FREDERICK C. BLESSE
Signed color photo in uniform of a US Air Force major general, wearing 9 rows
Photograph signed: "Frederick C. Blesse/Maj. Gen. USAF (Ret)". Color,
8x10. 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. Fine
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