29 January 1991 – An American F-15C shot down an IRAF MiG-23 fleeing to Iran with an AIM-7 missile. “During the Air War over Iraq, the mighty Eagle proved to be a very robust airframe, bringing back its pilots after suffering serious damages. After the first ten days of the first Gulf Air War, to
Allan E. Bartels, Jr.
My life really didn’t begin when I checked out in the Super Sabre, it just seemed so.
I finished flying school, went to Willie (Williams AFB, AZ) for gunnery in the F-86 and was then assigned to Myrtle (Myrtle Beach AFB, NC) to the 333rd squadron.
Being a brown bar, I had to wait my turn to check out in the Hun (F-100). Actually, I got to Myrtle before any of the wing’s Huns had arrived. My classmates and I took turns flying the two F-80s and the four T-birds the wing had.
Six or seven months later it was my turn fly the Sabre. There were no F (2-seater) models so I was chased by my IP and Flight Commander. He actually burned me on my Officer Effectiveness Report (OER) for poor judgment because I did an aileron roll on my let down to the traffic pattern.
We were a Fighter Day outfit so shooting at the rag was the prime combat readiness hurdle. I lucked out and got the highest score in the wing (definitely not mentioned on that OER).
It was a week later that one of my peers beat my score on the rag anyway so I volunteered to take an assignment to Okinawa. It was there that my new squadron helped me mature into a real Hun driver.
From Okie I went to Cannon, then Hahn Germany, then Bien Hoa AB, South Vietnam; and Luke AFB in Arizona, and I was dual-qualified in the F-100 and A-7.
I did a tour at Korat AFB, Thailand in the A-7 and then went back to the F-100 as the advisor to the Air Guard unit in Tucson, AZ. I expanded that job into a five-year stint before I retired.
I finished my career with 3300 hours in the F-100 and 1600 hours of A-7 with other time (F-86, F-80, T-33) adding up to a mile of jet time. I “deadsticked” one F100 and bailed out of one, but all else was normal. (see Al’s Caterpillar story)
My wife’s name is Nancy, we live in Litchfield Park, AZ.