David William Jenny
Colonel Dave “Bubba” Jenny is often referred to as a “Fighter Pilot’s Fighter Pilot” – he lived to be in a jet” (1)
Dave Jenny entered the USAF in 1964 and served for 28 years. During his Air Force career, Jenny flew over 5,000 hours in 10 different aircraft including the F-100, A-7, A-10, F-16, and F-117.
Bubba was a Misty pilot (Misty 55) of Vietnam and was shot down in July 1968. He was rescued but “beat up” from the ejection. The very next day he was ready to fly again but was missing a part of his uniform which had been lost during the previous day’s rescue. His superior issued Bubba a ticket for his missing hat. Let’s just say some words were uttered.
From his time flying in combat, Bubba went on to be one of the first pilots flying many of the Air Force’s newest aircraft. Jenny was selected for the highly classified F-117 program, an American single-seat, twin-engine stealth attack aircraft that was developed by Lockheed’s secretive Skunk Works division and operated by the United States Air Force.(2)
“From over 300 combat missions to piloting the world’s first stealth aircraft, Col Jenny is a living testament to the history of airpower and the technological advancements that keep it relevant.”(3)
Bubba is also said to be the “salt of the earth” and a most memorable character. He is a family man who married his childhood sweetheart, Annie. Bubba and Annie live on a ranch in Texas and have plenty of room if you’re in the mood for “Hog Rustlin”.
Source : (1)(3) Gathering of Eagles; (2) Wikipedia; and conversations with some who served with Bubba.
- 1968 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Phan Rang/ AB, Vietnam (F-100)
- 1968-1969 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron, “Misty 55”, Phu Cat AB, Vietnam (F-100)
- 1969-1972 492nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Lakenheath RAF, England
Awards & Decorations
A-7A Corsair II
F-16C Fighting Falcon
F-100 Super Sabre
Military & Civilian Education