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
Robert G. Thorpe
Robert Thorpe graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1948 and enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 16. He went on to graduate from Pilot Training in 1954. He flew in 575 Combat Missions in Vietnam, retiring as a Major Senior Pilot in 1968.
Bob was a Charter member of the Beloit Land Lords Association and a Charter member and State Commander of the WI Chapter of Veterans of Underage Military Service.
(Source: Walworth County GazetteXtra, January 25, 2014)