Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Col Howard C. 'Scrappy' Johnson 1920-

Scrappy Johnson served his country as a pilot in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He won the 1958 Collier Trophy for breaking the world altitude in the F104A at 91,246 feet. In a career that spanned over 30 years, Johnson has flown over 7,000 hours in 15 different fighter planes. In 1967, he was a founder of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association, building a philanthropy that provides scholarships to the dependents of American service personnel missing or killed in action- including those lost in the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on Sep. 11, 2001.