FREDERICK C. BLESSE
Youthful black and white photograph of Blesse sitting in the cockpit
of a fighter jet, signed "Those were great days".
Inscribed Photograph signed: "Those were great days, Dick/Best
Regards/Frederick C. Blesse/M/Gen USAF", B/w 8x10, matte finish. When
Frederick C. "Boots" Blesse returned from his second combat tour of the Korean
War in 1952, he was the leading US jet ace (with 10 kills). In 1955, he
won all six of the Air Force's worldwide fighter gunnery competition events, a
feat never equaled. He flew another 156 combat missions over Vietnam and
Laos in 1967-78 in the first of his two tours in Southeast Asia. Blesse's
book about fighter combat tactics, No Guts, No Glory, is used as a
training manual by the Air Force, the Marine Corps, and three foreign air
forces. Before his retirement in 1975, he held important staff positions,
including weapons systems evaluator for the Secretary of Defense and Air Force
Deputy Inspector General. Lightly toned. Fine condition.
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MAJOR GENERAL FREDERICK C. BLESSE
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