29 January 1991 – An American F-15C shot down an IRAF MiG-23 fleeing to Iran with an AIM-7 missile. “During the Air War over Iraq, the mighty Eagle proved to be a very robust airframe, bringing back its pilots after suffering serious damages. After the first ten days of the first Gulf Air War, to
Jack Lee Francisco
Jack entered the service as a USAF Aviation Cadet in 1955 and graduated in the top ten of his class as a 2nd Lt., in single-engine, single-seat jet fighter pilot in 1956. He attended advanced Aerial Combat training flying the F-84 at Luke AFB Arizona and then began a 22-year career flying many of the most advanced fighter aircraft of the era; the F-86, the F-100, the F-105, and the A-7. D
During this career, he and his family traveled to and lived at various bases in the United States, Europe, and the Far East. Jack was a pilot assigned to the first squadron equipped with the F-105 Thunderchiefs at Eglin AFB.
Eventually, he would be assigned to Kadena AFB on the island of Okinawa and proceed from there on to Thailand and engage in the very first Air Force attacks into the hostile air space of North Vietnam. He would continue flying combat until completing 100 missions in South East Asia. During this time he was awarded numerous decorations including The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service, and multiple Air Medals.
He would later return to the combat zone representing the Davis Monthan 355TFW at Korat Thailand flying the A-7 into the final months of the conflict.
He retired from the Air Force in 1976 and began another completed career as a productions test pilot with the Learjet Company in Wichita, KS.