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, 36–40 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!

Stake Your Claim Scoreboard (and the DTDH Roundup). Click here for the I-32 SYC Scoreboard

What’s in the Fall 2016, Issue 32 of The Intake? Click either image below to view a full size preview of each page.


George eventually fulfilled his dream of flying the Hun.

The Front Cover image is from our Hun Fine Art Collection. It’s a pen & ink drawing by SSSer and aviation artist George Dubick, titled “Thunderbird Joinup.” On first sight, we selected it for Issue 32, and asked George to “succinctly” describe his inspiration/motivation for this esoteric work that peels back most of the wingman’s port cockpit. Here’s what the artist said: “Joinup…a word that embraces a whirlwind combination of mass, motion, energy, perception, body, mind, heart and spirit, fully committed. This winged steed, yielding to almost imperceptible control pressures by gloved hands, flight boots and minute thrust adjustments, answering the call for precision alignment position on Lead. Focus, Anticipate, Faith, Trust, Unified. We fly as One!” — G. Dubick  We judged his answer to be a good “Twitter-like” statement and asked for info about George’s background. We then devoted two whole pages to tell more about George and his passion for complex pen & ink drawings of his favorite airplanes — a must read on page 14.


Selfie of Mark screaming Geronimo

Our first full article in this issue by an SSSer/published author (Mark Berent) is on page 8. Promised last summer, this is a “prequel” to Mark’s “rumble in the jungle” article in Issue 31. This story is about Mark’s first acquaintance with Special Forces troops when he volunteered to earn Army Jump Wings while he was on a USAFE tour with the 388th FBW based at Etain AB, France, in 1956. Suffice to say that this adventure of Mark’s is vintage Berent; his prose (setting the background, describing the locations and situations, and reporting the action) is pure fighter pilot lingo that makes you feel you were there with him through it all!



Author Sandy & Guy in later, happier days

Our featured article in this issue is, again, from our growing series of tales told by spouses of our members that we call “From a Wife’s Perspective.” This one is by Guy Gruters’ wife, Sandy, titled Now It Begins … . As the story unfolds, we learn what she meant by the title is that after getting shot down on 9 NOV ’67 on his 10th MISTY mission, and returning home for a few weeks of convalescence, Guy returned to Vietnam and was shot down a second time on his 12th MISTY mission on 20 DEC ‘67. Unfortunately, unlike his first shoot-down from which he was rescued, this time, Guy’s and Sandy’s luck had run dry; he was captured and became a POW. Sandy was informed of that fact, and as she closes this story, she writes. “Little did I know that five years and three months would pass before Guy and I were reunited. But that’s a story for another day.” And so, in good time, we look forward to the happy ending—after reading the agony of a story titled Now It Begins … .


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Publisher Gatewood

Invitation to Join US: As members of the Super Sabre Society know, these three articles will be riveting, “must reads.” For those Hun drivers viewing this announcement, but who are not yet Society members, we hope the Front Cover and Contents, along with the promised reads of these three article synopses will stimulate you to go to our Join-up Page (click link here) and become one of us!

Just imagine 40 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 $35 per calendar year!

Bye for now.

  Medley Gatewood

Founding Member and Publisher of The Intake.

We’ll leave you with a copy of the proverbial “Big Picture” of Issue 32. All 40 pages!

Click Here to View Previews of All Published Issues of The Intake. 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!

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