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Old 12-30-2011, 02:59 PM   #1111
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:16 AM   #1112
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Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!

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Old 01-01-2012, 07:04 AM   #1113
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Hope you & Denise have a fun & safe New Year!
Hey Donnie, thanks a million! Our best to you and T for a safe, fun and prosperous New Year, packed with lots of riding!!
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:30 AM   #1114
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1Lt. Karl W. Richter
b. October 4, 1942 - KIA July 28, 1967, North Vietnam
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:42 AM   #1115
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"Here am I. Send me."


Karl W. Richter was born October 4, 1942, the youngest of three children. The family lived in and he graduated from High School in Holly, MI. From a young age he was interested in aviation, helped by his sister Betty, and by 18 had developed into a highly skilled pilot. Encouraged, again by his sister, to apply to the United States Air Force Academy, he was nominated by Michigan Senator Philip Hart and Congressman William Broomfield, graduating June 3, 1964, with a commission as a second lieutenant in the Regular Air Force.

Richter received his 53 weeks of Undergraduate Pilot Training at Craig Air Force Base, Alabama, then completed the 26-week Combat Crew Replacement Training at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, for qualification in the F-105 Thunderchief. Without any pre-overseas leave, he ferried a replacement F-105 directly to Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand on April 6, 1966, and was assigned to the 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron of the newly-designated 388th Tactical Fighter Wing. Four days later was flying missions over North Vietnam.

Lieutenant Richter quickly became an exceptional fighter pilot, and took on every opportunity to fly. With only two years' Air Force experience and even less in combat, became an element leader. Once, while on leave, he turned down the possibility of a trip to Bangkok or Hong Kong and went instead to Nakhon Phanom where he flew combat missions in an O-1E Bird Dog.

On September 21, 1966, Richter was flying as Ford 03, an element leader, north of Haiphong on a mission to seek out SAM sites. Preparing to strike a discovered site, he saw two MiG-17s making a pass. After assessing the situation, began closing in on the enemy aircraft. He engaged the MiG with his 20mm cannon and impacted the enemy aircraft.

Just as Richter's gun went empty, the MiG's wing broke off and he saw the MiG pilot eject. In a later comment, Richter noted "...It's strange, but, in a way, I was happy he got a good chute. I guess that's the thought that runs through all our minds. He's a jock like I am, flying for the enemy of course, but he's flying a plane, doing a job he has to do."

At the age of 23, Karl Richter had become the youngest American pilot to shoot down a MiG over Vietnam. Richter went to Saigon to receive the personal congratulations of Lt. Gen. William W. Momyer, Seventh Air Force commander, and again at the personal invitation of Premier Nguyễn Cao Kỳ when he was awarded the Vietnamese Distinguished Service Medal.

As he approached the 100-mission mark, Lieutenant Richter asked permission to fly a second 100 missions, believing his combat experience should be used to advance the war effort. On April 20, 1967, while leading a defense-suppression flight of F-105s, his flight destroyed or pinned down a number of enemy AAA and SAM crews, enabling the strike force to eliminate an important railroad target, in spite of intense enemy fire and weather that hindered navigation. Having already received the Silver Star, was awarded the Air Force Cross for his skill and heroism that day.

Flying with a new pilot, Richter spotted a bridge and instructed the trainee to stay above and watch as he rolled his F-105 toward the target. Suddenly, enemy anti-aircraft artillery opened up hitting the plane and forcing him to eject. His parachute disappeared into the fog bank and cloud cover. A nearby rescue helicopter picked up his beeper signal and homed in to get the downed pilot. Severely injured during his descent, most likely from swinging into the side of a sandstone cliff, Richter died en route to a hospital.

At the time of his death, Lt. Karl Richter had flown more missions over North Vietnam than any other airman—198 in all officially credited.

A statue of his likeness stands at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, with the inscription: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Here am I. Send me." (Isaiah 6:8)

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Republic F-105 Thunderchief in the background, McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II in the fore
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Orville Wright

Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first sustained controlled powered airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on 17 December 1903. Just seven years after their historic endeavor, Wilbur Wright inspected a number of southern cities with the intention of opening a temporary civilian flying school. The Wright brothers hoped to turn their invention into a profitable commercial venture by training instructor pilots to "teach buyers of the machines how to operate them." After visiting several sites in Georgia and Florida, Wilbur Wright traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, where he was cordially greeted by a group of farsighted local businessmen. In exchange for locating a flying school in the Montgomery area, these businessmen offered Wright an old cotton plantation owned by Frank D. Kohn free of charge. Due northwest of Montgomery, this area consisted of cotton farms and a small village known as Douglasville. The offer also included construction of a hangar and transportation to and from Montgomery. Toward the end of February 1910, Wilbur Wright decided to open one of the world's earliest flying schools at the site that would subsequently become Maxwell Air Force Base.

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Well, no adventure of the Ferris kind is complete without an encounter with the heat.
I'm pleased (?) to report, however, that it was my son, not me, what gots pinched.

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