LTC Sherman Edward Flanagan, Jr hailed from Westminster Md and served with the 355TFS/37TFW. On this day he ejected from his F-100 aircraft over Laos and was recovered. He had minor injuries. However, on July 21, 1968, the news read ” A Super Sabre and its pilot was lost during a mission to destroy an anti-aircraft
Charles D. MacGillivray
Chuck was born in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, on March 20, 1931. He was a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and St. Joseph’s University where he majored in accounting and business administration. In 1954 he joined the United States Air Force where he flew the F-84 and the F100, the highest performance airplane at that time. He was awarded the Air Commendation Medal for flying the longest non-stop flight in history, 6,000 miles from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Adana, Turkey, during a Middle East emergency in 1958. He refueled mid-air three times during the 10 ½ hour flight. He flew in the USAF Myrtle Beach AFB 56-60 and later in the Washington, DC Air National Guard from 1966-69
He moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1960, where he joined Motorola Semiconductors and rose to become Vice President of International Marketing. His travels took him to the far corners of the world; Africa, South America, India, Israel, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Taiwan, and Europe. During this time he was also a flight instructor, sharing his love of flying with others.
In 1981, he opened Valley Electronics International, a semiconductor exporting company specializing in third-world countries. He sold this business to an Indian consortium in 1986 and started El Sol Travel, a travel management company with offices in Yuma, Oregon, Alaska, Washington, DC, and Phoenix. His passions were flying and golf, he excelled at both. Chuck was a mentor and adviser to people from all walks of life. He will be remembered for his integrity, business acumen, sincere friendships and loyalty.