of Hickory, North Carolina
We had a very unique visitor last Sunday. Gerald Gorrie came to the museum as his wife attended another event in Hickory. “Jerry” flew F-100C and D models in the USAF. He flew F-86s before the transition to the “Hun.” While at George AFB he flew with Robinson Risner and Chuck Yeager! Risner flew thuds in Vietnam and became a POW after being shot down over North Vietnam. He spent seven years there!!! Of interest, our F-105 was dedicated to Risner while based at Lackland AFB on the Parade grounds!! Also, Gorrie had very interesting pics of Operation Mobile Yoke in which his unit deployed across the Pacific with other assets as a show of force!! He is bringing pictures for the museum!! Other assets included KB-50s, B-66s, RF-101s, C-124s, and Connies!!! Also, Jerry was a test pilot with North American while Bob Hoover was in residence there. His next door neighbor was astronaut Joe Engle who also piloted the X-15. After George he moved to Andrews where he commanded the F-100 unit there. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, his unit would lead the way had we gone in while forward deployed to Homestead AFB in southern Florida!!!! After his tenure in the USAF, he flew for Eastern Airlines out of Miami. What an exceptional guest!!! Also in the pic is his lovely greyhound Wendy and my lovely Rachel.