Mar
02
2017
Foulois Memorial
MacArthur Parade Field (Foulois Memorial on Ft Sam
JBSA-Ft Sam Houston, TX
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The Birth of Military Aviation
Please join us at the Parade Ground at Fort Sam Houston for this annual event. Jim served 23 years as an officer and pilot in the United States Air Force, retiring as a command pilot and full colonel in 1979. After leaving the Air Force, Jim was an engineering test pilot flying both experimental and production airplanes at Fairchild Aircraft Corporation in San Antonio for fifteen years, retiring as Chief Test Pilot.

His total flying career of forty years included 10,000 flying hours in propeller and jet trainers, jet fighters and bombers, turboprop commuter and executive aircraft, cargo planes, helicopters and gliders. Jim flew 101 combat missions, all of them at night. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, seven Air Medals, and a Meritorious Service medal. He was honored twice with the award of the Legion of Merit.

At present, he is still flying, lately as a UFO pilot. (United Flying Octogenarians: pilots still flying after age 80.) Among the many types of aircraft he has flown are He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and its local Chapter 35. Also the Order of Daedalians, the 13th Bomb Squadron Association, and the Air Force Association, and of late, the Torch Club. Jim has been a Sunday school Bible teacher for fifty-five years, and is an enthusiastic Christian layman.

Synopsis

Run jointly with JBSA and AAAA, this years Foulois memorial was the best attended in years. Guests included the current JBSA commander, Brig Gen Pringle and the JROTC unit (color guard and choir) from Floresville TX. Jim gave us quite a history lesson on Foulois that many will not soon forget.