TrenchfootJoe66 Posted August 15, 2014 Share #1 Posted August 15, 2014 Found this zippo today at a little junk shop. The lighter was made between 1950 and 57 and is engraved to "Skeets" Gallagher along with the USAF Thunderbirds logo. Col Robert K "Skeets" Gallagher flew P-47s in WW2, leading the first P47 squadron to deploy to the Pacific. After the war he led a demonstration team, consisting of 12 P47s. He later flew F80s in Korea and was the Kunsan AFB CO in 1952 and again in 59. He continued his career in the Air Force and retired in 1969. During his time as the leader of the P47 equipped Demo team, the "Bomb Burst" maneuver was developed and is still used today. This may be why he was given a lighter by the Thunderbirds team. Pretty cool little Zippo !! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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