Charles “Charlie” Summers (USAF ret) of Rapid City spent three tours in Vietnam flying the F-100 Super Sabre.
In Vietnam, he became a member of the celebrated “MISTY” Forward Air Control Squadron. During his second tour he was shot down and ejected. After recovering from a broken back and ribs, he returned to combat for a third tour. In Vietnam he was awarded 4 Silver Stars, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses and numerous other medals.
After his third tour in Vietnam, he turned to F-4s and became a Wing Commander in Korea, spending 24 years in the USAF flying fighters. After retiring, he became a research scientist for the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, flying the T-28 through thunderstorms.
Summers watched airplanes while growing up on a farm in Nebraska and remains active in many facets of military and civilian aviation. Just ask any pilot you know.
At the April 12, 2014 meeting: Thanks to Duke Doering (Right is Chuck Childs)
(Right to left: Michael Birnbaum, Charles Summers, Bob Liebman, Duke Doering)