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William Tell Weapons Meet

USAF Air-to-Air Weapons Meet 'Willy Tell'

Tyndall AFB, Panama City, FL

In June 1954 the USAF’s World Wide Weapons Meet known as “William Tell” began as  a separate air-to-air rocketry competition to the Third Annual USAF Fighter Gunnery and Weapons Meet held at Las Vegas AFB (later renamed Nellis AFB). This Interceptor Phase of the competition would be held at Yuma, AZ.   The Air Defense Command and Air Training Command were the sole competitors of the first meet in 1954 and in 1956 the meet was unofficially named "William Tell" and expanded to include nine teams representing seven major Air Commands. This third meet was the last held in Arizona.   Two years later, Tyndall AFB, Fla., became the home for the USAF Worldwide Air-to-Air Weapons Meet. The radio controlled Q-2A drone target and the PARAMI, an electronic scoring system, made their first appearances during this meet and for the first time competitors were divided into three categories, one for each aircraft participating. Twelve teams competed in the 1958 meet and among them was an Air National Guard unit competing for the first time.

In 1961 three jets specifically designed for protecting North America appeared on the flight line; F-102 Delta Dagger, F-106 Delta Dart and F-101 Voodoo.  William Tell 1965 was the largest in history with 16 teams and four categories. Canada became the first foreign country to participate and entered with the CF-101 Voodoo's. The focus was on preparatory training, aerial intercepts, judging, scoring, reviews participating teams, aircraft, weapons and targets.  In 1970 William Tell resumed at Tyndall AFB with nine teams competing, 5 years after the 1965 meet due to the Vietnam War.  William Tell 1972 was the year of the first "Top Gun" award and introduction of the subsonic BQM-34A Firebee target drone into the competition.  The 1974 composition saw the Air National Guard teams take first place in three major categories and in 1976, the ANG continued its winning streak in two of the three.  In 1976 the F-4 Phantom II made its first appearance in the meet and was the first Team sent by the Tactical Air Command (TAC).  With the reorganization of air defense forces in 1979, TAC assumed sponsorship for William Tell. 1980 was the first TAC-sponsored meet and included 10 teams from active duty F-4 and F-106 units, ANG F-4, F-106 and F-101 units, and a Canadian Forces CF-101 unit.  In 1982 TAC officially changed the name of the meet to the USAF Air-to-Air Weapons Meet, which also now marked the return of the Pacific Air Forces and the USAF in Europe to the competition as well as the first appearance of the F-15 "Eagle".  1984 saw the introduction of the supersonic QF-100 full-scale drone as a target and was also the first meet in which only full-scale drones were used as missile targets.  In 1986 the CF-18 entered in the competition for the first time with the Canadian team, finishing second overall behind a TAC F-15 Team.  During the 1988 meet a total of twelve teams from TAC, ANG, PACAF, USAFE, Alaskan Air Command and Canada participated in on of the most competitive meets ever.  1988 was the last William Tell the F-106 participated in.

William Tell Weapons Meet in "The Interceptor" Magazine, 20th Anniversary Issue, January 1979
William Tell History 1950's - Present presented by the McChord Air Museum


William Tell - WT88
1988 was the last time F-106 participated in William Tell.

TOP UNIT (OVERALL)
49TH TFW - HOLLOMAN AFB, N.M.
F-15A

TOP GUN
CAPT. TEDDY VARWIG F-15A
49TH TFW - HOLLOMAN AFB, NM (TAC)



PARTICIPANTING F-106 AIRCRAFT and UNITS


William Tell - WT86
TOP UNIT (OVERALL)
178TH FIS - HECTOR IAP, ND (ANG)
F-4D

33RD TFW - EGLIN AFB, FL
F-15C

TOP GUN
CAPT JOHN REED (EXCHANGE PILOT)
CF-18A
425TH SQ - CFB BAGOTVILLE, CANADA

PARTICIPANTING F-106 AIRCRAFT and UNITS


William Tell - WT84
William Tell 1984 was notable for a couple of reasons.  This was the last year that F-106 equipped units competed, although in later years the 'Six' still participated as TARGETS!   This was also the first appearance of the QF-100 as an unmanned target replacing not only the PQM-102's but also the sub-scale BQM-34 'Firebee'.  1984 was also the first year since 1963 that the Canadian Armed Forces did not send a team to compete.  William Tell '84 comprised of 12 teams from 5 USAF commands or subordinate organizations.  The only command to have problems deciding which units to send to Tyndall was Air Defence Tactical Air Command (ADTAC).  With 17 ADTAC and ADTAC gained ANG Interceptor Squadron's to choose from and only 7 available places, the command decided to hold a competition named the 'William Tell 84 Shootoff' to select the units to be sent to Tyndall.  This comprised of a series of one day evaluations held during May 1984.   Each unit's team comprised of 5 aircraft and crews (4 primary aircraft/crews plus 1 spare), maintenance/weapon loader personnel and a weapons controller team. The Weapons Controller Teams selected were from units that normally worked with the Squadron,  in this case 24th NORAD, Griffiss AFB.

TOP UNIT (OVERALL)
33RD TFW - Eglin AFB, FL
F-15C

TOP UNITS (BY AIRCRAFT)
123rd FIS - Portland IAP, OR (ANG)
F-4C

33rd TFW - Eglin AFB, FL
F-15C

177th FIG, 119th FIS, Atlantic City, NJ (ANG)
F-106A

TOP GUN ((BY AIRCRAFT)
Capt. Scott C. Turner
F-15C, 32nd TFS
Camp New Amsterdam, Netherlands

TOP GUN (OVERALL)
Maj. Ron M. Moore
Maj Bill C. Dejager
F-4C, 123rd FIS, Portland IAP, OR (ANG)

Capt. Scott C. Turner
F-15C, 32rd TFS, Netherlands

Maj. Lynn Robinson
F-106A, 119th FIS, Atlantic City IAP



PARTICIPANTING F-106 AIRCRAFT and UNITS

87th FIS: F-106A
56-0466, 57-0241, 59-0035, 59-0051, 59-0097
The 87th FIS were the only active duty F-106 operator competing in WT84 and this was the last time active duty 'Six's' would attend. A 'Red Bulls' F-106A 56-0466 taxis in after a mission.

101st FIS: F-106A
57-2467, 57-2493, 57-2503, 57-2505, 57-2506
This was the third time the 101st had competed in a William Tell, in 1978 they finished fourth, 1980 second was this third time lucky. F-106A 57-2505 would appear at Tyndall again but as a target, QF-106/AD204. It was shot down in 1993 by a AIM-7M.

119th FIS: F-106A
59-0027, 59-0031, 59-0037, 59-0048, 59-0049
The New Jersey ANG 177 FIG were destined to be last operational operators of the Delta Dart. F-106A 59-0048 would return to Tyndall, as most F-106's would, under the 'Pacer Six' Drone conversion project. As QF-106/AD217 it crashed on landing on 5 November 1996.

William Tell - WT82
William Tell 1982 Teams & Participants [4MB .PDF] courtesy CMSgt Jim May, USAF (Ret) Mar 2014
318th FIS William Tell 1982 Team TDY Orders courtesy CMSgt Jim May, USAF (Ret) Mar 2014
[Images of these document in Photo Gallery]


TOP UNIT
57TH FIS - NAS KEFLAVIK, ICELAND
F-4E

18TH TFW - KADENA AB, JAPAN (PACAF)
F-15C

409TH SQ - COMOX, BC CANADA (CAF)
CF-101B

49TH FIS - GRIFFISS AFB, NY
F-106A

TOP GUN
(OVERALL)
LT. COL JERE WALLACE F-15C
18TH TFW - KADENA AB, JAPAN (PACAF)

TOP GUNS
(BY AIRCRAFT)
CAPT. TOM WATSON F-4E
CAPT. DAVE PFEIFER
57TH FIS - NAS KEFLAVIK, ICELAND

LT. COL JERE WALLACE F-15C
18TH TFW - KADENA AB, JAPAN (PACAF)

MAJ. BOB WORBETS CF-101B
CAPT. BILL RICKETTS
409TH SQ - COMOX, BC CANADA (CAF)

LT. COL. ROBERT BOEHRINGER F-106A
194TH FIS - FRESNO ANGB, CA (ANG)
PARTICIPANTING F-106 AIRCRAFT and UNITS


William Tell - WT80
TOP UNIT
347TH TFW - MOODY AFB, GA (TAC)
F-4E

111ST FIS - ELLINGTON AFB, TX (ANG)
F-101B    

194TH FIS - FRESNO ANGB, CA (ANG)
F-106A

TOP GUN

LT. COL. MAURICE UDELL
MAJ. DAVID S. MILLER
F-101B
111ST FIS - ELLINGTON AFB, TX (ANG)    
William Tell Meet 1980 participants in the Category III (F-106) as seen by Johan Ragay 8/9 Oct 1980
Aircraft Type Unit Tail Numbers
F-106A 5 FIS, TAC
49 FIS, TAC
101 FIS, Mass AG
194 FIS,  CA, AG
90002, 90003, 90005, 90006, 90025
90079, 90080, 90081, 90082, 90083
72475/07, 72494/11, 72499/13, 72503/15, 72506/18
80780, 80782, 80783, 80784, 90038
Visitors
F-106A
F-106B

87 FIS, TAC
101 FIS,  Mass, AG
159 FIS, Fl, AG

70235, 90086, 90090, 90096
72521/01, 72522/19
72533/02
ADWC-unit
F-106A
F-106B

ADWC
ADWC

70232, 70245, 90092, 90119
72508, 72510, 72512, 72536, 72541, 72543, 80901,
80903, 90150, 90151, 90159

WILLIAM TELL 1980

William Tell - WT78
TOP UNIT
86TH TFW-RAMSTEIN AB, GERMANY (USAFE)
FF-4E

111ST FIS - ELLINGTON AFB, TX (ANG)
F-101B

49TH FIS - GRIFFISS AFB, NY
F-106A

TOP GUN
CAPT EARL G. ROBERTSON CF-101B
CAPT. BRIAN J. SALMON
CANADIAN FORCES COMPOSITE GROUP

PARTICIPANTING F-106 AIRCRAFT and UNITS


William Tell - WT76
TOP UNIT
4TH TFW-SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB, NC (TAC)
F-4E

123RD FIS - PORTLAND IAP, OR (ANG)
F-101B

186TH FIS - GREAT FALLS, MT
F-106A

TOP GUN
MAJ. BRADFORD A. NEWELL F-101B
LT.COL DONALD R. TONOLE
123RD FIS - PORTLAND IAP, OR (ANG)

PARTICIPANTING F-106 AIRCRAFT and UNITS

Copies of WT Today 1976 courtesy of Jim May, CMSgt, USAF (Ret) Mar 2014
WT Today 1976 No. 1
WT Today 1976 No. 2
WT Today 1976 No.3
WT Today 1976 No.4
WT Today 1976 No.4 1/2
WT Today 1976 No.5
WT Today 1976 No.6
WT Today 1976 No.7
WT Today 1976 No.8

William Tell - WT74
TOP UNIT
102ND FIS - BANGOR IAP, ME (ANG)
F-101B

190TH FIS - BOISE AIR TERMINAL, ID
F-102A

186TH FIS - GREAT FALLS, MT
F-106A

TOP GUN
MAJ. RALPH D. TOWNSEND F-102A
190TH FIS - BOISE AIR TERMINAL, ID
 
PARTICIPANTING F-106 AIRCRAFT and UNITS


William Tell - WT72
The 1972 meet was the year of the first "Top Gun" award, and the introduction of the subsonic BQM-34A Firebee target drone into the competition.

TOP UNIT (OVERALL)
178TH FIS - HECTOR IAP , N.D. (ANG)
F-101B

176TH FIS - TRUAX FLD, WI
F-102A

460TH FIS - GRAND FORKS AFB, N.D.
F-106A

TOP GUN
Capt. Lowell Butters CF-101B
CAPT. DOUGLAS DANKO
425TH (AW) FS - CFB BAGOTVILLE QUEBEC, CANADA (CAF)
 
PARTICIPANTING F-106 AIRCRAFT and UNITS


William Tell - WT70
William Tell 1970 by Joseph L. Phinney, LtCol, USAF (ret)

TOP UNIT
178TH FIS HECTOR IAP , N.D. (ANG)
F-101B

148TH FIS, DULUTH IAP, MN (ANG)
F-102A

71ST FIS - MALSTROM AFB, MT
F-106A

TOP GUN
CAPT. JAMES REIMERS F-101B
CAPT. ARTHUR JACOBSON
178TH FIS HECTOR IAP , N.D. (ANG)
 
PARTICIPANTING F-106 AIRCRAFT and UNITS


William Tell - WT65
TOP UNIT
62ND FIS - K.I. SAWYER AFB, MI
F-101B

32ND FIS - SOESTERBERG AB NETHERLANDS
F-102A

71TH FIS - SELFRIDGE AFB, MI
F-106A


TOP GUN
CAPT. D.E. LIBBIY F-101B
CAPT. L.R. LIVINGSTON
62ND FIS - K.I. SAWYER AFB, MI

CAPT. J. McMICHAEL F-102A
326TH FIS - RICHARDS-GEBAUR AFB MO

CAPT. J.D. DUNN F-104A
319TH FIS - HOMESTEAD AFB, FL

LT. COL. GLEENDON DUNNAWAY F-106A
71TH FIS - SELFRIDGE AFB, MI

PARTICIPANTING F-106 AIRCRAFT and UNITS
71st FIS
5th FIS
456th FIS
318th FIS


WILLIAM TELL 1965 (DOD VIDEO)

William Tell - WT63
TOP UNIT
445TH FIS - WURTSMITH AFB, MI
F-101B

146TH FIS, GREATER PITTSBURGH IAP, PA
F-102A

318TH FIS - McCHORD AFB, WA
F-106A

TOP GUN
LT COL. JOE W. ROGERS F-102A
317TH FIS - ELMENDORF AFB, AK
 
PARTICIPANTING F-106 AIRCRAFT and UNITS


William Tell - WT61
TOP UNIT
445TH FIS - WURTSMITH AFB, MI
F-101B

59TH FIS - GOOSE BAY, LABRADOR, CANADA
F-102A

456TH FIS - CASTLE AFB, CA
F-106A

TOP GUN
LT. COL. FRANK R. JONES F-86D
59TH FIS - GOOSE BAY, LABRADOR, CANADA
 
PARTICIPANTING F-106 AIRCRAFT and UNITS


William Tell - WT59
TOP UNIT
319TH FIS - BUNKER HILL AFB, IN
F-89J

460TH FIS - PORTLAND IAP, OR
F-102A

538TH FIS - LARSON AFB, WA
F-104A

TOP GUN
CAPT. BILLY S. LINEBAUGH F-89J
1ST LT DONALD M. BURKE
319TH FIS - BUNKER HILL AFB, IN

CAPT. FREDRICK H. ENGLAND F-102A
460TH FIS - PORTLAND IAP, OR

MAJ. JOHN T. GUICE F-104A
152ND FIS - TUCSON IAP, AZ

PARTICIPANTING F-106 AIRCRAFT and UNITS


William Tell - WT58
In 1958 Tyndall AFB, Fla., became the home for the USAF Worldwide Air-to-Air Weapons Meet. The radio controlled Q-2A drone target and the PARAMI, an electronic scoring system, made their first appearances during this meet and for the first time competitors were divided into three categories, one for each aircraft participating.

Twelve teams competed in the 1958 meet and among them was an Air National Guard unit competing for the first time.
TOP UNIT
159TH FIS - JACKSONVILLE IAP, FL (ANG)
F-86D

465TH FIS - GRIFFISS AFB, NY
F-89J

326TH FIS - RICHARDS-GEBAUR AFB MO
F-102A

TOP GUN
COL. ROBERT DAWSON F-86D
159TH FIS - JACKSONVILLE IAP, FL (ANG)

COL. FRANK J. KELLER F-89J
465TH FIS - GRIFFISS AFB, NY

COL. ROY B. CAVINESS F-102A
482ND FIS - SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB, NC
 
PARTICIPANTING F-106 AIRCRAFT and UNITS


Firebee
Firebee RPV Drone Target.
The 1972 meet was the year of the first introduction of the subsonic BQM-34A Firebee target drone into the competition.

RPV DRONES Make the Difference by Hank Basham



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