James Jabara

American flying ace James Jabara

James "Jabby" Jabara was the first American jet ace in history. Born in Oklahoma, he lived in Kansas where he enlisted as an aviation cadet at Fort Riley after graduating high school. Jabara attended four flying schools in Texas before he received his pilot's wings and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. During World War II Jabara flew two tours of combat duty in Europe as a North American P-51 Mustang pilot.
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LakePoint Assisted Living partners, pilot take over Jabara flight school - Wichita Business Journal
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James Jabara Airport see immediate opportunities for growth. In May, LakePoint Assisted Living partners Kevin Unrein and Warner Harrison, and flight instructor Matt Bell, bought the flight school, which was previously operated by Midwest Corporate
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Wichita Flight Festival schedule announced - Bizjournals.com
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James Jabara Airport, K-96 and Webb. Daytime activities are free. Admission to Saturday night's air show and concert costs $5. The theme for the two-day festival is “Fun of Flight.” It will feature air acts from around the nation, a kid's zone,
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The plane is at Colonel James Jabara Airport through Wednesday as part of The Wings of Freedom tour. (Video by Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle, Kansas.com) July 12, 2011 All users: If you have not already done so, Click "Record a Comment" to begin
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Plane tour at Jabara airport offers a ride through history - Kansas.com
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The event will take place today through Wednesday at Colonel James Jabara Airport. "It really engages people in a way that you can't get in a classroom setting," Chaney said. "You're interacting with history." This event is aimed at honoring WWII
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Dow High graduate named Air Force squadron commander - Midland Daily News
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He has received many major awards and decorations, including the Colonel James Jabara Award and Europe Fighter Pilot of the Year in 2006. He also received the AIR Cecil G. Foster award from the top F-16 weapons school instructor in 2008
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Polidor was recently given the Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship, an exclusive prize that has also gone to Vietnam heroes, astronauts and Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot in the famous Hudson River landing in 2009. Polidor was flying an F-15E
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  • 1966
    Age 42
    He flew his first mission in July 1966, joining a F-100 Super Sabre flight group for a bombing run that damaged several buildings held by the Viet Cong in South Vietnam.
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    By 1966 Jabara had risen to the rank of colonel—the youngest at that rank at the time, and he volunteered to fly combat missions for the Vietnam War.
    In 1966, while on leave from service in Vietnam, Colonel Jabara was traveling with his family in two cars to their new home when his daughter crashed the car she was driving and he was riding in, killing them both.
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  • 1965
    Age 41
    In 1965, Jabara was given command of the 31st Tactical Fighter Wing at Homestead Air Force Base, Florida.
  • 1964
    Age 40
    Jabara also helped train NATO pilots on the F-104 Starfighter in July 1964, when he was stationed at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona and he wrote of the aircraft's significant technological improvement over the F-86 Sabre.
  • 1960
    Age 36
    From July 1960 to June 1961, he attended and graduated from the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama.
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  • 1958
    Age 34
    In 1958, Jabara flew combat missions over Taiwan in the F-104 Starfighter.
  • 1957
    Age 33
    By January 1957 Jabara was at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida to join the 3243rd Test Group to test Lockheed F-104 Starfighters.
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  • 1953
    Age 29
    Jabara returned to the United States in July 1953, and was assigned as commander of the 4750th Training Squadron at Yuma Air Force Base (later renamed Vincent AFB), Arizona.
    On 16 May 1953 he recorded his seventh victory, and on 26 May he shot down two additional MiGs for a total of nine for the war.
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    Upon his request, he returned for another tour of duty overseas, arriving in Korea in January 1953.
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  • 1951
    Age 27
    Jabara returned to the United States in May 1951 for temporary assignment to Air Force Headquarters, Washington, D.C. Two months later he was transferred to the Air Training Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
    Jabara achieved his first confirmed victory on 3 April 1951 when 12 F-86 Sabres took on 12 MiG-15s in MiG Alley, a region in northwestern North Korea.
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    By 2 January 1951, he had flown five combat missions in F-86s and had damaged one MiG-15 Korean jet fighter in air combat.
  • 1950
    Age 26
    Jabara arrived in Korea on 13 December 1950 with the 334th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron of the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing.
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    On 25 June 1950, North Korean troops crossed the parallel and attacked several key South Korean targets.
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  • 1948
    Age 24
    At Okinawa in 1948, Jabara flew his first jet aircraft, the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star.
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  • 1947
    Age 23
    After World War II, Jabara considered leaving the military to attend college, but later decided to attend the Tactical Air School at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. From 1947 to 1949 he was stationed on Okinawa with the 53d Fighter Group.
  • 1945
    Age 21
    He returned to Europe again for his second tour from February to December 1945 with the 355th Group of the Eighth Air Force.
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  • 1944
    Age 20
    In a March 1944 mission while Jabara was escorting bombers to Germany, a German pilot shot off his canopy.
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    His first tour lasted from January to October 1944 with the 363d Fighter Group of the Ninth Air Force.
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  • 1943
    Age 19
    After attending four flying schools in Texas, he received his pilot's wings and a commission as Second Lieutenant at Moore Field, Texas in October 1943.
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  • 1942
    Age 18
    Jabara joined the Boy Scouts, eventually becoming an Eagle Scout. He worked at his parents' grocery store and graduated from Wichita North High School in Wichita, Kansas in May 1942.
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  • 1923
    Born on October 10, 1923.
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