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First 100-Mission Tour

The first pilot to reach 100 "counters" was Capt. Donald Beck, an RF-101C pilot in the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, who completed his 100th on Nov. 15, 1965. Beck's 100 included missions over both Laos and North Vietnam. 

RF-101C crews were some of the first to fly Air Force combat missions during the Southeast Asia War. From 1961 on, the 15th and 45th TRS flew combat missions in Southeast Asia. It was only in May 1964, however, that they began to keep track of their missions over Laos and North Vietnam.

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