Ray W. Laird


Preferred Name: Ray
Nickname/Call Sign: Fat Daddy
Date Of Birth: 06-08-1936
Highest Military Grade Held: Captain, 03
Hometown: Corsicana, TX

Biography

Lot of alert time at K8 (Kunsan) and k55 (Osan) along with the 416th TFS.
While TDY to Tainan we were moved to Clark AFB to supplement the squadron at Danang when they had strikes up north.
I separated from the AF in June of 1965 and went to work with American Airlines in August of 1965.
Retired from American in June of 1996. Flying the F-100 was the best time of my life.

Units Assigned

  • 531st TFS from June 1961 thru June 1965 All flying done in the F-100

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

Military Education

  • Pilot training and transition training in the F-100

Civilian Education

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M
Biography

Biography

Lot of alert time at K8 (Kunsan) and k55 (Osan) along with the 416th TFS.
While TDY to Tainan we were moved to Clark AFB to supplement the squadron at Danang when they had strikes up north.
I separated from the AF in June of 1965 and went to work with American Airlines in August of 1965.
Retired from American in June of 1996. Flying the F-100 was the best time of my life.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 531st TFS from June 1961 thru June 1965 All flying done in the F-100

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

Military Education

  • Pilot training and transition training in the F-100

Civilian Education

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M
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