Jerry Key


Preferred Name: Jerry
Nickname/Call Sign: Killer
Date Of Birth: August 15, 1944
Highest Military Grade Held: Lieutenant Colonel, O5
Hometown: Louisville, KY

Biography

I had about 1500 hours and 264 combat missions in the F-100 and around 3500 hours in the A-7. While at Albuquerque, I also flew the C-131 for about 2000 hours. Ahhh recips. Nothing sounds as good as that.
After all this fun, I joined Continental airlines for 17 years. I flew as a crew member on the Boeing 727, 737-100/-200/-300/,-500/-600/-700/-800/-900. I also flew the DC-10, Boeing 757 and Boeing 777. I was a second officer, first officer and captain.
I flew out of Newark on the morning of Sept 11, 2001. Now that is something I will never forget.
I retired in Aug 2004 and now live in Savannah, TN. I own a small farm and hope to be there till the good Lord calls me home. I couldn’t give up flying so I got a Long EZ and it is a hoot to fly.
My most famous photo….appears 4 times in Combat Aircraft Magazine Jun/Jul 2007 issue. Also it was the “Mr. July” photo in our SSS calendar. Since they are not producing another calendar I guess I will forever be Mr. July.

Units Assigned

  • 10/1966-10/1967, Class 68C Reese AFB, TX
  • 1/1968-6/1968, 522nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM for F-100 upgrade (F-100D)
  • 8/1968-8/1969, 308thTactical Fighter Squadron,  Tuy Hoa AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 9/1969-9/1972, 492nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, UK (F-100)
  • End of Active Duty
  • 2/1973-6/1989, New Mexico Air National Guard (F-100C, A-7D)
  • 1/1990-2/1992, 75th MAC (liaison to the Army Reserves) Houston, TX

Awards & Decorations

Air Medal (with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
SilverStarwithPalm(Vietnamese Government)
VietnamServiceAward
VietnamGallantryCrosswithPalm
Small Arms Marksmanship
PACAFAbelAeronaut

Flight Info

T-37
T-38
F-100 C/D
A-7 D
C-131

Military Education

  • Pilot training
  • F-100 upgrade
  • Command and Staff ,
  • plus all the survival schools.
  • Also, forward air controller school at Hurlburt Field, fighter weapons school, Tucson Air Guard (A-7).

Civilian Education

  • 1966 BS/Biology, University of Louisville

War Stories and Other Lies Paperback – October 24, 2011

From a poor boy in Kentucky to a fighter pilot in the USAF to an airline Captain this book travels with the author over a lifetime of adventure. As a Vietnam War fighter pilot, Jerry Key tells of his better war missions in the F-100 fighter plane. Several of his 264 missions will bring you to the edge of your seat. Later as a Continental Airlines Capt, he relates humorous tales of his routine and not so routine daily travels around the world. After his retirement, a travelogue around America in an RV Motorhome shows what a great country we live in. Now settled on a farm in Tennessee he tells of his life after retirement

Biography

Biography

I had about 1500 hours and 264 combat missions in the F-100 and around 3500 hours in the A-7. While at Albuquerque, I also flew the C-131 for about 2000 hours. Ahhh recips. Nothing sounds as good as that.
After all this fun, I joined Continental airlines for 17 years. I flew as a crew member on the Boeing 727, 737-100/-200/-300/,-500/-600/-700/-800/-900. I also flew the DC-10, Boeing 757 and Boeing 777. I was a second officer, first officer and captain.
I flew out of Newark on the morning of Sept 11, 2001. Now that is something I will never forget.
I retired in Aug 2004 and now live in Savannah, TN. I own a small farm and hope to be there till the good Lord calls me home. I couldn’t give up flying so I got a Long EZ and it is a hoot to fly.
My most famous photo….appears 4 times in Combat Aircraft Magazine Jun/Jul 2007 issue. Also it was the “Mr. July” photo in our SSS calendar. Since they are not producing another calendar I guess I will forever be Mr. July.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 10/1966-10/1967, Class 68C Reese AFB, TX
  • 1/1968-6/1968, 522nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM for F-100 upgrade (F-100D)
  • 8/1968-8/1969, 308thTactical Fighter Squadron,  Tuy Hoa AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 9/1969-9/1972, 492nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, UK (F-100)
  • End of Active Duty
  • 2/1973-6/1989, New Mexico Air National Guard (F-100C, A-7D)
  • 1/1990-2/1992, 75th MAC (liaison to the Army Reserves) Houston, TX

Awards & Decorations

Air Medal (with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
SilverStarwithPalm(Vietnamese Government)
VietnamServiceAward
VietnamGallantryCrosswithPalm
Small Arms Marksmanship
PACAFAbelAeronaut

Flight Info

T-37
T-38
F-100 C/D
A-7 D
C-131

Military Education

  • Pilot training
  • F-100 upgrade
  • Command and Staff ,
  • plus all the survival schools.
  • Also, forward air controller school at Hurlburt Field, fighter weapons school, Tucson Air Guard (A-7).

Civilian Education

  • 1966 BS/Biology, University of Louisville
Images
Books by Jerry Key

War Stories and Other Lies Paperback – October 24, 2011

From a poor boy in Kentucky to a fighter pilot in the USAF to an airline Captain this book travels with the author over a lifetime of adventure. As a Vietnam War fighter pilot, Jerry Key tells of his better war missions in the F-100 fighter plane. Several of his 264 missions will bring you to the edge of your seat. Later as a Continental Airlines Capt, he relates humorous tales of his routine and not so routine daily travels around the world. After his retirement, a travelogue around America in an RV Motorhome shows what a great country we live in. Now settled on a farm in Tennessee he tells of his life after retirement

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