29 November 1970 – It was a very bad day. For the 3rd time in two days, there was an accident with a U.S. Air Force Fairchild C-123K Provider transport. On November 29th, 3 F-100 pilotS: 1Lt Elmon C. “Mike” Caudill (615TFS), 1Lt Charles Louis Kollenberg (352TFS), and 1Lt Jon Marc King (615TFS) along with
Ira Tilton Holt
“Being a fighter pilot is one of the best things I ever did in my life.” I’ve experienced some interesting things along the way: On Nov 8, 1952 I was involved in mid-air collision – bailed out after losing a wing.
Other items of note:
I may have been the only 52-F Class member to get 100 missions in Korea
June 1953 – I flew 5 missions on 15th, 4 on 16th, and 1 early on 17th – then weather.
In 1955 – I dead-sticked an F-84F after losing all oil!
Also in 1955 – I took off in an F-84F with an Mk7 shape, a 450 gal tank, two 230 gal tanks, and JATO – my computed takeoff roll was over 10,000 ft.
In 1959 -I landed an F-100A “gear up” – short between throttle and stick.
In the 1960’s – I landed F100C with nose wheel up and locked.
In my civilian life, I was a parachute design engineer, worked on nuclear weapons chutes, and on the recovery system of the Space Shuttle Boosters.