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Pilots Pose with F-102 1959

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Squadron pilots pose with a squadron F-102 in 1959.

Front Row Left to Right: Louis C. Zucker, Elvis E. Crooks, Norman Whitney, Major Ray Farrington ( Executive Officer) (shot down an Me 262 toward the end of the WW II -- a feat in a P-51!), Col. William (Red) Miller (Squadron Commander), Werner J. Ruschenberg, Keith R. Young, Wendell (Smitty) Smith. William Martin, Not Identified, Guy Jack Sherrill

Second Row Left To Right: Dave Hamilton, Rex D. Howerton, Robert A. Hamblin, Philip Springer, David O. Brownwood, Everett E. Denck, James C. Mizner, Mo Price, Minor Wilson Nelson, Richard Goudie, Not Identified,

Third Row Left To Right: Not Identified, Not Identified, Chuck Kuhlman, Edwin R. (Barney) Barnes, Captin Thomas, Fredrick R. Williams, John Garrison, Granville Quincy Anderson (Andy), Robert Leverette, Jack Hudspeth Carol Killen, Don Orr

Courtesy of Dave Brownwood who was a pilot with the 456th F.I.S., flying both the F-102 & the F-106, and serving under three different squadron commanders, Lt. Col. William (Red) Miller, Lt. Col. Roy Tweedie, and Lt. Col. James L. Price, during his tenure with the squadron from 1958 to 1961.

If you take a close look at the squadron patch on their uniforms you will see that it is the original 1944 design of Luther. Which raises the questions why was it changed, who changed it, and when was it changed to the later version? Another interesting question that arises is that since The Air Force, and squadron archives at the Air Force Historical Research Center at Maxwell A.F.B. only contain the original 1944 design, application, and approval. Was the the later design ever officially approved by the Air Force? Anyone who might have any information about this would you please contact us.

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