Dale C. Tabor



Preferred Name:
Dale

Nickname/Call Sign: Lancer

Date of Birth: August 26, 1938

Highest Military Grade Held: Major General

Hometown: Clyde, TX

Biography

F-100 Biography by Dale Tabor 
I attended pilot training at Webb AFB and was in the first T-38 class (63A). Initially we were allotted 3 fighter slots. Since I was 6th in the class, there was little hope of getting a fighter. I initially selected to stay there as an IP. A few days later, six more fighter slots appeared and I selected an F-100. It turned out that because we were the first T-38-trained guys, the powers that be wanted a bigger sample. Second Lieutenant Tabor was getting an F-100.
At Luke, F-100 training seemed easy and as the top guy, I selected Lakenheath, England for the start of my operational F-100 career.  Flying in Europe was the best training ground any pilot could have: weather, tough ranges, air refueling, training at Wheelus, Libya, and sitting Victor Alert were all part of learning the trade. I have been wanting to “stake my claim” as the only F-100 pilot to not only knock off the tanker’s air refueling basket but to bring it back to home base. In the Issue 37 of the Intake magazine, I notice that Bill Kriz staked that claim. During my four years in Europe, I flew over 1,000 hours in the hun.
I attended F-100 Fighter Weapons School on my way to Phan Rang AB, Vietnam, where I was the wing weapons officer. I flew 223 combat missions in South Vietnam and had only one incident of battle damage: a 50 cal. hole in my horizontal stabilizer. 
To sum up my F-100 days, I flew over 1800 hours in the Hun on four continents without so much as a major emergency. I love that airplane. 

Units Assigned

  • UPT, Webb Air Force Base, TX (T-38)
  • F-100 training, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 48th Tactical Fighter Wing at RAFS, Lakenheath, England
  • Tactical Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV
  • 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam (F-100- 366.5 combat hours,223 combat missions)
  • 2/1969-1970 Student UCLA
  • 9/1970-1972Headquarters, Tactical Air Command,  operations staff officer for the Directorate of Requirements, Langley Air Force Base, VA
  • Air Command and Staff College
  • 434th Tactical Fighter Squadron, an F-4 IP, assistant operations officer, wing executive officer George AFB, CA (F-4 Phantom)
  • 1974-1975 A-10/A-7 evaluation fly-off directed by Congress
  • 1975 F-4 IP, George AFB, CA (F-4)
  • 1975 A-10 initial operational test and evaluation team, Edwards AFB, CA (A-10)
  • 8/1976-9/1979 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron/355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
  • 1980 National War College
  • 7/1980 Headquarters, USAF, as chief of the Tactical Fighter Requirements Division in the Directorate of Research, Development and Acquisition, Washington, DC
  • 4/1982-3/1984 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, RAFS Bentwaters, England
  • 3/1984-5/1988 Headquarters US Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, West Germany
  • 5/ 1988-3/1991 Commander of Technical Training Center, Lowry AFB, CO
  • 3/1991-11/1993 Commander, Sheppard Training Center, Sheppard AFB, TX
  • 11/1993 Retired USAF

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Medal (with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters)
AF Commendation Medal

Flight Info

T-38
F-100
F-4
A-10
Command Pilot
Flight Hours: 4000+

Military Education

  • 1961 BS Aeronautical Engineering, USAFA
  • 1973 Air Command and Staff College
  • 1980 National War College

Civilian Education

  • 1970 MS/Aeronautical Engineering, University of California at Los Angeles
Biography

Biography

F-100 Biography by Dale Tabor 
I attended pilot training at Webb AFB and was in the first T-38 class (63A). Initially we were allotted 3 fighter slots. Since I was 6th in the class, there was little hope of getting a fighter. I initially selected to stay there as an IP. A few days later, six more fighter slots appeared and I selected an F-100. It turned out that because we were the first T-38-trained guys, the powers that be wanted a bigger sample. Second Lieutenant Tabor was getting an F-100.
At Luke, F-100 training seemed easy and as the top guy, I selected Lakenheath, England for the start of my operational F-100 career.  Flying in Europe was the best training ground any pilot could have: weather, tough ranges, air refueling, training at Wheelus, Libya, and sitting Victor Alert were all part of learning the trade. I have been wanting to “stake my claim” as the only F-100 pilot to not only knock off the tanker’s air refueling basket but to bring it back to home base. In the Issue 37 of the Intake magazine, I notice that Bill Kriz staked that claim. During my four years in Europe, I flew over 1,000 hours in the hun.
I attended F-100 Fighter Weapons School on my way to Phan Rang AB, Vietnam, where I was the wing weapons officer. I flew 223 combat missions in South Vietnam and had only one incident of battle damage: a 50 cal. hole in my horizontal stabilizer. 
To sum up my F-100 days, I flew over 1800 hours in the Hun on four continents without so much as a major emergency. I love that airplane. 

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • UPT, Webb Air Force Base, TX (T-38)
  • F-100 training, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 48th Tactical Fighter Wing at RAFS, Lakenheath, England
  • Tactical Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV
  • 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam (F-100- 366.5 combat hours,223 combat missions)
  • 2/1969-1970 Student UCLA
  • 9/1970-1972Headquarters, Tactical Air Command,  operations staff officer for the Directorate of Requirements, Langley Air Force Base, VA
  • Air Command and Staff College
  • 434th Tactical Fighter Squadron, an F-4 IP, assistant operations officer, wing executive officer George AFB, CA (F-4 Phantom)
  • 1974-1975 A-10/A-7 evaluation fly-off directed by Congress
  • 1975 F-4 IP, George AFB, CA (F-4)
  • 1975 A-10 initial operational test and evaluation team, Edwards AFB, CA (A-10)
  • 8/1976-9/1979 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron/355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
  • 1980 National War College
  • 7/1980 Headquarters, USAF, as chief of the Tactical Fighter Requirements Division in the Directorate of Research, Development and Acquisition, Washington, DC
  • 4/1982-3/1984 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, RAFS Bentwaters, England
  • 3/1984-5/1988 Headquarters US Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, West Germany
  • 5/ 1988-3/1991 Commander of Technical Training Center, Lowry AFB, CO
  • 3/1991-11/1993 Commander, Sheppard Training Center, Sheppard AFB, TX
  • 11/1993 Retired USAF

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Medal (with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters)
AF Commendation Medal

Flight Info

T-38
F-100
F-4
A-10
Command Pilot
Flight Hours: 4000+

Military Education

  • 1961 BS Aeronautical Engineering, USAFA
  • 1973 Air Command and Staff College
  • 1980 National War College

Civilian Education

  • 1970 MS/Aeronautical Engineering, University of California at Los Angeles
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