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Please join your Super Sabre Society friends on 31 January 2018 for an unveiling and dedication ceremony of the Keith Ferris F-100 oil painting, at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Center near Dulles Int’l. Airport.

The Smithsonian will permanently display a high-resolution reproduction of the painting next to their static display F-100D. As you know, the painting depicts the aircraft taking off during the first day of the Tet Offensive. That is why we’ve chosen to hold this event on the 50th anniversary of Tet, which began on 31 January 1968.

The plan is for attendees to arrive at the Udvar-Hazy by the F-100 display for a 4 PM dedication ceremony. Street clothes are appropriate since it will be a cold winter day outside. The ceremony will last about 20-30 minutes and afterward, there will be time to return to the hotel and change for our dinner together.

A coat and tie dinner will begin about 6:30 PM in celebration of our newest addition to the museum. We’re so proud of our memorial, the painting, and the F-100D, 56-3440, that flew in Vietnam for six years, received battle damage numerous times and flew many missions during its 2,200 days there. 45 members have indicated they are interested in attending. We hope to see you there. Family and guests are welcome.

The SSS has reserved some hotel rooms at the Dulles Hilton Hotel for $149 plus tax. That includes breakfast. Please click on this link to reserve your room. ​

Keith Ferris
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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