This article was originally published at Convention of States.
The year was 1964, and Gary Porter wanted to fly.
“This one ROTC instructor really made an impression on me and convinced me the Air Force was the best way to go,” Porter says. He was sent to pilot training where he met his wife Phyllis. Married for 45 years, they have two children and seven grandchildren.
Porter performed so well at pilot training that he was afforded his choice of assignment.
“I only wanted to fly fighters, and really one in particular” Porter says with a smile. He chose the F-105, considered to be the premiere fighter jet at the beginning of the Vietnam War.
“Our job as ‘Wild Weasels’ was to keep the bomber force safe and suppress the surface-to-air missile threat.” After flying a total of 107 missions, the war ended and Porter returned to the states.
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