Fighter Pilot

Perry Smith was a fighter pilot who served for 30 years in the U. S. Air Force. Smith’s total number of flying hours as a pilot (mostly in fighter aircraft: F-84, F-100, F-4 and F-15) is 3,400.

He flew 180 combat missions in the F-4D aircraft over North Vietnam and Laos during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the following fighter squadrons, 10th, 615th, 612th, 555th and the following fighter wings. 50th, 401st, 432nd and 36th. Smith is the recipient of two distinguished flying crosses, ten air medals and the bronze star. Other awards include the Air Force distinguished service medal, the Defense distinguished service medal and two legions of merit.