Today in History – March 30, 1966 – Capt. Robert Charles Oaks ejects from F-100D #553534

30 March 1966: Bob Oaks was assigned to the 316th TFS at Tan Son Nhut Air Base near Saigon. On a mission over South Vietnam, his aircraft was hit on the left wing by small arms fire. He ejected from his F-100D (#0039D) and was recovered uninjured. (1) General Robert Oaks is a member of the Super Sabre Society. To read his full bio, go to

30 March 1967: Capt. David Carl Lindberg “Ramrod 8” is assigned to the 531 TFS out of Bien Hoa. On a mission in F-100 (#563027) over Laos, the aircraft is hit on the right wing by gunfire. Capt. Lindberg is forced to eject and is recovered uninjured by a USAF helo.

30 March 1982: The Space Shuttle program: STS-3 Mission is completed with the landing of Columbia at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. (2)

(1)(2) Sources:,,  Wikipedia.

Information on F-100 pilots is thanks to Dewey Clauson’s industrious research.

To all of you, please stay healthy and safe.

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