29 September 1954 – The North American F-100 Super Sabre entered service with the United States Air Force‘s 479th Fighter Wing. Initially, the new wing maintained tactical proficiency with the World War II-era F-51Ds inherited from the Air National Guard, then in February 1953 upgrading to the North American F-86H Sabre jet aircraft. The wing
Eugene F. Kranz
Gene Kranz says that “While awaiting F-100 aircraft delivery maintained proficiency in F-86H at Seymour Johnson AFB, NC. While in F-100 transition received overseas orders to F-86 wing in Korea. His total F- 100D time was 25:50, and he thinks that he may qualify for least F-100 time.
Kranz was Flight Director for many U.S. Space missions including the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing and the return of the Apollo 13 Crew. He is a Co-Recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom and has been honored with awards including: National Space Trophy, John Glenn Lecturer, National Space Club, Astronautics Engineer of Year & others.
Since April of 1994, Gene has been a writer, motivational speaker, and engineering consultant, and he is the author of the book: “Failure is not an Option” which was a New York Times Best Seller, used was by History Channel for a documentary.
He has also been a military speaker for SOS Maxwell AFB in 2004-2008; the Gathering of Eagles in2004,2006,2008, and 2009; Navy PAX River; Navy Fleet Air Commanders Conference; USS Eisenhower; STRATCOM, & others.