F-100F used for Misty FAC missions.

Order of Daedalians
P.O. Box 11261
Chandler, Arizona 85248

Wolf FACs from Ubon AB flew F-4s.

Meeting Photos:

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

Thursday, 13 Sep 18
1800: Social Hour
1900: Dinner

Col Lee Alton,
USAF Retired.
Fast FACs in
the Vietnam War.
Dobson's Restaurant
at the Dobson Ranch
Golf Course,
2155 South Dobson Rd, Mesa (480-644-2600).
(click for map)

Pork Tenderloin,
Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo or Fish & Chips.
(they all come with
vegetables, rolls, coffee
or tea, and dessert).
$25 per person
(includes toasting wine)
Recommended Dress:
Dressy Casual
(collared shirt & slacks)

Summer Break
13 Sep: Meeting
17 Sep: Staff Mtg
11 Oct: Meeting
15 Oct: Staff Mtg
8 Nov: Meeting
12 Nov: Staff Mtg
13 Dec: Meeting
17 Dec: Staff Mtg
10 Jan: Meeting
14 Jan: Staff Mtg
7 Feb: Meeting
11 Feb: Staff Mtg
14 Mar: Meeting
18 Mar: Staff Mtg
11 Apr: Meeting
15 Apr: Staff Mtg
9 May: Meeting
13 May: Staff Mtg


Page updated: 11 Jul 2018

Click for info on the Daedalians' seal.The Order of Daedalians honors, as its Founder Members, all WW I aviators who were commissioned as officers and rated as military pilots no later than the Armistice on 11 November 1918. It perpetuates their names as the first to fly our country’s airplanes in time of war. The Daedalian’s membership of commissioned, warrant and flight officer military pilots and WASPs, with its worldwide network of Daedalian Flights and its comprehensive awards program, supports the military services and other aerospace activities. The Awards and Scholarship Programs of the Daedalian’s and Foundation encourage patriotism, integrity, and good character in our nation’s youth; military careers as commissioned pilots; safety of flight, and excellence in the performance of military duties. The Daedalian Foundation’s scholarship program also promotes study in aerospace disciplines.  For more, visit their web site: www.daedalians.org. (Note: Willie Flight 82 is a tax exempt 501(c)(19) organization.)
Fast FACs in the Vietnam War
  Reacting to the increasing threat to their supply lines from air power, the communists gradually improved their antiaircraft defenses down the Ho Chi Minh Trail. In addition to heavy-caliber antiaircraft artillery (AAA), the communists deployed SA-2 Guideline surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) southward. As they became available, communist troops started using man-portable, shoulder-fired SA-7 Grail missiles.  By 1967, the threat from communist antiaircraft defenses made it too dangerous for propeller-driven FACs to support the interdiction campaign in the southern part of North Vietnam. Therefore, the Air Force combat tested the concept of using fast jet fighters for FAC and armed reconnaissance missions with North American F-100F Super Sabres in OPERATION COMMANDO SOLO. Armed with 20 mm cannon and two rocket launchers for marking targets and fast enough to survive in a high-threat area, the F-100Fs proved the concept, and operated under the call sign Misty. In 1968, the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, based at Ubon Royal Thai AB, started using McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms -- call sign Wolf -- successfully in the Fast FAC role, and other F-4 units soon followed with their own call signs. Meanwhile, propeller-driven FAC aircraft continued flying missions through the very end of the Southeast Asia War.
(Source: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/195935/fac-in-sea-fast-facs/.)

Ron Diedrichs, Bill Follette, Art Stark, and Frank Stookey.

      Elected Officers:  
          Flight Captain: Frank Stookey, USA Retired (biography)
          Vice Flight Captain & Audio-Visual: Art Stark USAF Retired
          Treasurer: Bill Follette, USAF Retired
          Scholarships Chairman: Gary Zettl, USAF Retired
          Provost Marshal: Ron Diedrichs, USAF Retired
      Appointed Staff:  
          Flight Adjutant: Jim Adkins, USA Retired
          Elements Coordinator & Chaplain: Tom Waldron, USAF Retired
         Assistant Treasurer: Jim Vanedeventer, USAF Retired
         Assistant Scholarships Chairman: Gerry Homewood, USAF Retired
          Assistant Audio-Visual: Kurt Gearhart, USAF Retired
          Biographies: Gary Klein, USMC Retired
          Web Site, Newsletter & Membership: Pat Dooley, USAF Retired

Normally, Willie Flight 82 meets monthly, September through May, on the second Thursday of the month, but the date can change (see calendar left).  The dinner meeting social hour starts at 1800, with dinner served about 1900, followed by a speaker -- we're usually finished by about 2100. Meeting location and other information are shown in the left column
Reservations are made by contacting the appropriate Element Leader listed in the monthly newsletter.


Return to Daedalians' Home Page