Albuquerque Soaring Club

Gary Rubus Gone West

Today our fellow club member Gary Rubus died. Rubus was an incredible man and a great club member that brought much thought and insight into everything from planning his flights to standardizing search and rescue operations. I am having a hard time imagining coming to the flight line without him already there on a good day. This hero's achievements in the USAF, his career with critical space travel components and sailplanes are nothing short of legendary. We will miss him very much.

Gary Rubus was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1967 upon graduation from Dartmouth College. As a Fighter Pilot during the Vietnam War, he was credited with destroying one enemy MiG in aerial combat in October 1972, the last USAF Fighter victory with Cannon fire. He retired in 1998 as a U.S. Air Force Brigadier General.

Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Defense Superior Service Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross
Purple Heart
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with 24 oak leaf clusters
Vietnam Service Medal with seven service stars
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

1972 Last U.S. Air Force fighter-on-fighter aerial victory with a cannon
1982 William Tell, F-15 pilot competitor, individual event winner
Associate member, Society of Experimental Test Pilots
Competition Sailplane Pilot

Gold Badge with 3 Diamonds #3223

posted on: 2019-01-31