The Intake

The Intake — Journal of the Super Sabre Society is published three times per year: mid-March, mid-July and mid-November. This publication is normally a full color, 36–44 page document produced entirely by a volunteer staff. It features F-100/Hun history, heroics and humor. Two popular recurring items are the Stake Your Claim (SYC) Dept. and its “Scoreboard,” which tracks which member holds what title to valid claims of achievement or derring-do done in or in association with an F-100, AND the Dumb Things Done in a Hun (DTDH) Dept. and its “Roundup,” which tracks “who done it” and what they did!

I-41 Stake Your Claim “Scoreboard” (and the DTDH “Roundup”).  Click here for both documents.

What’s in the Fall 2019, Issue 41 of The Intake? Click either image below to view a full size preview of each page.

And IT Was Just That!

This Front Cover image is another picture taken during the Vietnam War by intrepid photographers from the USAF Aerospace Audiovisual Service (AAVS), Headquartered at Norton AFB from 1966-1990. The USAF SEA Tail Code “SK” indicates that the jet belonged to the 188th TFS (ANG) activated from their home base at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.

Famous “Taco” Call Sign.

We chose this front cover picture for this edition of our journal because the “TACOs” are featured in the ANG Call-up article Part 2 on page 24 of Issue 40, and we had not discovered the color version of the picture until Issue 40 was out the door. So, here’s to the recently found “Enchilada Air Force” color picture of one of their Huns … a bit late, but never forgotten!

Our first featured article for Issue 41 is on page 9. It is by SSSer and Aviation Writer John Lowery. Titled “The One-Way Nuclear Mission,” It was first published in the October 2017 “Air Force Magazine.” John’s intro sets the stage as to why the missions were worth the human costs of One-Way missions: “President Dwight D. Eisenhower, upon taking office in 1953, officially recognized the tremendous threat to America’s European allies by the Soviet Union’s massive conventional military forces. NATO faced a possible invasion by 175 active Soviet divisions, with another 125 reserve divisions deployable within a month. Neither the U.S. nor the war-weary NATO countries could afford to rebuild armies that could match the Soviet numbers. Eisenhower decided that the only reasonable counter was to equip Air Force jet fighters based in Europe with “tactical” nuclear weapons. These could be targeted on the massed Soviet forces and infrastructure, offering either a deterrent or, failing that, a way to effectively fight a third world war.

John Lowery talks one-way TAC Nuke Alert.

The advantage of this approach was that the U.S. already had a significant inventory of atomic weapons, while the Soviet Union, which had detonated its first atomic bomb in 1949, did not [yet].”

After this intro, John delves deep into the steep learning curves that allowed this “easy to say — hard to do” concept to become another potent element of the nuclear feathers in the U.S. and NATO’s Cold War Quivers.” All in all, it’s a professional peek into the early years comprising “nuclear deterrence.” For various reasons, it was sometimes a scary time!

Bill Kriz remembers a TDY supporting SAC Nuke Alert.

Our second designated “Feature” article for Issue 41 is at page 27. Here’s what SSSer Bill Kriz says about what motivated him to write: “I enjoyed Bob Seal’s account of his days in the Hun in issues 36 and 37. He fondly mentioned a TDY to Moron AB in Spain, and although I was at George AFB at the same time, his account was a bit different than my recollections of my TDY to Moron. Perhaps the difference was because we were in different units and my 309th TFS tour at Moron began in March, 1959, before Bob’s 308th TFS tour began in June, 1959. So here goes my ‘Moron Memories story.” And the memories are told in fascinating detail!

As you can see, in the Super Sabre Society environment, it’s easy for one story-teller to stimulate another story-teller, as happened here to Bill. Similarly, we often select articles on purpose to support another article. That is the case here where Bill’s TDY to Moron was to support nuke alert performed by SAC with their B-47s, not by TAC Air. As you will note … the differences between the two Major Commands (MAJCOMs) are huge.


For a closer glance at the full menu of items in this issue, please click on the Table of Contents page above.

Medley Gatewood 10Invitation to Join US: As members of the Super Sabre Society know, ALL of our journal’s articles are riveting, “must reads.” For those Hun drivers viewing this announcement, but who are not yet Society members, we hope the Front Cover and our featured articles, along with the promised reads in the Table of Contents will stimulate you to go to our Join-up Page (click link here) and become one of us!

Just imagine 36-44 or more real pages in your own hands full of astounding stories of Hun-related history, heroics and humor. What’s not to like for three issues per year, plus lots of other member benefits, for only $50 per calendar year! Bye for now.

Medley Gatewood
Founding SSS Member and Publisher of The Intake.

We’ll leave you with a copy of the proverbial “Big Picture” of Issue 41. All 40 pages!

Check out both the Front and Back Covers!!!

If you were ever an F-100 Pilot, Wild Weasel “Bear,” or Flight Surgeon aircrew, and you’re NOT an SSS member, you’re going to want to join up after looking at this colorful collection of Hun-driver eye candy. So, click on the Regular Membership Application link on our Home Page and just DO IT!

 ***** SSS Members can view full PDF copies of all published issues in The Intake archives when logged into our secure Member Area with their email address and personal passwords. If you are a late joiner, you’ll have many an hour … perhaps weeks or months … of catch-up reading to do, starting from Issue One to present day Issue 41!