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    Ace Pilot Gabreski

    I was glad to stumble upon an article about Colonel Gabreski. Many of you may already know his story, but I, being relatively new to Long Island, never came across this info. I recognized his name from the airport out east, but now I have a better understanding of who he was. Here's his wiki, with another link below:


    Francis Stanley "Gabby" Gabreski (bornFranciszek Gabryszewski; January 28, 1919 – January 31, 2002) was a career officer and pilot in the United States Air Force, retiring as a colonel with 26 years of military service. He was the top American and U.S. Army Air Forces fighter ace over Europe in World War IIand a jet fighter ace with the Air Force in theKorean War.

    Although best known for his credited destruction of 34½ aircraft in aerial combat and being one of only seven U.S. combat pilots to become an ace in two wars, Gabreski was also one of the Air Force's most accomplished leaders. In addition to commanding two fighter squadrons, he had six command tours at group or wing level, including one in combat in Korea, totaling over 11 years of command and 15 overall in operational fighter assignments.

    After his Air Force career, Gabreski headed the Long Island Rail Road, a commuter railroad owned by the State of New York, and struggled in his attempts to improve its service and financial condition. After two and a half years, he resigned under pressure and went into full retirement.


    Read more here...
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabby_Gabreski
    And here...
    http://acepilots.com/usaaf_gabby.html

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    Best of all is the shooting range at his namesake airport, aka LIPSA.
    Know your rights/Refuse peacefully to consent to a search /Ask if you are free to go or are being detained/Even if you are not doing anything wrong the 4th Amendment protects you against unreasonable searches/Never say anything to law enforcement even if you think it will help you/If questioned you should clearly and unequivocally request that you would like to have an attorney present and defer any questions until then/Never go to prison because you are afraid to go to jail.

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      #3
      Guy had balls of steel.
       
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        #4
        The Military Channel (?) had a series called Air Aces. Gabby Gabreski was the topic of one of the episodes.
        Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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          #5
          👍

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            #6
            Played football for Notre Dame to boot!
            "The Open Carry guy is my decoy."

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              #7
              My brother wrote him a letter years ago, explained that family members built the P-47 in Farmingdale, and asked if he would be so kind as to sign a book plate from his copy of "Gabby: A Fighter Pilot's Life." Return mail delivered the signed book plate, and a nice letter in return.

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