We are pleased to have MG Joe Anderson, USMC (Ret.) moderate our May Speakers Luncheon with RAdm. "Whitey" Feightner, USN (Ret.).
World War II service
VF-10 Grim Reapers
Lt. Feightner with nine official victories
|October 26, 1942||1||D3A "Val"||Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands||F4F Wildcat||VF-10|
|January 30, 1943||3||G4M"Betty"||Battle of Rennell Island||F4F Wildcat||VF-10|
|March 30, 1944||1||A6M"Zeke"||Raid on Peleliu||F6F Hellcat||VF-8|
|April 29, 1944||1||A6M "Zeke"||Raid on Truk||F6F Hellcat||VF-8|
|October 12, 1944||3||A6M "Zeke"||Aerial Battle of Taiwan–Okinawa||F6F Hellcat||VF-8|
Return to testing
VF-11 Red Rippers
Carrier Air Group Ten
- Battle of Midway Commemoration—A keynote speech held on June 4, 2004 at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove to pay tribute to one of the most decisive sea battles in world history.
- A Virtual Flight Down Memory Lane—A luncheon speech with Silver Wings Over Washington where Feightner discussed flying the F4U Corsair. This event was held on March 22, 2007.
- A Conversation with Whitey Feightner—A speech at the National Air and Space Museum where Feightner shared the experiences of his Navy career. The event was held on November 16, 2007 and was one of the Donald D. Engen Lecture and Flight Jacket Night lectures held that year at the museum.
- Memoirs from an Aviator's Logbook—A speech at the National Air and Space Museum where Feightner recounted his experiences as a fighter pilot, an early Blue Angel, and a Navy test pilot. The event was held on May 24, 2011 and was the Charles A. Lindbergh Memorial lecture held that year at the museum.
- 100 years of U.S. Naval Aviation—A discussion where Feightner and fellow panelists RADM George M. "Skip" Furlong, Jr., Mr. Hill Goodspeed, Capt. Robert "Hoot" Gibson, Capt. Kenneth Wallace, and RADM Patrick McGrath discussed the past, present, and future of naval aviation. The panel was part of the National Aviation Hall of Fame's presentation of the 2011 Milton Caniff "Spirit of Flight" Award to the Blue Angels on July 15, 2011. The Milton Caniff "Spirit of Flight" award recognizes exceptional contributions to the advancement of flight.
|United States Naval Aviator|
|Legion of Merit with one bronze star||Distinguished Flying Cross|
with three bronze stars
|Air Medal with two silver and one bronze star||Commendation Medal||Combat Action Ribbon|
|Presidential Unit Citation with three bronze stars||China Service Medal||American Defense Service Medal|
|American Campaign Medal||Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three bronze stars||World War II Victory Medal|
|Navy Occupation Service Medal||National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star||Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze star|
Distinguished Flying Cross citation (first of four)
For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight as Pilot of a Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron TEN, attached to the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE, during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands-Area on January 30, 1943. Participating in a combat patrol which engaged a group of twelve heavily armed, twin-engined Japanese torpedo bombers in the vicinity of Rennel Island, Lieutenant (then Ensign) Feightner pressed home his attack and personally shot down three of the hostile aircraft, despite heavy antiaircraft fire and powerful enemy aerial opposition. His courage, skill and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
On October 7, 1998, Feightner was inducted into the Carrier Aviation Test Pilot Hall of Honor. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. For his work on the International Midway Memorial Foundation, Feightner was made an honorary member of the United States Naval Academy (USNA) class of 1942. The class of '42 had 79 members at the Battle of Midway—more than any other Naval Academy class. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Rear Admiral Edward L. Feightner (’41) was honored as a 2013 Distinguished Alumnus May 10, 2014, in Arlington, Va.,where he was recognized for his extraordinary military career as a World War II fighter ace, test pilot, aviation innovator and commander. The University of Findlay’s President Katherine Fell, Ph.D., invited his family, colleagues and retired Army and Navy pilots to a luncheon and ceremony to honor Rear Adm. Feightner as a Distinguished Alumnus of The University of Findlay. The luncheon and ceremony took place at the Army Navy Country Club.
1250: Moderator: MG Joe Anderson, USMC (Ret.)