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Lee Allmann headed west March 21, 2017.  Lee Started as a SAC Nav at Mountain Home, where he met wife Vicki, he went to USAF Pilot Traning, F-100 training at with the 522nd TFS at Cannon AFB, NM, Followed by a year with the 352nd TFS at Phan Rang in Viet Nam.  From there to...

Sept 26,1936-March 11, 2017 SSS member Col Jack Harris, USAF (Ret) headed west on March 11, 2017. Even as a young man, Jack's first love was flying. After graduation from the U of Bridgeport Jack joined the Air Force. He flew the F-100 in England, Germany and Vietnam. Later he flew the FB-111 at Pease and a second tour...

Colonel Paul “Rex” Hammock USAF (Ret.) Rex Hammock, 83, loving father, grandfather, and friend, passed headed west on March 8, 2017, after a long hospital stay. Born on May 27, 1933, in Long Beach, Rex spent the majority of his youth in San Diego. A seven-year boarding student at Army-Navy Academy in Carlsbad, he earned...

SS member Charles A. Watry headed west on February 27, 2017 at age 93. He was as in the Army Air Corps/USAF from 1944 to 1974. He was actively flying during entire 30 year career, and retired as a Colonel. He flew F-100's for three years with the 79th Fighter Bomber Squadron in the UK...

  SSS Member Col (Hank) Paul Rettinger, 95 headed west Sunday, February 19, 2017. Hank is survived by his wife of 69 years, Barbara J. Rettinger and three children, Paul Rettinger, Battleground WA. Lynn Newby, Austin, TX, & Babbs Chittenden, San Antonio, TX. Hank enlisted in the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program in 1943 and as...

Richard "RY" Youel Costain (81) headed west Feb 18, 2017 after a sudden bout of pneumonia. He passed away Saturday February 18, 2017 while surrounded by family.He will now begin a much anticipated eternal life with Sylvia, his beloved wife of 40 years, and Christy Ann, his daughter who passed when she was 5. R.Y. was...

35TFW, Phan Rang AB F-100’s 1968 120th TFS (ANG), 352 TFS, 614 TFS, and 615 TFS F-100 Pilot, Greg Butler did not hesitate.  "I immediately blew the canopy and was ejected," he said.  "I started tumbling until the parachute opened and then had a normal descent." Several Army helicopter gunships, operating north of the base, quickly diverted to...

Lieutenant General William J. Campbell (Ret) of Sarasota, FL. was born May 11, 1931 headed and west February 02, 2017. He was was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Test Pilot with the 1st Strategic Reconnaissance  Squadron (SR-71), from 1965 to 1969. Ref: United States Military Academy...

Super Sabre Society Charter member Harry D. Scott, 79, headed west Sunday, January 29, 2017 in Tallahassee, FL. He was born November 24, 1937 to Harold and Rubye Scott in Chattahoochee, FL. He was raised in Chattahoochee and graduated from Chattahoochee High School. Harry graduated in 1959 from Florida State University where he played trumpet in...

  Logan Jackson "Jack" Doub 08/28/1934 - 1/13/2017 Aviation Cadet to LtCol We lost a great F-100 pilot who started in the F-86 Sabre Jet and went on to fly the next fighter, the Super Sabre, for 11 years. He flew the F-100  in the most challenging and hazardous environments;  in combat at the height of the Vietnam...

Charter Super Saber Society member Elmer Slavey headed west January 12th, 2017. Elmer was a highly respected and decorated F-100 pilot with the Silver Star, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 34 Air Medals to his credit. He is Survived by his wife Charlene.  Services for Elmer  are currently being planned by Charlene and other members of...

This website continues to reach more F-100 fans from around the world, and it's presence is increased on Facebook and in Google search response. Our seasonal posts and updates often score 1000 visits in one week. Members and families benefit from this visibility because it enhances the legacy of F-100 Pilots. Less than half of our...

Never a Christmas morning, never an old year ends, but somebody somewhere thinks of – old days, old times, old friends – and that is us. As the grandkids and great grandkids gather around the Christmas tree at our feet by a warm fire, raucous over their presents, a smile comes across our face -...

Stanton (Stan) Smith (October 17, 1938 - December 15, 2016) retired from the Air National Guard in 1981 and from Northwest Airlines in 1998. Stan was a fighter pilot's fighter pilot, an outstanding South Dakota Guardsman, and a true patriot. Stan was born in Orange, New Jersey. While serving his country in Vietnam, he was a member...

Well known aviation artist and Associate SSS member  Keith Ferris and SSS CEO Hoppy Hopkins working on a rough sketch of what will be a full color, oil on canvas painting of the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center's F-100D, Serial No. 56-3440.   _________________________________ This working sketch portrays a 3rd TFW combat loaded "Hun" at liftoff on the...

When you’re preflighting an airplane that has just rolled out of the factory, you expect it to be perfect. But every pilot knows that perfection is elusive in aviation, and simple mistakes can snowball into disastrous mishaps within seconds. First Lieutenant Barty R. Brooks found that out the hard way on January 10, 1956. That afternoon...

SSS member Leo Joseph Canavan, Jr. headed West on November 19, 2016 at the age of 81. Leo is survived by his loving wife, Logan Iin Canavan, his daughters, Susan Ellis and husband Velton Ellis, Shae McKean, Sissy Letchman and husband Chuck Letchman, and Jennifer Stephens and husband Joe Stephens. After having five girls, he...

Happy Thanksgiving As we sit down today with family and friends for meals of turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce, we are reminded that there are many things for which to be thankful: We are thankful that our forefathers founded a great nation based upon freedom. We are thankful that wise men along the way saw fit to preserve...

SSS member Warren "Van" Vanderburgh, 74, headed west November 17, 2016. He was an extraordinary man. He was a fighter pilot and 14 time Top Gun. He retired from the Air Force but loved the flying fighters so much joined the reserves (Some play golf, he flew fighters on weekends). He flew 27 years in...

Paper ballots: 98 ballots sent USPS. 44 ballots returned. Vice President 44 votes cast Edward R. “Eddie” Bracken - 32 Lester G. "Les" Frazier – 12 Director at Large: 44 votes cast Richard “Dick” Pietro - 34 David G. “Dave” Mosby Mosby - 10 Votes submitted via Survey Monkey: 1272 ballots sent For VP: 693 votes cast Edward R....

From Covey FAC, Tim Eby I Enjoyed the AOPA video about the guys flying the Hun one-more-time. I was an OV-10 Covey FAC, Covey 540 in the 20th TASS based at Pleiku and flying the Laotian mission, 1970-71.  I may be your best non-Hun qualified fan. You guys were the most professional, most accurate, most reliable guys that...

Super Sabre Society Veterans Day Message It started with our grandparents, then it was our parents and aunts and uncles, then it was us, and now our kids and grandkids. Veterans all, we answered the nation’s call, not for money, not for fame, but for our country and for each other. We recall the trenches of...

The voting is complete - here are the results of the Super Sabre Society votes for Vice President and Director at Large - the final vote count will be certified in one week-ten days by the election committee composed of Bill McDonald, Jerry Key and Dewey Clawson - the likely changes are only a couple...

  Hun Pilot Extraordinaire, Honorary SSS Member  and Iconic in the history of aviation died this morning, according to reports. Bob Hoover, a World War II fighter pilot, former North American Aviation test pilot and world-renowned F-100 and other aircraft airshow pilot headed West Today (October 25, 20 16). Some of the  greatest pilots who ever lived, including...

James E. (Jim) Williamson of Richmond, TX, "flew his last flight" on October 13, 2016. He was born in Houston, TX on November 7, 1929 and graduated from Lamar High School in 1947. He was commissioned in 1951 as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S.A.F. and became a career jet fighter pilot with a combat...

All SSS members, The links below features the article and videos of the Ft. Wayne F-100 Flying event. On the video link, the main video is featured at the top of the page, followed by individual interviews and ending with Dean and his crew. I have some regrets. Due to deadlines and my time, I did...

GOLD COAST HOTEL & CASINO Online Registration begins about October 25th, 2016 Tuesday, 25 April 2017: Primary Registration Day, Dress - flight suits or flight jackets for an afternoon and evening happy hour to include light snacks and later, a casual light buffet dinner. Wednesday: 0730-1630 All day Yucca Flats excursion. Tour options to include Vegas Backstage...

SSS member Major General Earl J. Archer Jr., 88 headed west on October 3, 2016 at his residence in Sterling, VA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah E. Archer. He is survived by his children, CDR Stephen C. Archer USN (Ret.) (Sharon), Douglas J. Archer and Linda Yeatman (Douglas); his siblings, Ralph Archer...

SSS member Don Castleman, 82, born September 15, 1934 in Olney, TX to Luther W. and Bonita Castleman, passed away September 19th in Payson, AZ. He completed high school at Arlington Heights High School in Ft. Worth, TX, and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from North Texas State College in Denton, TX. While in college...

Courtesy of AOPA's Mike Fizer are video's from 5 flight's in Dean Cutrchall's clean F-100F. William B Lynch, MGen USAF (Ret) Gary Silence Richard Graham Robert Gold Mike Fizer promises more links to the AOPA videos next week,  Thanks to Mike, and AOPA!  ...

Col  Kenneth “Sam” Alton Shealy. USAF (Ret)  87, headed west on September 17, 2016. He is survived by wife, Marjorie A. Shealy, daughter Pamela K. Vann and son-in-law Thomas Vann, Colleen M. Moore, Susan L. Gaeta, Daniel S. Shealy and daughter-in-law Alison M. Shealy. Also surviving grandchildren Rachael (Mike) Sorboro, Patrick Moore, Connor Moore, Alexandria Gaeta,...

William (Bill) Whelchel was born on February 21, 1930 in Gainsville, Georgia and headed west September 16, 2016 in Niceville, Florida. Bill's life was celebrated October 2, 2016 in  Fort Walton Beach by his wife, Beverly Whelchel, with family and friends.  They celebrate his 86 years of life, where Bill faithfully served his family, friends...

Loving spouse of SSS Charter Member/Secretary Art Oken, Jeanette “Jenny” Frances Oken, 79, headed west on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Jenny was a devoted Air Force wife, mother and grandmother. She worked in real estate as a mortgage broker and as a paralegal at a law firm. Jenny married Arthur in Destin, FL in May...

SSS member Clarence P. "CP" Bell (82) headed west September 12, 2016 following a long illness.   Interment was at the Missouri Veterans' Cemetery, Springfield, MO. CP served as the 74th TFS Squadron Commander at England AFB. LA and  as an F-100 Pilot earlier in the 48FBW/492FBS, Luke AFB and during combat tour in Viet Nam. His last assignment...

On or about 1 October all Regular and Charter SSS members will receive an email with a link to your ballot for this election. When you get it, just click on the link provided and follow the directions. Do not forward that email to a friend. Your ballot can only be voted once and it...

An Ace 50 Years in the Making | Before Top Gun, there was Lt. Gen. Charles G. “Chick” Cleveland. And unlike today’s era of unmanned predator drones, Cleveland was at the controls during the dawn of the jet age, engaged in aerial dogfights over the infamous “MIG Alley” during the Korean War. His designation of...

SSS member Ben Lane Patterson, Jr. MajGen, USAF headed west peacefully at his home on August 8, 2016 in Rutledge, GA. He was born in Millen, Georgia in 1929 and later moved to Waycross, GA where he attended high school. He was a graduate of the Military Program of North Georgia College and there, earned his...

Richard James Miles passed away August 8, 2016, in Destin, Florida. Richard was born March 9, 1936 to Ralph and Irene Miles in Lewiston, Maine. He grew up in Auburn, Maine, and went to Edward Little High School. Upon graduation, he joined the US Air Force in 1954. After completing basic training, his first assignment was...

  February 1, 1946 – August 4, 2016 SSS Member William John Lamb—Bill to his friends, “Chops” to his fellow pilots—was born February 1st, 1946 in Mineola, NY to William and Doris Lamb. Bill grew up primarily in Lake Oswego, OR, attending Jesuit High School and the University of Portland. It was at the University of Portland...

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin-Legendary airshow performer R.A. Bob Hoover almost "Went West" on the eve of this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh due to life-threatening anemia. It could have deprived his body of oxygen as effectively as carbon monoxide poisoning. Fortunately, Dr. Robert Liddell was visiting the 94-year-old Hoover at his home in Palos Verdes, California. Liddell, who was...

  SSS Member Lt Col (Ret) Frank C. Gioco, age 80, of Tucson, AZ headed west  July 20, 2016. He was born in Methuen, MA, in 1936. Frank served in the United States Air Force for 21 years as a fighter pilot and was the recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses and nine air medals. He then...

SSS member Garrett Lynn Redeske headed west July 12, 2016. He graduated from Minnehaha Academy in June 1959. and began his college career at the University of Minnesota in September 1959. His engineering courses in Chemistry, Math and Physics as well as Biostatistics from the U of M Medical School helped Garrett obtain his job...

Good news: The second decade of our three-times-a-year journal begins when Issue 31 goes to the printer on 5 July 2016. It should be mailed from Fort Worth, TX, on 13 July via USPS First Class and in your hands soon thereafter (how soon depending on your whereabouts). We think you will be pleasantly surprised...

Happy 4th of July to those who came before us and gave us our freedom; to those who were in cockpits, in alert shacks and on flightlines with us to maintain it and to those who are fighting now to assure it's future - it is our honor to have served this great country -...

“One day we were going off to fly and I had forgotten it, and I got out to the airplane and I thought, ‘Oh crap I don’t have my scarf,’ so I quick grabbed the Jeep and went back and got it,” Haerter recalled. “It was almost like it would have been very bad mojo...

Photo Courtesy of Jon A. Reynolds 429th TFS, Cannon Deployed to Incirlik AB Turkey, June-Oct 1962 Front Row: Buchanan, Shoenberger, Col Mel Hodges C.O,, Walter Savage, Ops, Doughea, Paape, Graltwohl, Sam Shirk. Second Row: Woody Hall, Bob Revisky, Fredericks, Rick Goddard, Jon Reynolds, Al Vogelin, Baker. Third Row: Dick Nelson, Vince Kelly, John Leight, Bon Roksoz, Unknown, Tom Rush, Bob...

Watch breathtaking flights, inspiring pilot stories, and influential interviews with AOPA Live. Videos are available on demand. Source: Father's Day Tribute...