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  • Join the National Aviation Hall of Fame at the 2018 induction ceremony to be held in the breathtaking National Building Museum in Washington, DC on September 28th.  On that evening we will again proudly present an event worthy of the title, “The Oscar Night of Aviation.”  Surrounded by the grand columns within the facility built to provide pensions to America’s Civil War veterans, the NAHF Board of Trustees and staff are planning the most spectacular Enshrinement to date....

  • 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......

Headed West

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  • SSS member Ronald Schaertl, 89, headed west while at Windcrest Nursing Home in Fredericksburg, Texas on May 1, 2018. He was born in New York City on Sept 1, 1928 to the late George and Iva (Beavers) Schaertl. He spent most of his youth in......

  • Colonel Donald M Majors, USAF, (Ret) 82 headed west on July 30, 2018, with his loving wife Marcia by his side. He was born on February 27, 1936 to Elmer and Lavelle Majors, born in Kelso, WA. After graduating from the University of Washington he......

  • Bill Acker – Headed West, July 24, 2018 SSS member Bill Acker headed west July 24, 2018. He is survived by Nadine Acker and they reside in the Army Residence Community. Visitation is scheduled for Monday, Aug 6th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in San Antonio, TX at......

  • LtCol Bobby McClinton USAF (Ret)  a Super Sabre Society charter member headed west July 18, 2018 after a 10 year battle with Lymphoma cancer. A Visitation is planned Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Wiley Funeral Home, 400 E U.S. Hwy 377, Granbury,......

  • 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.......