The F-100 pilot’s often became Air Force leaders. Here three F-100 Pilot’s, Air Force Chief Gen Charles Gabriel, Lt Gen Merrill (Tony) McPeak, and BGen Jon A. Reynolds, Air Attache to China enroute to China for Airman for the first Airman to Airman talks.
Gen Gabriel came face to face with the Mig pilot he had shot down Flying an F-86 from Kimpo AB, Korea (Charlie slept in a tent during his Kimpo tour).
This will be our June Featured Article by SSS member Jon A, Reynolds.
Photos courtesy Jon and Emilee Reynolds
Donald W. Martin headed west May 6th, after a long struggle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Services are planned at the American Lutheran Church in Prescott, AZ on Saturday May 13th. Don began pilot training in 1952 at Bartow AB in Florida in the T-6. In 1953 he was
…..and a good time was had by all…the 2017 Vegas reunion was by any measure a resounding success…and here’s a photo preview. It was a cacophony of camaraderie – friends who had not seen each other since pilot training, or Luke, slapped each other on the back, shook hands, hugged,
As we review this past week’s Las Vegas reunion, think about this… the world needs to hear your story. The Super Sabre Society Board of Directors has been placing great emphasis on getting your biographies. Why? Because it’s time to share your story. This is not to be your typical
Yesterday, President Trump signed into law an act of Congress that designates March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, calling for the U.S. flag to be flown at half-mast. For those of us who were there, this is a time for memories and reflection. Often, when traveling to D.C.,
The mission of the Super Sabre Society is to “preserve the legacy of the F-100 Super Sabre and the men who flew it” – a simple statement, but very challenging to implement. It is a multi-faceted, complicated and long-term effort. The view of the Super Sabre Society Board is that
Keith Ferris, a world famous aviation artist (and Associate Member of the Super Sabre Society) begins each of his works with a small “OIL STUDY.” The picture you see here is the 8.5″H x 11″W oil study for 440. When completed, the finished, original oil painting will be accurately
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,
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
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
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
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 Brooks and two other U.S. Air Force pilots reported to North American Aviation Corporation’s Palmdale, Calif., factory and signed acceptance papers for three shiny new F-100C Super Sabres. The three men, members of the 1708th Ferrying Wing, Detachment 12, based at Kelly Air Force Base in Texas, would be flying the “Huns” to their new duty station at George Air Force Base, barely a 10-minute hop to the southeast, at Victorville. For the ferry pilots, who routinely trained to deliver new planes across oceans, the day’s assignment must have seemed like a walk in the park.
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
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
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
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
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 of votes that arrive late by mail.
Thanks to those who had the interest to run and congratulations to those elected – they deserve our support in a sometimes thankless job – Don Shepperd, President, The Super Sabre Society.
Bill Swendner (82) ..in his own words I was leading a flight of 4 F-4C’s out of Danang AB on 14 July (Bastille Day) 1966, to escort a flight of 4 F-105 Wild Weasels. We joined up with the WW’s over the Black River and they were a flight of three
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
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.
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!
Don Shepperd’s F-100 dedication, Joint Base Andrews, MD at the Air National Guard Readiness Center (their operational headquarters)
This is an emotional day for me, but for reasons you may not understand. It is NOT because my name is on this airplane but for what it represents. This aircraft happened because of Lt. Gen. (ret) Sid Clarke, former Director of the Air National Guard – Sid Clarke understood
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 can only be accessed thru that email. The voting will end on 31 Oct. Only Regular and Charter members can vote in this election.
Those who do not have an email account listed with the SSS, will be mailed a paper ballot on or about the first of October.
SSS Election Committee
Jerry “Killer” Key
Bill “Bullet” McDonald
I’m currently serving on the BOD of the SSS as your Director-at-Large. The position I’m now running for and seeking your vote. I was appointed by Don Shepperd and approved by the BOD in January, 2015 after Gordie Peterson took his final flight west. I joined the SSS in 2012.
My willingness to be nominated and serve as Director-at-Large for the Super Sabre Society comes from a desire to serve an organization composed of the most remarkable people to fly one of the most notable jet fighters in history. This organization was started to enable that remarkable group to convene
SSS Election Statement Eddie Bracken I sincerely want to continue serving as Vice President of the Super Sabre Society. For the past two years it has been a privilege and an honor to serve as Don Shepperd’s number two. Shep has brought new life to the organization and has established a
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 “ace” was not made official for more than 50 years, but thanks to a lifelong friend and a little help from the Soviet Union, Cleveland’s place among the flying stars was eventually assured. His biography, Once a Fighter Pilot, was published in 2012.