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Godspeed, Col. Glenn

149 combat missions in WWII and Korea, splashed  3 MiGs, picked up 6 DFCs and 18 Air Medals. Also did some space stuff.

149 combat missions in WWII and Korea, splashed 3 MiGs, picked up 6 DFCs and 18 Air Medals. Also did some space stuff.

He wasn’t sure whether the flaming debris was the rocket pack or the heat shield breaking up. “Fortunately,” he told an interviewer,“ it was the rocket pack – or I wouldn’t be answering these questions.”

Griffin Corsair warming up

F4U-4 VF-871 CV-9 1952 essex pukin dogs now vf173

 

A Vought F4U-4 Corsair fighter of fighter squadron VF-871 Griffins being prepared for a mission in Korea on the aircraft carrier USS Essex (CV-9) in 1952. The Essex was deployed to Korea from 16 Jun 1952 to 6 Feb 1953 with Air Task Group Two (ATG-2) and VF-871 flew both from the Essex‘s deck and that of the USS Princeton (CV-37). VF-871 was a reserve squadron that was called to active duty on 20 Jul 1950. As such it was one of the last US Navy fighter squadrons to fly the WWII-era gull wing Corsair, with most of these craft being rapidly retired after Korea cooled down. VF-871 was redesignated VF-123 The Blue Racers in 1953. On 12 Apr 1958 it was again redesignated VF-53 Black Knights before it was finally redesignated VF-143 Pukin’ Dogs on 20 Jun 1962. Today they fly F-18E’s of CAW7 currently assigned to the Eisenhower— who was likely President when this picture was taken.