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  1. National Museum of the US Air Force Museum 100 Missions Up North: History and Traditions Jeff Duford NMUSAF/MUA 22 July 2008 We are the keepers of theirstoriesTM

  2. Capt Kenneth Bell

  3. Capt Bruce Holmes

  4. Operation Rolling Thunder • 2 March 1965–1 November 1968 • Began winding down in spring 1968 (bombing limited to southern North Vietnam). • Characterized by frequent pauses and periods of intense activity.

  5. 100 Mission Policy • 1961- fall 1965, USAF personnel on temporary duty (TDY) 30-90 days • 1 November 1965, 100 mission tour policy established • 12 months or 100 missions “out-of-country” • “Out-of-country” (Laos and North Vietnam)

  6. 100 Mission Policy Changes • 30 December 1965—20 missions count as one month for time purposes (i.e.—80 missions and 8 months) • 1 February 1966—Missions in Laos not counted (only North Vietnam) • 52 F-105s, 109 F-4s and 22 RF-4Cs (among others) lost from damage incurred over Laos

  7. 100 Mission Policy Changes • 30 December 1965—20 missions count as one month for time purposes (i.e.—80 missions and 8 months) • 1 February 1966—Missions in Laos not counted (only North Vietnam) • 1 November 1966—Time credit for missions (20 missions=one month) ended

  8. 100 Mission Policy Changes • 100 Mission Policy ends: • Aircrews leaving CONUS (Continental United States) on or after 1 July 1968 will serve one year tour, regardless of where or how many missions they flew

  9. First 100 Mission Tour Capt Donald Beck RF-101C pilot 15th TRS 15 November 1965

  10. 1st 100 Missions Over North Vietnam Capt Eldon “Joe” Canady RB-66C EWO December 1965

  11. 1st F-105 100 Mission Tours Capt Ben Bowthorpe Capt Don Totten 12 January 1966 F-105 pilots 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Takhli

  12. F-105 100 Mission Tours Capt Bruce Holmes Capt William May Capt Richard Ely Capt William Ramage 15 January 1966 F-105 pilots 388th TFW, Korat

  13. Traditions: The Patch Capt William Koenitzer Capt Bruce Holmes

  14. 100 Missions Princess Hotel

  15. Traditions: The Celebration

  16. Enlisted 100 Mission Tours A3C Darrel Wallace September 1966 SSgt Alexander Underwood

  17. 1st A-1 100 Mission Tour Lt Col Jerald Ransom A-1E pilot 602nd FS (Commando) 27 November 1966

  18. 101 in an O-1 Maj James Harding O-1 pilot, 101 Missions over North Vietnam

  19. 1st B-52 100 Mission Crew Maj Derek Detjen B-52 EWO Crew E-13

  20. Traditions: The Parade

  21. Traditions: The Thunderbuzzards 34th and 469th TFS Korat RTAFB 1971-1972

  22. Traditions: The Parade

  23. Traditions: The Celebration Maj Robert Krone F-105 pilot 469th TFS Commander 3 June 1966

  24. Traditions: The Celebration Rowland Smith David Williams Wild Weasels 44th TFS 19 December 1967

  25. Traditions: The “Red Carpet”

  26. Traditions: The Parade

  27. Traditions: The Soak Capt Robert Clark, RF-4C, 2nd 100 Mission Tour

  28. Traditions: The Soak Capt Richard Hammaker RF-4C 14th TRS

  29. Traditions: Boonie Hats Capt Richard Rutan

  30. Traditions: Bulletproof Mustache Col Robin Olds F-4 pilot 8th TFW commander

  31. Traditions: Pueblo Incident Maj Stan Goldstein Capt Matt Dillon

  32. Traditions: F-4 Phantom

  33. Traditions: Four Aces Capt Robert Clark RF-4C pilot

  34. Traditions: Southeast Asia War Capt Wayne Pittman RF-4C 12th TRS

  35. Traditions: Misty FACs Capt Eben Jones F-100F pilot 7 April 1968

  36. Traditions: Variations on 100

  37. Traditions: Variations on 100

  38. Traditions: Honor Rolls

  39. Traditions: Desert Storm

  40. Traditions: OEF/OEF Lt Col Timothy Sipes KC-135 349th ARS Commander

  41. Questions?