THE 456th FIGHTER INTERCEPTOR SQUADRON

THE PROTECTORS OF  S. A. C.

 

 

The 456 FIS Does It Again

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The following article is copied from The Merced Sun Star 1959 and 1961. Most likely sometime in 1960.

 

Congratulations Offered

Brig. Gen. Thomas K. McGehee congratulates Lt. Minor Nelson, one of the 17 F-106 Delta Dart fighter-interceptor pilots participating in a flyover at Castle Air Force Base. The flyover highlighted Friday's all-day' inspection. (Sun-Star Photo)    (Added by Roger: Not identified in center is Airman Second Class Roger E. Bill, Crew Chief of one of the F-106ís).

 

Precision Flying of Delta Darts Highlights Inspection at Castle

 

CASTLE AFB - If you ask the men of the 456th Fighter interceptor Squadron here what the best show on earth is, they'll tell you in no uncertain terms it was the fly-over of 16 F-106 Delta Darts in diamond formation Friday at 11:10 a.m.

The precision show of flying skill was a part of the all day 28th Air Division and San Francisco Air Defense Sector inspection of the fighter-interceptor squadron.

Involved in the formation were 16 of the world's fastest fighter-interceptors and a 17th 106 and three T-33 trainers in separate formation. It was the first time since December 1957 when all, squadron aircraft have been off the ground simultaneously.

Precision was the word of the flyover. Actually, however, the 20 "birds" were not aloft just to fly around. They were scheduled for a routine practice intercept mission in the Sacramento area and then rallied and formed in the Madera area.

The timing was perfect on the flyover as it came precisely at 11:10 a.m. plus 40 seconds just minutes after the entire ground force of the squadron had paraded in review.

Then the 16 plane group broke off into groups of four, circled overhead again an then peeled off into single fire for consecutive landings.

The precision operation continued as the planes in single file taxied at equal intervals past the same reviewing stand where the ground forces had passed, in review.

Each aircraft then circled into a pre-planned parking spot where engines were s down and canopies opened simultaneously.

Then the inspecting officer Brig. Gen. Thomas K. McGehee, commander of the San Francisco Air Defense Sector, personally inspected each pilot and congratulated him on the aerial performance.

Tails Up

The precision of the F-106 flyover and following ground performance Friday at Castle Air Force Base can be seen in the perfect lineup of the fighter-interceptor tails where the planes parked on landing. The flyover, as the conclusion to a practice intercept mission, was part of the all day 28th Air Division inspection of the squadron.   (Sun-Star Photo)

 Courtesy of Roger Bill

 

 

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