2013 San Antonio Air Force Ball - Slideshow

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Slideshow that played during the Air Force Ball held on 20 Sep 2013 at the Grand Hyatt, San Antonio.

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2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALLInto the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

66YEARS19/18/2013Created by: MSgt Stephen Holdenried & (M)Sgt Michael Rowley2013 Air Force BallF-51 Mustang

Was main fighter in Korean War until the F-86 took over that role.

1956Fighter, Bomber1942

Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALLSPECIFICATIONS:OPERATIONSSUPPORTED:RETIRED:INTRODUCED:PRIMARY FUNCTION:

August 5, 1950Hanchang, KoreaDuring a close air support mission, antiaircraft fire damaged his F-51. Rather than abandon his aircraft, he continued the attack under heavy fire. His aircraft was again damaged, and he dived to his death onto the enemy gun battery.

August 24, 1951Maj Louis J. SebilleInto the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

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F-22 Raptor2005Stealth Air Superiority FighterHas additional capability to include ground attack, electronic warfare and signals intelligenceLangley, Holloman, Eglin, Nellis, Tyndall, Edwards, Elmendorf, and HickamInto the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALLSPECIFICATIONS:INTRODUCED:PRIMARY FUNCTION:NOTABLE FACTS:STATIONED:

September 14, 1951Near Yangdok, KoreaHe successfully attacked an enemy supply train. When he ran out of ammunition, he used a searchlight mounted on his aircraft to illuminate the target for another B-26. Despite heavy antiaircraft fire, he continued to light the area. His B-26 was hit and crashed into surrounding mountains and exploded.June 12, 1954Capt John S. Walmsley, Jr.Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

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A-1 Skyraider

VietnamFirst arrived at Bien Hoa Air Base in 1964, assigned to 1st SOS, call sign Hobo.Provided critical close air support to ground forces1970Attack1962

Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALLSPECIFICATIONS:OPERATIONSSUPPORTED:RETIRED:INTRODUCED:PRIMARY FUNCTION:Maj George A. DavisFebruary 10, 1952Near Sinuiju-Yalu River, KoreaHe encountered 12 MiG-15s approaching friendly fighter-bombers on an interdiction mission. He sped into combat and quickly destroyed two MiGs. While pursuing a third MiG, his aircraft sustained a direct hit and crashed. At his death, he had 14 victories in Korea to his credit. He was posthumously promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1953.May 14, 1952

Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALLMEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT:WHEN:WHERE:WHAT:GIVEN:

F-16 Fighting Falcon

1978Multi-Role Fighter / Air Superiority Day FighterSince Sept. 11, 2001, it has been major component of the combat forces fighting terrorism. Supported Op Noble Eagle, Enduring & Iraqi FreedomHill, Luke, Shaw, Lackland, Aviano, Spangdahlem, Eielson, Kunsan, Misawa, Osan Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALLSPECIFICATIONS:INTRODUCED:PRIMARY FUNCTION:NOTABLE FACTS:STATIONED:November 22, 1952Near Sniper Ridge, North KoreaDuring a close air support mission, his flight was dive-bombing enemy gun positions. He was hit repeatedly by ground fire during his dive. Instead of withdrawing, he aimed his F-80 directly at the gun positions and deliberately crashed into them, destroying them. an Air Force Base in Maine was named in his honor.

October 1, 1954Maj Charles J. Loring, Jr.

Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

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P-38 LightningWWII - Was used most successfully in the Pacific theater and the China-Burma-India theaterFirst fighter to fly faster than 400 mph.1949Fighter Aircraft1941Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALLSPECIFICATIONS:OPERATIONSSUPPORTED:RETIRED:INTRODUCED:PRIMARY FUNCTION:March 10, 1966A Shau, VietnamUnder attack by 2K North Vietnamese Army regulars, and low ceiling, one of his wingman crash landed. Believing his fellow airman would be captured or killed, he landed on a severely damaged airstrip, rescued the downed airman, and retook flight. escaping heavy ground fire.January 19, 1967Maj Bernard F. Fisher

Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

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F-35 Lightning II

2006Multi-Role FighterDescended from the X-35 and the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.Eglin & TyndallInto the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALLSPECIFICATIONS:INTRODUCED:PRIMARY FUNCTION:NOTABLE FACTS:STATIONED:April 11, 1966Near Cam My, VietnamInitially, he was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, was later awarded the MOH for treating and protecting scores of wounded infantrymen while under intense enemy fire and being mortally wounded himself, in a rain forest stronghold near the Vietnamese capital of Saigon.December 8, 2000A1C William H. Pitsenbarger

Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

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F-82 Twin MustangKorean WarThe first three North Korean aircraft destroyed by U.S. forces were shot down by this aircraft.

1953Long-Range Escort Fighter1946Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALLSPECIFICATIONS:OPERATIONSSUPPORTED:RETIRED:INTRODUCED:PRIMARY FUNCTION:Capt Hilliard A. WilbanksFebruary 24, 1967Near Da Lat, VietnamA forward air controller, he was flying a recon mission 100 miles north of Saigon and spotted large communist force waiting to ambush a group of Army Rangers. He warned the Rangers by radio, opened fire with phosphorous rockets, then later with a M-16. He received a mortal wound on his third strafe and crashed nearby.January 24, 1968

Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALLMEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT:WHEN:WHERE:WHAT:GIVEN:

F-15 Eagle1976

Air Superiority FighterThey accounted for 36 of the 39 Air Force air-to-air victories during the first Gulf WarMountain Home, Seymour Johnson, RAF Lakenheath, KadenaInto the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALLSPECIFICATIONS:INTRODUCED:PRIMARY FUNCTION:NOTABLE FACTS:STATIONED:March 10, 1967Over North Vietnam50 miles north of Hanoi on an attack run, he, along with his wingman, were the only two left to destroy key antiaircraft defenses. Despite extensive damage to his aircraft and continuing antiaircraft fire, he successfully flew repeated close range strikes to silence enemy defensive position.February 8, 1968Capt Merlyn H. Dethlefsen

Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

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F-111 AardvarkVietnam: Participated in Operation Linebacker and Operation Linebacker II.Flew more than 4K combat missions in Vietnam with only six combat losses. 1998Interdictor, Fighter & Strategic Bomber1967Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALLSPECIFICATIONS:OPERATIONSSUPPORTED:RETIRED:INTRODUCED:PRIMARY FUNCTION:April 19, 1967Over North VietnamIn a F-105 aircraft, on a surface-to-air missile (SAM) suppression mission, he, along with his wingman, attacked and silenced two SAM sites. With his wingman shot down, he relayed their location and downed one MIG-17. He left for fuel yet returned early to damage another MIG and drive three away, all on very little fuel.November 6, 1973Maj Leo K. Thorsness

Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

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F-102 Delta DaggerFirst operational supersonic fighter. Served in Vietnam, flying fighter patrols and serving as bomber escorts. A total of 15 aircraft were lost in Vietnam, one to air-to-air combat.1979Interceptor Aircraft1956

Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALLSPECIFICATIONS:OPERATIONSSUPPORTED:RETIRED:INTRODUCED:PRIMARY FUNCTION:Maj George Bud DayAugust 26, 1967North VietnamForced to eject his aircraft and with a broken arm and sprained knee, he was captured by hostile forces. He escaped, despite his injuries, surviving on a few berries and uncooked frogs. While in the DMZ he was shot and recaptured, then brought to Hanoi, offered max resistance in face of deadly enemy pressure.March 6, 1976

Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALLMEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT:WHEN:WHERE:WHAT:GIVEN:

F-5A Freedom FighterVietnam; Adopted as an OPFOR "aggressor" for dissimilar training role because of its small size and performance similarities to the Soviet MiG-211990Supersonic Fighter1962Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

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1966, 1966, 1968 VietnamA three time AF Cross recipient, he destroyedheavily defended Hanoi petroleum storage complex in June 66. He searched for a downed pilot in hostile territory in August 66, and through personal fortitude and absolute heroism, he withstood the most brutal of Vietnamese tortures, not allowing them to gain useful propaganda statements.Col. James H. KaslerInto the Wild Blue Yonder: Proud PastPromising Future

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