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
David Grant Mosby
After high school, I went to Montana State and graduated there in 1957 with a BS in Industrial Arts. That degree and four years of AFROTC put me into AF pilot training in January of 1958.
A bit of a side note, while at Montana State I played piano in a small dance band of five. Three of the original group, including me, went on to Fly the F-100. How many groups have had 60% of the group fly that remarkable machine? (The other two were B.V. Johnson (R.I.P) and Gene Logan).
My military flight training started at Moore AB, Texas, then to Big Spring AB, Texas. F-100 training came next at Luke and was completed in the spring of 1960 at Nellis, then on to Misawa AB, Japan, and assignment to the 416 TFS. During that tour, I was selected as alternate for the squadron gunnery team to participate in the 1962 5th Air Force meet. That year I also was honored with Select Crew status. While there I was assigned the job of OJT officer and with the significant help of many in the squadron we gained and then kept that part of the squadron in “Outstanding” status until I left.
After three years there I was again assigned to Luke, but this time as an instructor in instruments, gunnery and also as a ground instructor in nuclear weapons. Three years later I left the greatest job in the world to become a lowly airline pilot for United Airlines. (I did continue flying for the Air Force Reserve at McChord AFB as a T-33 pilot flying target for the F-106s stationed there).
I retired from United in 1994 as a DC-10 captain, it left me looking back at having been a crew member on the DC-6, Boeing 720, 727, 737, 747-400, 757, 767, DC-8 and as mentioned, the DC-10. Also, I had a tour as an instructor on the DC-10.
In the civilian world, I have worked with Kiwanis and with several youth sports groups and I enjoyed fishing, skiing (a favorite, but now the knees say no), dirt motorcycles (knees, no again), piano, photography and little airplanes.
The various airplanes I have owned include the Cessna 182, Cessna 195 (two of those, one of which was a ground-up restoration, a lot of fun), the prototype Giles G-202 (carbon fiber +/- 10 Gs, 400°/sec.+ roll rate, etc.) a very good unlimited competition aerobatic machine. I did not get that far into competition, but had great fun with it. I now have a Van’s RV-8, quite mundane after the G-202.
I’m still flying and sure glad those two bicycle mechanics invented their flying machine!