Charles W. Friend


 

Preferred Name: Charlie

Nickname/Call Sign: Charlie

Date of Birth: March 16, 1940

Highest Military Grade Held: Major, O4

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Biography

This had to be one of the greatest jobs in the world. I was qualified in many aircraft at the same time and I supported numerous R&D programs at Holloman (WSMR). I flew the dart tow program for USAF at all TAC bases in CONUS, plus Elmendorf, AK, Kadena AB, Okinawa and Canada (Cold Lake) with the F-86. Additionally, I flew dart tow in Germany and Sardinia (Deci) for the USAF and GAF with the F-100 and was involved in the QF-106 Development Program at Mojave Apt, CA, Tyndall AFB, FL, and Holloman AFB, NM. I was a Pilot, Drone Controller and a Tech Writer.

From 2011-2014 I flew the F-100 F (#56-3844) for the Collings Foundation and had the great honor to fly Colonel Bud Day (MOH) in the F model in 2011. I flew that old Hun from 1968 until 2014, in the Wings Over Houston Airshow in 2014 and my last F-100 sortie was on November 3, 2014.

After finally retiring from the military in 1997, I got involved in Open Road Racing. These events are run in TX, NV, and NE on public highways (closed for the day) and cars run at intervals against the clock, for distances of 50 – 118 miles. Depending on the vehicle class – very high speeds are obtained (200+ mph). I have won more than my share of events with a car I built myself. My max trap speed to date is 207.3 MPH and my highest average speed to date is 170 MPH. What a blast!

Units Assigned

  • 11/1958 BMTS Lackland AFB, TX
  • 1/1959 – 3415th Tech Sch., Weapons System Control Tech School, Lowry AFB,  CO
  • 1/1960 – Aircraft RADAR Tech. 3555 FTW, Perrin AFB, TX F-86K/L,  F-102
  • 5/1961 – Aviation Cadets, 3610 Navigation Training Wing, Harlingen AFB, TX (only navigation training was available)
  • 1/1962 – Commissioned 2d Lt with Nav rating. Mar 1962 – Electronic Countermeasures Training, 3535th Nav Tng Wg, Mather AFB,  CA
  • 2/1963 – B-52 CCTS, Castle AFB, CA, B-52
  • 5/1963 – B-52 EWO, 379th Bomb Wing, 524th Bomb Sq. Wurtsmith AFB, MI,  B-52H
  • 12/1966 – Pilot Training, 3561st Stu Sq, Webb AFB, TX T-37, T-38
  • 2/1968 – 4511th CCTS, Luke AFB, AZ, F-100  C/D/F Finally a FIGHTER  PILOT!
  • 8/1968 – 77th TFS, 20th TFW,  RAF Wethersfield and RAF Upper Heyford, UK, F-100 phased out of Europe – ferried F-100D #55-3673 to Springfield, OH (SGH)
  • 1/1971 – 352d TFS, 35th TFW, Phan Rang AB, RVN 138 missions. F-100 phased out of SEA Ferried F-100D #56-3395 to  SGH
  • 8/1971 – 56th SOW, Command post duty to complete SEA tour, NKP,  Thailand
  • 1/1972 – IP, 3645th Pilot Training Squadron, Laughlin AFB, TX, T-37
  • 7/1976 – IP, 425th TFTS, Williams AFB, AZ, F-5 B/E/F
  • 1/1980 – Retired rather than go to a non-flying job. This turned out to be wonderful timing.

Civilian Assignments

  • 1/1980 – Acquired ATR. Martin Aviation, Orange CO. Airport, CA, Cessna Citation
  • 5/1980 – Sperry Flight Systems, Litchfield Airport, Goodyear, AZ, Tyndall AFB, FL, Holloman AFB, NM F/ QF-100 Drone development program w/Bob Dunham. Pilot, Drone Controller, Tech  Writer
  • 7/1984 – Flight Systems Inc, Holloman AFB, NM, F- 100, F/QF-86, F/QF-106, T-33,  DC-9.
  • 1997 – Retired from full-time work when FSI (now owned by BAE) allowed all contracts in the  US  to expire because they were “too small”.
  • 10/2000 – Recalled by FSI to provide temp help with the GAF target tow operations in Germany and Sardinia with Dick Hale. F-100
  • 1997-2009 Part time flying for Canadian target tow operation out of Cold Lake and for Classic Aircraft Museum (Portland, OR). F-86.
  • 6/2009 Last F-86 sortie: June 8, 2009

 

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Flying Cross (with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)

 Air Medal (with one Silver and two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)

 AF Commendation Medal

 Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

 Army Good Conduct Medal

 Combat Readiness Medal

 AF Longevity Service Award (with four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)

 National Defense Service Medal

 Vietnam Service Medal (with one Silver Service Star)

 AF Outstanding Unit Award (with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)

 AF Outstanding Unit Award (with Valor with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)

 Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm

 Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Flight Info

F-86 K/L Enlisted, RADAR Tech
F-102  Enlisted, RADAR Tech

B-52H Electronic Warfare Office

T-33

T-37

T-38

F-100 C/D/F

F-5 B/E/F

Cessna Citation

F-106

DC-9

 

Military Education

  • SOS, Command and Staff – both correspondence
  • All the normal survival schools: Stead, Homestead, Clark AB
  • AGOS

Civilian Education

1958 Chaminade HS, Dayton, OH

Biography

Biography

This had to be one of the greatest jobs in the world. I was qualified in many aircraft at the same time and I supported numerous R&D programs at Holloman (WSMR). I flew the dart tow program for USAF at all TAC bases in CONUS, plus Elmendorf, AK, Kadena AB, Okinawa and Canada (Cold Lake) with the F-86. Additionally, I flew dart tow in Germany and Sardinia (Deci) for the USAF and GAF with the F-100 and was involved in the QF-106 Development Program at Mojave Apt, CA, Tyndall AFB, FL, and Holloman AFB, NM. I was a Pilot, Drone Controller and a Tech Writer.

From 2011-2014 I flew the F-100 F (#56-3844) for the Collings Foundation and had the great honor to fly Colonel Bud Day (MOH) in the F model in 2011. I flew that old Hun from 1968 until 2014, in the Wings Over Houston Airshow in 2014 and my last F-100 sortie was on November 3, 2014.

After finally retiring from the military in 1997, I got involved in Open Road Racing. These events are run in TX, NV, and NE on public highways (closed for the day) and cars run at intervals against the clock, for distances of 50 – 118 miles. Depending on the vehicle class – very high speeds are obtained (200+ mph). I have won more than my share of events with a car I built myself. My max trap speed to date is 207.3 MPH and my highest average speed to date is 170 MPH. What a blast!

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 11/1958 BMTS Lackland AFB, TX
  • 1/1959 – 3415th Tech Sch., Weapons System Control Tech School, Lowry AFB,  CO
  • 1/1960 – Aircraft RADAR Tech. 3555 FTW, Perrin AFB, TX F-86K/L,  F-102
  • 5/1961 – Aviation Cadets, 3610 Navigation Training Wing, Harlingen AFB, TX (only navigation training was available)
  • 1/1962 – Commissioned 2d Lt with Nav rating. Mar 1962 – Electronic Countermeasures Training, 3535th Nav Tng Wg, Mather AFB,  CA
  • 2/1963 – B-52 CCTS, Castle AFB, CA, B-52
  • 5/1963 – B-52 EWO, 379th Bomb Wing, 524th Bomb Sq. Wurtsmith AFB, MI,  B-52H
  • 12/1966 – Pilot Training, 3561st Stu Sq, Webb AFB, TX T-37, T-38
  • 2/1968 – 4511th CCTS, Luke AFB, AZ, F-100  C/D/F Finally a FIGHTER  PILOT!
  • 8/1968 – 77th TFS, 20th TFW,  RAF Wethersfield and RAF Upper Heyford, UK, F-100 phased out of Europe – ferried F-100D #55-3673 to Springfield, OH (SGH)
  • 1/1971 – 352d TFS, 35th TFW, Phan Rang AB, RVN 138 missions. F-100 phased out of SEA Ferried F-100D #56-3395 to  SGH
  • 8/1971 – 56th SOW, Command post duty to complete SEA tour, NKP,  Thailand
  • 1/1972 – IP, 3645th Pilot Training Squadron, Laughlin AFB, TX, T-37
  • 7/1976 – IP, 425th TFTS, Williams AFB, AZ, F-5 B/E/F
  • 1/1980 – Retired rather than go to a non-flying job. This turned out to be wonderful timing.

Civilian Assignments

  • 1/1980 – Acquired ATR. Martin Aviation, Orange CO. Airport, CA, Cessna Citation
  • 5/1980 – Sperry Flight Systems, Litchfield Airport, Goodyear, AZ, Tyndall AFB, FL, Holloman AFB, NM F/ QF-100 Drone development program w/Bob Dunham. Pilot, Drone Controller, Tech  Writer
  • 7/1984 – Flight Systems Inc, Holloman AFB, NM, F- 100, F/QF-86, F/QF-106, T-33,  DC-9.
  • 1997 – Retired from full-time work when FSI (now owned by BAE) allowed all contracts in the  US  to expire because they were “too small”.
  • 10/2000 – Recalled by FSI to provide temp help with the GAF target tow operations in Germany and Sardinia with Dick Hale. F-100
  • 1997-2009 Part time flying for Canadian target tow operation out of Cold Lake and for Classic Aircraft Museum (Portland, OR). F-86.
  • 6/2009 Last F-86 sortie: June 8, 2009

 

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Flying Cross (with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)

 Air Medal (with one Silver and two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)

 AF Commendation Medal

 Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

 Army Good Conduct Medal

 Combat Readiness Medal

 AF Longevity Service Award (with four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)

 National Defense Service Medal

 Vietnam Service Medal (with one Silver Service Star)

 AF Outstanding Unit Award (with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)

 AF Outstanding Unit Award (with Valor with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)

 Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm

 Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Flight Info

F-86 K/L Enlisted, RADAR Tech
F-102  Enlisted, RADAR Tech

B-52H Electronic Warfare Office

T-33

T-37

T-38

F-100 C/D/F

F-5 B/E/F

Cessna Citation

F-106

DC-9

 

Military Education

  • SOS, Command and Staff – both correspondence
  • All the normal survival schools: Stead, Homestead, Clark AB
  • AGOS

Civilian Education

1958 Chaminade HS, Dayton, OH

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