Wayne E. Davis entered USAF pilot training on March 24, 1955, at Moore Field in Mission, TX. He was a command fighter pilot and served his country with honor and distinction, for exactly 30 years and one week, March 24, 1955, to March 31, 1985.
Colonel Davis fulfilled assignments all over the world, including Itazuke AFB, Japan, Cigli AFB, Turkey, and three combat tours in Vietnam, one in the F-100 Super Sabre and two in the A-7D Corsair.
His career culminated in assignments to Myrtle Beach AFB where he commanded the 353rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, GA, where he was the 347th Combat Support Group Commander, and Myrtle Beach Air Force Base where he was the 354th Commander for Resource Management and where he retired in 1985.
Colonel Davis was a command pilot with over 4,500 hours of flight time, including 250+ combat missions with 350+ combat hours in both the F-100 and the A-7D.
He was a member of The Order of Daedalians, The USAF Super Sabre Society, and the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association. Col. Davis proudly passed the fighter pilot torch on to his son Col. (Ret) Ricky A. Davis on June 6, 1983, as he pinned his son’s wings on. On January 22, 2016 (a short six weeks ago), he then proudly passed his legacy on to the third generation of fighter pilots, as he was able to pin the wings onto his grandson, Lt. Brian Davis (grandson).
The Colonel served his Country, with steadfast determination and guidance. He was highly principled and had an unwavering purpose for us all to know and understand the difference between Right and Wrong.