Gary L. Heartsill


Preferred Name: Gary

Nickname/Call Sign: CropDuster, Gheart

Date Of Birth: March 31, 1938

Highest Military Grade Held: Captain 71385A

Hometown: Ardmore, OK

Comments

Before AF – Civil Air Patrol for three Summer camps, Foreign Exchange Cadet to Italy in 1955, Jet Orientation Course at Perrin AFB, TX in 1956. ROTC summer camp at Luke in 1959 – my first F-100 ride.

Comments

After AF – Had the privilege of teaching active duty AF pilots in the C-21A Instructor Pilot Upgrade program at SimuFlite, DFW Airport from 1998 to 2014. For 16 years with 869 student pilots “lieutenants” in 224, five day classes, we enjoyed the passion of “Flying the Jet” in academics and simulator in what was called “G. Heart Country” – and I didn’t miss a class.

Best Flying Story

“My last 20 seconds would be in the HUN – shooting the four forward firing Pontiac M-39 20 mm guns…King’s Sport!”

Units Assigned

Units Assigned

  • 1956-1957 OAMC
  • 1958-1960 Undergraduate Pilot Training
  • 1961-1962 Pilot Training (Class 62-G), Webb AFB, TX (T-37, T-33)
  • 1962-1966 3561st Pilot Training Squadron (IP),  Webb AFB, TX (T-37, T-38)
  • 1966-1967 166th Tactical Fighter Squadron, FANG, Lockbourne AFB OH (F-100)
  • 1967-1968 127th Tactical Fighter Squadron, FANG, McConnell AFB KS (F-100)
  • 1968-1969 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, Flight Examiner – USAF, Kunsan AFB Korea (F-100)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

T-37
T-33
T-38
F-100

Military Education

  • 1962 BIS Randolph AFB, TX
  • 1963 PIT Randolph AFB, TX
  • 1968 USAF Water Survival, Homestead AFB, FL

Civilian Education

  • 1960 BS Oklahoma State University
  • 1976 MLA Southern Methodist University
  • 1979 MEd North Texas State University
  • 1992 PhD University of North Texas
Biography

Comments

Before AF – Civil Air Patrol for three Summer camps, Foreign Exchange Cadet to Italy in 1955, Jet Orientation Course at Perrin AFB, TX in 1956. ROTC summer camp at Luke in 1959 – my first F-100 ride.

Comments

After AF – Had the privilege of teaching active duty AF pilots in the C-21A Instructor Pilot Upgrade program at SimuFlite, DFW Airport from 1998 to 2014. For 16 years with 869 student pilots “lieutenants” in 224, five day classes, we enjoyed the passion of “Flying the Jet” in academics and simulator in what was called “G. Heart Country” – and I didn’t miss a class.

Best Flying Story

“My last 20 seconds would be in the HUN – shooting the four forward firing Pontiac M-39 20 mm guns…King’s Sport!”

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

Units Assigned

  • 1956-1957 OAMC
  • 1958-1960 Undergraduate Pilot Training
  • 1961-1962 Pilot Training (Class 62-G), Webb AFB, TX (T-37, T-33)
  • 1962-1966 3561st Pilot Training Squadron (IP),  Webb AFB, TX (T-37, T-38)
  • 1966-1967 166th Tactical Fighter Squadron, FANG, Lockbourne AFB OH (F-100)
  • 1967-1968 127th Tactical Fighter Squadron, FANG, McConnell AFB KS (F-100)
  • 1968-1969 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, Flight Examiner – USAF, Kunsan AFB Korea (F-100)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

T-37
T-33
T-38
F-100

Military Education

  • 1962 BIS Randolph AFB, TX
  • 1963 PIT Randolph AFB, TX
  • 1968 USAF Water Survival, Homestead AFB, FL

Civilian Education

  • 1960 BS Oklahoma State University
  • 1976 MLA Southern Methodist University
  • 1979 MEd North Texas State University
  • 1992 PhD University of North Texas
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