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The F-100 Super Sabre Legacy Begins

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.

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