CHARLES SUMMERS (USAF)

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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)