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Brig Gen Tom Fleming | Multiple Units - Air Force

6:59   |   They drew lots at the Air Force Academy to pick your training base. Tom Fleming got a lousy number and was left with a new, obscure base in Mississippi. No one had wanted it but it turned out to be an ideal location. Like everyone, he wanted to be a fighter pilot, and after learning to fly a succession of trainers, he angled for a slot.

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  • Brig Gen Tom Fleming  |  Cold War  |  Multiple Units  |  9:24

    From the beginning, Tom Fleming wanted to be a fighter pilot. He settled for a tour as a forward air controller in Vietnam and, after that, his quest for fighters continued as he embarked on a lengthy Air Force career. That career took him to Turkey, Germany, many stateside bases and the Pentagon, but it was Hawaii that was most satisfactory.

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