2015 Reunion Recap
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335 Attended the Dayton Reunion in April
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SSS CEO Hoppy Hopkins at the podium welcomes 335 of his best friends
Air Combat Command’s Commander General J. Hawk Carlisle and wife Gillian enjoy the SSS dinner at the USAF Museum and the members enjoyed them. Gen. Carlisle’s speech, delivered amongst aircraft we flew, was the hit of the evening.
See All Posts Video of the Month Interview by Shep (5/14/2015) - I have put together the first SSS.com monthly video interview with Jim LaChance and Bob Kruse, taken at Dayton. Unfortunately near the end I got my finger in front of the microphone and the sound is a bit weird, but you can still get the drift – will interview more SSS members in Tucson for […] John Edward “Jack” Donovan Sr headed west (5/10/2015) - Major John Edward “Jack” Donovan Sr. (USAF Ret) Tucson, AZ—Major John Edward “Jack” Donovan, Sr. (USAF Ret), 82, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Jack was born in Butte, Montana on April 4, 1933 to Richard and Julia Piazzola Donovan. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at […] Toss Bomb from our founder (5/5/2015) - The two pics below were sent to me by the daughter of SSSter Denny Cordero [RIP]. Denny was in the 322nd FDG at Foster AFB, Texas. While the black and white photo may have been taken at Foster, the color photo sure as hell wasn’t. Anyone know where the photo was taken? That’s Denny back there, […] F-100 Super Sabre flew most missions in Vietnam (4/26/2015) - The last combat F-100 departed Vietnam in 1971, after nearly eight years of combat. Super Sabres flew 360,283 combat sorties. The four tactical fighter wings in Vietnam (3rd, 31st, 35th and 37th) exceeded the number of combat sorties flown by 15,000-plus P-51 Mustangs in World War II. The Air Force lost 186 F-100 Super Sabres to anti-aircraft […] Higgy Higginbotham headed west February 18th (4/20/2015) - Colonel William Gordon Higginbotham, Jr., USAF (Ret.) February 12, 1931 — February 18, 2015 flew west. Known as “Higgy” to everyone who knew him, and for as long as anybody can remember, he was born in Patterson, La. to Coach “Hickey” and Mayme Higginbotham. He graduated from Baton Rouge High School where he was a Louisiana Hall of Fame football, baseball, swimming and track member. He attended […] Arlington flyby planned for Lyle L. Beckers (3/31/2015) - The Pentagon approved a Fly-Over for Lyle on April 6th, 2015. The Maryland Air National Guard will be flying the A-10 Warthog SuperSabre Society member Lyle L. Beckers, 81 left us on September 26th. No doubt his skills developed with the sometimes temperamental F-100 helped him score two Mig Kills in early and late while Commanding […] Carmine R. “Dick” Bassano headed west March 29th (3/29/2015) - From SSS Bio. Obituary not located: Dick was Born 22 Feb 1936 in Brooklyn NY and graduated from Academy of Aeronautics Aug, 1958 with AAS in Aircraft Design Technology Joined USAF on 8 Dec ’58, Pilot Training Class 60F and was commissioned in USAFR Mar 1960. Assigned to Luke AFB for F-100 transition, then to […] Charles Hugh Smith headed west (3/29/2015) - Charles Hugh (whispering) Smith, F-100 pilot and Misty 38 from Jan – May 1968, flew west on 23 March 2015 in Burleson, Texas. Hugh was born in Weinert, Feb. 8, 1938, to parents Henry and Hazel Smith. He attended Mattson High School and McMurray College in Abilene. He later graduated from Texas Tech in Lubbock. […] Bob Franke headed west (3/27/2015) - Robert Duane Franke was a Super Sabre Society member and well known Air National Guard Commander. He was born February 24, 1941, and raised on a farm near Ossian, IN. He unexpectedly passed into his heavenly home on March 27, 2015. He was a loving husband, beloved father, adored grandfather, admired brother and devoted follower […]
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