LTC Sherman Edward Flanagan, Jr hailed from Westminster Md and served with the 355TFS/37TFW. On this day he ejected from his F-100 aircraft over Laos and was recovered. He had minor injuries. However, on July 21, 1968, the news read ” A Super Sabre and its pilot was lost during a mission to destroy an anti-aircraft
Jacob J. Caldwell, Jr.
After graduating in aeronautical engineering from Auburn University and marrying the love of his life, Rosemary Davidson, Jake was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. Jake proudly served his country as a fighter pilot. His service as a fighter pilot and Cold War warrior were the defining years of his life. During his active duty years and his later Alabama Air National Guard service, Captain Caldwell piloted T-34, T-28 and T-33 aircraft, honing his skills as a fledgling fighter pilot. Transitioning to more complex equipment, Captain Caldwell flew the F-84, RF-84, F-86 and F-104.
During his active Air Force service, Captain Caldwell transitioned into the most advanced fighter jet of its time, the F-100 Super Sabre. Captain Caldwell also flew various NATO aircraft while serving overseas. Captain Caldwell was involved in flight operations in Libya, North Africa.
He was a proud member of the Super Sabre Society.
When Jake left the Air Force in 1964, he joined Delta Airlines concurrently flying as a captain in the Alabama Air National Guard. His first commercial flight was as flight engineer on a Douglas DC-6. After co-piloting the Convair 880 and DC-8, Captain Caldwell was advanced to fly as captain in the Douglas DC-9, DC-8, Lockheed L-100s (C-130), Boeing 727, 757, 767 and the Lockheed 1011 Tri-Star. Captain Caldwell retired as an international captain, flying the L-1011.
Simultaneously with Jake’s Delta career, he studied law at the Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta, was admitted to the Georgia State Bar and practiced law part time.