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!

Stake Your Claim “Scoreboard” (and the DTDH “Roundup”).  Click here for the I-35 SYC Scorboard

What’s in the Fall 2017, Issue 35 of The Intake? Click either image below to view a full size preview of each page.

This Front Cover image is from our popular “Hun Fine Art” Collection. It’s a painting by a British street artist named Dion Pears that was bought by SSSer Bob Colman when he discovered it in London’s famous Covent Garden Market in 1971. On page 7, we have published Bob’s account of his encounter with the art and the artist (and his inspiration), the purchase itself (quite humorous in terms of barter and the  “coin of the realm”), and the 45-year journey of the art from London to its final resting place. That being the “Super Sabre Memorial Exhibit” in the Military Aircraft Restoration Society’s Air Museum at North Canton, OH. See picture at right.

Our featured article in this issue on page 9 is a four-pager by SSSer Lacy Breckenridge about the 523rd  TFS’s  deployment from Cannon AFB, NM, to the NATO air base at Chambley, France, in response to the Berlin Crisis of 1961. Lacy’s squadron was the first USAF combat flying unit to arrive in France to answer the call for more Tactical Air. We’ve published several stories about the Berlin Crisis of 1961, but we view this as “the definitive article” because of its length and the author’s rich reporting of details (both large and small) that provides the reader with a feeling of having been there themselves. Lacy’s “Prequel” sets the tone of the overall tale: ” ‘American people, don’t let them do this to us!’ With that short sentence from Lt. Jack Frantz, our busload of 27 fighter pilots broke out in loud spontaneous laughter—he broke the ice! Prior to that, it was a completely quiet, serious and somber atmosphere as we were being bused to our F-100s.” And so the saga begins; typical fighter pilot behavior . . . before they flew into harms way!

The second article mentioned on the front cover  is a long-lost article featuring the irrepressible SSSer known by many as Wee Willie Wilson who flew west on February 6, 2014. The lost article was written by a Starts & Stripes newspaper Staff Correspondent, MSGT. Bill Bradford, in 1967. We’re not sure if Bradford wrote the inside story “‘Count’ Flies Last Mission” entirely by himself, or if he simply wrote an introduction to the inner story that may have been given to him by Wee Willie himself. It doesn’t really matter, because the true Wee Willie Wilson shines through, regardless. And to we who knew him well  . . .  a tear comes easily, as we read the long lost “Count Wilson der Blitzkrieg von Phan Rang” saga on page 25. RIP, Willie.

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

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Publisher Gatewood

Invitation to Join US: As members of the Super Sabre Society know, these three articles alone 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 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 $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 35. All 40 pages!

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 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 35!