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Join with Grampaw Pettibone Squadron for lunch and talk about F-105 in Vietnam

Captain Gary Barnhill, illustrious Air Force pilot whose missions included hazardous and challenging F-105 missions over North Vietnam in the highest threat air environment of the entire Viet Nam War, will share his presentation “Downtown, everything is waiting for you” from Petula Clark’s 1964 hit song.

“Downtown” referred metaphorically to Hanoi.

“Everything is Waiting for You” was the pilot’s gallows humor for the SAM missiles and Anti-Aircraft Artillery that greeted each entry into North Vietnam airspace.

He will briefly describe flying the high-accident-rate F-100C in Europe circa 1958 and sitting Nuclear Alert as a still maturing young lad of 22. The main topic is flying the F-105 Thunderchief in 1965 during Rolling Thunder; the air campaign to bomb targets in North Vietnam, which lasted until late 1969. He will “take you along” on an aerial refueling episode with an extremely unusual ending. He will also “take you along” on an interesting Hunter Killer “experimental” mission to find and destroy a SAM missile, which up to that time, had never been accomplished.

After 11 years in USAF, there was a brief flirtation with CIA, a career with Trans World Airlines, air show performer, and founder of a B-747 pilot leasing firm.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. on September 12, 2019 and takes place at Elks Lodge # 1952, 11551 Trask Ave. in Garden Grove. The cost is $18/person. Reservations required, please call 562-287-4846, no later than noon on Wednesday 11 September.

The article above was released by the Grampaw Pettibone Squadron.

Editor’s note: Added the date of the meeting, as requested.