F-100 Stories (and the F-4 too)

Happy Veteran’s Day!

The Super Sabre Society has invited Arnold and me to talk at their next reunion in San Antonio in the spring of 2019. Yes, it’s a little far out, but I’m already looking forward to it! We’ll be talking about the F-100 of course, not the E-1 and homebuilt aircraft, but I suppose the E-1 could come up since the F-100 played a role in the E-1’s aileron design. Also, Arnold’s experiences in flying the F-100 long distances gave him the confidence that he could stay awake for an 18-hour flight.

The Super Sabre Society has posted some of Arnold’s writings about the early days of the F-100. You can read these at https://supersabresociety.com/ever-wonder-like-fly-f-100a-1955/.

I also published an article about the F-100 and the 1955 Bendix Race in Air & Space magazine that you can read here: https://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/when-slower-was-faster-1-180952131/

Here’s a couple of pictures of Arnold with the F-100, one in Vietnam in 1968 and one taken with a display F-100 at Luke AFB in Arizona during a Veteran’s Day trip last year:

Since it’s Veteran’s Day, here’s a picture of me too, from my days flying in the backseat of F-4s at Edwards AFB (circa 1988). This particular RF-4C even had my name stenciled on the rear canopy:

 

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