French, Richard, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1321Z-Pilot Reconnaissance
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1949-1950, 1, Officer Candidate School (OCS)
Service Years
1946 - 1974
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Cuban Missile Crisis
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember French, Richard, Lt Col USAF(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Loma Linda California

Date of Passing
Nov 17, 2014
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona - Phoenix, Arizona
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired Mishap-Free Flying Hour Award 5,000 Hrs

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Post 47The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorDistinguished Flying Cross Society(DFCS)F-4 Phantom II Society
Red River Valley Fighter Pilots AssociationDept of California
  2014, American Legion, Post 47 (Assistant Commandant) (Livermore, California) - Chap. Page
  2014, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2014, Distinguished Flying Cross Society(DFCS) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, F-4 Phantom II Society
  2014, Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association
  2014, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of California (Deceased Member (Honor Roll)) (Sacramento, California) - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
Other Comments:
Fighter Pilot F-4 Reconnaissance
Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cuban Missile Crisis

 1961-1971, F-4G Wild Weasel
From Year
To Year
Personal Memories
Not Specified
 F-4G Wild Weasel Details

Aircraft/Missile Information
On 15 August 1990, 24 F-4G Wild Weasel Vs and six RF-4Cs were mobilized to the Middle East for Operation Desert Storm. The reason for this was that the F-4G was the only aircraft in the USAF inventory equipped for the suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) role since the EF-111 Raven lacked the offensive capability of the AGM-88 HARM missile, while the RF-4C was the only aircraft equipped with the ultra-long-range KS-127 LOROP (long-range oblique photography) camera. In spite of flying almost daily missions, only one RF-4C was lost in a fatal accident before the start of hostilities. One F-4G was lost when enemy fire damaged the fuel tanks and the aircraft ran out of fuel near a friendly airbase. The last USAF Phantoms, F-4G Wild Weasel Vs from 561st Fighter Squadron, were retired on 26 March 1996. The last operational flight of the F-4G Wild Weasel was from the 190th Fighter Squadron, Idaho Air National Guard, in April 1996.[63] The last operational USAF/ANG F-4 to land was flown by Maj Mike Webb and Maj Gary Leeder, Idaho ANG

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2014
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