Famous and Notable F-100 Super Sabre Pilots
Bob Hoover – – North American Aviation F-100 test pilot and famous aircraft demonstration pilot and “pilot’s pilot”
George Welch – North American Aviation F-100 test pilot…the first to die in an F-100 accident
Chuck Yeager – First human to break the sound barrier and F-100 squadron command.
Col. Carlos Talbott – 1955 Bendix Trophy winner in F-100C with speed of 610.7 MPH.
Capt. Manual Fernandez Jr. – 1956 Bendix Trophy winner in F-100C with speed of 666.7.7 MPH.
Captains Al Lamb and Jack Donovan – First SAM site kill in North Vietnam
Captain Don Kilgus – Only “probable” Mig-15 kill in North Vietnam
Col. Bud Day – First Misty Commander, POW, and Medal of Honor recipient
Col. Leo Thornsess – POW and Medal of Honor recipient
Maj. Gen. Frederick “Boots” Blesse – Korean War F-86 double Ace, F-100 Squadron Commander and author of the fighter tactics book, No Guts, No Glory.
Maj. Gen. Don Sheppard – Misty Pilot, Air National Guard Director and author of Bury Us Upside Down and Editor of Misty.
General Michael J. Dugan – U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, 1 July 1990 – 17 September 1990
General Merrill A. McPeak – Misty Pilot and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, 30 October 1990 – 25 October 1994
General Ronal R. Fogelman – Misty Pilot and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, 26 October 1994 – 1 September 1997
Col. Wee Willie Wilson – Most F-100 hours.
Lt. Col. Dick Rutan – Misty Pilot and flew the first no-stop, non-refueled flight around the world in the Voyager aircraft designed and built by his brother, Burt Rutan.
Lt. Col. Bob Dunham – Last combat rated Hun pilot and co-founder of the Friends of the Super Sabre