G. “Bill” Van Dyke



Preferred Name:
Bill

Nickname/Call Sign: Prefab

Date of Birth: April 28, 1939

Highest Military Grade Held: Major General, O8

Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Biography

“I was told I was the last person on earth to drop Napalm during an F-100 flight on the Luke AFB north/south TAC range. Bob Cassaro and Sean Ryan were in the flight but I was number 4
and dropped the last two.”
After retiring from the USAF in 1999, Bill took up building Hot Rods, particularly the 1932 Roadster.

Units Assigned

  • 1966 Craig AFB, AL (T-37,T-33)
  • 1966 Perrin AFB,TX (F-102, T-33)
  • 1966 152nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Tucson ANG, AZ (F-102)
  • 1970 Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 1971 162nd Tactical Fighter Training Group, AZANG (F-102 Instructor Pilot)
  • 1976 Davis Monthan AFB, AZ (A-7D)
  • 1977 162nd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Tucson ANG AZ (A-7D,A7-K Instructor Pilot)
  • 1985 Tyndall AFB, FL (F-16A/B)
  • 1986 162nd Tactical Fighter Training Group, Tucson AZ (F16A & B Instructor Pilot
  • 1986-1999 162nd Tactical Fighter Training Group Commander, Tucson, AZ
  • 1999 Retired as Adjutant General

Awards & Decorations

AF Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Force Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service
Armed Forces Reserve

Flight Info

T-37
T-33
F-102
F-100
A-7 D
F-16 A/B
Flight Hours: 4900 flying hours, single seat, single engine

Military Education

Air War College

Civilian Education

BA/Architecture

Biography

Biography

“I was told I was the last person on earth to drop Napalm during an F-100 flight on the Luke AFB north/south TAC range. Bob Cassaro and Sean Ryan were in the flight but I was number 4
and dropped the last two.”
After retiring from the USAF in 1999, Bill took up building Hot Rods, particularly the 1932 Roadster.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1966 Craig AFB, AL (T-37,T-33)
  • 1966 Perrin AFB,TX (F-102, T-33)
  • 1966 152nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Tucson ANG, AZ (F-102)
  • 1970 Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 1971 162nd Tactical Fighter Training Group, AZANG (F-102 Instructor Pilot)
  • 1976 Davis Monthan AFB, AZ (A-7D)
  • 1977 162nd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Tucson ANG AZ (A-7D,A7-K Instructor Pilot)
  • 1985 Tyndall AFB, FL (F-16A/B)
  • 1986 162nd Tactical Fighter Training Group, Tucson AZ (F16A & B Instructor Pilot
  • 1986-1999 162nd Tactical Fighter Training Group Commander, Tucson, AZ
  • 1999 Retired as Adjutant General

Awards & Decorations

AF Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Force Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service
Armed Forces Reserve

Flight Info

T-37
T-33
F-102
F-100
A-7 D
F-16 A/B
Flight Hours: 4900 flying hours, single seat, single engine

Military Education

Air War College

Civilian Education

BA/Architecture

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