Richard R. Hefton


 

Preferred Name: Dick

Nickname/Call Sign: Dick

Date of Birth: February 6, 1930

Highest Military Grade Held: Brigadier General, O-7

Hometown: Muskogee, OK

Biography

I was a member of the wing and the first squadron to receive the F100A. I tried to prepare a story of the momentous days, the grounding and details of the ultimate solution which resulted in the making of this great fighter. I knew all the great men involved in the problem as well as the solution. 

413th Fighter Day Group/34th Fighter Day Squadron (Flt Cmdr, IP, Eng Test., A/C Accident Investigator.) Richard R. Hefton, USAF, BGen, USAF retired.

Units Assigned

  • 1/1951 Enlisted USAF, Lackland AFB, TX
  • 11/1951 Aviation Cadet, Stallings AB, Kinston, NC (AT-6)
  • 6/1951 Perrin AFB, TX (AT-6, T-28)
  • 12/1952 UPT Craig AFB, AL (T-33)
  • 4/1953 Fighter-Gunnery Nellis AFB, NV (F-80A, F-86E)
  • 4/1953-110/1955 479th Fighter-Bomber Wing/436th Fighter-Bomber Squadrn, George AFB, CA (F-86, F-25, F-100, F-86, H-10)
    413th Fighter Day Group/34th Fighter Day Squadron (Flt Cmdr, IP, Eng Test., A/C Accident Investigator.)
  • 10/1955 Released from Active Duty, joined Oklahoma Air National Guard
  • 1/1956 185th Fighter Squadron, Oklahoma ANG (F-80C, T-33)
  • 1961 65th Troop Carrier Squadron, David Field, OK
  • 1962-1971 184th TRS, Arkansas ANG, Fort Smith ANG Base (RF-84F, RF-101C, F-101B-F)
  • 1971-1972 184th Tactical Fighter Squadron (F-100F, F100D)
  • 1972-1990 Headquarters Oklahoma ANG, OKANG
  • 3/1/1990 Retired USAF

Awards and Decorations

 Legion of Merit
 Meritorious Service Medal
 Air Force Commendation Medal
 Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
 Combat Readiness Medal
 National Defense Service Medal
 Air Force Longevity Service Award with nine Oak Leaf Clusters
 Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Association Exceptional Service Award
 Oklahoma Meritorious Service Medal
 Governor’s Distinguished Unit Award Ribbon
 Oklahoma National Guard Long Service Award

Flight Info

T-6
T-33
L-20
C-119
F-80 A/B/C
F-86 E/F/H
RF-84 F
RF-101C
F-101 B/F
F-100 D/F

Command Pilot with over 2,500 hours

Military Education

  • 1975 Air Command and Staff College
  • 1978 National Defense University

Civilian Education

  • 1948 Central High School, Muskogee, OK
  • 1951 Clerk-typist school, Tennessee Polytechnic Institute Cookeville, TN
  • 1957 BBA University of Oklahoma
  • 1961 American Press Institute, Columbia University, New York City, NY
Biography

Biography

I was a member of the wing and the first squadron to receive the F100A. I tried to prepare a story of the momentous days, the grounding and details of the ultimate solution which resulted in the making of this great fighter. I knew all the great men involved in the problem as well as the solution. 

413th Fighter Day Group/34th Fighter Day Squadron (Flt Cmdr, IP, Eng Test., A/C Accident Investigator.) Richard R. Hefton, USAF, BGen, USAF retired.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1/1951 Enlisted USAF, Lackland AFB, TX
  • 11/1951 Aviation Cadet, Stallings AB, Kinston, NC (AT-6)
  • 6/1951 Perrin AFB, TX (AT-6, T-28)
  • 12/1952 UPT Craig AFB, AL (T-33)
  • 4/1953 Fighter-Gunnery Nellis AFB, NV (F-80A, F-86E)
  • 4/1953-110/1955 479th Fighter-Bomber Wing/436th Fighter-Bomber Squadrn, George AFB, CA (F-86, F-25, F-100, F-86, H-10)
    413th Fighter Day Group/34th Fighter Day Squadron (Flt Cmdr, IP, Eng Test., A/C Accident Investigator.)
  • 10/1955 Released from Active Duty, joined Oklahoma Air National Guard
  • 1/1956 185th Fighter Squadron, Oklahoma ANG (F-80C, T-33)
  • 1961 65th Troop Carrier Squadron, David Field, OK
  • 1962-1971 184th TRS, Arkansas ANG, Fort Smith ANG Base (RF-84F, RF-101C, F-101B-F)
  • 1971-1972 184th Tactical Fighter Squadron (F-100F, F100D)
  • 1972-1990 Headquarters Oklahoma ANG, OKANG
  • 3/1/1990 Retired USAF

Awards and Decorations

 Legion of Merit
 Meritorious Service Medal
 Air Force Commendation Medal
 Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
 Combat Readiness Medal
 National Defense Service Medal
 Air Force Longevity Service Award with nine Oak Leaf Clusters
 Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Association Exceptional Service Award
 Oklahoma Meritorious Service Medal
 Governor’s Distinguished Unit Award Ribbon
 Oklahoma National Guard Long Service Award

Flight Info

T-6
T-33
L-20
C-119
F-80 A/B/C
F-86 E/F/H
RF-84 F
RF-101C
F-101 B/F
F-100 D/F

Command Pilot with over 2,500 hours

Military Education

  • 1975 Air Command and Staff College
  • 1978 National Defense University

Civilian Education

  • 1948 Central High School, Muskogee, OK
  • 1951 Clerk-typist school, Tennessee Polytechnic Institute Cookeville, TN
  • 1957 BBA University of Oklahoma
  • 1961 American Press Institute, Columbia University, New York City, NY