F-102 Pilot Control Stick Grip Hawaii ANG, Gen. Wilson

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 24, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

From the Estate of General Wilson: My brother and I recently had the opportunity to buy a number of items from the estate of Louis L. Wilson jr. who was a USAF 4 star General. We will both be listing items that belonged to the General including flight jackets and flight suits among other things. My brother's Ebay screen name is WDW4AV8 so be sure to check out the items that he has listed. All of the listed items will have "Gen.Wilson" in the title so you can use that to search for them. We will be listing the items so they will all end on the same night with a time interval between each auction so that you will be able to bid on the different items. Between the two of us, we have a lot of really nice and interesting items of General Wilson's. General Wilson had quite an interesting career and flew a lot of great aircraft like the P-47 Thunderbolt and the Convair B-36 Peacemaker as well as being involved in missile systems and the strategic management of the USAF.

F-102 Pilot Control Stick Grip from Hawaii Air National Guard, to General Wilson

This is the pilot's control stick grip from a Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. It was removed from the last operational F-102 which was operated by the Hawaii Air National Guard. It was mounted as a presentation piece and given to General Wilson The Commander in Chief of PACAF for his help with the unit's transition to the F-4 Phantom in the early 1970's. This is an awesome piece and would really stand out in any collection of grips or aviation memorabilia. It stands 19" tall and is mounted on a brushed stainless steel base. The grip itself is in excellent condition and is quite rare to find. The right side was used to fly the aircraft and the left controls the radar antenna.

Shipping Details: This item will ship by Fedex Ground insured in the USA and requires a rather large box to ship safely to your location $25, shipping outside of the USA by Priority Mail International insured. Customs forms will state the actual value to properly insure. You can pick up this item in Tucson Arizona for free.

BIO of General Wilson.

General Louis L. Wilson Jr. was born in 1919 in West Virginia and graduated High School in 1937. After High School he attended Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg West Virginia. He served one year with the 11th Infantry U.S. Army before entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point N.Y. in 1939. He graduated in January 1943 and completed flying school while at West Point.

Wilson was first assigned to the 358th Fighter Group flying the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt in Europe. He flew combat missions in support of General Patton's armored divisions. At the end of the war he had flown 114 combat missions and was the Commander of the 367th Fighter Squadron.

Post WWII he began a 14 year period of duty with various units of the 8th Air Force in the Strategic Air Command. He flew both the Boeing B-29 Super Fortress and the Convair B-36 Peacemaker as a Squadron Commander.

In 1964 he was assigned to Headquarters USAF in Washington D.C. where he worked on conceptual plans for the B-1 Bomber, F-15 Eagle, A-10 Thunderbolt II and advanced versions of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.
In 1968 General Wilson was appointed Vice Commander of the Space and Missile Systems Command. In 1970 he became the Commander of the Space and Missile Test Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base Ca.

He was appointed Inspector General of the U.S. Air Force in 1971 and assumed duties as Vice Commander in Chief of USAFE (U.S. Air Forces In Europe) based at Ramstein Air Base Germany in 1973.

In 1974 he was appointed Commander In Chief Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) with headquarters at Hickam AFB Hawaii.

His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 18 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Fr...