29 September 1954 – The North American F-100 Super Sabre entered service with the United States Air Force‘s 479th Fighter Wing. Initially, the new wing maintained tactical proficiency with the World War II-era F-51Ds inherited from the Air National Guard, then in February 1953 upgrading to the North American F-86H Sabre jet aircraft. The wing
Clyde Seiler - KIA
Major Clyde Seiler (Misty 73) was flying F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter-bomber #54-1897 when he was shot down by enemy ground fire while conducting a strafing mission in support of American forces.
Just two months earlier he had set the squadron record of flying its 5,000th combat sortie mission since the unit arrived in Vietnam in May 1968.
Major Seiler began his career in 1951, having 18 years of service, most if not all in the Air National Guard.
Clyde Seiler is buried or memorialized at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado. He is also honored on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC. Name inscribed at VVM Wall, Panel 28w, Line 64.