester son-in-laws Butch ( Jan...28 May, 2019 No comment 1 Like
Super Sabre Society Charter member George Forster (10/3/1938-4/27/2019) flew the F-100 with the 481TFS; 612TFS; 615TFS; 613TFSHeadedWest. George was awarded the Silver Star in Vietnam. According to Facebook posts, George...28 April, 2019 No comment 0 Likes
Former POW, Col. USAF (Ret) Murphy Neal Jones services were at Arlington Cemetary, April 26, at 9AM. A flyby was completed by the Tactical Air Command’s 23rd Fighter Wing, Moody AFB, GA (74th FS – 4 A-10’s)....26 April, 2019 No comment 6 Likes