Bill Rippy

Preferred Name: Bill
Nickname/Call Sign: Bill
Date Of Birth: October 2, 1930
Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, O-6
Hometown: LaPorte, IN

Civilian Education

  • BA, Wabash College(3 yrs)
  • North Carolina State University(2yrs)
  • George Washinton University
  • Maxwell AFB Annex (1yr)

Units Assigned

  • Oct. 1951-Dec.1952 Basic flight training, Mauldin,MO. Advanced flight training Goodfellow AFB, TX and Big Spring AFB, TX.
  • 1953 49TH TFW, 8TH FBS, Kunsan AB, Korea, F-84G, . Squadron moved to Misawa AB, Japan after the July ‘ 53 Truce
  • 1954-1958 31ST SFW, 7TH TFS, Turner AFB, GA, F-84G, F-84F, F-100D&F, TDY Edwards AFB, 1955, 2 Mos. Phase 2 Testing XF-11, No. 45 of First 101 Pilots (ONEO-WONDERS) to Fly The Voodoo
  • 1958-1960 354 TFW, 352 TFS, Myrtle Beach AFB, SC, F-100D&F,
  • 1962-1964 355TH TFW, Job Control Officer and Test Pilot, George AFB, CA, F-105,
  • 1965-1966 TAC HQS, Langley AFB, VA
  • 1966-1967 10TH Fighter Commando Squadron, 3RD TFW, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam, F-5,
  • 1967-1970 Director of Operations, Operations & Plans, USAF Academy, CO,
  • 1971-1972 TAC HQS, Langley AFB, VA
  • 1972-1974 HQS MASSTER, US ARMY, West Fort Hood, TX

Military Education

  • Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, 1958
  • Command And Staff College, MaxwellAFB, 1964-1965
  • Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA, 1970-1971

Comments

– A member of the 1954 Far East Air Force Special Weapons Gunnery Team, and participated in the First Air Force All Jet Gunnery Meet as a 2ND LT.
– Right wing of the short-lived “Sacrojet” Aerobatic team, Turner AFB, 1956 (Until the Sec.of Air Force commanded all teams but the Thunderbirds to cease and desist).
– Dead Sticked Two F-84s and ejected from one in the traffic pattern, all within a 6 month period at Turner AFB, GA.
– Flew 267 combat missions in Vietnam
– And to top it all off, I believe I had the distinctive privilege of giving one of our greatest fighter jocks, B/Gen. Robin Olds, his last Air Force instrument flight check while still at the Academy. I could be wrong on the “last” check, but I think he was assigned to Norton AFB a few months after I left the Academy.

Bill G. Rippy


Preferred Name: Bill

Nickname/Call Sign: Bill

Date of Birth: October 2, 1930

Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, 06

Hometown: LaPorte, IN

Biography

1000+ Hun hours
One of the keepers of Ramrod (the python) at Bien Hoa.
Designer of the F-4 Puke patch for Lakenheath downgrade from Hun to F 4
Since Retirement- consultant and trainer in Project Management
(President – The Dayton Group Inc).
When I Grow Up: Be a grandpa (have five grandchildren, potential for more) ial for more)

Active Rotarian: Currently leading an international project to provide sanctuary for AIDS orphans rescued from the most dangerous slum in Africa. Making orphans rescued from the most dangerous slum in Africa. Making the sanctuary (in the the sanctuary (in the Kenyan countryside) energy (wind/solar electric, bio- Kenyan countryside) energy (wind/solar electric, bio-gas), water and food self gas), water and food self gas), water and food self-sufficient while sufficient while providing education and health care for the kids. Details at Kenya Link – t Kenya Link – www.DaytonRotary.com.A natural follow- . A natural follow-on to the civic action work while in Vietnam as a on to the civic action work while in Vietnam as a Hun driver – Hun driver – the most rewarding experience you can imagine.

Units Assigned

  • 1966 – 4517 TFTS Luke AFB, AZ (Hun checkout)
  • 1967 – 355 TFS Myrtle Beach AFB, SC (F-100)
  • 1968 – 531 TFS Bien Hoa AB, RVN (F-100). 148 missions. Civic action officer.
  • 1969-1973 – 492 TFS RAF Lakenheath, UK (F-100 then an F-4 Puke)
  • 1974-1980 F-15 SPO (Managed worldwide F 15 deployment – SATAF Field Support).
  • RPI position 1979-80: checked out in F-15. WPAFB OH
  • 1980-1982 50 FTS Columbus AFB, MS (T-38 Ops Officer)
  • 1982-1986 F-15 SPO Deputy Program Manager – Logistics. WPAFB OH
  • 1986-1992 HQ AFLC – Tactical Logistics, Vice Commander – Logistics Operations Center.
  • Project Manager – AFMC Integrated Weapon System Management. WPAFB OH

Flight Info

Awards

Military Education

  • MS Systems Management, AFIT (Residence)
  • WPAFB, OH – 1974

Civilian Education

  • AB Math Washington Univ, St. Louis, MO ROTC
  • AB Math Washington Univ, St. Louis, MO ROTC-1965
Biography

Biography

1000+ Hun hours
One of the keepers of Ramrod (the python) at Bien Hoa.
Designer of the F-4 Puke patch for Lakenheath downgrade from Hun to F 4
Since Retirement- consultant and trainer in Project Management
(President – The Dayton Group Inc).
When I Grow Up: Be a grandpa (have five grandchildren, potential for more) ial for more)

Active Rotarian: Currently leading an international project to provide sanctuary for AIDS orphans rescued from the most dangerous slum in Africa. Making orphans rescued from the most dangerous slum in Africa. Making the sanctuary (in the the sanctuary (in the Kenyan countryside) energy (wind/solar electric, bio- Kenyan countryside) energy (wind/solar electric, bio-gas), water and food self gas), water and food self gas), water and food self-sufficient while sufficient while providing education and health care for the kids. Details at Kenya Link – t Kenya Link – www.DaytonRotary.com.A natural follow- . A natural follow-on to the civic action work while in Vietnam as a on to the civic action work while in Vietnam as a Hun driver – Hun driver – the most rewarding experience you can imagine.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1966 – 4517 TFTS Luke AFB, AZ (Hun checkout)
  • 1967 – 355 TFS Myrtle Beach AFB, SC (F-100)
  • 1968 – 531 TFS Bien Hoa AB, RVN (F-100). 148 missions. Civic action officer.
  • 1969-1973 – 492 TFS RAF Lakenheath, UK (F-100 then an F-4 Puke)
  • 1974-1980 F-15 SPO (Managed worldwide F 15 deployment – SATAF Field Support).
  • RPI position 1979-80: checked out in F-15. WPAFB OH
  • 1980-1982 50 FTS Columbus AFB, MS (T-38 Ops Officer)
  • 1982-1986 F-15 SPO Deputy Program Manager – Logistics. WPAFB OH
  • 1986-1992 HQ AFLC – Tactical Logistics, Vice Commander – Logistics Operations Center.
  • Project Manager – AFMC Integrated Weapon System Management. WPAFB OH

Flight Info

Awards

Military Education

  • MS Systems Management, AFIT (Residence)
  • WPAFB, OH – 1974

Civilian Education

  • AB Math Washington Univ, St. Louis, MO ROTC
  • AB Math Washington Univ, St. Louis, MO ROTC-1965
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