George A. Demers
“I flew the F 100-A as well as the C, D & F models. I believe that if you check the Stake You Claim (SYC) for the “A” model I have the unofficial altitude record of 73,000 feet and was the lead during the only Active Air ADC scramble in the “A” model. The “A” was a great aircraft. One time around 1961 as a 1st Lieutenant I flew an “A” from the North America Aircraft plant in Palmdale, CA to Luke AFB in Nevada. When the RSU transmitted while I was on a short final, ” Aircraft on final with NO FLAPS to go around”, I continued to land as the “A” did not have flaps.
Shortly after I arrived in the transit parking slot, the dreaded “White Top” car arrived during the start of refueling the “A”. The Vice and DO arrived and started questing me on why I did not comply with the RSU directions. At about the same time the refueling operator asks me “Where is the single point receptacle located”. I told him that I did not have single point, only fuselage refueling. I then told the “Vice & DO” that I did not have flaps. The Vice said “What kind of aircraft does not have flaps or single point”. Then after a brief discussion between themselves, they both left very abruptly.
Yes, I did have a big smile on my face, but they did not see it.”
- 118th Tactical Fighter Squadron/103rd Fighter Group
- 162nd Fighter Training Group
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