Richard Y. Costain


 

Preferred Name: Richard

Nickname/Call Sign: RY

Date Of Birth: 04-26-1935

Highest Military Grade Held: Lt. Col, O 5

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

Biography

Flew continually from 1955 – 1992 (37 years), with one 11-month stand-down due to injuries sustained from a 1982 ejection. Member, Caterpillar Club and Martin-Baker Tie Club.

Units Assigned

  • 1955-57: USAF Aviation Cadet. Air Training Command, Lackland AFB, Stallings AB, NC; Greenville AFB, MS 30 Oct 1957 Class 58B T-34, T-28, T-33
  • 1957-62: 175th FIS, SDANG, Foss Field, SD; F-94C, F-89D & J; F-102; T-33
  • 1962-64: 613th TFS, 401st TFW, England AFB, LA; F-100D
  • 1964-65: 1st Air Commando Squadron, 34th Tactical Group, Bien Hoa AB, Viet Nam; A-1
  • 1965-68: 10th TFS, 50th TFW, Hahn AB, Germany; F-100, F-4D
  • 1968-70: 8th TFS, 49th TFW, Holloman AFB, NM; F-4D
  • 1970-71: United States Army C&GSC, Ft. Leavenworth, KS: Also did ICAF by correspondence. T-41B
  • 1971-75: USAF Academy, Colorado Springs, CO; T-33, T-41, Sailplanes
  • 1975-76: 19th TASS, 51st Composite Wing, Osan AB, Korea; OV-10
  • 1976-79: Rocky Mountain Liaison Region for Search & Rescue; Various civilian singles and twins
  • 1979: Retired from the USAF
  • 1979-92: Flight Systems, Inc., Newport Beach and Mojave, CA; Canadair T-33, F-86 Mk V, F-86 Mk VI, F-100
  • 1992 – Retired – Only punched out once.

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

Military Education

  • SOS
  • US Army Command and General Staff College (C&GSC)
  • Industrial College of the Armed Forces

Civilian Education

  • Two Master of Arts degrees and one Bachelor of Science degree.
Biography

Biography

Flew continually from 1955 – 1992 (37 years), with one 11-month stand-down due to injuries sustained from a 1982 ejection. Member, Caterpillar Club and Martin-Baker Tie Club.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1955-57: USAF Aviation Cadet. Air Training Command, Lackland AFB, Stallings AB, NC; Greenville AFB, MS 30 Oct 1957 Class 58B T-34, T-28, T-33
  • 1957-62: 175th FIS, SDANG, Foss Field, SD; F-94C, F-89D & J; F-102; T-33
  • 1962-64: 613th TFS, 401st TFW, England AFB, LA; F-100D
  • 1964-65: 1st Air Commando Squadron, 34th Tactical Group, Bien Hoa AB, Viet Nam; A-1
  • 1965-68: 10th TFS, 50th TFW, Hahn AB, Germany; F-100, F-4D
  • 1968-70: 8th TFS, 49th TFW, Holloman AFB, NM; F-4D
  • 1970-71: United States Army C&GSC, Ft. Leavenworth, KS: Also did ICAF by correspondence. T-41B
  • 1971-75: USAF Academy, Colorado Springs, CO; T-33, T-41, Sailplanes
  • 1975-76: 19th TASS, 51st Composite Wing, Osan AB, Korea; OV-10
  • 1976-79: Rocky Mountain Liaison Region for Search & Rescue; Various civilian singles and twins
  • 1979: Retired from the USAF
  • 1979-92: Flight Systems, Inc., Newport Beach and Mojave, CA; Canadair T-33, F-86 Mk V, F-86 Mk VI, F-100
  • 1992 – Retired – Only punched out once.

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

Military Education

  • SOS
  • US Army Command and General Staff College (C&GSC)
  • Industrial College of the Armed Forces

Civilian Education

  • Two Master of Arts degrees and one Bachelor of Science degree.